Kavita Devi hasn’t even reported to the Performance Center yet, but is already receiving big honors.
At a ceremony held this past Saturday, Devi was honored with 112 other women, being designated as a “First Lady” by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. WWE wrote about the honor on their website:
Kavita Devi has already made history as the first Indian woman to sign a WWE developmental contract, but the former Mae Young Classic competitor added a new accolade to her resume this past weekend: Presidential honoree.
In a ceremony held Saturday in the Indian capital of New Delhi, Devi was one of 112 women honored as the country’s “First Ladies” by President Ram Nath Kovind. The First Lady designation pays homage to high-achieving female pioneers. The ceremony was promoted by India’s Ministry of Women & Child Development.
Honorees came from a variety of fields, such as sports, business and defense. Other honorees included Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and Radhika Menon, the first female Merchant Navy Captain.
Devi is not only the first Indian woman to sign with WWE, but she was also the first Indian woman to ever compete in a WWE ring, as part of last summer’s Mae Young Classic. A student of former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali, Devi is expected to report for training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., in the coming weeks.
WWE announced Devi’s signing this past October. She’s expected to arrive at the Performance Center shortly.