Jinder Mahal is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand, under the ring name Jinder Mahal as the leader of the Indus Sher stable.
29 Facts About Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal returned to WWE in 2016 with a drastically improved physique and received a push, culminating in him capturing the WWE Championship from Randy Orton in April 2017, making him the 50th WWE Champion and the first of Indian descent.
Jinder Mahal holds a business degree in communications and culture from the University of Calgary.
Jinder Mahal debuted in Premier Martial Arts Wrestling as "Raj Dhesi" and then went on to train with Allen Coage and Gerry Morrow, wrestling in a revived Stampede Wrestling alongside fellow future WWE wrestlers Natalya, Tyson Kidd, and Viktor.
In February 2010, he signed to a developmental contract with FCW under the ring name Jinder Mahal and wrestled there for a year.
Jinder Mahal made his televised WWE debut on the April 29,2011, episode of SmackDown, greeting backstage fellow Indian wrestler The Great Khali and his manager Ranjin Singh by speaking in Punjabi that he was really happy and excited to see Khali and Ranjin.
Jinder Mahal interrupted a Khali Kiss Cam segment the following week on SmackDown, slapping Khali twice.
When WWE rebranded its developmental territory FCW into NXT, Jinder Mahal began appearing on the rebooted NXT, where he started a winning streak by defeating several wrestlers, including Derrick Bateman and Percy Watson.
Jinder Mahal competed in the 30-man Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble on January 27,2013, by entering at number 27, but was eliminated by Sheamus.
Jinder Mahal participated in Qatar Pro Wrestling Souq Waqif Championship tournament in April 2015, where he ended up as first runner up.
Jinder Mahal mentioned that he stopped drinking alcohol and began working out and eating cleaner, losing 20 pounds in the process, two months prior to WWE calling him to return.
Jinder Mahal then adopted the gimmick of a "man who comes in peace", advocating peace and tranquility.
Jinder Mahal is a guy who has always worked extremely hard.
Jinder Mahal went on to defeat Sami Zayn later in the episode and pin Randy Orton in a six-man tag team match to earn his team the victory the following week on SmackDown.
Slaughter at ringside, Jinder Mahal defeated Orton in his first title defence.
However, Jinder Mahal retained the title by pinning a distracted Corbin with a roll-up.
Jinder Mahal competed in an eight-man tournament to crown a new champion, defeating Tye Dillinger and Xavier Woods in the first round and semi-finals, respectively.
When Orton won the United States Championship later that night, Jinder Mahal came out to taunt him but both Jinder Mahal and Orton received a Glorious DDT by former champion, Bobby Roode.
At WrestleMania 34, Jinder Mahal pinned Rusev to capture the United States Championship.
The night after on Raw, Jinder Mahal returned as the "man who comes in peace" and defeated Chad Gable.
On January 27,2019, Jinder Mahal participated in the Royal Rumble match, entering at number 7, before being eliminated by Johnny Gargano.
At WrestleMania 35, Jinder Mahal competed in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but failed to win.
At Money in the Bank, Jinder Mahal interfered in the titular match attacking McIntyre with Shanky and Veer carrying him away from the match.
At Survivor Series, Jinder Mahal would be a part of The Rock's 25th anniversary battle royal, but was eliminated.
At New Year's Evil on January 10,2023, Jinder Mahal returned to NXT for the first time since 2012, aligning himself with Indus Sher by attacking The Creed Brothers.
Dhesi, as Jinder Mahal, appears in the wrestling video games WWE '13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K18, WWE 2K19, WWE 2K20, WWE 2K22 and WWE 2K23.
Jinder Mahal debuted on the 22nd episode as Dhruv, the enforcer of Ren's brother Jag.
Jinder Mahal is fluent in English and his family's native Indian languages of Hindi and Punjabi.
Jinder Mahal is good friends with American professional wrestler Heath and Scottish professional wrestler Drew McIntyre, and was a groomsman at McIntyre's wedding.