Within the last couple of days, some of the wrestling news sites have been reporting on a potentially big match at Survivor Series. Rumor has it that each brand’s top title holders will square off. That’s right, we could be watching Jinder Mahal take on Brock Lesnar at one of WWE’s biggest pay-per-views of the year.
If I told you six months ago that the Modern Day Maharaja and the Beast Incarnate would headline a pay-per-view, you would be calling for the men in white coats to take me away. At WrestleMania, on the same night that Brock Lesnar would defeat Bill Goldberg for the universal title, Mahal was being made a fool by Rob Gronkowski. We could go through a slew of differences that make this matchup all the more unlikely but never the less, it is a hot rumor and may just become a reality this November. As if the shock of this possible matchup isn’t enough, I’m going to go on record now and say that Jinder Mahal will defeat Brock Lesnar. Here are a few reasons why I can see Jinder Mahal winning this match.
The obvious has already been stated that this would be a nontitle match. This means that unlike every other time we’ve seen Brock Lesnar wrestle since WrestleMania, he can afford to lose.
To me, this comes down to a couple of questions. Who has more to gain from a win at Survivor Series? Which one of these superstars is in need of a bigger push? Without question, the answer is Jinder Mahal. Why else would Vince McMahon put this match together? Brock Lesnar really has nothing to gain from this match.
Since putting the title on Mahal, Vince McMahon has been hellbent on pushing the Modern Day Maharaja as far as he possibly can. Call it a marketing tactic or just plain stubbornness, McMahon wants you to buy in on Jinder Mahal being a relevant WWE champion.
What better jump start than to defeat Brock Lesnar. As we mentioned in a previous piece about the universal title, Lesnar has been defying all odds over the last few months. His string of big wins would come against Samoa Joe, a SummerSlam fatal four way, and lastly, Braun Strowman. With the exception of defeating the Undertaker at WrestleMania 30, his string of wins over the last handful of months is his most impressive run yet. This is precisely why Lesnar can afford to lose this match. The competition for Lesnar’s title will not be any less fierce just because he could lose to Jinder Mahal.
During the buildup, Paul Heyman can wax poetic over just how much of a long shot it is for Mahal to defeat his client. In turn, this will also give Mahal something to talk about. Finally, his promo wouldn’t have to revolve around Americans or Shinsuke Nakamura’s facial expressions. His promos can be about one of the biggest names in the game.
Mahal doesn’t need a clean victory in order to be elevated either. It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that the Singh Brothers will get involved. It is also just as likely that Lesnar will throw Mahal’s henchmen around like a couple of ragdolls. While the fans have a good laugh at watching the Singh Brothers visit suplex city, Mahal can sneak behind for a quick pinfall. If Jinder ends up winning this match it is likely going to be against a distracted Lesnar. That is what true heels do.
The reasoning for Lesnar not losing much ground over a loss is the exact reason a win for Jinder would help him. We have already discussed the promos that Mahal could have pre Survivor Series but imagine his post promos. Mahal would have a promo worth cutting. Much like how Roman Reigns carries his win over the Undertaker like a badge of honor, Jinder Mahal can do the same with Brock Lesnar. Especially if it isn’t the cleanest win. Mahal claiming to take down the beast after weaseling his way to victory is one of the best ways to generate heat.
Imagine the frustration that would consume the WWE universe over a Jinder Mahal victory. Twitter will light up with criticism and angst. I can see the endless tweets now of die-hard fans vowing to cancel their WWE network subscriptions. Spoiler alert, those angry fans won’t cancel their subscriptions. It would likely be even worse than when he defeated Randy Orton for the championship.
When you take that frustration of Mahal bragging during his promos, it puts him right back where Vince wants him. And if you really think about it, for better or for worse, Vince McMahon wants a reaction. Jinder Mahal defeating Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series would be trending on twitter much faster than the reverse. It may even help out with some of the merchandise sales. Am I the only one who doesn’t think that this potential match is tailor-made for a Jinder Mahal upset? Feel free to vote below and sound off but when it happens, remember who told you first.
Writing credit goes to Michael Hauff
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