WWE Superstar and current No. 1-contender for the WWE Championship Jinder Mahal was recently a guest on fellow WWE Superstar Chris Jericho’s podcast, Talk Is Jericho.
Mahal discussed his recent push to the main event scene in the WWE and revealed that prior to his Six Pack Challenge on SmackDown Live; in which he defeated Mojo Rawley, Sami Zayn, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler to earn the right to challenge Randy Orton for the WWE Title, Vince McMahon made a big change to his character:
“So when I finished calling the match, one of the writers was like ‘hey Vince changed your promo’ and I was like ‘okay, bring it to me’ so they brought it to me and I had read the America comment and all that and I was like ‘ugh I like the old promo better.’ Like it was something like, ‘I tried being peaceful but nobody was listening but now I have all you guys’ attention, I just beat five of SmackDown’s very best and I did it all alone.’ Something like that, it was just a regular heel promo but the new one was like: ‘You Americans, this and that’ — I was like ugh I don’t like it, but Vince wrote it, it’s okay. But I did it and the reaction that I got I was like ‘ah man, Vince is a genius.’ He knows exactly what draws the most heat”
He also shared the interaction he had with Vince following his promo, and praised “The Chairman Of The Board” for his genius wrestling mind:
“It’s weird, he knows what’s going to draw the most heat. I didn’t see it at first but as soon as I heard the reaction — actually when I came back to I sat with Vince and he was like, because we went over time already and he was like, ‘forget about the time, let them boo even more before you start talking’ so I was like, okay.”
H/T to GiveMeSport for the transcribed quotes