Jeet Rama has experienced a brief career in the WWE. While he worked at the WWE 205 Live, he was let go by the company along with the many WWE talents which were mysteriously released by the brand. During his time in WWE, he noticed a very distinctive trend regarding how Indians are booked.
Rama was working in the 205 Live division, but still received a chance to compete with AJ Styles at the Superstar Spectacle back in January. The former WWE star recently sat down with Riju Dasgupta for a conversation.
The former WWE Superstar opened up about his time at WWE. He thinks WWE suffers from a bias against Indians, and does not show them in a positive light, and that was the aspect of WWE he was not happy.
WWE is a business at the end of the day. I can’t tell them to make business decisions around me. They are doing what they think is right from a business perspective. But why is it that you take any Indian WWE wrestler…why are they always made heels? Why are we only presented as villains? Why do they have to behave in such a manner that the audience there insults them and boos them?
Rama added that he didn’t feel good about the fact that while he was making money, it was at the expense of misrepresenting his country. He called back to the time he was in the New Delhi event by WWE, and found that the audience was booing Jinder Mahal.
My soul couldn’t come to peace with the fact that I was making money by misrepresenting my country. When I wrestled at a WWE Live Event a few years ago in Delhi, I saw that the Indian audience was booing Jinder Mahal. Isn’t there something seriously wrong if your home audience isn’t cheering for Jinder Mahal? At some level we as Indians have to compromise when we go to WWE. This is the weakness I want to eliminated.
Jeet Rama has high hopes from his future. He also said that he wants to create a pro-wrestling platform for Indians, where they can play both heels and faces, and derive as much cheers from the crowds as they can. We’ll have to see if he gets that off the ground, but he seems motivated.
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