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10. Heath Slater Wanted Jinder Mahal To Be WWE Champ For A Year

Jinder Mahal

Not many people were left disappointed when AJ Styles beat Jinder Mahal on SmackDown to become the new WWE Champion. After all, WWE had done a poor job convincing fans that Mahal was suddenly credible, and his proposed Survivor Series match against Brock Lesnar didn't seem enticing. Heath Slater disagrees.

Speaking to Wrestling Inc, Mahal's former 3MB buddy said he had hoped Jinder would hold onto the title for at least a year. Mahal bagged the belt from Randy Orton in May though, so it's not as if WWE didn't give the 'Modern Day Maharaja' time as champ. Slater is clearly just looking out for his friend here.

12 months is a long time to have an unconvincing champion at the helm. Mahal was perhaps a worthy experiment, but he was never going to be accepted as a genuine headliner on the level of guys like Styles or Lesnar. Sorry, Heath. People had suffered enough!


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