Jinder Mahal is a Canadian professional wrestler who in 2010 was signed to the WWE where he performs on the SmackDown brand. His incredible wrestling stint has seen him form strategic alliances with the likes of The Great Khali, Heath Slater, and Drew McIntyre, under the group name 3MB. After taking a two-year pause from the ring, the wrestler made a dramatic return that saw him defeat the likes of Randy Orton and at Backlash on May 2017, clinching the 50th WWE Championship.
Jinder Mahal became the first wrestler of Indian origin to win the WWE Championship. As of this writing, Mahal is currently inactive owing to a knee injury but is soon to announce his return. Let’s take a closer look at Jinder Mahal’s personal life.
Who Is Jinder Mahal?
Jinder Mahal was born—Yuvraj Singh Dhesi—in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on July 19, 1986, into a family of wrestlers. His uncle is Stampede Wrestling legend, Gama Singh. Growing up, young Mahal began training at the Martial Arts Fitness Center in his birth city of Calgary, under the likes of Ric Bognar, Allen Coage, and Gery Morrow. He then debuted in the Prairie Wrestling Alliance (PWA) under the stage name Raj Dhesi, where he participated in the PWA Championship from 2008 until January of 2010.
He later made a name switch to Tiger Raj Singh. Under that name, Mahal won several tag team championships in Stampede and in Prairie Wrestling Alliance (PWA). Starting out, Mahal spent a good part of his career teaming with his cousins Gama Singh Jr. Dhesi and Singh Jr. Their alliance became known as The New Karachi Vice and also as Sikh & Destroy. They would go on to win the PWA Canadian Tag Team Championship.
In 2010, Mahal (then Dhesi) tried his hands on the WWE’s developmental promotion; Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). Doing superbly well at the tryout, Mahal got convinced to sign to a developmental contract with FCW. For the next one year, he wrestled there under the moniker Jinder Mahal.
After the termination of the FCW and its replacement with the NXT, Jinder Mahal wrestled in the first edition of the Championship title match where he lost to Seth Rollins. He later formed a three-man wrestling team with WWE main roster stars Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater. The trio went on to gain victory over the likes of team Co-Bro—consisting of Santino Marella and Zack Ryder—in the Survivor Series pre-show.
After the termination of his contract with WWE in June 2014, Jinder Mahal continued to wrestle at the independent wrestling promotion Reality of Wrestling (ROW). He made appearances in ROW events such as the IPPV and the 2014 ROW Summer of Championships. The following year, Jinder Mahal also appeared in the indie Puerto-Rican promotion, the World Wrestling Council, the Japanese indie promotion, Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) and emerged first runner-up in the Qatar Pro Wrestling Souq Waqif Championship tournament in April of 2015.
Mahal got back to the WWE in June 2016 and defeated Heath Slater in a scripted match that landed him a new WWE contract. In the years that followed, Jinder Mahal wrestled with and defeated Randy Orton in a six-man tag-team match in 2017.
The week before, Mahal had attacked Orton and stripped him of his WWE World Championship belt, a belt Shane McMahon ultimately forced him to return on May 2, 2017. But he would regain the belt, this time after defeating Randy Orton in a Backlash event to strip him of the WWE Championship title.
Jinder Mahal’s win made him the 50th holder of the title and the first of Indian descent. In summer of 2019, sources say that Jinder Mahal will be taking a hiatus from the ring as a result of a knee injury he’d suffered earlier. The date of his return haven been announced yet. But as soon as he’s fit to wrestle, he’ll surely make a come back like he used to do.
Is Jinder Mahal Married? Does He Have A Wife
As of 2019, no source singles out the woman in his life. Neither has he been spotted with any mystery woman yet. What we know however is, being Indian, Jinder Mahal’s family are sure to coax the wrestler into settling down with a mate. Now in his early thirties, it’s certain that close relatives are beginning to get concerned about the wrestler’s silence in that regard.