Triple H on Jinder Mahal Push: ‘He trains hard; he’s very intense about what he wants with his career’

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Triple H, Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) recently opened about the return of Jinder Mahal. The 47-year-old explained why the Canadian-Indian wrestler was crowned the number one contender for the WWE Championship last week on SmackDown LIVE.

“Jinder is a guy who has always worked extremely hard. He trains hard; he’s very intense about what he wants with his career; he’s very thoughtful. That’s the same with Drew (McIntyre). That opportunity came for them when you’re too young and not ready for it and a little immature to it,” Triple H said to Josh Barnett of USA Today’s For The Win.

“(When they left), I had a conversation where I told them, ‘We’re not going to be able to do more with you here. Go other places, learn more in your career, mature and think about the business in a different way.’”

Mahal’s push has taken the WWE Universe by surprise

Mahal has been making quite a noise in the WWE Universe of late after securing the No. 1 contender spot on the SmackDown roster. The sudden push to the 30-year-old has been attributed to WWE acknowledging the huge fan base in India. The wrestling promotion reportedly wants to strengthen their grasp in the subcontinent by having an Indian challenge for the WWE world title.

Triple H mentioned that he liked Jinder from the moment he saw him for the first time. Jinder was young, green and a hard worker yet HHH believed that he was too immature at that point in his career to fully seize the opportunity given by WWE.

The Game expressed his opinion that Jinder should go to other promotions, experience the world of pro-wrestling first hand and learn to call his own shots without having people like WWE management dictating his every move. HHH’s main argument was that Jinder needed to mature as a wrestler before coming back to WWE.

“To Jinder’s credit and to Drew’s credit, they left, they went and figured it for themselves, they improved. They’re both men now as opposed to kids trying to make it in the business,” Triple H added.

“They see their careers differently and what they want and are still extremely hard workers and great people. Now hopefully they are in a better position to succeed.”

Jinder more interesting heels of current SmackDown roster

Jinder has listened to Triple H’s words and has come back to take the WWE Universe by storm. He has presented himself as one of the more interesting heels in recent SmackDown history.

Mahal has stolen the WWE world title from Randy Orton in the recent episode of SmackDown LIVE. He has also drawn heat from the American crowd by speaking Punjabi in front of them.

Jinder is booked to challenge Randy Orton for the WWE World Championship at Backlash.

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