Kavita Devi made history in the Mae Young Classic, becoming WWE's first female Indian wrestler, and reaching high Youtube marks in her loss to Dakota Kai.
Many have pointed at Jinder Mahal's recent push as a reaction to WWE making an attempt to break into India. With Devi's opening round loss reaching two million YouTube views (an astounding number), it's easy to see why the area is a heavy target.
Devi spoke with Sportskeeda recently about the tournament, and meeting Triple H.
"He was very nice, simple and polite. He congratulated me for being the first woman to arrive at this level, from India and he told me that he was very proud of me. Triple H gave me some advice for the road ahead as well and told me to work hard," she said.
Even though it took WWE decades to debut their first female Indian wrestler, Devi said that she hopes that her appearance for the brand will motivate more to make the effort.
I think it's possible. If you saw me wrestle, I wrested in traditional Indian attire. Representing Indian culture is very important. My very objective of going there was to pave the path for other Indian girls to go to WWE and ensure that they don't face any obstacles along the way. I wanted to show Indian girls that you do not need the kind of ring gear worn by international performers, to compete at such a level.
I competed at a very high level, in our traditional dress. Girls have been very inspired by my performance. In the coming months, you'll see that girls are lining up to join the CWE Academy in Jalandhar (a city in India's Punjab state). The more people it reaches, the more girls will be impressed and want to travel down this road and make their own mark.
You can see the first two rounds of the WWE Mae Young Classic on the WWE Network.