From Baseball to WWE, the Incredible Journey of Million Dollar Arm Winner Rinku Singh

Published 05/12/2021, 12:45 PM EDT


WWE recruits athletes from all sports. One of their recruits who made headlines actually started out by participating in a reality show in 2008 while being a cricket player. This is the story of Rinku Singh.

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Back in 2008, Rinku Singh participated in a show called “The Million Dollar Arm” in India. This show cast Indian athletes from all fields and made them tryout as a baseball pitcher.

Singh won that tournament and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He became the first Indian to make an appearance in a professional baseball game. Unfortunately, during his term in the minor leagues, he suffered injuries that brought an end to his baseball career.

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In 2018, Rinku Singh signed a contract with WWE. Moreover, he was always drawn towards WWE because of the company’s charity and community focus. Therefore, this was the perfect opportunity for him to follow his passion. He made his NXT debut in 2020.

During an interview, Singh spoke about the way WWE allowed its Superstars to be themselves and tell their story in a different way.

“I wanted to share the journey of Rinku Singh. I want to put a smile on peoples’ faces all around the world, inspire them and share my story with them. So many kids can relate to it, and WWE allows you to do that.”

Rinku Singh enjoyed an exciting run in WWE

He formed the tag team, Indus Sher, with Saurav Gurjar. This tag-team aligned with Drew McIntyre and faced Jinder Mahal and The Bollywood Boyz.

Following the match, both of them revealed the excitement and honor of sharing the ring with Drew McIntyre, who was the WWE Champion during that time.

“It was an honor to share the ring with Drew McIntyre, the WWE champion. We have known Drew for a long time. Knowing how incredible a human being he is and to be with him for the match was an incredible experience.” H/t DNAIndia

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Now, The New Indus Sher, Rinku Singh and Dilsher Shanky, have joined forces with Jinder Mahal. The three of them made their main roster debut on Monday Night Raw: May 10th, 2021 where Jinder Mahal picked up a huge win over Jeff Hardy.

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Currently, Rinku Singh goes by the name of Veer, while Dilsher Shanky goes by Shanky. This is an All-India faction of WWE, and it’s possible the company will use this faction for interesting storylines.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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