He's the current WWE Heavyweight Champion and he's held the title for much longer than anyone would have thought he might. Jinder Mahal has his detractors, but the one thing that can't be denied, he's potentially turned around his career in ways no other WWE Superstar has in decades. It wasn't even a year ago he was eliminated early in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania.
At the time, Mahal wasn't considered someone who could win a match, let alone be a champion. He was used at WrestleMania 33 as an enhancement talent placed in his spot to give Mojo Rawley the battle royal victory and highlight an appearance by New England Patriots Tight End, Rob Gronkowski.
After that, Gronk disappeared and Mahal went on to much bigger and better things. But, according to an interview with si.com, Mahal hasn't forgotten about Gronkowski and the two could meet up again in the future.
When Mahal completes his title defense at Hell in a Cell on Sunday, (a match he will probably lose), he figures his next opponent should be the football player.
“Rob Gronkowski cost me the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and I haven’t forgotten that,” said Mahal. “There is definitely unfinished business between myself and Gronkowski, and I can guarantee he’ll be getting his receipt.”
It is only a matter of time before Mahal is dethroned as the champ. While he's done an admirable job, he's widely regarded as not main event material, and he's recently been on the negative end of some mainstream media for using race and discriminatory marks in his promos toward Shinsuke Nakamura (his opponent at Hell in a Cell). This kind of heat lends, even more, credibility to the notion that the WWE might feel it's time to make a title change.
When Mahal is finished his program with Nakamura, Gronkowski would be a great way to keep him in the spotlight. The only problem for Mahal is that Gronkowski just kicked off another football season in the NFL. There's next to no way football lets the tight end get anywhere close to a wrestling ring during the season.