Amanpreet Singh, better known to wrestling fans as Mahabali Shera, made headlines this week when he officially reported for training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. One WWE Superstar is happy with Singh’s arrival to the sports-entertainment organization.
Shortly after the news about Singh joining the WWE Performance Center broke, Matt Hardy sent the newcomer a tweet to personally welcome him to WWE NXT.
You are a STERLING SOUL & I am DELIGHTED that you have arrived. https://t.co/KxI9xIYlng
— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) February 15, 2018
Singh replied to Hardy’s message with the following:
— Mahabali Shera (@MahabaliShera) February 15, 2018
Hardy and Singh previously crossed paths in Impact Wrestling as they faced off and partnered together in a few tag team matches. Without actually referring to Impact Wrestling, WWE acknowledged their past in the promotion in a write-up on their tweets with the following:
“Hardy and Singh previously crossed paths at another promotion when Singh wrestled under the alias Mahabali Shera.”
WWE announced Thursday that Singh, an independent wrestler, and bodybuilder from Punjab, India, has reported for training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida after signing a developmental contract.
The WWE.com article on Singh joining the Performance Center didn’t mention Impact Wrestling or his previous persona by name, only saying that he wrestled in his home country of India, as well as in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Singh began his pro wrestling career in 2011, joined Impact Wrestling in 2014, and departed the promotion last year. He was prominently featured on Impact’s television tapings in India in 2017, winning a Sony Six Invitational Gauntlet.
Singh, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 240 pounds, endured a difficult childhood by channeling his energies into sports. He’s a self-taught bodybuilder who won local competitions before turning his focus to professional wrestling in 2011. Training under the likes of former WWE Superstars Al Snow and Savio Vega, Singh enjoyed success inside the ring in his native India, as well as in the United States and the United Kingdom.
“I came to the U.S. with the dream that someday, I am going to make my country proud,” Singh told WWE.com. “I would consider myself fortunate if I am able to become a positive role model for the youngsters of my country and impact lives. I don’t think I can find a better platform than WWE to empower myself to empower others, especially those back at home.”
Singh is among several talent acquisitions from India, including Rinku Singh, a former pro baseball player from India and subject of the Netflix movie Million Dollar Arm; Indian television star Saurav Gurjar; and Mae Young Classic competitor Kavita Devi, the first Indian woman to sign with WWE.