Kavita Devi has become the first ever Indian woman and the third Indian after The Great Khali and Jinder Mahal became the two male wrestlers to be signed by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She was formerly a power-lifter. The announcement was formally done by Jinder Mahal, during his recent visit to India. He came to promote the WWE India tour which will take place on December 8 and 9.
Devi learned her ring skills from her mentor, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) at his training academy in Punjab. She is expected to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida this January.
The WWE has made its women’s division a high priority, as evidenced by this summer’s Mae Young Classic an all women tournament. Devi’s appearance in the Mae Young tournament made her the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring. Even though Devi Couldn’t beat Dakota Kai in her match in the tournament,Kavita became well-known to WWE fans after a video of the salwar-kameez clad Indian woman wrestler battling in the WWE ring went viral.
“It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE,” said Devi . “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.
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.The WWE Performance Center already has recruits from China, India, Brazil and numerous European countries.