Kavita Devi becomes India’s first woman wrestler to sign for blockbuster WWE

Kavita won a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games. (Screen grab)

Kavita Devi has become the first-ever Indian woman to be signed by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a news report has revealed.

A former competitive powerlifter, Kavita also has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring, as she was a featured participant in the Mae Young Classic women’s tournament, a Hindustan Times report said.

According to the report, 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.

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Kavita shot to fame after her video, in which she wrestled against a woman wrestler named B B Bull Bull, went viral on social media. She also won a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games. Kavita is expected to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, in January, said the report.

“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,” she is quoted to have said.

WWE recently announced that Shadia Bseiso from Jordan has become the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign a WWE developmental contract.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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