WWE Champion Jinder Mahal is currently in India making media appearances ahead of the live events in New Delhi on December 8 and 9. He caught up with Vijay Sharma of Sportskeeda.com and spoke his mind about a wide variety of topics. Highlights from the interview are as follows:
You’ve surpassed many greats during your WWE Championship reign. Do you think you can beat CM Punk’s 434-day record?
“Absolutely think I can. Why not? I believe I haven’t even entered my prime yet. So, I’m 31 years old, I’m already WWE Champion for 140 something days at the moment. I’ve a lengthy title run ahead of me and many more title runs yet to come.”
You held the WWE championship for 434 days, a record in the modern era (past 25 years). How did you feel when your streak came to an end?
So what is a typical day of a Champion like?
“First thing I do is empty stomach cardio. Before I have breakfast, I do cardio. I eat breakfast, go to the gym, train for about two hours, I stretch, I do sauna, I do the weights. Get a little bit of rest. And then I have to perform every night. Average of four days a week.
“We go to the event and perform. Then we drive two or three hours, go to the next town and perform. Rest is very important because I train hard. I have a tough match every night defending the WWE Championship.”
So, how do you maintain your physique?
“I only drink water; water, black coffee and protein shakes. So I don’t count calories, but every meal I get about 30-40 gms. proteins, 30-40 gms. carbohydrates. Follow me on Instagram to see what I’m eating, how I’m training.
“It’s been nice to be in India the last couple of days, and I’ve been eating all the Indian food I want.”
Who’s your dream opponent for WrestleMania 34?
“Brock Lesnar — that would be amazing. Or someone like John Cena. Even John Cena’s such a big, big star here in India it would be a blockbuster match. Especially if I beat someone like John Cena, I would really establish my own legacy, which is my number 1 goal.”
For the full interview with Mahal, click here.