Recent news is suggesting that Jinder Mahal will be defending his WWE Championship against kevin owens on the WWE's upcoming tour of India. The "Modern Day Maharaja" will be part of a tour that mostly consists of WWE "Raw" superstars mainly because he is the main attraction for fans in India. With that said, he'll be playing the role of a face in touring India, which puts Owens in the role of the heel. However, Owens is also part of the "SmackDown Live" brand and part of a recent storyline, raising some interesting questions.

Why is Owens involved?

Most likely, the WWE wanted to use a superstar who is a top heel on the WWE "SmackDown" roster, rather than confusing fans by having Jinder take on someone from "Raw." However, since the show mostly consists of "Raw" stars, there are also rumors floating around that Owens might be moving back to WWE's Monday night program.

With that said, Kevin Owens was recently involved in a feud with Shane McMahon that saw Sami Zayn turn heel. Zayn revealed why he had Owens' back at "Hell in a Cell" and seemed to partner up with Owens in a way. That would seem to indicate that Zayn and Owens are becoming a heel team threat on the blue brand.

That said, Kevin Owens is probably the best overall heel on "SmackDown" right now, outside of Jinder Mahal.

Since Mahal will be considered the hero in India, it's best to pair him up with a top-notch heel to work with.

What's next for Jinder?

There is a variety of news and rumors involving the WWE Champion lately. As fans saw, he recently won yet another championship defense against "The King of Strong Style" Shinsuke Nakamura. Mahal got the win at the "Hell in a Cell 2017" pay-per-view event after The Singh Brothers were ejected from the ringside area.

While there could always be another Nakamura vs. Mahal match in the works, one has to think WWE will be giving Jinder a new opponent in the future. With "Survivor Series 2017" coming up next month, there are plenty of potentials. One rumor floating around is suggesting that Jinder Mahal and Brock Lesnar will simply battle one-on-one with no titles on the line.

Not many fans want to see that particular matchup.

There was also a recent dark match involving Jinder Mahal after "SmackDown Live" ended this past week. The "Modern Day Maharaja" defended his belt in a Triple Threat match against "The Showoff" Dolph Ziggler and "The Glorious" Bobby Roode. Jinder picked up the win, stealing it from Roode which could suggest these two will work together in the future.