The monster push of Jinder Mahal has been one of the biggest stories in WWE this year. Whether people liked it or not, WWE pushed him to the spotlight leading to Mahal winning the WWE Championship. Mahal held the WWE Championship for 170 days before dropping it to AJ Styles on last week’s Smackdown.
The reason Mahal had such a long title run is because WWE thought that it would attract some of the the 1.3 billion people in India (a number Mahal said many times) to the WWE product. While a lot of fans watch on TV or follow along on the internet via Youtube, WWE didn’t have any live events in India until October when WWE announced that there would be two live events in early December. As is always the case in wrestling, the card is subject to change.
It was announced on Tuesday by the Times of India that WWE’s planned two day tour from December 8 and 9 has been changed to just a “Supershow” on December 9 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Delhi. The main event of the show is Triple H vs. Jinder Mahal, which is being called “biggest match in India’s history.”
Here’s an official WWE statement on the change from two shows to one.
“To meet the requests of WWE fans in India, and deliver the biggest main event in the country’s history, WWE is combining two nights of family-friendly action into a one-night only, exclusive Supershow.”
What that could suggest is that ticket sales were not particularly strong for the Friday show on December 8, so WWE must have felt it would be better to just do one show on December 9. We don’t know if that’s the official reason and WWE isn’t going to want to admit to slow ticket sales, but it is very possible.
It was also announced that fans who have booked their tickets for the Friday show can exchange the tickets for Saturday’s WWE Supershow or they can receive a full refund.
We already know the main event is Triple H vs. Jinder Mahal. Here’s the rest of the lineup featuring the Raw brand.
The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) vs. Samoa Joe and RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus
Braun Strowman vs. Kane
Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
Jason Jordan vs Elias
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto
Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil vs Gallows and Anderson
Jeet Rama and Kishan Rafter vs The Miztourage (Rama and Rafter are WWE recruits from India)
Most WWE live events have seven or eight matches on them, so a nine-match card is longer than most.
You can check out Triple H and Jinder’s promos below.