Shocking WWE pretension win shows how crazy pro wrestling is

May 23, 2017 - WWE

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by Daniel Van Boom

Never contend never.

The WWE got flipped upside down on Sunday night: Hundreds of thousands tuned in to a World Wrestling Entertainment Network to watch Jinder Mahal kick (now former pretension holder) Randy Orton to turn a WWE Champion.

That’s a judgment we never suspicion we would write and one that substantially no wrestling fan ever approaching to read.

Sure, veteran wrestling is scripted and so anyone can turn WWE Champion. But suppose how repelled you’d be if Jar Jar Binks incited out to be the final Jedi.

Yeah, it could happen, though you’d weird out, wouldn’t you?

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Outta nowhere

To turn a No.1 contender to Orton’s WWE Championship, Mahal shockingly won a six-man match progressing this month.

Why was that a shock? Mahal debuted in 2011, afterwards after a year of doing little, he was put in a 3 Man Band faction, a comedic contingent of 3 wrestlers who couldn’t play instruments or sing (but insisted they were good musicians) and were beaten on TV any week. He was radically used as encouragement talent, wrestlers whose pursuit it is to remove to a some-more renouned stars, in sequence to make them demeanour good. He was let go in 2014, rehired in 2016 and until progressing this month we could count on one palm a matches he’d won.

In other words, he’s been positioned as anything other than a star. On WWE’s programming, he’s been closer to an additional than a heading man.

And yet, with no indication he became a tip contender for what’s arguably a company’s many prestigious title. Since then, he’s found divergent ways to kick everybody he’s encountered (his impression is created as a bad guy) and on Sunday he won a WWE Championship.

People. Freaked. Out.

The Indian goldmine

So what’s this unequivocally all about? India.

Apple, Google and Facebook have all attempted to daub deeper into a Indian marketplace and a WWE is no different. The nation will shortly have over 450 million internet users and that series is approaching to grow exponentially in entrance years.

Meanwhile, a WWE hopes to eventually get around 3 million fans to allow to a WWE Network, with a series currently sitting during only over 1.6 million. You do a math.

India is fruitful belligerent for a network. It’s a WWE’s third biggest TV marketplace and contributes to WWE’s amicable media following some-more than any other country. Despite this, a comparatively tiny volume of a Indian race buy WWE sell or allow to a network, according to The Wrestling Observer.

So, after being treated like a nobody on WWE TV for many of his career, Mahal could be a outrageous money cow for a company. And a fact that he’s gotten into suspiciously good shape in a final year doesn’t harm either.

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Given this framework, Mahal’s win on Sunday night creates ideal sense.

Between 2006 and 2014, a WWE had The Great Khali to gaunt on. Standing during over 7 feet high and starring in Hollywood films “The Longest Yard” and “Get Smart,” a India-born Khali was a megastar in his home country. Back in 2006, a WWE went to good lengths to make that occur — Khali scored a dominating feat over The Undertaker, one of a many stable stars in a WWE, after he done his debut.

But with Khali withdrawal a association in 2014, India has been but a star to hearten on. Mahal, notwithstanding being innate in Canada, fits a bill. Listen to a WWE’s Indian commentators greeting to a victory to see what a company’s going for in a country.

Many western fans might be confused, even bemused, during a preference to put a tag on Mahal. But there are over a billion people over in India who might feel differently.

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