Rage in the Pun­jab cage

Randy Or­ton and Jin­der Ma­hal are feud­ing at Bat­tle­ground.

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WWE pay-per-view spe­cial: Bat­tle­ground Sun­day 30 July e.tv (*194) 12:00

“The Viper” Randy Or­ton doesn’t shy away from chal­lenges. He’s taken on the best and beaten them with his RKO fin­ish­ing move. But this time, he may have bit­ten off more than he can chew… Randy is fac­ing Jin­der Ma­hal at WWE Bat­tle­ground – locked in the Pun­jabi Prison!


Cana­dian-born Jin­der (real name Yu­vraj Singh Dh­esi) is a ris­ing tal­ent and “one of the best,” claim in­sid­ers. “You see the con­fi­dence that Jin­der is gain­ing. His in­stinct is de­vel­op­ing and he isn’t sec­ond-guess­ing what to do next. It is all about his ring aware­ness,” says ex-WWE Su­per­star Edge. “Jin­der’s progress has been very sim­i­lar to Randy’s 15 years ago. The dif­fer­ence is that Randy learnt from icons like Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit – he was thrown in the deep end and swam with it like Michael Phelps!”


The Pun­jabi Prison match has only ever been used twice in WWE his­tory – first at 2006’s Great Amer­i­can Bash (The Un­der­taker faced Big Show after The Great Khali wasn’t med­i­cally cleared to wres­tle) and at 2007’s No Mercy, where Batista faced Great Khali. And it’s not of­ten used be­cause of how bru­tal it can be. The ring is sur­rounded by two cages. The first is a bam­boo fence with four doors and the wrestlers need to walk through one of the doors. They only have one minute to do it – if they miss get­ting through the door, they must climb over the cage. But then there’s the sec­ond cage: it’s big­ger, cov­ered in bam­boo spikes and is made from steel-re­in­forced bam­boo! Did we men­tion that there are no pin­falls, no sub­mis­sions and no dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions? Any­thing goes within the con­fines of the prison and the winner is the Su­per­star who climbs over the outer cage and lands on the floor first.

Randy knows just how skilled Jin­der Ma­hal is in the ring. Jin­der is putting his WWE Cham­pi­onship on the line.

Batista and The Great Khali in the Pun­jabi Prison at No Mercy in 2007.

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