Picking up where we left off Jinder & The Singh's would begin their feud with The New Day following the Royal Rumble event. This would be a short feud heading to Fast Lane 2018 which was the last Smackdown exclusive event. Now even though some might think it's backward to have Jinder lose it's all a part of the plan and the bigger picture to let New Day partially because Jinder will not take the fall during the match. Heading into Wrestlemania 34 we will have Jinder enter the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and we will let him get the win and get some momentum going in his favor.
Jinder will brag for the next few weeks about winning the battle royal heading into "The Greatest Royal Rumble." At this event he will have an even better performance then he did at the Royal Rumble by actually winning the match, because letting Jinder get the win would give the match a lot more of a purpose. Following the event once again Jinder will brag about winning his second battle royal in about a month building more and more momentum. Fast forward to the build-up to Money in the Bank we will see Jinder compete in a six-pack challenge to fight AJ Styles for the WWE Championship.
Jinder will get the win in the six-pack challenge that also included Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, and Samoa Joe. The reason for his win would be based on not only the mounting momentum that has been building but also the fact that it would give AJ Styles a new challenger which was something he desperately needed at this point after his lackluster feud with Nakamura. In the build to Money in the Bank, this is when the "Modern Day Maharaja" moniker will be added to his entrance video really pushing the nickname in promos while he wouldn't appear until the Singh Brothers would introduce him as the "Modern Day Maharaja."
At Money in the Bank, we will see Jinder get the fluke victory over AJ Styles ending his long reign as champion in my opinion. This would get a lot of heat on Jinder for defeating Styles with the help of the Singh's. The following Smackdown we will see a coronation for Jinder becoming champion and it is interrupted by AJ Styles who wants his rematch at Extreme Rules. Now the original main event from the show will stick that being Dolph against Seth in an Iron-man match due to the finish that will come for the WWE Title match. In the build, to the event the Good Brothers will get involved on AJ's side to even the odds, but AJ begs them to only show up if they are needed at the PPV. The match at Extreme Rules will end in a draw when both the Singh's & Good Brothers get involved setting up a six-man tag for Summerslam.
Overall Jinder's reign with the title will come to a close at Hell in a Cell when AJ regains the gold in a Hell in a Cell match. Even though the two-month reign may seem like Jinder would come out of it weak in my opinion the length isn't what matters rather the story that went with the reign is what counts. Not moving Jinder to Raw during the shake-up like they did would also help keep the pressure off him and make it more likely he could break through. The most important thing in my opinion though his win seemed believable because of how he did it and the Singh's become more needed as they were the reason Jinder gained the title. This does allow us to keep the same timeline with Daniel Bryan winning the title from AJ in the build-up to Survivor Series in November.
Last time I opened the annals of the WWE's past we looked at the end of the Wyatt Family from 2017 when Randy Orton broke apart the family. However, one thing that was changed in the booking of the Wyatt's split we didn't see a title victory for Jinder and his ascension up the card. Now we shift gears to how the Modern Day Maharaja would fit into my WWE. Right now I think that at the time when Jinder actually won the title we will be keeping the belt on Randy Orton instead allowing his feud with Bray Wyatt to keep the championship.
At this point I still think that Jinder should be moved to Smackdown as a way to take the pressure off of him and give him the opportunity to refocus. To start he won't appear right away as I want to take sometime to repackage his gimmick and build up some anticipation. The vignette's would start slow adding more and more each week introducing his new gimmick and nickname of the "Modern Day Maharaja." The first week we will see Jinder acting different and it will end with "This the first you've seen from the new "Modern Day Maharaja." If we move forward about a month the Singh Brothers will appear in the second to last vignette and it will then set up Jinder's re-debut at Money in the Bank against Sin Cara.
Clearly, the biggest test for Jinder would be his first feud as his new persona still grows on the audience and I think Sami would be the best pick for his first feud. The reason I'd pick Sami for this is because he is really good at invoking sympathy from the crowd and is an even better underdog. They will mostly have a television feud to allow the feud to build off PPV as oppose to forcing it on big events before it's ready. The feud will blow-off at Hell in a Cell this way Jinder can win and it won't effect Sami too much considering he will still be turning heel in the main event.
In the weeks that follow we will see Jinder take credit for opening Zayn's eyes and accepting that Kevin Owens was right all along. In the course of boos Jinder will say "Now I will select another of your favorite stars to open their eyes and turn them against you." Enter Dolph Ziggler who was in a lackluster feud with Bobby Roode at this time, but now we will try and help multiple people. Jinder will form his connection with Dolph when the Singh Brothers portray Bobby Roode during an impression segment to run down the "Glorious One."
The following week Jinder will secure a victory over Bobby thanks to the numbers advantage & the following week was suppose to be a handicap match but instead Roode gets beaten down by the Singh's, Jinder, and Dolph on Smackdown. Leading into TLC we see Kalisto join the fight and even the odds a little bit and the match is set Jinder & Dolph vs Bobby Roode & Kalisto but with the Singh's still at ringside the heels win. This leads into the final Smackdown of 2017 and a Steel Cage match between the teams again this time though Roode & Kalisto finally get the win with the Singh's at bay.
Starting on the build to the Royal Rumble, Jinder gets serious and begins to get more aggressive and focus on himself. His partnership with Dolph Ziggler is still present, but not upfront as both men are focused on the Royal Rumble. Jinder is going into the match an underdog and one of the favorites to not really last that long in the match. We reach the Rumble and I will switch his number to 4 this way we can build a little story with the "Modern Day Maharaja." During his stay in the match Jinder will eliminate 5 people over the course of 20:12 minutes in the match with his biggest elimination being New Day except for Kofi who finds his way back in and eliminates Jinder.
Though twenty minutes doesn't seem like a lot it is a vast improvement for Jinder who normally would be in and out of the match relatively fast, but we are trying to change how fans see Jinder and this helps. The changing of his perception is also the reason for the slow build to a title victory as oppose to jumping right in like the WWE did at the time. This was the main problem with his title reign that he was still percieved to be a jobber or no name by most fans which made him being WWE Champion seem like a joke.
However, if you slowly move to that it could actually be something that makes Jinder an actual star for the company instead of flash in the pan. Find out next time though, because if I keep going this will be crazy long and don't worry it will be soon and not in a month.