An Indian (dothead kind) won the world wrestling championship Sunday night, defeating a long-time white American for the title.
Since “professional wrestling” is scripted, what difference does it make?
In the greater scheme of things it makes no difference. Who cares?
However, let’s acknowledge that American sports is another form of indoctrination, like Hollywood movies and TV. The object is to further normalize the idea that we’re all one race–the human race– and that America and its institutions must be shared with the brown and black races.
WWE Backlash 2017 ended with a shocker: Jinder Mahal defeating Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship.
Mahal’s victory is a shocker to many fans, who couldn’t bare the thought of Mahal actually becoming WWE Champion. But Mahal is indeed a much better option to hold that title than Orton, and here’s why.
Most of the criticism regarding Mahal’s main event push has stemmed from its suddenness, with Mahal going from jobber to No. 1 contender seemingly overnight. Of course, there are also those questioning whether or not Mahal’s rise to the main event is really just another example of Vince McMahon’s love of “body guys” with impressive physiques that resemble those of the Greek gods.
But Mahal’s push is about much more than that. He is, in fact, a prime example of what that first “W” in WWE stands for: World.
WWE prides itself on being a global company, even boasting in its Investor Presentation that 40% of the company’s recruits last year were from somewhere outside of the United States. But having international superstars and actually pushing them at the top are two completely different things, and WWE lacks the true international flare it claims to have.
Prior to Backlash, every current champion on the main roster was billed from North America aside from the Cruiserweight Champion, Neville, who is holding what is probably the least prestigious title in the company. A win for Mahal at Backlash went a long way toward remedying that problem by putting WWE’s most prestigious title on an international superstar.
Although Mahal is from Canada, the May 15 edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that he “is of Punjabi descent and can speak the language,” which makes him him such a huge asset to a company that is attempting to expand its presence in India.
WWE recently launched WWE Shop in India, a move that came just a month before WWE named a new Vice President and General Manager of WWE India. Ed Wells, who is WWE’s Executive Vice President, International noted in a press release that “WWE is committed to expanding its presence in India.”
There is no better way to do that than by crowning Mahal the WWE Champion.
Here’s a minute out of the match. The Hindus are seen cheating.
Here’s 22 minutes of highlights (lowlights, depending on your perspective):