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Jinder Mahal beats Randy Orton to win WWE Championship at Backlash

Jinder Mahal clinched the WWE Championship belt on Sunday after beating Randy Orton at pay-per-view event Backlash

other sports Updated: May 22, 2017 09:39 IST
HT Correspondent
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Jinder Mahal has become the WWE Champion for the first time in his career.(Twitter/WWE Universe)

Indian-origin wrestler Jinder Mahal on Sunday clinched the WWE Championship after beating Randy Orton at pay-per-view event Backlash.

In the process, Mahal, who is a Canadian national, has become the second wrestler of Indian descent to win a world heavyweight championship in the promotion.

The Great Khali had won the now-defunct World Heavyweight Championship in 2007.

Mahal’s win on Sunday sent shockwaves through the pro wrestling world, with many spectators in Chicago looking visibly surprised by the result.

“I’m very proud to be representing India in the WWE. It makes me proud that I’m representing all of them on such a big scale and I hope I can become WWE Champion and make all of India proud,” Mahal had earlier said ahead of his title match.

First Published: May 22, 2017 09:34 IST