Veer is leaving a trail of destruction in his path (Picture: WWE)
WWE superstar Veer Mahaan is building a reputation as one of the most intimidating men on the Raw roster.
The former Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player – whose life story is the subject of 2014 movie Million Dollar Arm – has been terrorising his foes in the wrestling ring since the Raw after WrestleMania in Dallas.
As well as a host of local talent, he’s destroyed the likes of Mustafa Ali and father/son duo Rey and Dominik Mysterio over the past two months.
However, he wasn’t always the physical specimum fans are seeing every Monday night, with a hulking figure, long hair and massive beard.
He recently told the Times of India Sportscast: ‘When I signed for pro baseball I was a 150 pound kid and then when I signed for WWE I was at 256 pounds, so it wasn’t easy.
‘Being a vegetarian, it’s hard to find enough protein. There were many meal prep companies that I tried on, but they didn’t work. It’s like you have to have Indian food then you ate going to feel like – yes, I got something.
‘So until today, I still cook. I still make my own meal prep, for me to be able to keep track of how much protein, calories etc, I am ingesting. My whole free time goes into meal prep.’
Veer noted he found things ‘tough’ transitioning into the world of wrestling, admitting he initially assumed he’d find it ‘easy and simple’ because of his athletic background.
He added: ‘But as I got into the ring, I realised that what a WWE Superstar does in the ring, no other sport can be compared with it. I had been a professional athlete for eight and a half years, and I thought, “Man, this is going to take me a long time to get.” ‘
Veer previously shared a before and after shot of himself on Instagram to show his transformation, and suggested he was ready to take on the Raw roster.
He wrote at the time: ‘In my lifetime, I’ve thrown javelins, baseballs and opponents across the ring. Life has thrown me a lot of curves. But I’m ready for whatever life throws in my way.’
You wouldn’t bet against him.
WWE Raw airs Monday nights at 1am on BT Sport 1.
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