The 'Great Khali' became the first Indian to make an impact in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Universe, grabbing eyeballs of fans from around the world. Jinder Mahal then sent shockwaves across the pro wrestling world when he clinched the WWE Championship after beating Randy Orton at pay-per-view event Backlash in May 2017. Mahal, who is a Canadian national, became the second wrestler of Indian descent after Khali to win a world heavyweight championship. Now, it's the turn of Kavita Devi.
Clad in an orange salwar-kameez and a dupatta tied across her waist, Kavita Devi made history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to participate in a WWE event. Last month, the wrestler from Haryana took on New Zealand's Dakota Kai at the Mae Young Classic tournament.
A video posted by the official WWE YouTube channel on August 31 has gone viral, garnering over 3 million views.
She might not have won the match but her skills and personality were sure-shot hits across all social media platforms.
Twitter, in particular, went bonkers and celebrated the entrance of another Indian in the WWE Universe.
They can go ahead and get rid of Jinder now because Kavita Devi is here for that Indian market— Leo Gao fan account (@JoseLothario) August 28, 2017
Bharat Mata Ki Jai— Kartik Gandhi ???? (@prathukepapa) September 5, 2017
Kavita Devi, the first Indian female wrestler in the WWE, fights Dakota Kai in the Mae Young Classic women's tournament pic.twitter.com/NRoI3xmQL9
Kavita Devi seems like a nice person. I anticipate Vince will have her show up on SD as Jinder's story-line wife or something Yes I am jaded— Sal Cusmano (@cusmano_sal) August 31, 2017
Kavita Devi was one off 32 competitors to take part in the tournament. The tournament broadcast team included a trio of WWE Hall of Famers: Jim Ross, Lita and Alundra Blayze.