Jinder Mahal recently spoke with Gorilla Position regarding him defending the WWE Championship at SummerSlam last year but then being completely removed from this year's card. Mahal said the following:
"I see it as motivating to me. It's motivation to me because I see where I was last year I was WWE Champion. Unfortunately this year [I didn't] have a match. I could be disappointed. I could play the blame game. Or I could look deep into myself. What am I doing that I could make sure to do better to make sure I was on this card? I gotta go back to what made me WWE Champion so next year I can be Universal Champion or WWE Champion and main event SummerSlam again."