Fresh off the success of this summer’s Mae Young Classic, WWE continues to build its women’s division with the first female superstars from India and the Middle East.
Kavita Devi from India and Shadia Bseiso from Jordan have been signed to developmental contracts by the wrestling company and will now train at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.
During a press tour, Devi, Bseiso and Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, spoke about the signings.
“Recruiting Kavita and Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base,” said Levesque. “We’re confident Kavita and Shadia will inspire future WWE superstars.”
Devi made her WWE debut as one of the 32 competitors in the Mae Young Classic, losing in the opening round. She was previously trained by former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali.
“It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE,” Devi said. “Participating in the Mae Young Classic with some of the best female performers in the world was a great learning experience. Now I am looking forward to pursuing my dream of becoming the first WWE women’s champion from India.”
Bseiso is a TV host and blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who was signed after attending invitation-only WWE tryouts in Dubai.
“It is an honor to be the first-ever woman from the Middle East to sign with WWE,” said Bseiso. “I have personally witnessed the power of WWE and the passion of WWE fans.”
If they make it TV, it is likely the two will be seen as part of WWE’s NXT brand. NXT premieres new episodes Wednesdays at 8 pm ET on WWE Network.