“The Modern Maharaja” Jinder Mahal is the warrior prince of WWE’s blue brand. Mahal was the reigning and defending WWE World Champion from May 21 to November 7, 2017. He is the 50th WWE Champion overall and the first wrestler with Indian heritage to ever win that title.
Mahal’s ascension to the top of SmackDown is nearly unprecedented. He made his SmackDown debut in April 2011, aligning himself with The Great Khali. He then went onto a lackluster singles career only to become one of the funniest wrestlers in the WWE as part of 3MB. Mahal was released by the company only to be rehired in 2016 as part of the Brand Extension. Mahal went from lower mid-card to main event in no time. Less than a year later, he is riding high with the WWE World Championship around his shoulder. His future is as bright as the sun over India. Let’s see how much dough this guy is working with in the bank right now…
Jinder Mahal Net Worth as of 2019: $300,000
Mahal has a nice chunk of change in the bank, and he’s sure to get much more dough over the years. He just blossomed into the main event this April after spending years only looking at the main event from afar. Now, the “Modern Day Maharaja” is on the rise. He’s the first WWE Champion with Indian heritage and a legend in the making.
In 2002, Mahal began his career while only 16-years-old in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He’s the nephew of Stampede Wrestling legend Gama Singh. Mahal reigned as the PWA Heavyweight Champion for roughly two years, from 2008 until January 2010.
Jinder was picked up by WWE in 2010 and sent down to Tampa for Florida Championship Wrestling. As an in-ring character, he donned a turban reflecting his ancestry. Mahal said, “came out wearing a turban and had [his] full outfit on” and that “they like guys who speak different languages and have different looks”.
Mahal aligned himself with the 7’3″ giant The Great Khali. He turned Khali from a silly, kiss-cam playboy back to his monstrous ways. He eventually betrayed Khali and broke out on his own.
In 2012, Mahal’s singles career was floundering. Later that year, he was placed into a rock band gimmick group with Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre known as 3MB. This group didn’t make Jinder any more intimidating. It was more of a comedy act, not meant to be taken seriously. But man, were the memories amazing…
Mahal was released by WWE in 2014. He then spent two years in the independent scene, going by the name Raj Singh in Reality of Wrestling (ROW). He wrestled from Canada to Puerto Rico to Japan, honing his craft before WWE came calling 2016.
On July 27, 2016, Jinder Mahal was signed back into the WWE. He made his return on the August 1 episode on Monday Night Raw. Mahal had the opportunity to reunite with an old friend in Heath Slater but decided to knock him out for a WWE contract.
Mahal formed a friendship with Rusev on the Raw brand. Both men didn’t like Enzo Amore running his mouth, and they teamed up to take out a common motor-mouth.
On April 11, Mahal was drafted to SmackDown Live as part of the Superstar Shake-up. He rose up the ranks of the blue brand in meteoric fashion. A week later, he won a six-pack challenge to become the #1 contender for the WWE World Championship.
Mahal’s career came full circle when he defeated Randy Orton to became WWE Champion at Backlash. He defeated Orton on two other occasions with a little help from The Singh Brothers and The Great Khali. At SummerSlam 2017, Mahal battled Shinsuke Nakamura with the WWE Championship on the line. Did Mahal win? Click on the link below and find out…
Jinder Mahal was able to defeat Shinsuke Nakamura, but he wasn’t able to conquer “The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles who defeated “The Modern Day Maharaja” for the WWE Championship on November 7, 2017. In total, Mahal’s reign as WWE Champion lasted for 170 days.
Jinder Mahal will look to regain his lost momentum at the end of last year and win the WWE Championship belt again this year. But before he reclaims his spot at the top of the roster, Mahal needs to work his way up the ladder of success starting with the WWE United States Championship. At WrestleMania 34, Mahal will battle Bobby Roode and Randy Orton in a triple-threat match for the WWE U.S. Championship.
Jinder Mahal and Singh Brothers were defeated on 21st January Monday Night Raw by the Lucha House Party.