Connect with us
Explain Like I'm Kayfabe: Who has earned a shot at WWE Champion Jinder Mahal?

Pro Wrestling

Explain Like I’m Kayfabe: Who has earned a shot at WWE Champion Jinder Mahal?

Using some of the factors General Manager Daniel Bryan has used in the past, who should be next in line for a WWE Championship opportunity?

With Hell in a Cell 2017 in the books, Sami Zayn planning a Festival of Friendship with his old-new bestie Kevin Owens, and Baron Corbin holding a championship, it’s time to consider who is worthy of meeting The Modern Day Maharaja, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, in singles competition.  No doubt, as SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan did when determining Randy Orton’s number one contendership prior to Backlash 2017, a number of Superstars will be considered for the spot most recently held, and presumably vacated, by Shinsuke Nakamura on the heels of his second loss in a row to the champ.  So, who’s in and who’s out in this process?  Let’s take a look at some possible contenders based on a few criteria.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly wrestling podcast, PTW!
  • The wrestler must have won a match at Hell in a Cell or recently lost a title, finalizing a feud.

OR

  • The wrestler must have a positive win-loss record in 2017.

OR

  • The wrestler must be a former WWE, Universal, or World Champion.

#1 Qualifier: Kevin Owens

Explain Like I'm Kayfabe: Who has earned a shot at WWE Champion Jinder Mahal?

With a huge win over Shane McMahon at Hell in a Cell and momentum after his attacks on Sami Zayn and Mr. McMahon himself, Owens is positioned to be a top contender.  While he does not have a solid win-loss record (8-10 on SDL and PPV in 2017), he is a former Universal Champion.

#2 Qualifier: AJ Styles

Explain Like I'm Kayfabe: Who has earned a shot at WWE Champion Jinder Mahal?

While AJ lost his United States Championship to Baron Corbin at Hell in a Cell and failed to regain it the following Tuesday, he remains in the conversation for a WWE Title shot.  His win-loss record (17-16 on SDL and PPV in 2017) puts him barely above water, but his reign as WWE Champion will always bring his name to the top of the roster.

#3 Qualifier: Bobby Roode

Explain Like I'm Kayfabe: Who has earned a shot at WWE Champion Jinder Mahal?

A new face to SDL, Bobby Roode brings years of bona fides along with his GLORIOUS robes and impact moves.  He is currently undefeated on SDL and in WWE PPVs in 2017, just coming off a victory over Dolph Ziggler at Hell in a Cell.  Depending on how Roode bides his time, he may aim for Baron Corbin’s US Title first before stepping up to the WWE Title, but in the Era of the Maharaja, anything is possible.

#4 Qualifier: The New Day

Explain Like I'm Kayfabe: Who has earned a shot at WWE Champion Jinder Mahal?

The New Day is an enigma in this contendership puzzle.  None of the members are former heavyweight singles champions, although Kofi Kingston has four reigns as Intercontinental champ and three as the US champ to his name.  The entire team is credited as the longest-reigning tag champs in WWE history, with Kingston coming in as the longest cumulative tag champ in WWE history with a total of nine tag team titles to his name.  The New Day lost their match against The Usos at Hell in a Cell and have moved on as Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin are now #1 Contenders for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles.  It has long been known that The New Day consider winning the WWE Title the ultimate goal for the entire team.  Kingston’s SDL/PPV win-loss is 4-3, the same as Big E, with Xavier Woods coming in at .500 (3-3).

With the way the SDL roster is shaking out, these seem to be the primary contenders for Jinder Mahal’s championship.  While others always remain an option (Randy Orton, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Kane, Rusev, or another match against Nakamura), these men seem the most likely.  Only time will tell who gets their shot at the Modern Day Maharrrrrrrrraja.

Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!


Do you love wrestling? Do you have strong opinions on AEW, WWE, NJPW, Impact, ROH, and the independent scene? Do you like to write about wrestling? Then we want you on our team. AIPT is currently recruiting wrestling writers. Apply to write for AIPT today!

Comments

In Case You Missed It

The evolving queerness of 'Young Avengers': the Heinberg and Cheung era The evolving queerness of 'Young Avengers': the Heinberg and Cheung era

The evolving queerness of ‘Young Avengers’: the Heinberg and Cheung era

Comic Books

X-Force #14 X-Force #14

‘X-Force’ #14 review

Comic Books

Sea of Sorrows #1 Sea of Sorrows #1

‘Sea of Sorrows’ #1 review

Comic Books

DC Preview: Legion of Super-Heroes #11 DC Preview: Legion of Super-Heroes #11

DC Preview: Legion of Super-Heroes #11

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup