Kavita Devi created history last year when she became the first Indian woman to sign up for the WWE.
Kavita Devi became the first Indian woman to sign up for the WWE last year. But a lot has changed since then for the 32-year-old from Haryana, who underwent training to become a professional wrestler under the guidance of ‘The Great Khali’ at his training academy in Punjab.
Last year, Devi scripted history when she became the first Indian women to step into the WWE ring in her debut at the inaugural Mae Young Classic. In 2018, she also competed on WWE’s biggest stage during the Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania in New Orleans. Now, come 2019, Devi is ready to make the big leap and become the first champion from India.
“Ever since I joined the WWE’s Performance Center it has a been a big learning curve. From taking part in the Mae Young Classic to meeting other athletes from around the world, it has helped me evolve as a person and an athlete at the same time. Things are definitely looking up and this year has been a step forward,” Devi said in an exclusive interview.
However, the road to the top has been fraught with several obstacles and overcoming the language barrier is something that the mother of two had to deal with from the start. “At the start when I went to the USA it was a big problem.
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For example, if I had to buy a thing from the grocery store I would hesitate to talk, thinking what to say. But later on, I started taking English classes and slowly got acclimatized to the surroundings and picked up the language. I was afraid that I would speak wrong English and felt shy. But those around me gave me confidence and encouraged me to keep trying.”
When asked which female superstar would she love to fight from the main roster, she was quick to choose WWE RAW women’s champion, Ronda Rousey. “Because she is a strong athlete and taking the fight to her is a challenge I am looking forward to,” Devi explained.
WWE will visit India in search of the next generation of WWE Superstars by conducting the first-ever talent tryout in Mumbai in March 2019. The four-day tryout will give an opportunity to female athletes, sportswomen and fitness enthusiasts in India have an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become part of WWE.
There are around 40 athletes from India will get the opportunity to showcase their abilities with the goal of being selected to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, USA.