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Jinder Mahal to defend his WWE title against Kevin Owens in India


WWE has announced Jinder Mahal's opponent for their two-show tour of India in December.

While doing media in India, Mahal appeared on the set of WWE Sunday Dhamaal (the company's weekly Hindi-language program) to reveal that Kevin Owens would be challenging him for the WWE Championship on the two house shows. Mahal defending against a heel would seem to indicate that he'll be presented as a complete babyface in the country.

The shows will take place at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on December 8th and 9th. Mahal, the Singh Brothers, and Owens will be appearing at them despite it being a Raw-branded tour. Others who have been advertised for the events are Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, The Miz, Sasha Banks, and Bayley.

Before going to India, the Raw roster will be in Abu Dhabi for a show on December 7th. Mahal, the Singh Brothers, and Owens haven't been advertised for that event.

While plans could change, WWE announcing that Mahal will be defending his title against Owens in India could mean that his reign is planned to last through at least those shows. The next SmackDown-exclusive pay-per-view will be Clash of Champions on December 17th, and we should find out what Mahal's direction for November's dual-branded Survivor Series PPV is in the coming weeks.