Amanpreet Singh Randhawa (born 17 October 1990) is an Indian professional wrestler, currently signed to Impact Wrestling under the ring name Mahabali Shera or simply Shera, where he is a member of The Desi Hit Squad. He also had a brief stint under contract with WWE in 2018.

Mahabali Shera
Mahabali Shera.jpg
Shera posing post-event at a show in September 2017
Birth nameAmanpreet Singh Randhawa
Born (1990-10-17) 17 October 1990 (age 29)
Firozpur, Punjab, India
ResidenceDetroit, Michigan, United States[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Amanpreet Singh
Khoya
Mahabali Shera
Mahabali Veera
Shera
Billed height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[2]
Billed weight242 lb (110 kg)[2][3]
Billed fromPunjab, India
Debut2011

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / Impact Wrestling (2011, 2014–2017)Edit

In December 2011, Mahabali Veera took part in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's India project, Ring Ka King. Veera competed in the RKK World Heavyweight Championship tournament to crown the inaugural champion. He defeated Dr. Nicholas Dinsmore in the quarterfinals of the tournament before being defeated by Scott Steiner in the semifinals.[4][5] During the final week of tapings, On 21 April 2012, Veera defeated Sir Brutus Magnus to become the final RKK World Heavyweight Champion.[6]

On 22 September 2014, it was announced that he would debut in the following weeks.[7] On 12 November episode of Impact Wrestling, Manik attempted to introduce him to the leader of The Revolution stable, James Storm, before Storm demanded Manik to send Shera away.[8] On 7 January 2015, his ring name changed to Khoya, officially joining The Revolution. On 23 January episode of Impact Wrestling, Khoya made his in-ring debut, defeating Tigre Uno.[9] On 10 April, Khoya defeated Manik and Abyss in a 3-Way match to join James Storm in a qualifier match to participate in the 4-Way Tag Team Ultimate X Match for the vacant TNA World Tag Team Championship in a losing effort. On 26 June episode of Impact Wrestling, Khoya turned face after being beaten and repeatedly insulted by James Storm, and entered in a feud with Storm.[10] On 5 August episode of Impact Wrestling, he stood up to Storm, hit him with a sitout spinebuster and officially changing his name to Mahabali Shera.[11] On 30 September episode of Impact Wrestling, Shera defeated Storm on 30 September episode of Impact Wrestling, also in a no disqualification match, ending their feud.

On 4 October, at Bound For Glory, Shera competed in a 12-man Bound for Gold gauntlet match but was eliminated by Tyrus who went on to win the match. He then entered in the TNA World Title Series as a member in the Group Wild Card along with Crazzy Steve, Kenny King, and Aiden O'Shea for the vacated TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He ended first of his block when he became victorious in receiving nine points, thus advancing to the round of 16 where he defeated Eli Drake in the First round match. On the 9 December episode of Impact Wrestling, Shera lost to Lashley in the quarterfinals, failing to advance the round of four and being eliminated. On the 16 February 2016 episode of Impact Wrestling, Shera formed a new tag team Grado. On 29 March episode of Impact Wrestling, he was taken out by Al Snow who attacked Grado and broke his arm. On 12 April episode of Impact Wrestling, Shera and Snow had a harsh conversation in which Snow apologized to Shera and shook his hand. However, after Shera was getting out of the ring, Snow assaulted Shera from behind, leaving him lying near the steel steps. A week later, Shera lost to Snow after receiving a knuckle to the head. In his rematch against Snow on 10 May episode of Impact Wrestling, Grado came back and distracted Snow, allowing Shera to win.

In May 2017, Shera became involved in a storyline between Braxton Sutter and Kongo Kong. He saved Sutter and Allie from Kong, KM, Sienna, and Laurel Van Ness on the 18 May episode of Impact Wrestling.[12] On 15 June episode of Impact Wrestling, Shera won a gauntlet match for the inaugural Sony SIX Invitational Trophy, last eliminating KM. At Slammiversary on 2 July, Shera teamed with Sutter and Allie to defeat KM, Kong and Van Ness in a six-person tag team match. His last match was on 11 November episode of Xplosion, where he defeated Caleb Konley. On 13 November 2017, his profile was officially removed from Impact Wrestling's website, confirming his departure from the company. According to Pro Wrestling Insider, Randhawa had quietly left the company about two months earlier.[13]

WWE NXT (2018–2019)Edit

Randhawa signed a contract with WWE on 14 February 2018, and subsequently reported to the WWE Performance Center, debuting with a win over Dan Matha at the Reserve Pavilion in Ocala, Florida on 1 March 2018. He returned to NXT house shows in the spring of 2019 as enhancement talent, however in April, he once again left WWE.[14]

Return to Impact Wrestling (2019–present)Edit

On April 21, 2019, it was announced that Randhawa had re-signed with Impact Wrestling following his release from WWE.[15]

Shera would make his return during the Impact tapings in Mexico at the end of a match between Desi Hit Squad members Rohit Raju and Raj Singh and Big Mami and Nino Hamburguesa, destroying the Deaners and affirming his loyalty to Gama Singh and the Desi Hit Squad, turning heel again.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Randhawa is a big fan of Bollywood and Amitabh Bachchan is his favorite actor from the industry. He belongs to the Jat community. [17]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Meltzer, Dave (30 May 2016). "Return of Seth Rollins and the WWE brand split, plus tons of news". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 59. ISSN 1083-9593. Mahabali Shera has moved from Nashville to Chicago to train in Lucha Libre under Skayde, who runs a school there.
  2. ^ a b "Mahabali Shera". ImpactWrestling.
  3. ^ "Mahabali Veera/Shera profile".
  4. ^ "Ring Ka King #1 results".
  5. ^ "Ring Ka King #4 results".
  6. ^ "Ring Ka King #25 results".
  7. ^ "TNA Announces the Signing of First Indian Wrestler: Mahabali Shera".
  8. ^ "TNA IMPACT RESULTS 11/12: The Wolves "defend" TNA Tag Titles, Samoa Joe announces X future, Aries vs. Lashley, more".
  9. ^ "TNA Impact Wrestling Results For 1/23".
  10. ^ "Impact Wrestling results".
  11. ^ MAIN EVENT SET FOR BOUND FOR GLORY – 7/30 TNA TAPING SPOILERS FROM ORLANDO, FL. PWInsider.com (31 July 2015). Retrieved on 2015-12-05.
  12. ^ "Impact Wrestling Results, Review, & Video: Genital Reflection".
  13. ^ "ANOTHER IMPACT DEPARTURE, NASHVILLE OFFICE UPDATE AND MORE - PWInsider.com". www.pwinsider.com.
  14. ^ "WWE Releases Mahabali Shera".
  15. ^ "Mahabali Shera Rejoins Impact Wrestling Roster".
  16. ^ "Mahabali Shera Makes a Violent Return". YouTube. Impact Wrestling. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Interview of Mahabali Shera by Renjith Ravindran for The Fan Garage". The Fan Garage.
  18. ^ "Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit". www.facebook.com.
  19. ^ Awards « Mahabali Shera « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database. Cagematch.net. Retrieved on 5 December 2015.
  20. ^ "RKK World Heavyweight Championship history".
  21. ^ "Instagram post by Mahabali Shera • Mar 19, 2017 at 4:47pm UTC". Instagram.
  22. ^ http://impactwrestling.com/mahabali-shera-earns-sony-six-invitational-trophy-impacticymi/

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