Jinder Mahal shocked the WWE universe back in May when he became WWE Champion by defeating Randy Orton at the Backlash PPV at the Allstate Arena in Chicago Illinois. But it appears his reign as champion will be coming to an end in the not-so-distant future.
Since defeating Orton at Backlash, "The Modern Day Maharaja" defended his title two more times against The Viper. He beat him in front of Orton’s father in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri at Money In The Bank and just this past Sunday, at Battleground, Mahal was able to emerge victorious from his Punjabi Prison match against The Viper – with a little help from the Singh Brothers and The Great Khali.
With two title defenses and three wins over 13-time champion Randy Orton, Jinder Mahal has been atop the SmackDown Live mountain for a few months now. But we hope he has enjoyed it because it will be coming to an end in the next few months.
Cageside Seats is reporting that Jinder will lose the belt either at SummerSlam or at the September SmackDown pay-per-view at the latest. But who will he lose it too?
Well, Mahal’s feud with Orton ended with his victory at Battleground, and as of now, we do not know who his next challenger will be for the upcoming SummerSlam on August 20, 2017. But whoever defeats Mahal, whether it is at SummerSlam or at the September pay-per-view, they shouldn’t get too attached to the belt.
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Sportskeeda is reporting that regardless of who ends Mahal’s reign, they won’t be champ for long as the plan is to get the belt on Baron Corbin by way of him cashing in his Money In The Bank contract on whoever does end up beating Mahal.
Although it was initially a big shock when Mahal became champion, many thought that his reign would last a while because of the WWE’s desire to really make inroads into the Indian market. However, Sportskeeda also pointed out—soon after Mahal's victory at Backlash—that while India is the top consumer of the WWE product, the organization still does not earn a lot of money from the region.
So, what would a Mahal title loss mean? Would it indicate that the WWE realized the limited potential of the Indian market as far as the money-making opportunities are concerned? Or is it just the first part of a larger plan going forward?