Jinder Mahal is in his second month as WWE Champion, and now faces the biggest match in his career at WWE Battleground.
Sunday night, Mahal takes on Randy Orton in the first Punjabi Prison match in a decade and defends his title in the process. Mahal spoke to USA Today about the dangers of the challenge in front of him during a recent interview.
“I would say it’s the most dangerous match in the history of WWE,” Mahal told For The Win last week. "I’ve seen Hell in a Cell; I’ve seen the Elimination Chamber. This trumps them all. This match is made for beasts and that is exactly what Randy and I have to become. I’m sure we won’t disappoint. We’re going to steal the show. … The risk is high and so is the reward, because the reward is the WWE championship.”
Mahal was given a title run after years of working as an enhancement talent in WWE. Becoming the champion has started a neverending media tour for him, but he says he's up to the task
“I knew what being the champion means,” he said. “When you’re WWE champion, you’re on 24/7. You have to do media, you have to do appearances. You’re recognized everywhere you go. On a nightly basis, you have to perform on a main event level. That’s what it takes to be WWE champion and that’s what it takes to stay WWE champion. I want to do all these things because I want to be the face of the company. I want to the man, the man that people pay to see, the man that main events pay-per-views. I want to open up RAW and SmackDown. This is my goal and I’m making it happen by working harder and harder to stay in this position.”