Jinder Mahal states that he was originally not supposed to wrestle at WWE Superstar Spectacle 2023 in India

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Superstar Spectacle and CM Punk became topics of conversation. 

Jinder Mahal’s 2024 started off by sharing the ring with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on Monday Night Raw and now having a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match scheduled for 1/15.

WWE India went live on Instagram with Mahal to discuss the current happenings in his career. They looked back at the Superstar Spectacle event in India in 2023. Mahal shared that originally, he was not going to wrestle on the show but he asked to have a match. 

The bout started as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn versus Indus Sher (Veer & Sanga) with Mahal at ringside, then converted into a six-man tag with Drew McIntyre joining Owens and Zayn. 

The return to Hyderabad (for WWE Superstar Spectacle) this year was spectacular. At first, I wasn’t supposed to have a match. But, I asked for it. I knew that this was gonna be a special event that the Modern Day Maharaja has to compete in the ring so, we made it happen and what a way to top it off by doing Naatu Naatu (dance).

In addition to Mahal, also aiming to become World Champion is CM Punk. Mahal expressed that he has mixed emotions about Punk’s return to WWE. He added that he understands Seth Rollins’ view of him, but said Punk is one of the all-time greats. 

You know, I have mixed emotions (about CM Punk’s WWE return). The fan in me is excited. Excited for CM Punk’s return. I’m excited for the matches, I’m excited to get in the ring with CM Punk. But, I do see Seth’s point because I was there in WWE when CM Punk was in WWE the last time and Seth (Rollins) also has a point. But, nonetheless, let’s see what CM Punk does, let’s see his attitude, let’s see his reaction. Let’s see if he offers the opportunity to younger superstars. Let’s see. Overall, I’m excited but, I can see Seth’s point. But, at the same time, we have a new generation of fans. Some people haven’t seen CM Punk before and this is the first time they’re seeing CM Punk. But, CM Punk is one of the all-time greats and I’m curious to see if he still has it. So let’s find out.

After the 1/15 Raw goes off the air, POST Wrestling’s John Pollock and Wai Ting will be live with their review of the show. 

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit WWE India with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.

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