After Jinder Mahal lost the WWE Championship in 2017 to AJ Styles, a second title reign has remained out of reach. However, were it not for injury, Mahal could have found himself back in the title picture as recently as 2020.
A new report has suggested that Mahal was in line to face Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship last year.
Mahal and McIntyre’s careers have found themselves intertwined on more than one occasion with the pair originally teaming together in 3MB in 2012 alongside Heath Slater. Despite some initial success, the team slid down the card and both Mahal and McIntyre were released on the same day in 2014.
While the setback set two men on different paths, they have returned to WWE and tasted World Championship glory. In fact, it was Mahal who would reach the top of the WWE mountain first.
Fast forward to 2021 and McIntyre and Mahal became embroiled in a feud which was brought to a head at SummerSlam. According to a new report it was a feud which was originally planned for the year before.
The report from Fightful Select explained that the pair would have contested McIntyre’s WWE Championship, but Mahal’s knee injury put pay to the plans. McIntyre was reportedly disappointed when Mahal went down with the injury as he felt there was a lot the pair could have done.
“Mahal also confirmed to us that he was under the impression this was the plan in 2020 as well before the knee injury.”
Speaking in a recent interview Jinder Mahal recalled the backstage reaction to his WWE Title win over Randy Orton at Backlash in 2017. The Modern Day Maharaja described walking back through the curtain to be greeted by a big from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.