WWE to host try-outs for Indian wrestlers in 2019
- Updated: December 5, 2018
WWE is seeking to expand its Indian fan base quite aggressively. After recently striking a new TV rights deal in the sub-continent, WWE announced on Monday to host try-outs for aspiring Indian wrestlers to try their luck on the big stage in USA. WWE is hosting a four-day try-out session in Mumbai in March 2019 to give 40 selected athletes the opportunity to train on the biggest platform, WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, USA. The aspirants will comprise from a diverse section of sports like kushti, kabaddi, wrestling, American Football, basketball, combat sports, cricket, and bodybuilding. WWE superstar and Executive Vice President Paul “Triple H” Levesque confirmed the news.
“India has an extremely large and passionate fan base and remains a top priority for WWE as we continue to localize content globally. I am confident this latest talent tryout will result in a world-class pool of athletes ready to pursue their dream of becoming the next WWE Superstar from India.”
WWE have already taken their next step, adding the option of Hindi language on the official WWE recruitment website. Athletes aspiring to pursue their dream of sports-entertainment will get a huge kick-off with this recent venture. WWE’s expansion plans include these tryouts to identify and rope in young talent. WWE has held similar tryouts in Shanghai, Dubai, Jeddah, Cologne, and Santiago.
In one of the similar try-outs held in Dubai in 2017, India’s breakthrough came with Kavita Devi of Haryana. The wrestler made WWE history becoming the first woman from India to compete in a WWE ring when she made her debut in the inaugural Mae Young Classic. Other success stories were Saurav Gurjar from Madhya Pradesh and Rinku Singh from Uttar Pradesh, both currently training fulltime at the WWE Performance Center.