WWE superstar Triple H recently touched down in the country to announce the dates of the much-anticipated India Tour of the WWE.
New Delhi is all set to host two WWE LIVE shows, which is scheduled to take place on December 8 and 9. The two RAW brand house shows which will feature WWE Champion Jinder Mahal and RAW superstars Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, The Miz, Sasha Banks and Bayley.
Q) We have seen that WWE has tried to grow its hold in India recently. So what has brought WWE’s level of interest increasing in India?
A) WWE has always seen India as a really important market for us. We’ve always had a huge fan base here, the WWE universe in India has been very very engaged and it’s been very important for us. But the infrastructure hasn’t always been here to make it easy for us. It’s a large world but the recent advances on the internet, the social media and mobile phones in India have made it much more accessible to us. The infrastructure is much better right now. It’s made it much easier to get message out there and come into the market. So it is an important market for us and we really want to come here and put on the best shows we possibly can to serve the WWE universe out here in India. Hopefully that will include finding Indian talent here recruiting and training them to be the next gen of WWE or NXT superstars that you will be watching week after week and that you’ll be watching here in India.
Q) Jinder Mahal was in India recently and has been champion for over 4 months. He has even beaten celebrated wrestlers like Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton. So how would Triple H describe his reign as champion? And please answer this from a Wrestlers perspective and a from a Business point of view.
A)You’re right Jinder has been champion for 3 months here I think you know there’s different ways to look at it. If I’m going to answer that from a wrestler’s point or a WWE superstar standpoint, sometimes people are looking at Jinder and saying maybe he doesn’t deserve the championship, it’s too early for him. They fail to see that Jinder was here before and yes he did not succeed the first time he was here and he went away and he left but they don’t see the hard work they don’t see the dedication he’s put in he has worked really hard and if I can say one thing from my point of view, Jinder has earned my respect. As not only a WWE superstar but as a champion I think the jury is out. I think it takes time to establish yourself as a champion you know superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin or Myself or The Rock or John Cena weren’t built overnight. They take time. It takes time to earn the respect of a fan base and I think that’s what Jinder will do if he continues to put on the performance he does. He will continue to earn their respect over time. If he doesn’t then he clearly won’t be champion for long.