WWE Rumors: Jinder Mahal Agrees to New 5-Year Contract

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2019

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 19:  Seth Rollins (L) in action vs Jinder Mahal during WWE Live AccorHotels Arena Popb Paris Bercy on May 19, 2018 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
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Jinder Mahal will be sticking around in WWE long term. 

Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet reported Mahal has agreed to a new five-year contract with the company. No terms of the deal have been released.

Mahal, 32, returned to WWE in 2016 for a second stint with the company.

His return has included multiple championship reigns, including a surprising WWEchampionship run. Most recently, Mahal has been part of the contingent of superstars battling for the 24/7 title, which he has won twice.

WWE has been pushing to retain talent of late—even those on the lower cards—due to competition from AEW. Mahal is completely out of the main-event picture less than two years after his WWE championship reign ended, yet WWE is still reportedly willing to give him a five-year contract. That should show how seriously the company is taking the threat of AEW—along with Mahal's value to WWE overseas.

It's unlikely Mahal will do much at the top of the card moving forward. The run with him as a main-event player was largely seen as a disaster; he's been someone who looks the part and can sound the part on the mic but isn't among the best workers in the company.

That said, he's flashed some humor since the 24/7 championship was introduced and has value on the lower half of the card.