Saurav Gurjar
Born (1985-09-26) 26 September 1985 (age 38)
Dabra, Madhya Pradesh, India
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Deadly Danda
Sanga
Saurav
Saurav Gurjar
Billed height203 cm (6 ft 8 in)[1]
Billed weight136 kg (300 lb)[1]
Billed fromMadhya Pradesh, India[1]
Debut2011

Saurav Gurjar (born 26 September 1985) is an Indian professional wrestler and actor. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Sanga, as a member of Indus Sher, alongside Veer Mahaan and Jinder Mahal. He is best known for his role as Bhima in the TV show Mahabharat.[2] He is a former National Kickboxing Gold Medalist.[3]

Early life

Gurjar was born on 26 September 1985 and hails from Dabra in Madhya Pradesh.[3][4] He is a former National Kickboxing Gold medalist.[3]

Professional wrestling career

See also: Professional wrestling in India

Ring Ka King (2011–2012)

In December 2011, he took part in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's India project, Ring Ka King, where he performed under the ring name Deadly Danda. He was a member of Jeff Jarrett's heel stable RDX alongside Abyss, Scott Steiner, Nick Aldis and Sonjay Dutt.[5]

WWE (2018–present)

On 14 January 2018, Gurjar signed a contract with WWE. Gurjar made his first televised appearance as a participant in the Worlds Collide men's battle. On 25 March 2020 episode of NXT, Gurjar and Rinku Singh attacked Matt Riddle, with Malcolm Bivens seemingly acting as their manager.[6][7] The following week, Bivens would introduce them as Rinku and Saurav and revealed their team name to be Indus Sher.[8] Indus Sher stopped appearing on television in June after Gurjar posted a photo on Instagram of Keith Lee holding both the NXT Championship and the NXT North American Championship which he won and retained respectively, at NXT's The Great American Bash (2020) which had yet to air at the time the photo was uploaded.[9]

On 18 January 2022 episode of NXT, Saurav, under the new ring name Sanga, was repackaged as a bodyguard of Grayson Waller.[10] However, on 12 April edition of NXT, Waller fired Sanga and the following week, Sanga would lose to Waller in a singles match.[11][12] In October, Sanga reformed Indus Sher with Veer Mahaan, the former Rinku, who had recently returned to NXT.[13] Sanga got promoted to the main roster as he and Indus Sher were drafted to the Raw brand in the 2023 WWE Draft. Sanga made his Raw debut on 15 May in a tag team match with Veer defeating local talents Drake Thompson and Lavar Barbie.[14]

Championships and Accomplishments

Acting career

In 2013, Gurjar who started his acting venture and appeared on television.[3] He made his television debut with a serial Mahabharat in which he portrayed the role of Bhim.[16] The show was aired on Star Plus and had run from 2013 to 2014. He then appeared in Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman as Ravan and Bali from 2016 to 2017.[17]

He made his debut in films with Brahmastra released on 2022.[17]

Filmography

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2022 Brahmāstra Part One: Shiva Zor Debut[18]

Television

Year Show Role Notes
2013–2014 Mahabharat Bhim
2014–2016 The New Eat Bulaga! Indonesia Host
2016–2017 Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman Ravan and Bali
2018 Prithvi Vallabh Gohil Raj
2020 Myopia Gustad
2022 Yeh Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar Vivek

References

  1. ^ a b c "Sanga". WWE. Archived from the original on 15 April 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Spot boys run away from me: Saurav Singh Gurjar". The Times of India. 2 December 2013. Archived from the original on 5 April 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rinku Singh, Saurav Gurjar eye WWE glory". Hindustan Times. 29 April 2017. Archived from the original on 23 June 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Saurav Gurjar - verified". Twitter. Archived from the original on 26 May 2022. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Ring Ka King (RKK) - All Time Roster". Cagematch. Archived from the original on 26 May 2023. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  6. ^ Garettson, Jordan. "Matt Riddle def. Roderick Strong". WWE. Jordan Garettson. Archived from the original on 4 January 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2023.
  7. ^ Upton, Felix (26 March 2020). "Matt Riddle sends plea to Pete Dunne after '2 Hairy Dudes' attacked him on WWE NXT". RingsideNews. Archived from the original on 4 January 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2023.
  8. ^ "Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap pull out of Denmark Open". Hindustan Times. 6 October 2020. Archived from the original on 7 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  9. ^ Gibbons, Aidan (4 June 2020). "WWE NXT Tag Team Were Pulled From TV Because Of Matt Riddle's Main Roster Call-Up". Cultaholic. Archived from the original on 4 January 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Grayson Waller brings out the muscle with new bodyguard Sanga: WWE NXT, Jan. 25, 2022". WWE. 25 January 2022. Archived from the original on 26 January 2022. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Grayson Waller squares off with his former bodyguard Sanga". WWE.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2023.
  12. ^ Mrosko, Gene (13 April 2022). "Grayson Waller is already done with Sanga". Cageside Seats. Archived from the original on 4 January 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2023.
  13. ^ Middleton, Marc (26 October 2022). "Veer Mahaan and Sanga Officially Reunite with Sneak Attack on Tonight's WWE NXT". Wrestling Headlines. Archived from the original on 4 January 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2023.
  14. ^ "Raw results, May 15, 2023: Imperium help The Judgment Day score a victory over Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn". WWE. 15 May 2023. Archived from the original on 15 May 2023. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  15. ^ "Ring Ka King #18". Cagematch. Archived from the original on 8 November 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  16. ^ IANS (9 May 2014). "My build got me 'Mahabharat' role: Wrestler Saurav Gurjar". Archived from the original on 18 April 2023. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  17. ^ a b "WWE के इस रेसलर ने महाभारत में निभाया भीम का रोल, रणबीर की फिल्म में आएंगे नजर". aajtak.intoday.in (in Hindi). 21 May 2020. Archived from the original on 30 May 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Wrestler Saurav Gurjar set to make Bollywood debut Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor starrer Brahmāstra". Firstpost. IANS. 7 February 2018. Archived from the original on 3 June 2022. Retrieved 3 June 2022.