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The Singh Brothers Talk Important Advice From Shawn Michaels, Who Suggested Team With Jinder Mahal

October 13, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
The Singh Brothers Sunil Singh Samir Singh

– The Singh Brothers recently appeared on Talk is Jericho (transcript credit stillrealtous.com), and spoke about their path to WWE as The Bollywood Boyz, the Cruiserweight Classic, the move to 205 Live and being quickly reassigned to the WWE Performance center. They realized that this was the best thing that ever could have happened for their careers, as they received valuable advice from coach Robbie Brookside about in-ring psychology, and even more important advice from Shawn Michaels.

Sunil on showing up at Raw unannounced: “We were trying to get booked, get noticed, this is 10 years ago, so long-story-short, we’re sending our stuff, ‘no’ is the answer we’re getting, so we’re like, ‘you know what? Screw it. We’re going to buy a plane ticket, and fly to Toronto’ and we flew to Toronto not booked for the Monday Night RAW TV show as extras.” Gurv continued, “so we got told, ‘hey, you’re not supposed to be here. You have to leave the building.’ And on our way out, that’s when we bumped into [Jericho] at catering.”

Sunil on training with the Harts: “I got my start in 2004 with the Harts in Calgary [Alberta] maybe a month before they sold the Hart House, so I showed up not knowing they were going to sell the house. That’s our gimmick – we just show up, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to make it. I showed up and the most I learned, I think, was the ‘tackle, drop down, get it again’ spot. I had Bruce [Hart] teaching me and Ross. The very first bump I took was from T.J. Wilson and my first bodyslam was from Nattie. Harry [Smith] was down there. Everybody was down there. That’s how we all know them and I spent about two-and-a-half months down there.”

Sunil on teaming with Mahal: “You know they talk about ‘timing is everything’ and timing was everything for this. Totally unexpected. Dude, we were finishing up yoga class at the PC when I saw a missed call from a 203 area code. So I see the missed call. I call the number back. It was travel saying, ‘hey, you guys are needed for Tuesday on TV’ and we were like, ‘oh cool.’ And this goes back to the 205 [Live], that we were doing. We thought we were going back. And we’re like, ‘alright, cool.’ And long-story-short, that Tuesday we show up and they smartened us up to the whole deal.”

On their advice from Michaels: “I think a big thing actually, we realized we needed to turn heel. Because the whole Bollywood Boyz thing was so babyface — so 1980’s. Me and Gurv (Sunil) were going back and forth and Shawn Michaels had just started at NXT and watched one of our PC Live matches and he pulled up aside and was like, ‘you guys need to go heel.’ He’s like, ‘if you’re gonna stay a babyface you’re dead in the water. He said ‘I see what you guys are trying to do it was like what Marty (Jannetty) and I were doing back in the day. But it worked in the 90’s — it’s not gonna work in today’s wrestling.”

Samir on Jericho being the person who suggested they team with Jinder Mahal: “You called it! Remember? When we first came up from 205, like the RAW before the very first 205, me, Gurv, and Jinder were just in catering, we were standing and talking, and [Jericho was] like, ‘you guys should be a team!’ and you just walked away.”