The Modern Day Maharajah is now at a shocking 123 days and by the time he has his title defence against Shinsuke Nakamura at the Hell in a Cell Pay-per-view, he will tie AJ Styles at 140 days.
For me, SmackDown Live is under performing and has really lost that X factor when it comes to the WWE Championship. Not just Jinder’s reign, John Cena became a 16 time Champion and then 14 days later, Bray Wyatt finally got his hands on the WWE Championship. He then lost it at Wrestlemania 33 to Randy Orton who also had an uninspiring run as the Champion which lasted 50 days.
I’m not saying I want SmackDown Live to take a page out of RAW’s book and find their own Lesnar who can turn up when he likes, have matches whenever he likes, keep the belt for as long as he likes. That is why I admire Mahal, he’s there every week and you gotta respect that. Albeit, his matches are stale and he is rigid in the ring and as I mentioned in a previous article. It still feels like he thinks about things too much and is going through the motions. I think he’s tried his best and no one can take this away from him. He’s in the history books.
Speaking of history, Jinder Mahal’s current run as WWE Champion has seen him surpass some big names in the WWE. Superstars such as Mankind (26 days), Edge (76 days), Ric Flair (77 days) and Chris Jericho (98 days). If Mahal manages (and I’m sure he will) to hold the Championship until Hell in a Cell, it will extend his record to 140 days, tying himself with AJ Styles and besting the likes of The Undertaker (133 days), Eddie Guerrero (133 days), Kurt Angle (126 days) and The Rock (119 days).
For me, it’s time this comes to an end. Mahal must drop the belt at Hell in a Cell.
SmackDown Live and the title picture really needs an injection of excitement and there is nobody better out there than The King of Strong Style, Shinsuke Nakamura. It left me stunned that Nakamura didn’t capture the title at SummerSlam. The stage was set and it would have been the perfect place and time for him to make a statement and capture the title.
A lot of people, including myself have been wrong on just how far WWE are willing to push Jinder and their commitment to his character and title reign. Rumours are afloat The Maharaja may retain at Hell in a Cell and ultimately face off with Free Agent, John Cena for his potential 17th championship.
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