Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal were both a part of the famous comedic WWE stable 3MB. Both wrestlers returned to WWE after being released as members of 3MB to win the WWE Championship, one of their title victories is still seen as a mistake by many fans. Truth be told, numbers showed that Mahal’s run as WWE Champion was more lucrative for WWE than even Seth Rollins’ run.
Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton at Backlash 2017 to capture the WWE Championship, a decision that was considered questionable or even as a terrible booking decision at the time. In hindsight of Mahal’s victory, many fans still look back on the Modern Day Maharaja’s time as champion negatively.
Drew McIntyre told GiveMeSport that he believes that Jinder Mahal’s title run was only received poorly by fans due to the surprise nature of the win itself and the lack of a proper build to Mahal winning the title. McIntyre said that for what he was given, Mahal did the best he could and made for a great champion.
“I think a lot of it came because it just came out of nowhere. It wasn’t like myself. There was no build to that big moment and telling the story and history. He has a similar story, the exact same story actually when it comes to getting fired, but the position he was in at the time, it was just kind of hotshotted and I think that’s why people were kind of negative. I think he did a great job with the opportunity that was presented. Perhaps low on experience at the time, but still, in my opinion, whatever he was asked, he did to the best of his abilities.”
McIntyre and Mahal’s careers and similar paths to winning the WWE Championship has linked their careers together in the eyes of many fans. Mahal himself has said that he wants a Punjabi Prison match against McIntyre.
Whether or not the former 3MB members end up working the special gimmick match in a high profile feud remains to be seen, but it is clear that main event star Drew McIntyre thinks very highly of Jinder Mahal.
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