Jinder Mahal

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Jinder Mahal
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Dhesi in February 2011 at Florida Championship Wrestling arena.
Birth name Yuvraj Singh Dhesi
Born (1986-07-19) July 19, 1986 (age 30)[1]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Jinder Mahal[2]
Raj Singh[1]
Tiger Raj Singh[3]
Raj Dhesi
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[2][1]
Billed weight 222 lb (101 kg)[2]
Billed from Punjab, India[2][4]
Trained by Allen Coage[3]
Gama Singh[3]
Gerry Morrow[3]
Rick Bognar[3]
Debut 2003

Yuvraj "Raj" Singh Dhesi (born July 19, 1986) is an Indo-Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring names Tiger Raj Singh and Jinder Mahal. He is perhaps best known for his career in WWE, where he was a member of the 3MB stable with Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater, as well as the manager of The Great Khali.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2003–2010)[edit]

Dhesi began his professional wrestling career at the Martial Arts Fitness Center in Calgary, Alberta training with Rick Bognar and Premier Martial Arts Wrestling (PMW) working as Raj Dhesi. He then went on to train with Allen Coage and Gerry Morrow. He worked for the Prairie Wrestling Alliance, where he was the PWA Champion from 2008 until January 2010, and also he is three time tag team champion. Dhesi also competed for Great North Wrestling (GNW), where he feuded with such wrestlers as Samoa Joe and Hannibal.

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

Florida Championship Wrestling (2010–2011)[edit]

He decided to start training to become a WWE wrestler. He traveled to Tampa, Florida, to try out for WWE's developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).[3] At the try out Steve Keirn, Pat Patterson and Mike Rotunda saw him wrestle but Dhesi thinks that what sold him to the WWE was his ability to speak Punjabi and his authentic costume like his turban.[3] He remembers that, "I think they needed an Indian guy, they were looking for one."[3] In early 2010, he was signed to a developmental contract with FCW.[3]

Various feuds (2011–2012)[edit]

Mahal in his pre-match attire

Dhesi made his televised WWE debut on the April 29, 2011 episode of SmackDown under the ring name Jinder Mahal, greeting fellow Indian wrestler The Great Khali and his manager, Ranjin Singh backstage. During the segment, Mahal spoke in Punjabi that he was really happy and excited that Khali and Ranjin were there. On their part, both of them were happy too. The next week, Mahal, unimpressed by how Khali and Singh have been partaking in childish activities instead of winning matches, confronted Singh about his mismanagement of Khali thus confirmed he was a heel. Mahal interrupted a Khali Kiss Cam segment the following week, slapping Khali twice to no response from the giant. On the May 20 episode of SmackDown, Mahal interrupted Khali's match against Jey Uso leading Khali to leave the ring to confront Mahal. On the September 5 episode of Raw, he suffered his first loss, when he and Khali lost to WWE Tag Team Champions Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston in a non-title match. In a rematch on SmackDown, they lost again to Bourne and Kingston, after the match, Khali walked away from Mahal, thus ending their alliance.[5] On the September 16 episode of SmackDown, Mahal attacked Khali during his match with Heath Slater which Khali won. On the September 23 episode of SmackDown, Khali defeated Mahal in a singles match, thus suffering his first loss in a singles match. On the October 14 episode of SmackDown, Mahal competed in the largest Battle Royal in WWE history, a 41-man Battle Royal, where Mahal made it to the final three before being eliminated by Randy Orton.

Mahal wrestling Yoshi Tatsu in April 2012.

After the feud with Khali finished, Mahal targeted wrestlers whom he deemed as beneath him or embarrassing. In November, Mahal began a feud with Ted DiBiase.[6] On the December 30 episode of Smackdown, Mahal broke DiBiase's winning streak via submission, ending their feud.[7][8] In December, Mahal, trying to make a name for himself, went after Sheamus and constantly disrespected him. On December 13, Sheamus defeated Mahal and for several months, they were involved in multiple matches, with Sheamus always getting the best of Mahal.[9] At Mahal's first Royal Rumble, he was eliminated by the Great Khali, rekindling their feud. On the next SmackDown, Khali again defeated Mahal.[9] At Over the Limit, Mahal participated in and lost a battle royal where the winner was to receive a shot at the WWE Intercontinental Championship or the WWE United States Championship.[9]

Mahal began confronting several wrestlers, starting with Randy Orton, interrupting one of his promos. In retaliation, Orton hit the RKO on Mahal.[10] On July 23 at Raw 1000, Mahal confronted Kane, leading a group consisting of Drew McIntyre, Curt Hawkins, Tyler Reks, Hunico and Camacho. Mahal claimed none of them had been given an opportunity within WWE, and would make one by taking down Kane. The Undertaker's sudden appearance halted their advance. The Brothers of Destruction attacked the group and took them out.[11][12] On the July 27 episode of SmackDown, Mahal lost to Ryback by countout. He then began a feud with him, winning by intentional count-out and disqualification. Mahal, to try and prove himself to Ryback, requested a match against two jobbers, in a match style similar to Ryback's, defeating them quickly by submission. In spite of this, Mahal continued his feud with Ryback, attacking him during their matches and after Ryback's. Mahal was finally pinned by Ryback on the August 24 episode of SmackDown.[13]

When WWE rebranded its developmental territory, FCW, into NXT Wrestling,[14] Mahal began appearing on the rebooted WWE NXT, where he started a winning streak by defeating several wrestlers, including Derrick Bateman and Percy Watson.[15][16] On the August 8 episode of NXT, Mahal was inserted into the Gold Rush Tournament to crown the first NXT Champion, where he defeated Bo Dallas in the first round.[17] On the August 15 episode of NXT, Mahal defeated Richie Steamboat in the semi-finals of the Gold Rush Tournament.[18] On the August 29 episode of NXT, Mahal was defeated by Seth Rollins in the finals of the Gold Rush Tournament, ending his NXT winning streak.[19] At the Night of Champions pre-show on September 16, Mahal competed in the 16-man battle royal to become number one contender for the United States Championship but was eliminated by Brodus Clay.

3MB (2012–2014)[edit]

3MB in 2014.

On the September 21 episode of SmackDown, Mahal and Drew McIntyre interfered in Heath Slater's match against Brodus Clay by attacking Clay.[20] The alliance of Mahal, Slater and McIntyre were later named 3MB.[21] From October 2012, 3MB racked up many wins against Team Co-Bro (Santino Marella and Zack Ryder) and The Usos, all of them due to illegal interference.[22][23][24] At the Survivor Series pre-show, Mahal and Slater defeated Santino Marella and Zack Ryder with Mahal pinning Ryder. At TLC, 3MB were defeated by the team of The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and The Brooklyn Brawler.[25] The next night at the Slammy Awards show, 3MB lost again to Miz, Del Rio and Tommy Dreamer. Mahal competed in the 30-man Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble, entering at number 27, but was eliminated by Sheamus. On the April 12 episode of SmackDown, in an attempt to make a name for themselves, 3MB tried to attack Triple H, but were attacked themselves by The Shield. On the April 15 episode of Raw, 3MB called out The Shield, only for Brock Lesnar to come out instead and attack the group.[26] At the Night of Champions pre-show, 3MB competed in a number one contenders Tag Team Turmoil match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, in which they were the last team eliminated by Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai).[27] Over the next couple of months the group continued being used as partimers but mostly as jobbers, while doing that on the main brand TV shows they would feud with Tons of Funk on Superstars.

In late 2013, 3MB began adopting new ring names against their opponents, although their misfortunes and amounting losses remained the same. At WrestleMania XXX, Mahal competed in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal but was eliminated by Mark Henry. In May, 3MB formed an alliance with Hornswoggle to feud with Los Matadores. On June 12, 2014, WWE announced that Mahal was released from his WWE contract[28] alongside Drew McIntyre, disbanding 3MB.

Independent circuit (2014–present)[edit]

Dhesi wrestled for Reality of Wrestling at their summer iPPV, ROW Summer of Champions 2014 under the name Raj Singh, defeating Jasper Davis.[29] on October 24, 2014 at All Star Wrestling in Vancouver at the live event Fright Night Live, Raj Singh teamed with his cousin Gama Singh Jr. to defeat Kyle Sebastian and Collin Cutler to win the ASW Tag Team Championship. He also appeared in Puerto Rican promotion the World Wrestling Council against local star Ray Gonzalez. He also participated in Qatar Pro Wrestling Souq Waqif Championship tournament in April 2015 where he ended up as first runner up.

On May 5, 2015, Dhesi, as Raj Singh, made his debut for Japanese promotion Inoki Genome Federation (IGF), losing to Wang Bin.[30] In 2016, he also wrestled for Great Khali's wrestling promotion Continental Wrestling Entertainment in India.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Dhesi is of Punjabi Sikh origin. He speaks Punjabi, and English.[3] He is the nephew of wrestler Gama Singh.[3] He holds a business degree in communications and culture from the University of Calgary.

In wrestling[edit]

Mahal performing a high knee on Trent Barreta.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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