Indian-origin wrestler Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton to become the new WWE Champion in the main event of tonight’s WWE Backlash pay-per-view from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
“I’m very proud to be representing India in the WWE. It makes me proud that I’m representing all of them on such a big scale and I hope I can become WWE Champion and make all of India proud,” Mahal had earlier said ahead of his title match.
In the process, Mahal, who is a Canadian national, has become the second wrestler of Indian descent to win a world heavyweight championship in the promotion.
The Great Khali had won the now-defunct World Heavyweight Championship in 2007.
Below are reactions to the win from current and former WWE Superstars:
Good little piece of business.
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) May 22, 2017
Congrats @JinderMahal. Top lad. 👊🏼
— Stu Bennett (@StuBennett) May 22, 2017
Don’t hinder Jinder@JinderMahal
— TJ Wilson (@TJWilson) May 22, 2017
Congrats to the Nnneeewww WWE champion @JinderMahal
— Howard Finkel (@howardfinkel) May 22, 2017
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) May 22, 2017
— Peyton Royce (@WWEPeytonRoyce) May 22, 2017
— Dana Brooke WWE (@DanaBrookeWWE) May 22, 2017
That was amazing wow…..#Backlash……just wow
— Cedric Alexander (@CedricAlexander) May 22, 2017
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) May 22, 2017
— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) May 22, 2017
— James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) May 22, 2017