An Indian wrestler from Haryana, Kavita Devi, has created history by becoming the first female wrestler from India to be signed by World Wrestling Entertainment.
Devi, who has won a developmental contract with WWE, will receive opportunities to train to become a ‘WWE Superstar’, according to the company.
An accomplished powerlifter who won gold while representing India at the 2016 South Asian Games, the five-feet nine-inch wrestler also has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring, participating in the Mae Young Classic women’s tournament in August 2017.
Having learned her ring skills from her mentor, former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali, Devi is expected to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, in January 2018.
“It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE,” Devi said in a statement. “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.”
Although she is relatively inexperienced compared to some of her counterparts in the Classic, WWE believes that Devi has the physical tools to go a long way.
She was a part of WWE’s historic Dubai tryout in April 2017 and caught the attention of the WWE scouts.
Devi will join a roster of international talent at the WWE Performance Center who hail from a variety of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the U.K.