The Modern-Day Maharaja didn’t just defeat The Apex Predator to retain the WWE Championship he won in shocking fashion last month at WWE Backlash, he did it in front of Orton’s hometown crowd
Jinder Mahal (c) before his match at Money in the Bank
Randy Orton’s homecoming could have been a triumph of unprecedented proportions. Thanks to Jinder Mahal, it turned into a nightmare.
The Modern-Day Maharaja didn’t just defeat The Apex Predator to retain the WWE Championship he won in shocking fashion last month at WWE Backlash, he did it in front of Orton’s hometown crowd and a cadre of ‘St. Louis Legends’ at ringside that included Greg Gagne, Larry “The Axe” Hennig, Baron Von Raschke, Sgt. Slaughter, Ric Flair and The Viper’s father, ‘Cowboy’ Bob Orton.
You just retained your WWE title against Randy Orton in his hometown in St. Louis? What was it like?
It feels great. I retained my WWE Championship and it was extra special as I got to defeat Randy Orton in his hometown. Everything was stacked against me, everybody booed me, but I kept my focus to win.
I am very proud to be representing India. Bahut Bahut shukriya (thank you very much) I intend to keep making you proud, whether it is on American soil, Indian soil, in Japan, in China, all voer the world, it does not matter. In my heart I represent India all the time and I am very proud to be WWE Champion.
Jinder Mahal after his win
What is your mindset and how has it changed going into a match as the WWE champion?
It is a whole another ball game, but I know what to expect now. I know the pressure is on. The deck is stacked against me and I got to do whatever it takes to win. I have the Singh Brothers watching over my back. My goal still remains the same and that is to be one of the greatest champions of all time.