The first Indian woman to sign a WWE Developmental Contract, wrestler Kavita Devi is prepping for the upcoming Mae Young Classic Tournament to be held next month in the USA. Braun Strowman, a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar, shared the news.
Devi will be competing along with 32 female participants, who are joining the stage on August 8 and 9 in Florida USA. She will be the only Indian woman among the selected wrestlers.
The US-based company last year had announced the Mae Young Classic Tournament. According to Strowman, who was visiting Mumbai recently, Devi's participation in this all-woman tournament will help in getting more audience for the sport in India.
The Mae Young Classic started in 2017, is a professional wrestling women’s tournament produced by the WWE. Kairi Sane the Japanese professional wrestler defeated American Shayna Baszler to lift the first-ever title held in Florida in 2017.
Last year, Wrestler Kavita Devi, a participant in the WWE’s Mae Young Classic Tournament, had scripted history. She officially became the first woman wrestler ever from India to sign a WWE developmental contract. This was announced by WWE Champion Jinder Mahal during his India visit.
Kavita was chosen after her incredible performance at the WWE Dubai tryout earlier that year. Apart from wrestling, she won a gold in power-lifting at the 2016 South Asian Games.
A former Kabaddi player in high school, Devi underwent training from former WWE Champion 'The Great Khali' (Dalip Singh Rana) at his Punjab-based wrestling academy. Her next big event was at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, in January 2018.
Devi wants to be a household name in wrestling, one day. So here's to Devi for breaking the glass ceiling!
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