WWE Rumors: Baron Corbin not Jinder Mahal original No. 1 contender for WWE championship

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The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) had originally planned Baron Corbin as the No. 1 contender for the WWE championship. The 32-year-old was scheduled by the creative to challenge Randy Orton for the world title and not Jinder Mahal.

However, the wrestling promotion changed its decision owing to its global expansion plan in India. WWE recently launched its WWE shop in the city of Mumbai, also known as the financial capital of India. The wrestling promotion wants to expand its reach to one of the biggest markets in the world, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Radio.

Jinder Mahal push part of WWE’s global expansion in India

The WWE higher-ups have decided to give a push to Mahal who is of Indian origin. Hence, the Canadian-Indian WWE Superstar will challenge Orton for the WWE title at the SmackDown brand’s pay-per-view Backlash.

However, the reigning WWE champ Randy Orton will first have to get past Bray Wyatt in his House of Horrors match at WWE Payback on April 30th. If Orton escapes the Eater of the Worlds at Payback, Jinder Mahal will compete against him for the WWE belt at Backlash on May 21st at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

Corbin is the next big SmackDown heel

WWE’s Superstar Shake-up saw several stars from SmackDown LIVE move over to Monday Night Raw. This included the likes of The Miz and Bray Wyatt. Their departure from the blue brand, along with AJ Styles recently turning babyface, will allow Baron Corbin to solidify his spot as the show’s next great heel.

Since Corbin arrived on the WWE scene at WrestleMania 32 and won the third annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, it has been fairly evident that he had a bright future ahead of him. It was equally obvious that officials recognized his potential to one day be a big star given his grand debut.

The WWE creative is high on Baron Corbin. If one is to believe the rumor-mill, The Lone Wolf will be getting a big push in the near future. It is being reported that the superstar is being repackaged with a potentially new entrance theme.

In his nine months as a member of the SmackDown roster, he has beaten almost everyone. Corbin also came close to capturing the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 33. Now, he has his sights set on a more prestigious prize in the form of the WWE title.

He may not be the flashiest wrestler between the ropes, but what’s important is that he is aware of his strengths as well as his weaknesses as a competitor. As a result, he jells with essentially everyone he steps in the ring with and can always be counted on for a competent performance.

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