South Asian Games gold medalist and former powerlifter Kavita Devi has created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to participate in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
The first ever WWE tournament for women, Mae Young Classic, is the event Kavita Devi has been selected for. The event will be held on July 13 and 14 in Orlando, Florida.
Trained by former WWE Champion The Great Khali at his training and promotion academy in Punjab, Kavita Devi, whose real name is Kavita Dalal, gained attention of talent scouts with her spectacular performance at the WWE Dubai try-out held in the month of April this year.
Though there have been a number of Indian representations at the internationally famed pro-wrestling entertainment event, Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known as The Great Khali is the only one who made a mark.
Canyon Ceman, the vice-president of WWE’s Talent Development views Kavita Devi as a strong performer and an athletic woman who has a “solid grasp of the fundamentals of sports entertainment”. He said that Devi has a passion to improve that will serve her well in WWE’s Mae Classic Tournament.
A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) constable from Haryana, 34-year old Devi won gold medal in the 75kg weightlifting division of the South Asian Games 2016.
She came to limelight largely when she accepted an open challenge fought with a popular woman wrestler named B B Bull Bull wearing a salwar kameez at the Continental Wrestling Entertainment. The video of this wrestling uploaded in June 2016 had set the internet on fire.
Watch the video here:
Elated with her selection, Kavita Devi says that she is honored to be the first woman to compete at the WWE’s first ever woman’s tournament. She also said that she hopes to use this platform to inspire Indian women with her performance and make India proud.
Here is another viral video of wrestler Kavita Devi: