Mahal, the former WWE and United States Champion, joined WWE in 2010 on a developmental deal. He first appeared on WWE television in Apr. 2011 on an episode of SmackDown, and Mahal hasn't looked back.
Though he hasn't been in the main event picture since losing the WWE Championship to A.J. Styles in Nov. 2017, Mahal has been one of the top heels and mid-card superstars. Mahal has also been clashing with R-Truth for the 24/7 Championship, winning it twice up to this point.
With AEW signing away former WWE talents like Jon Moxley and Chris Jericho, Vince McMahon and company have worked extensively to retain as many superstars as possible. As Satin pointed out, Mojo Rawley plus Mike and Maria Kanellis are among the talents that recently inked new deals with WWE - all believed to be for five years.
Back in March, former WWE Champion A.J. Styles also revealed that he signed a new contract with WWE. On top of that, WWE offered The Revival five-year contracts worth $500,000 annually, but Dawson and Wilder have yet to accept them. Last year, both Kevin Owens and Sasha banks signed five-year contracts with the WWE.
WWE has also been giving five-year deals to their new NXT talents; the terms used to be at three years. In offering big dollars and longer terms, the company has been able to get most of their superstars locked up, thus foiling AEW's plans to recruit as many WWE talents as possible.
What This Means
With Mahal now signed long-term, WWE has a top-notch heel they can continue to work around. Mahal brings strong microphone skills and has been getting better as an in-ring performer. Now, the company can focus on trying to re-sign other superstars whose deals are expiring in the near future.