The second-greatest wrestler working today made his return to WWE last week. I'm talking, of course, about the Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal. The greatest wrestler, of course, is Baron Corbin, but let's not hinder the Jinder here. WWE knows that Jinder equals ratings, so they've released a new behind-the-scenes video about Jinder's return to the ring, looking at the time from Mahal arriving at the Performance Center to right after his first match back.
"I figured I might as well be proactive and I started emailing the right people who I needed to contact and let them know that hey, I'm cleared, and I'm ready to come back any time, so, a couple emails back and forth, and 'hey, you're coming back,' so it's really exciting," Mahal said of how he fast-tracked his return. "It's awesome to be back. Seeing familiar faces. Seeing some new faces. Just hanging out in the locker room, I said to Shelton Benjamin, we were just making some jokes and having fun, I was like, 'man, I miss being in the locker room.' It's been a while. Just seeing the guys and the camaraderie that's there can only be found in the locker room."
Mahal was excited about his match, but when you've been away from the ring, there's always the possibility of ring rust. I feel good. I'm excited. My body feels good. I feel like I'm in good shape, but we'll find out. It's really hard to replicate the conditioning for what you need in the ring in a gym or doing anything else other than just wrestling, but I did my best. I used the aerodyne bike quite a bit. I did a lot of burpees. Hopefully, it translates to what we do in the ring. Time will tell."
Jinder Mahal is no ordinary wrestler, however, and there was no rust. The Modern-Day Maharaja dominated Akira Tozawa in his return. Afterward, he said, "Coming in, I was kind of a little bit nervous of how I would perform without no fans or none of the WWE Universe because a lot of what I do is based off reaction and instincts and feeling kinda their reactions does dictate what I do in the ring. It felt good. I really did miss it while I was gone." Watch the video below.