On a recent episode of Talk is Jericho, The Big Show said that he had developed an admiration for Jinder Mahal’s in-ring work and impressive physique. The World’s Largest Athlete also stated that he respected the Modern Day Maharaja. Before Jinder Mahal was drafted SmackDown Live as a part of the Superstar Shake-up, he had an excellent match with The Big Show at a WWE Live Event. Both men went back and forth with each other, and the former WCW Champion even took a body slam from Mahal, reminiscent of Hogan and Andre. They’ve since developed a camaraderie and sung each other’s praises.
The Big Show praised the Indo-Canadian Superstar for making changes to his body and developing an imposing physique. The World’s Largest Athlete also stated that Jinder Mahal looked the part of a champion and carried an aura of menace. He said:
“Jinder Mahal, this up-and-coming heel, who [has] a fantastic, different look and who [has] made a lot of changes in his work and his body. I mean, Jinder’s work is really good.
He’s tall. He’s like a striking viper, or a praying mantis, or something, but he also looks physically impressive. He doesn’t look like somebody’s gardener that got out and in the wrong place or something.”
Jinder Mahal will defend the WWE Championship against Randy Orton at WWE Battleground on July 23, 2017, in a Punjabi Prison Match. The Big Show is currently without a creative direction, but there are some reports which indicate that he could face Big Cass at Summerslam. The big man has said that he will be retiring in February 2018 once his contract with the WWE expires.