Rage in the Punjab cage
Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal are feuding at Battleground.
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.