Jinder Mahal was recently interviewed by Fox Sports after his WWE Championship win. He talked about his diet, Vince McMahon, and more. Here are some of the highlights:
How the past 48 hours have been for him:
“Very crazy, you know, I’ve just been so busy. I haven’t taken the time to really let it sink in. I’m sure when I go home tomorrow it’ll all sink in. But right after I won I was in the gym the next day training, [had] a live event yesterday, trained again today and I’m on SmackDown.
That moment when I won and when I came back through Gorilla… the best thing that’s ever happened to me. 15 years I’ve put in work, hard work to get to this point. Obviously I went through being released from WWE… being signed at a young age to debut when I was 24. So, you know, it’s been quite the roller coaster but at that moment it was all worth it. I look forward to once I get home and have a minute to reflect and some alone time.”
If Vince McMahon approached him after his win:
“He was very happy, shook my hand. He was standing up when I came back through Gorilla. I get a lot of advice from Vince. I believe he’s a genius, so a lot of promos and everything… the last couple weeks after a match or a promo, Vince is the first person that I come to talk to. He was very happy, he could see that I was improving, and Vince is one of those guys… if you care, he cares about you. I have a great relationship with Vince now, which is one of those things I never had before, because I would kind of avoid him. But now I come back and Vince is the first person that I see every week.”
If there was a specific time he realized he wanted to change his physique:
“That moment actually came before I signed back with WWE. I was kind of in a slump and I was eating junk food every day, drinking too much, and I actually weighed about 260. Just kind of real soft.
So one day I just decided that enough’s enough. I stopped drinking, I still don’t drink. It’s been almost a year now, it’ll be a year next week. I just ordered [from] a meal prep company called Nutrition Solutions, I ordered a meal prep and that’s virtually all I ate. And I started training again, and just, you know, caring about myself. Two months later I was signed back to WWE. Whereas I sat out for two years, nobody called me, nobody cared about me. As soon as I started caring, two months later I was signed back to WWE. It just sparked something in me, if I keep working… If I care, they care. And doors start to open.
I haven’t eaten a cheat meal in months, but I’m not even tempted to because I see the results that I’m getting and it’s giving me confidence, which in return [makes] me more aggressive in the ring, and helps make me more believable as a superstar. It’s motivating me even more. Diet hard, train hard.
After the world championship, no cheating, just had chicken and rice and I was in the gym the next day early in the morning. I’m going to keep working hard, and hopefully this is just the beginning.”
What the maharaja means:
“Maharaja means ‘the grand king.’ “Maha” means grand, and “raja,” is king.”
For the full interview with Jinder Mahal, check out Fox Sports.