The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is no stranger to Indian participants. From The Great Khali to reigning WWE champion Jinder Mahal, the nation has produced a number of professional wrestlers who have proven their mettle for the company. However, there has never been a woman wrestler from India until Kavita Devi of Haryana broke that drought at the Mae Young Classic tournament.

The former Haryana police officer became the first Indian woman to compete in the WWE and was part of the tryout in Dubai where she made an instant impression.

This wrestler has taken training from The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) at his Punjab based wrestling promotion and training academy.

“I surely will. I have the technique, the skills and the strength. And it’s not as much about looks as it is about the fan following, which I can get if I succeed. I am learning how to perform for the crowd – ‘showmanship’ as they call it. Talent toh hai hi, baaki sab bhi aa jaega dheere-dheeere,” she said in a conversation with TOI.

When asked about her inclusion, Canyon Ceman, Vice President, WWE Talent Development, said, “Kavita Devi gave a strong performance at WWE’s 2017 Dubai tryout. She is an athletic and extremely strong woman who demonstrated a solid grasp of the fundamentals of sports entertainment, and a passion for improving that will serve her well in WWE’s upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament.”

Although Kavita lost the match eventually, the Indian Nari was lauded for her performances on Twitter:

All our wishes are with Kavita Devi! May she bring more pride to Indians.