New Delhi: Kavita Devi has made history by becoming India’s first woman wrestler to join WWE’s Mae Young classic tournament.
The announcement was made by none other than the WWE Champion Jinder Mahal during his visit to the nation’s capital.
Kavita also has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring, during her participation in the Mae Young Classic.
Hailing from Haryana, Kavita underwent training to be a professional wrestler under the guidance of The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) at his Punjab based wrestling promotion and training academy.
Devi is an accomplished power-lifter and she has also won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games, representing India.
She was a former Kabaddi player in high school and WE World Heavyweight Champion the Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) is her mentor who taught her all the ring skills. She will begin her training in Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center in January 2018.
Kavita said, “It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE. 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.”
Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE executive vice president of talent said, “Recruiting Kavita and Shadia to join our developmental system underscore WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base. We’re confident Kavita and Shadia will inspire future WWE superstars”
Apart from wrestling, Kavita has tried her hand at power-lifting and kabaddi too. She received some training from the Great Khali too.