Jinder Mahal, originally Yuvraj Singh Dhesi, is an Indo-Canadian professional wrestler signed to WWE. He was born on the 19th of July 1986 in Calgary, Canada. Wrestling has always been in his blood as he grew up in a wrestling family. He is in fact, the nephew of Stampede Wrestling legend Gama Singh. Currently, he is the WWE Champion in his first reign. In one of his interviews, Jinder admitted that he’s been unhealthy at one point of his life. According to him, “Two months before I came back to WWE I’d hit rock bottom. I was drinking all the time, not watching what I was eating.”
He then eventually changed his lifestyle for the better. “Then one day I said, ‘that’s it’, I’m going to start getting in shape,” he said. “I stopped drinking, did meal prep and starting dieting and training hard. I lost like twenty pounds. Literally, two months of me doing this WWE called me.” Well, it’s a good thing that Jinder changed his unhealthy practices. These days, he is enjoying a fitter, stronger shape.
Jinder Mahal Biceps Size Height Weight Body Measurements
|Real Name||Yuvraj Singh Dhesi|
|Nickname||The Man of Peace, The Maharajah|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Billed Height||in centimeters- 193 cm|
in meters- 1.93 m
in Feet Inches- 6’ 4″
|Billed Weight||in Kilograms- 116 kg|
in Pounds- 256 lbs
|Body Measurements||– Chest: 46 Inches|
– Waist: 33 Inches
– Biceps: 20 Inches
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Debut||WWE (SmackDown): 29 April 2011|
|Titles Won/Achievements||• 1-time WWE Champion|
• Ranked #148 among Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s top 500 singles wrestlers in 2013
|Slam/Finishing move||“Khallas” (Modified Full Nelson Slam)|
|Date of Birth||19 July 1986|
|Age (as in 2018)||32 Years|
|Birth Place||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Cancer|
|Hometown||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|College||University of Calgary, Canada|
|Educational Qualifications||Business degree in communications and culture|
|Family||Father– Name Not Known|
Mother– Name Not Known
Brothers– Not Known
Sister– Not Known
Uncle– Gama Singh (Former Wrestler)
|Hobbies||Watching movies, playing video games|
|Controversy||• In late 2016, Jinder Mahal’s beefed-up body raised many eyebrows. Wrestling Expert Dave Meltzer also associated the acne on Mahal’s back with some substance abuse. If that wasn’t enough, former WWE Superstar Ryback also expressed his doubt on Mahal’s drastic body transformation. Mahal, however, denied all such claims, stating that strict diet and workout routine are the only two factors behind his physique.|
|Favourite Wrestlers||John Cena, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker|
|Girls, Family & More|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Jinder Mahal
- Does Jinder Mahal smoke: No
- Does Jinder Mahal drink alcohol: No
- An ardent wrestling fan from a young age, Mahal began his professional wrestling career at the Martial Arts Fitness Center in Calgary, Alberta.
- At the age of 19, Mahal started wrestling as ‘Tiger Raj Singh’ at Stampede Wrestling, Canada’s premium wrestling promotion based in the city of Calgary.
- Not many people know that Mahal is the nephew of former wrestler “Gama Singh”. Originally hailing from Punjab, Gama immigrated to Canada in the early 1960’s and started training under Stu Hart, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart’s father. He even worked with the WWF as a heel (negative character) in the 1980’s. The former wrestler, owing to his heel character, had to often bear the abuse of the fans on the streets.
- He has trained under as many as 4 former wrestlers. The most notable of the lot being late Olympic bronze medalist and former wrestler Allen Coage alias Bad News Bronze.
- Whenever WWE held selection camps in Canada, Mahal was one of those who would always turn up for an ‘audition’. In fact, in order to qualify for the future rounds of the selection process, Mahal was put in a short match against future fellow wrestler Tyler Breeze. However, due to some misunderstanding on Mahal’s part, he was rejected and Breeze was instead given a developmental contract.
- A dejected Mahal did not give up hope though and kept trying for future competitions. When The Great Khali’s contract was coming to its final stage, the WWE was desperate to hire some Indian talent who could fill up the void that would be created by Khali’s absence. As a result, when the ‘Maharaja’ attended an open tryout in Florida, he was signed right on the spot. Mahal’s fluency in the ‘Punjabi’ language also earned him some brownie points while selection.
- After getting into the American wrestling industry, the road for Mahal was not an easy one. The aspiring wrestler was often used as a jobber and a lower mid-card athlete; meaning, that he was only used as a guy who would put over other guys to portray them as strong and himself as weak. Thus, Mahal’s first 4-year stint with the company ended on a disappointing note.
- For the next 2 years, he wrestled on the independent circuit and even went to as far as Japan looking for opportunities. In 2016, he made a return to his ‘dream company’; once a jobber, Mahal rose slowly to the ranks, and even defeated veteran Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.