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I will retain my title at Money in the Bank: Jinder Mahal

InternationalI will retain my title at Money in the Bank: Jinder Mahal

NEW DELHI: The odds are stacked against WWE Champion Jinder Mahal this Sunday, as he puts his WWE Championship on the line for the first time at the SmackDown Live exclusive pay-per-view, Money in the Bank, at St. Louis, Missouri against 13-time World Champion, Randy Orton. St. Louis is Orton’s hometown and ‘The Viper’ has made it clear that he will not lose to Mahal in front of his family and friends at any cost and Mahal admits that he is nervous ahead of the main event clash.Jinder Mahal

“I am definitely nervous”, 30-year-old told TOI Sports in a telephonic conversation. “It is lot of pressure; this is the pinnacle of sports entertainment; this is for the WWE Championship. I am nervous for every match, not just this match. Every match really means so much and this is main-event level.”

Since winning the title, Mahal has built good momentum in his first title run and it might seem Mahal will get an extended run, but he knows that Orton will bring his A game on Sunday and with the crowd expected to be in favour of Orton, it will be added pressure for him to retain his title.
“I know Randy (Orton) will bring his best. Since it is in his hometown, he will have the home field advantage. But I can’t let people get to me. The crowd is going to support Orton, but I know I have got to be focused and my main goal is to retain my WWE Championship. There is a lot of pressure, but I thrive on pressure and I look forward to using that pressure in a positive way to motivate me to retain my Championship at Money in the Bank and I have the Singh brothers (Sunil and Samir) watching my back and I will retain the title,” said Mahal.
When he first won the title at WWE Backlash, Mahal had said that he intends to keep the title with him for a long time and he will put his best foot forward against any challenger and with 16-time World Champion John Cena’s set to return to SmackDown Live next month, there is a high possibility that Mahal gets in to a program with Cena, given he walks out of Money in the Bank as Champion. Mahal has already revealed that a storyline with Cena will help his credibility as a champion.

“I would definitely like to face off against John Cena, and not just face off against Cena but to defeat him as well. In my opinion he is the greatest WWE superstar. So, if I can beat Cena that would cement me as one of the greatest WWE champions of all time and that is my goal. And to become the greatest WWE Champion, I must defeat other greats,” added Mahal.

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