Jinder Mahal has met polarizing reactions from wrestlers, media and fans since his quick swap from enhancement talent to WWE main eventer. John Cena Sr., is among the latest to chime in on the matter.
During a recent interview with Boston Wrestling Sports, Cena spoke critically of Mahal's ability and the fan distaste for his character. According to Cena -- the father of WWE star John Cena -- Mahal doesn't have the right kind of heat for the spot he was given.
"I don't think he's a good champion, I don't think he's a worthy champion, They need to get somebody in there that can get people involved in the championship matches. I don't think he's the man for the job. I'm not impressed. There are other people I can see holding that belt. The fans are going to get pretty tired, pretty fast. They don't like Mahal to start with, and not because he's a good heel, it's because he can't wrestle," said the elder Cena.
Mahal has drawn comparisons to John Bradshaw Layfield's rapid rise in 2004. It's worth noting that JBL had won several televised matches that year, more than Mahal had won over the previous five years on WWE TV. Cena says the only reason WWE is pushing Maahal is for his demographic.
"He's not even close to being a JBL," said Cena. "Mahal is in there for one reason -- they want the Indian market, What better way to get it than to have the champion into the country you're going? He's going hold that when he comes out of India, he's going hold that for a while for whatever reason. To upset the fans, maybe. He certainly is not the same caliber of JBL. He doesn't have the arrogance, the ability, the characterization, the wrestling ability!"
You can see the full interview with Cena Sr. above.