The Singh Brothers

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The Singh Brothers
Singh brothers.jpg
The Singh Brothers in November 2017
Statistics
MembersGurv Sihra / Sunil Singh
Harv Sihra / Samir Singh
Name(s)The Bollywood Boyz
The Bollywood Lions
The Bollywood Brothers
The Sihra Brothers
The Singh Brothers
HeightsSunil:
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Samir:
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Combined
weight
303 lb (137 kg)
HometownBurnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Billed fromBurnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Punjab, India
DebutOctober 2005 (Sunil)
May 2006 (Samir)
Years active2006–present
TrainerRip Rogers
Harley Race
Hart Dungeon
Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling

The Singh Brothers are a Canadian professional wrestling tag team composed of brothers Gurvinder Sihra (born November 13, 1984) and Harvinder Sihra (born November 2, 1987). They are currently signed to WWE, performing on the 205 Live brand. Gurvinder works under the ring name Sunil Singh, and Harvinder works under the ring name Samir Singh. The team was previously known as The Bollywood Boyz before they made their main roster debut in WWE.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2005–2015)[edit]

Gurv began training in 2004 with Rip Rogers at Ohio Valley Wrestling, Harley Race, and in the Hart Dungeon.[1][2] Gurv debuted in Ohio Valley Wrestling in October 2005, and Harv followed suit.[1][2] The brothers wrestled for a short time as singles wrestlers: Harv as "Bollywood Don" and Gurv as "Golden Lion".[2] As a tag team, The Bollywood Boyz (originally The Bollywood Lions)[2] won the ECCW Tag Team Championship five times between 2011 and 2015. Early in their careers, the brothers also wrestled on Tony Condello's "Death Tour" of Manitoba, a tour known for its rough conditions.[1][2]

In 2011, The Bollywood Boyz wrestled in India as part of the TNA-sponsored Ring Ka King promotion.[3] On December 19, 2011, they took part of a tournament to crown the inaugural RKK Tag Team Champions defeating The Mumbai Cats (Leopard and Puma) in the quarterfinals.[4] The following night they were eliminated from the tournament by RDX (Sir Brutus Magnus and Sonjay Dutt) in the semifinals.[5] On January 22, 2012, The Bollywood Boyz defeated RDX (Abyss and Scott Steiner) to become the RKK Tag Team Champions.[6] On April 23, 2012, they vacated the championships after the promotion closed.

On July 24, 2015, The Bollywood Boyz made their debut for Jeff Jarrett's promotion Global Force Wrestling (GFW), where they participated in a tournament to crown the inaugural GFW Tag Team Champions. They defeated The Akbars in the quarterfinals of the tournament.[7] On October 23, 2015, at Global Force Wrestling's TV tapings, The Bollywood Boyz defeated Reno Scum to become the first ever GFW Tag Team Champions.[8]

WWE[edit]

Early NXT and 205 Live appearances (2016–2017)[edit]

On June 13, 2016, Gurv and Harv were announced as participants in WWE's Cruiserweight Classic tournament.[9] On June 23, both Sihras were eliminated from the tournament in their first round matches, with Gurv losing to Noam Dar and Harv losing to Drew Gulak. The Bollywood Boyz debuted in the WWE developmental territory NXT at the September 15 tapings. They also took part in the second annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic; however, they were eliminated by The Authors of Pain in the first round.[10] On the premiere episode of 205 Live in November 2016, The Bollywood Boyz defeated Tony Nese and Drew Gulak in their debut tag team match.[11]

Managing Jinder Mahal (2017–2019)[edit]

The Singh Brothers helped Jinder Mahal to retain the WWE Championship during his reign

On the April 18, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live, they made their main roster debut as The Singh Brothers; Gurv was renamed Sunil Singh, while Harv was renamed Samir Singh. They interfered in a six-pack challenge match to determine the number one contender for Randy Orton's WWE Championship at Backlash, helping Jinder Mahal win the match, turning heel in the process.[12] They also interfered in Orton's House of Horrors match against Bray Wyatt at Payback, distracting Orton long enough for Mahal to attack him with the stolen WWE Championship, allowing Wyatt to take advantage and defeat Orton with a Sister Abigail. At Backlash, the Singh Brothers were at ringside for Mahal, ultimately helping him defeat Randy Orton and capturing his first WWE Championship.[13][14] At Money in the Bank, the two interfered in Mahal's WWE Championship rematch against Orton, ultimately helping him retain the title. At Battleground, they interfered in Mahal's Punjabi Prison match against Orton for the WWE Championship, being fought off by Orton. However, The Great Khali interfered, allowing Mahal to retain the title. After being injured, the brothers wore a neck brace and a cast, respectively. They soon recovered and continued to distract Mahal's foes in matches, including helping Mahal defeat Shinsuke Nakamura at SummerSlam and Hell in a Cell to retain the title.[15] On the November 7 episode of SmackDown Live, after Mahal lost the title to AJ Styles, they were attacked by Mahal for being unsuccessful in helping him retain the WWE Championship. On the December 12 episode of SmackDown Live, The Singh Brothers showed signs of a face turn after hugging Styles and insulting Mahal, but remained heel after being attacked by Styles. On the January 16, 2018 episode of SmackDown Live, Samir suffered a torn ACL during a ringside brawl with Bobby Roode. On April 3, Sunil made his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 34, accompanying Mahal in a fatal four-way match against Bobby Roode, Randy Orton and Rusev for the United States Championship, which Mahal won after Sunil distracted Rusev.

On April 16, The Singh Brothers moved to Raw brand as part of the Superstar Shake-up alongside Jinder Mahal. On the October 15 episode of Raw, Samir returned after his injury to unite with his brother and Mahal. Sunil and Samir wrestled their first match on January 1, 2019 episode of Raw when they teamed up with Mahal to defeat Heath Slater and Rhyno, in a 2 on 3 handicap match.

Return to 205 Live (2019–present)[edit]

During the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, the Singh Brothers and Jinder Mahal were drafted back to SmackDown. The following week, the Singhs were drafted over to 205 Live, separating them from Mahal.

Other media[edit]

Gurv and Harv, as The Singh Brothers, appear in WWE 2K19 as non-playable managers for Jinder Mahal.[16]

Personal lives[edit]

The brothers are originally from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.[1] Gurv is three years older than Harv.[2] They both graduated from Moscrop Secondary School.[2] Gurv graduated from Douglas College in British Columbia, where he studied criminology.[1] He has also worked in loss prevention and has a third degree black belt in Taekwondo.[1][17] Harv also attended Douglas College, studying history.[17] He has also worked as a model and actor.[17] Harv appeared in the 2015 movie Brothers.[18] Both brothers appeared in the movie Russell Madness, which also starred fellow professional wrestler John Morrison.[17] Gurv and Harv are both Sikhs.[19]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kamchen, Richard (March 17, 2008). "Wrestling Lion Sihra never sleeps". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Beddall, Justin (September 9, 2015). "Bollywood Boyz primed for the big time". Burnaby Now. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Basso, Corey (April 29, 2013). "The Bollywood Boyz get "Grilled"". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Ring Ka King #6 Results". CageMatch.
  5. ^ "Ring Ka King #7 Results". CageMatch.
  6. ^ "Ring Ka King #23 Results". CageMatch.
  7. ^ "GFW Amped TV Tapings results". CageMatch.
  8. ^ a b c Alvarez, Bryan (October 24, 2015). "New champions crowned at Global Force Wrestling TV tapings". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "Interview of Bollywood Boyz by Renjith Ravindran for The Fan Garage". The Fan Garage. July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "Complete WWE NXT TV Taping Results for September and October *Spoilers*". WrestleZone. September 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Bollywood Boyz vs. Tony Nese & Drew Gulak: WWE 205 Live". WWE. November 29, 2016.
  12. ^ "WWE SmackDown LIVE results, April 18, 2017: Styles squeaks out victory over Corbin with Owens watching on". WWE. April 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "WWE Backlash 2017 results".
  14. ^ "WWE Backlash 2017 results, grades: Jinder Mahal wins title, Owens-Styles rocks".
  15. ^ "SummerSlam 2017 results: Jinder Mahal, Brock Lesnar retain titles - Times of India".
  16. ^ Cole, Caitlin (December 19, 2018). "Complete WWE 2K19 Roster". Rumble Ramble. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  17. ^ a b c d Oliver, Greg (June 25, 2014). "Bollywood Boyz hope TigerFest leads to bigger and better things". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  18. ^ "The Bollywood Boyz". Global Force Wrestling. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  19. ^ WWE (February 11, 2017). "The Bollywood Boyz visit a Sikh temple". WWE – via YouTube.
  20. ^ "ECCW Tag Team Championship history".
  21. ^ a b "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2017". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  22. ^ "RCW Showdown 2016 results".
  23. ^ "RKK Tag Team Championship history".

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