Indian wrestler, Kavita Devi, has officially made history today for women! Devi is the first Indian woman to be awarded a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) developmental contract. The news was announced by WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.
Devi began her journey when she started playing Kabaddi, a team contact sport, in high school. Devi learned her craft from her mentor The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) at his academy in Punjab who previously won the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Devi was awarded a gold medal for powerlifting at the 2016 South Asian Games, representing India. Devi was also the first Indian woman to enter the WWE ring for the Mae Young Classic. Devi is going to start training at the WWE Performance Centre in Orlando, Florida in January. Devi expressed that she was extremely honoured and is excited to start with the WWE:
"It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE. 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."
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