Champion of the Champions: Jinder Mahal
FHM: We’ve heard that you work very closely with Vince McMahon, could you please expand on your relationship with him?
Jinder Mahal: Yeah, Vince and I have been working very closely for the last few months and that is great because Vince is truly a genius in the sports entertainment business. He gives me great advice right from the point of me getting into the ring and also after I step out. He is always the first person I talk to after a match. He is a great guy, he is a great boss and he has a great mind for the business. So I am very lucky to have a great relationship with him.
Being the champion of where it all started, WEE Champion
You were one of the members of the ‘3 Man Band’, it was a humorous gimmick. Do you miss any aspect of it?
(Laughs) Yeah, 3MB was cool, everybody’s career evolved through it. Characters in WWE take year and years and it’s essential to have the right character. I don’t miss anything in particular, but I do use tricks that I have learned with my time in 3MB. I learned to build on my overall character from there. It was a new experience with a character I never imagined I would be doing but I grew as a performer. And since it led me to where I am now, which is the WWE Champion. I am absolutely delighted with my time in the 3 Man Band.
When you were released from WWE, what was your motivation to turn everything around and reinvent yourself?
I struggled against my character in 3MB and WWE. I struggled against Vince McMahon who said I was too sweet. I had kind of been a disappointment to myself and knew that I had to redeem myself. I could come back in the best shape, as the most aggressive superstar on the roster. I knew that I was just going to grow, and get better and better with every match. I kept on going forward and made minor improvements which made a big difference. You can see that from what I came back, as to what I am now, and imagine what I am going to be like a year from now. I will keep on improving.
You have gone through this amazing transformation physically. Could you give us some pointers on how we can follow your footsteps?
(Ha ha ha!) I have a controlled diet. Every morning I do 25 to 30 minutes of cardio on an empty stomach. It’s only after this morning drill that I eat anything. In essence, I eat every two hours after that and my diet consists of 30 to 40 grams of protein and 30 to 40 grams of carbohydrates. It’s all balanced portions and because I move so much I pack and take my meals from home so that I can eat every two hours. Above all this, I also consume protein shakes.
You have wrestled around the world. What is the one place you want to wrestle, where you haven’t already?
I have been fortunate enough to wrestle in several countries and all the continents, except Antarctica (chuckles). The one place I haven’t wrestled for WWE in India. I have wrestled in India before for The Great Khali in CWE but I want to experience the WWE Universe in India. I am looking forward to that and hopefully, it’ll happen very very soon. I know WWE is very excited to return to India and it will be announced way sooner than you guys think.
You have already captured the most coveted title in the wrestling business, what’s next for the Maharaja?
I will have the longest title reign of all time. I truly believe that I can beat A.J. Styles, Baron Corbin, and Shinsuke Nakamura like I have already proved. I know that I can even beat John Cena. I actually want a match with John Cena so that I can beat him to not only prove it to the WWE Universe but also to myself that I have it in me. So my goal is simple, beat everybody and stay at the top as the longest reigning WWE Champion.