A lot of people were surprised by the fact that Triple H defeated Jinder Mahal during the recent WWE Live Event in India despite the fact that they have tried to build Mahal as a hero in the country.
During his recent interview with NBC Sport, the Game explained the reason behind this decision and said that the markets of US and India are completely different:
“I often think it’s funny to me that people in America, who have never been to India, put their thoughts and their beliefs onto other people, ‘like clearly, that’s the truth.’ (Laughs). It’s totally different there! The way they see things and react to things is very different.”
Continuing on the topic he revealed story a Bollywood Star (presumably Varun Dhawan) told him of how he got suspended from school for using the Game’s catchphrase:
“When we were over there a few months ago having business meetings, to hear the people who are running television studios or Internet companies say to me ‘I watched you when I was a teenager. You were like the biggest guy in the world.’ I met a massive Bollywood star the other day who told me that I was his entire childhood. He got suspended from school for telling someone to ‘suck it.”
Later in the interview, he explained that while Jinder is over in the Nation he is still growing and still needs to earn the respect of the fans:
At a time in ’96 when there were like three channels there, we were on one of them all of the time. It’s not to say Jinder wasn’t ‘over’ there. He was! You have to understand the market. It’s not like everyone just went, ‘Oh my God he’s Indian! He looks like us so we love him.’ They are a savvy market. They understand that he’s [playing] a bad guy [on television]. Even though he got a massive reaction, he still needs to earn their respect. He’s still growing and still new. You know what I mean?”