WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has taken a lot of flak — more accurately, he’s been the subject of wellness violation accusations — for the scale of his physical transformation.
Ryback, a one-time Intercontinental Champion who’s not exactly lacking any muscle mass, said that Mahal’s appearance should set off red flags. Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Melzer echoed those comments on his podcast.
“I’ve been tested plenty, and never failed one,” Mahal said in an interview with ESPN.com.
He works out six days a week, and points toward his commitment to a routine as paramount to his success.
“When I train hard, I look better,” he said. “I see the way I look on TV or in the mirror, and it gives me confidence. It translates into the ring. I have more confidence and can be more aggressive. If you saw me from a few years ago, the confidence level is night and day, and that’s because of the way I look.”
A little more than a month ago, Mahal had a conversation with members of WWE’s creative team. They told him in short, “We’re going to give you your opportunity.” Between his physical presence and his improved mic work, he was ready.
“I know Vince [McMahon] appreciates wrestlers taking initiative, putting in the hard work,” Mahal said. “He had confidence in me. He knew I would embrace the opportunity, and not let WWE down. I think I have been proving that in my matches ever since.”