Jinder Mahal has opened up about the criticism that WWE doesn’t create new stars, saying they “absolutely do” and are “in the business” of doing so.
Speaking with Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy ahead of WWE Glasgow, Mahal was asked about first-time WWE Champions like himself, Big E, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre being crowned over the past few years, and what he thinks of new names being added to the lineage of the title compared to the critique that WWE doesn’t create new stars.
“Yeah, they absolutely do. That’s what we’re in the business of, right? Just being a fan myself. So I grew up first the Hulk Hogan era. Then the new stars came Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Mankind, right? And the new stars came the next generation – Rock, Stone Cold and then the next generation after that, Randy Orton and John Cena, Batista, right? And then the next generation after that, I guess, is possibly my generation, right? Me, Drew McIntyre, Big E, Bobby Lashley, Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins.”
Mahal went back to his own experience and said ten champions in ten years shows that WWE creates new stars.
“So actually, I started with WWE in 2010 and all those champions that I’ve listed are first-time champions and there’s more that I’ve missed. So in the last ten years, we have had several champions. And if you look back in the 70-year history, I believe we’re at number 53. Ten have happened in the ten years. I think that speaks for itself, that we are creating new stars. If you look at the stats and you see who’s champion and what year, who’s the first time champion? There’s lots of them. So I think I think people just need to just sit back and enjoy the product, let the storylines unfold.”
The former WWE Champion also heaped praise on the next generation.
“NXT 2.0 just got revamped. There’s Bron Breakker. You know, that’s a future WWE Champion, I believe. LA Knight, blown away by him. This guy has everything, the look, the charisma, in-ring, everything. This guy could be WWE Champion. So I think the next generation is already coming.”
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