WWE has had to deal with the dire consequences of the global pandemic, which has brought nearly all industries to their knees and necessitated drastic measures. Despite having managed to continue the shows, the Stamford-based federation has not been able to host fans in the arenas for over a year, in addition to the further damage caused by an unprecedented situation.
There have been more than 50 superstars released by the company in the past 16 months, including the likes of Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Mickie James and Bray Wyatt. During a recent interview with Jose G. for Sportskeeda, Jinder Mahal talked about the firing of his dear friends Gurv and Harv Sihra, better known to the general public as the 'Bollywood Boyz'
The former WWE champion illustrated how the professional wrestling business has expanded significantly outside of Vince McMahon's company.
Jinder Mahal signed off with a message for his Indian fans
“There is a myriad of other places where athletes can perform right now to develop their characters,” explained Jinder Mahal.
“The independent circuit seems more prosperous than ever, without forgetting all the other federations that have climbed the hierarchy. I'm trying to say that perhaps there is no better time than now for a superstar to go on an adventure outside of WWE," added the Indian veteran.
Mahal is no stranger to adversity, as his first WWE stint ended in 2014 due to a number of personal problems. The Indo-Canadian star spent the next two years working on the independent circuit. “I told Gurv and Harv to consider the news of their dismissal as an opportunity.
I went through it myself when I was released by WWE, it's not the end of the world. I used that time to improve in and out of the ring. You have the chance to show a side of yourself that until now you have not been able to show off.
The door is never closed forever, so it is possible that WWE will call you back one day." WWE's Modern Day Maharaja signed off with a message for his Indian fans. Jinder Mahal thanked everyone in India for their continuous support and said it was a privilege to represent his country and its people on a global wrestling platform.
"Thank you to everyone for all the support, all the love. I'm very proud and privileged to represent all of you. So, thank you guys, and I hope I can continue to make everyone proud," Jinder Mahal added.