Indus Sher’s impressive showing on Monday Night Raw is reportedly part of a plan ahead of WWE’s return to India later this year.
The June 5th episode of Monday Night Raw saw Veer Mahaan and Sanga face off against the team of Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. The Jinder Mahal-led team launched into a violent attack on their opponents before the bell could ring, laying them out before the match even started.
Alexander gripped his knee in apparent pain as the behemoth team stood tall above him, and the referee made the call that he was unable to continue. Still, the violence wasn’t over, and Alexander received more punishment for his trouble. Mahaan and Sanga gave a menacing stare inside the ring as Jinder Mahal watched from ringside.
According to a new report from PWInsider, the segment went exactly as planned. Alexander’s injury was fully within storyline as part of an effort to see Indus Sher positioned strongly ahead of WWE returning to India later this year for a major live event.
Back in 2020, WWE announced a five-year extension to their contract with Sony Pictures India. The deal was said to involve the company returning to the country with “bigger live events,” while Superstars would visit the region for promotional tours.
The first event of this extended partnership was Superstar Spectacle, filmed on January 22nd 2021 before being broadcast four days late to coincide with India’s Republic Day. The event was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and like the rest of the company’s programming at the time, was presented from the ThunderDome.
WWE was originally supposed to hold another live event in the market in January of 2023, but this never came to fruition. However, Nick Khan recently announced that WWE would be returning to India in September. A subsequent report indicated that the company is discussing September 9th as the date of the event.