Many fans of WWE's product have been begging for some new, fresh faces into the main event scene. Based on reports from F4WOnline (by way of Wrestlezone), it looks like they might have found one of their next top heels:
I will admit, part of me is a little bit skeptical of the idea of Mahal as a top flight heel, but there's no denying that he has made great strides in his performances as of late.
Two things have been working in Mahal's favor. The first includes some spoilers, so if you don't want to know about the results of NXT before they air, skip down to "end spoilers."
Mahal has been a big player in NXT's recent tapings, cutting some excellent promos and doing some quality in-ring work. In the tournament they recently put on to determine the new NXT Champion, Mahal made it all the way to the finals, losing in the end to Seth Rollins.
Given how seriously WWE seems to be taking NXT as of late, I imagine that this is good news for Mahal's career, and it's apparent that he is working hard to justify the faith in him.
The second thing that makes me feel like Mahal could make an impact came on Raw 1,000, when Mahal and some other "overlooked" superstars (like Reks & Hawkins and Drew McIntyre) came out to confront Kane. While Kane (and a returning Undertaker) made short work of this group, I wouldn't be surprised to see Mahal get the chance to lead a group like this in the near future.
People seem to be begging for new, interesting factions, and a group of overlooked WWE performers who want to make a name for themselves (The Forgotten?) could be a way for Mahal to get himself over as a major heel.
If WWE is serious about pushing Mahal, the potential is there. But as we know, the fans have not taken kindly to him as of late; He rarely gets any kind of reaction from the crowd, and in order to do so he'd have to make drastic improvements to his character. His generic, foreign heel gimmick is old hat, and he needs something new to make fans want to boo him. He has the mic skills to garner heat, but WWE needs to give him a new angle to work with to get over.