Jinder Mahal embraces new success by sticking to what got him there

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Soon after Jinder Mahal won the WWE heavyweight championship -- the greatest accomplishment of his professional life -- he left the Allstate Arena with two of his cousins to go eat chicken.

Chicken and rice, actually.

Mahal had just beaten Randy Orton at the Backlash pay-per-view, culminating his journey from an enhancement afterthought to achieving one the company's highest honors, and there he was at a local joint in the suburbs of Chicago eating chicken.

There's a wash, rinse, repeat thing Mahal has had going on since his return to WWE, and nothing, not even his first championship belt, was going to dissuade him from his routine that night.

"You cannot become complacent or comfortable," Mahal recently told ESPN.com. "You can't become lazy. Being released was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It sparked my passion and forced me to work harder."

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