|Tiger Raj Singh|
|Ring Names|| Jinder Mahal|
Tiger Raj Singh
|Height||6 ft 5 in|
|Born||July 19 1986|
|Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Trained by|| Bad News Allen|
The Great Gama
Yuvraj Dhesi (July 19, 1986) is a Canadian professional wrestler better known by his ring name Tiger Raj Singh. After graduating with a business degree, he joined the Canadian Prairie Wrestling Alliance (PWA) and Stampede Wrestling, where he rose through the ranks to become PWA Heavyweight Champion, Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship, and hold other championships. He is currently signed to Florida Championship Wrestling, a developmental promotion for World Wrestling Entertainment, under the ring name Jinder Mahal.
Professional wrestling career
While most Calgary wrestlers train at the infamous Dungeon, Singh began his wrestling career at the Martial Arts Fitness Center in Calgary, Alberta training with former WWE superstar "Razor" Rick Titan and Premier Martial Arts Wrestling (PMW) working as Raj "The Future" Dhesi. He then went on to train with "Champagne" Jerry Morrow and Bad News Allen at the New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo. In Canada's Stampede Wrestling, After working for a time with Hybrid Wrestling Coalition (HWC),Singh teamed with his cousin Gama Singh, Jr., as The Karachi Vice, and Sikh n' Destroy. In March 2005, the team won the Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship, holding it for eight months. They won the title for a second time in December of that year, holding it until November of the following year. He also worked for the Prairie Wrestling Alliance, where he was the PWA Champion from 2008 until January 2010, and also a three time tag team champion. Gingh also competed for Great North Wrestling (GNW), where he feuded with such wrestlers as Samoa Joe and Hannibal. In December 2009, he traveled to Tampa, Florida, to try out for World Wrestling Entertainment's developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). At the try out Steve Keirn, Pat Patterson and Mike Rotunda saw him wrestle but Singh thinks that what sold him to the WWE was his ability to speak Punjabi and his authentic costume like his turban. He remembers that, "I think they needed an Indian guy, they were looking for one."
Florida Championship Wrestling (2010-present)
In early 2010, he was signed to a developmental contract with FCW. Dhesi wrestled his final match for GNW, a victory over McCully, on February 27.
SmackDown, Heel Turn, Alliance with Khali (2011-2012)
Jinder Mahal made his televised WWE debut on the Smackdown episode which aired on 29th April, greeting The Great Khali and his brother, Ranjin Singh backstage. During the segment, Mahal spoke in Punjabi. The next week, Mahal, unimpressed by how Khali and Singh have been partaking in childish activities instead of winning matches, confronted Singh about his mismanagement of Khali. Mahal interrupted a Khali Kiss Cam segment the following week, slapping Khali twice to no response from the giant. On May 20, Mahal interrupted The Great Khali's match against Jey Uso. Khali left the ring to confront Mahal. Mahal slapped Khali again and gave him another lecture. Khali reentered the ring at the count of seven and finished off Jey Uso, taking out Jimmy Uso after the match much to Mahal's pleasure. On the May 27 edition of SmackDown, Ranjin accompanied Khali to the ring, only to be defeated by Kane. After the match, Khali turned on his brother Ranjin before leaving with Jinder, thus forming an alliance between the two and turning them both heel in the process.
Championships and accomplishments
- Prairie Wrestling Alliance
- PWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- PWA Tag Team Championship (3 times)
- Stampede Wrestling
- Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Gama Singh, Jr.
Dhesi is of Punjabi Indian descent and speaks Punjabi and Hindi. He is the nephew of wrestler Gama Singh, and has a degree in business from the University of Calgary.