NEW DELHI: The women’s division of the WWE has lately become one of the company’s topmost priorities and keeping up with that trend, the company has recruited its first Indian signing in its rich history. Kavita Devi, who was part of the WWE’s Mae Young classic tournament, has made history by becoming the first ever woman wrestler from India to be awarded a WWE developmental contract. The announcement was made by none other than the WWE Champion Jinder Mahal during his visit to the nation’s capital.
Devi is an accomplished power-lifter who won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games, representing India. Devi also has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring, during her participation in the Mae Young Classic. A former Kabaddi player in high school, Devi learned her ring skills from her mentor, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana). She is expected to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida this January.
“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.”
The Modern Day Maharaja, Mahal, had nothing but wishes and good word for Devi. “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 Mahal.
“Recruiting Kavita and Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE executive vice president of talent, live events and creative. “We’re confident Kavita and Shadia will inspire future WWE superstars.”