Whoever believes women can’t pack a punch should meet Kavita Devi.The 31-year-old wrestler from Haryana is making headlines, and making the country proud, by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to be signed by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She is the first woman from India to receive opportunities to train and become a WWE athlete and is expected to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida coming January.
Devi has undergone 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. Earlier, she won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games in powerlifting and also has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring, during her participation in the Mae Young Classic.
“It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE,” says Devi. “Participating in the Mae Young Classic (a multi-night special event promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion, WWE) 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.”