If Indian origin pro wrestlers Jinder Mahal winning the WWE Championship and Sonjay Dutt winning the Impact Wrestling X- Division Championship were not good enough news for the pro wrestling fans in India, there is another huge announcement coming their way.
Rumours had broken out back in April and the official news broke out a few days back that female pro-wrestler Kavita Dalal, better known Hard KD, will be representing India in the soon to be started WWE 32-woman Mae Young Classic Tournament.
Kavita has a background in weightlifting as well mixed martial arts. A student of former WWE Champion Dalip Singh Rana aka The Great Khali, she is currently training at Khali’s Jalandhar based wrestling promotion Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE). Her moment of fame came when the video of her beat down on another female pro wrestler on CWE (in the traditional dress of Salwar Kameez) got viral.
Hard KD caught the attention of the WWE talent scouts when she competed in the Dubai trials earlier in April this year. The Haryana girl will now make history when she wrestles as the first ever Indian woman in WWE.
The former Sashastra Seema Bal constable was obviously ecstatic at the opportunity and expressed her excitement about the prospect that lies before her.
“I am honoured to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE’s first ever women’s tournament. I hope to use this platform to inspire other Indian women with my performance and make India proud,” said Kavita.
WWE’s Talent Development Vice President, Canyon Ceman was all praise for the young Indian when he officially announced her participation for the upcoming tournament.
“Kavita 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 to improve that will serve her well in WWE’s upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament,” he said.
The Mae Young Tournament will be the third of the elimination type WWE network tournaments over the past year after the highly successful Cruiserweight Classic and the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament. While the former dealt with the most exciting wrestlers across the world under the 205 pound weight category, the later focussed on a few of the toughest British grapplers.
The first-ever Mae Young Classic takes place on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14 in the Full Sail Arena, Live from Orlando, Florida. Named after WWE Hall of Famer and one of the greatest WWE Superstars in history, Mae Young, the tournament will be featuring 32 of the top female competitors from around the world in a single-elimination tournament. It will be telecast exclusively on WWE Network later in the summer.
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