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Saurav Gurjar
Born (1985-09-26) 26 September 1985 (age 36)
Dabra, Madhya Pradesh, India
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Deadly Danda
Sanga
Saurav
Saurav Gurjar
Billed height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)[1]
Billed weight136 kg (300 lb)[1]
Billed fromIndia
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 NXT brand under the ring name Sanga. He is best known for his role as Bhim in the TV show Mahabharat.[2] He is a former National Kickboxing Gold Medalist.[3]

Early life

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

Professional wrestling career

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. He made his NXT debut at a live event at Orlando teaming with Rinku Singh in a loss to Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan.[3][6][7] On 21 March 2019, he and Singh started being managed by Robert Strauss on NXT live events.[8] Gurjar made his first televised appearance as a participant in the Worlds Collide men's battle. On 25 March 2020 episode of NXT, they made their debut by attacking Matt Riddle under new manager Malcolm Bivens.[citation needed] The following week, Bivens would introduce them as Rinku and Saurav (dropping their last names) while revealing their team name to be Indus Sher[9] (sher means Lion) while collectively being known as Bivens Enterprises.[citation needed] In 2021, Rinku would be called up to WWE' main roster, aligning with Jinder Mahal on the Raw brand under the name Veer Mahaan, thus ending the team. On 18 January 2022 episode of NXT, Saurav, under the new ring name Sanga, was repackaged as a bodyguard of Grayson Waller.[10]

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.[12] 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.[13]

He made his debut in films with Brahmastra released on 2022.[13]

Filmography

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2022 Brahmāstra Part One: Shiva Mahishasura Film debut[14]

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 Replaced Aarya Babbar as Ravan
2018 Prithvi Vallabh cameo
2022 Yeh Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar Vivek

References

  1. ^ a b "Sanga". WWE. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Spot boys run away from me: Saurav Singh Gurjar". The Times of India. 2 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Rinku Singh, Saurav Gurjar eye WWE glory". Hindustan Times. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Saurav Gurjar - verified". Twitter. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Ring Ka King All-Time Roster". cagematch.net.
  6. ^ "WWE रिंग में 'महाबली' की तरह जौहर दिखाना चाहते हैं 'महाभारत के भीम' सौरव" (in Hindi). NDTVIndia. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  7. ^ Nath, Parshathy J. (17 May 2017). "The ring is where the heart is". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  8. ^ "NXT Sanford, FL, live results: Robbie e debuts, Dream vs. Riddle". 22 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap pull out of Denmark Open". Hindustan Times. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Grayson Waller brings out the muscle with new bodyguard Sanga: WWE NXT, Jan. 25, 2022". WWE. 25 January 2022.
  11. ^ cite web|url= https://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=78061
  12. ^ IANS (9 May 2014). "My build got me 'Mahabharat' role: Wrestler Saurav Gurjar". Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  13. ^ 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. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Wrestler Saurav Gurjar set to make Bollywood debut Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor starrer Brahmāstra". Firstpost. IANS. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2022.