WWE has announced the signing of the first premier female athlete from India, Kavita Devi. The Indian wrestler thus becomes the first women from India to receive the opportunity to get a WWE developmental contract to train and become WWE Superstar.
An accomplished powerlifter who won gold while representing India at the 2016 South Asian Games, Kavita 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 last August.
Having learned ring skills from her mentor, former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali, Kavita 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,” WWE has quoted Kavita in a news release. “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.”
“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 Jinder Mahal, the WWE Champion who is in India and will be competing as the WWE Champion for the first time in India on the 8th and 9th December this year at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, putting his title up against Kevin Owens at WWE Live India tour.
In another first for WWE’s women’s evolution, WWE also announced that Shadia Bseiso from Jordan has become the first woman from the Middle East to sign a WWE developmental contract.
Kavita and Shadia will join a roster of international talent at the WWE Performance Center who hail from various countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
“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, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “We’re confident Kavita and Shadia will inspire future WWE Superstars as we continue to recruit the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world.”