The WWE has numerous Indian wrestlers in its rankings, right from champions of Tiger Jeet Singh to The Great Khali, and even the supremacy champion Jinder Mahal. However, there was no women wrestler from India in the ring, unless Kavita Devi of Haryana busts that drought.
The former winner powerlifter Dakota Kai fought with Kavita in the first round of Mae Young Classic-WWE all-women competition. Though she was defeated in the tournament, her ring attire (Salwar Kameez) and wrestling skills caught the attention of plenty of fans.
Before to this, Kavita Deva was considered as the first woman of India to compete in the WWE while she was included in the tournament of Mae Young Classic. Kavita Devi was considered as a part of WWE Dubai auditions prior to this year and has performance seems to be quite impressive during the trials; she was one among the 32 candidates taking part in the contest.
Moving to Haryana, Kavita undergoes training to become a professional wrestler under Khali at his academy in Punjab. She got good name fame after doing wrestling against the woman wrestler BB Bull Bull as that video went viral on many social media sites. She used to wear Salwar-kameez along with dupatta tied around her waist tightly.
Kavita says that it was hard to adjust to some of the costumes which professional girls wrestler wear. She still wanted to stay connected to Indian culture and indicate India so she always prefers for salwar Kurta. Moreover, she wanted to take a further step to show the world that costume cannot impede Indian women from taking part on the world stage.
Though there were some voices which discouraged her from avoiding Olympic sport her family supported her throughout her career. They stand behind her decision. Both her brother and husband were considered to be the prime helpful persons in getting her shine in wrestling career. They did not consider any criticism or comments given for her.
Canyon Cemon-Vice President of WWE Talent Development said, “Kavita Devi provide a breathtaking performance at WWE Dubai try-out 2017. She is extremely strong women and powerful athletic, who showcased a solid grasp of basic sports entertainment, and an interest to improve her will in upcoming WWE Mae Young Classic tournament”.
She has won several medals at global events in addition to winning a gold medal at south Asian games. Although she feels little bit difficulty in transitioning from Olympic sports game to professional wrestling, she wants to prove herself to the world.
WWE women wrestlers are highlighted for a combination of glamour and strength but she never considers about such things rather she has skills and strength to succeed in wrestling. With the support of her family, she can able to prove herself best in professional wrestling. She was from rural Haryana so there have been a lot of misconceptions regarding sports activities for girls. With the support of her brother, she can able to accomplish success in sports. She also never let her concentration to waver for any reason.
Profile of Kavita Devi
Kavita Devi is a professional wrestler from a small village called Malvi in Haryana, where no facilities are available for women athletes. Born on 1983, she did her schoolings in the Government Girls Senior Secondary school, which is located in Juliana. As soon as she received her graduation from the Bachelor of Arts, she joined SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal), where she was found to be appointed as a constable. As she shown interest in sports, she left her Sub Inspector job at SSB and concentrate to make her debut in the sporting career.
In the course of time, she becomes popular in her sporting career. She is a former power-lifter of India and gold medalist in 2016 South Asian games. Then, she wants to develop into a professional wrestler. As a stepping stone to achieve this, she has undergone training under the guidance of Dalip Singh Rana, who is none other than a former WWE champion commonly referred as “The Great Khali”, at his wrestling promotion & training academy in Punjab.
During her stay in the CWE Academy, she has knocked down India’s first professional woman wrestler BB Bull Bull. Suddenly, she rose to fame as soon as her video of knocking down BB Bull Bull, went viral on the social media. In the year 2017, she has turned out to be the first woman from India to compete in the WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment. Kavita fought against Dakota Kai from New Zealand in the initial round of Mae Young Classic – first all-woman competition of WWE. Even though she lost the tournament by getting defeated in the encounter, yet her ring attire and wrestling skills caught the minds of lots of wrestling followers all over the world.
Being the first female wrestler from India to compete in the WWE ring, she is looking out to keep track the footsteps of her trainer and inspiration, The Great Khali. The most important quality, which Kavita Devi has in familiar with the former World Heavy Weight Championship, is power. No doubt that Devi is a talented power lifter whose size and strength gave her an opportunity on her Mae Young Classic competition. By representing India, she has participated in a number of international competitions including South Asian Games 2016, where she won a gold medal in the 75 KG category.
Even though she will be relatively inexperienced as compared to other counterparts in the classic, Kavita Devi has enough physical tools to reach a certain height. As a part of historic Dubai try out of WWE in April, She had received the attention of WWE scouts. With the help of her immense physical skills, Kavita Devi would surely grow to be a household name in the sport of wrestling. Maybe, it is going to happen with the Mae young classic, this summer. She was honoured to be the first woman in India to compete in the first-ever tournament of WWE for women. She hopes to make use of this platform to motivate other Indian women through her performance and made India proud.