Kavita Devi, formerly a powerlifter, became the first Indian woman to sign up for the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). After The Great Khali and Jinder Mahal became the two male wrestlers to be snapped up the largest wrestling company in the world, it is now the turn of Kavita to take India’s flag into the ring. The news was confirmed by Mahal on his visit to the country to promote the WWE India tour which will take place on December 8 and 9.
Devi who hails from Haryana underwent training to become a professional wrestler under the guidance of The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) at his training academy in Punjab. She shot to fame after her video, where she competed against a fellow wrestler B B Bull Bull went viral. She was later invited to be part of the Mae Young Classic women’s tournament after competing in the WWE tryouts in Dubai. Her appearance in the Mae Young tournament made her the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring. Even though Devi failed to beat Dakota Kai in her match in the tournament, she has earned herself a massive shot with the contract with the WWE. Her training is slated to begin at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida in January.
“It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE,” said Devi to Hindustan Times. “Participating in the Mae Young Classic with some of the best female performers in the world was a great learning experience. Now I am looking forward to pursuing my dream of becoming the first WWE Women’s Champion from India,” she added.
“I’m extremely proud to welcome Kavita to WWE where she now has a great opportunity to become India’s first female WWE Superstar. She is an inspiration to the youth of India and I wish nothing but success for her” said, Jinder Mahal. Mahal is the current WWE champion on Smackdown Live brand and The Great Khali had been a champion during his time inside the ring as well.
In more power to women wrestlers in Asia, WWE announced Shadia Bseiso from Jordan has become the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign a WWE developmental contract.