Veer Mahan WWE Exclusive: Tripund on the forehead, Rudraksh garland around the neck, long beard, fierce form… Yes, here we are talking about the red ‘Veer Mahan’ of India i.e. Rinku Singh Rajput. This is the same heroic great who created a sensation overnight by dusting the pair of dreaded wrestlers like Rey Mystrio and Dominic in their very first match in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The fan following of this Indian wrestler is increasing day by day. When he beat Pakistani-origin wrestler Mustafa Ali in a dangerous manner, every wrestler got panic. Now his fear is increasing among the star wrestlers of WWE.
In an exclusive conversation with Navbharat Times, he spoke openly about his fierce form, wrestling career and challenges in the WWE ring. He also said that anyone who challenges him in the ring will be beaten up. Let’s see what he said…
How was your journey from baseballer to WWE legend?
First of all the love that I am getting from India, it is the nobility of Indians who are giving me so much respect. My journey in baseball has been very difficult, but things got easier as time went on. When I came to WWE after playing for almost eight and a half years, that journey was also full of difficulties. Because leaving one field and coming to another area is not so easy. Because of this, it took me some time to adapt and change things. But after overcoming all those difficulties, now I am in front of you as a brave great.
Baseballer and wrestler are two different sports, so what were the challenges you faced when you had to enter wrestling except in one field?
I think all the challenges are the same. You feel that you cannot move forward or that you cannot do something. But the challenges are the same. If you face the challenges boldly, I don’t think any challenge can stand in your way. I have faced the challenges that have been before me, whether it has been in baseball or wrestling. Although some physical things were definitely challenging for me, like increasing body weight, giving a new look to the body. Baseball’s physique and training were very different, but WWE’s training and looks are quite different. So I had to prepare a lot for that. I’ve spent a lot of years trying to shape the body and fulfill the needs of wrestling. It was not easy, but when one has to work hard, things become easy.
Baseball’s physique and training were very different, but WWE’s training and looks are quite different. So I had to prepare a lot for that. I’ve spent a lot of years trying to shape the body and fulfill the needs of wrestling. It was not easy, but when one has to work hard, things become easy.
Veer Mahan, WWE Wrestler
In today’s time everyone is afraid of you in the ring of WWE, but talking about you, is there any player, seeing whom you think that it makes sense?
Look, we are Indians, from the soil I belong to, I do not feel that there is anything called fear in me. Whether it is Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns or anyone else in the ring, I will stand firm. After seeing anyone, it never came to my mind that it is strong. I believe in my hard work. I know that no matter who stands within the ambit of the hard work I am doing, they will all be defeated.
Today, many players are being given opportunities from India in WWE, while there has been a long time in which no Indian player has been seen in the ring for years. What do you think is the reason behind this change? Are 130 crore people behind this or something?
There are winning fans of this wrestling in India, they have always been demanding that they should be given their hero. I think after the Great Khali there has not been anyone that the people of our country can cheer for. So I think that somewhere the demand of the people of India was fulfilled by WWE and Sony Sports and they are doing it. I personally would like that more talent should come from India and they should be given a chance, so that they can bring glory to India.
We have seen that many old players like Undertaker, Hulk are showing or showing their power in the ring for many years, but despite being famous Indian players are seen in the ring only for few years, what is the reason behind this?
Look, there are many reasons behind this. First, as our body sometimes does some work for a long time, then the body itself says that I will not do this work, then we have to leave the ring. Second, there are many superstars who are constantly in the ring, playing for a long time, because they are very attached to the fans and the ring. The Great Khali Sahib appeared for a few years, because he had to go back to his country and his family. We live far away from our family. I am also the family, the country is farthest here, how many days will I be able to survive? So here comes the matter that for how long you want to do, preparations have to be done accordingly.
The Great Khali Sahib appeared for a few years, because he had to go back to his country and his family. We live far away from our family. I am also the family, the country is farthest here, how many days will I be able to survive? So here comes the matter that for how long you want to do, preparations have to be done accordingly.
Veer Mahan, WWE Wrestler
There are millions of fans of your great look in the ring. So what is the story behind adopting this look and how long does it take you to create this look?
When I came to WWE, I felt that something should be done so that the name of India should be illuminated and the culture, civilization of the country should be taken forward. When we apply tripunda on our forehead, it takes us some time, because sometimes the match is quick and time is less, then because of that we have to start preparing for the look 45 to 50 minutes in advance. If we talk about thinking, then it took a year to think which getup should be adopted.