Jinder Mahal's says that his WWE Championship win proves that anyone on the roster is capable of being a world champion.
"I think this is actually a great thing for wrestling, for the locker room, to see me go from the bottom of the card, opening match type guy to all the hard work I put in and now I'm at the main event level," Mahal said. "It's kind of a motivating feeling to them that it's possible."
Mahal remembered going backstage after his title match against Orton and said he felt elated seeing everyone who was at the Gorilla Position give him a standing ovation.
"As soon as I walked through Gorilla, they are all standing there and giving me a standing ovation," Mahal said. "It was one of the greatest feelings I have ever had. I don't think I ever got a standing ovation walking back through Gorilla before. I've been working for 15 years now, so half of my life has been dedicated to wrestling. So that felt great. It all felt worth it at the exact moment that I won. Coming back through Gorilla and getting all the respect from Vince and all the boys and the producers, it was really a dream come true."
SmackDown Live's next pay-per-view Money in the Bank will feature Mahal defending his WWE Championship against Orton in a rematch. Money in the Bank will take place on June 18.