WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal received mixed responses since his debut in the company back in 2011. He won the WWE Championship in 2017, after a release followed by two years away from WWE, and many fans continue to hate on that reign even today. Drew McIntyre feels differently when it comes to Mahal’s WWE Championship reign.
There are quite a lot of problems with WWE’s current product that have left fans disgruntled and frustrated over the years. This includes feuds that don’t go anywhere, teams splitting up for no reason and storylines not making sense. The disinterest of the fans is reflected in the decline in ratings of Monday Night RAW over the past few years.
On top of that, WWE also has the issue of being unable to create new stars and have to rely on older stars to spike ratings. Chris Jericho also criticized WWE for this aspect in the past.
While speaking to Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, Jinder Mahal hit back at those who claimed WWE doesn’t make new stars and used examples such as Kofi Kingston and Drew McIntyre to prove his point.
“Yeah, they absolutely do. That’s what we’re in the business of, right? Just being a fan myself. So I grew up first the Hulk Hogan era. Then the new stars came Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Mankind, right? And the new stars came the next generation – Rock, Stone Cold, and then the next generation after that, Randy Orton and John Cena, Batista, right? And then the next generation after that, I guess, is possibly my generation, right? Me, Drew McIntyre, Big E, Bobby Lashley, Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins.
“So actually, I started with WWE in 2010 and all those champions that I’ve listed are first-time champions and there’s more that I’ve missed. So in the last ten years, we have had several champions. And if you look back in the 70-year history, I believe we’re at number 53. Ten have happened in the ten years. I think that speaks for itself, that we are creating new stars. If you look at the stats and you see who’s champion and what year, who’s the first time champion? There’s lots of them. So I think I think people just need to just sit back and enjoy the product, let the storylines unfold.”
Many fans would agree WWE needs a shot in the arm and create fresh stars if they want to improve its product. We will have to see if the company will decide to do that eventually.
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