Popular TV actor and pro-wrestler Saurav Gurjar and ‘Million Dollar Arm’ fame Rinku Singh could very well be fast-tracked from the WWE development program, as per WWE Director of Talent Development, Canyon Ceman. “Head coach Matt Bloom has told me me that Saurav and Rinku can be fast-tracked on the basis the skills and attributes they are demonstrating,” Ceman tells India.com.
Camen, along with India’s first-ever women WWE signee Kavita Devi, are in India as part of WWE’s talent-recruitment program and will be shortlisting 70 candidates for WWE’s first-ever India tryouts to be held in March this year in Mumbai.
Gurjar, who played the role of Bheem on hit TV series, Mahabharat, was signed by the WWE last year in January alongside Rinku, who was a pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates for over eight years.
Apart from Gurjar and Rinku, two more Indians are in the WWE’s development program – Satender Dagar and Loverpreet Sangha, and Ceman said that even though the road ahead for them may be long, but all four have the potential to be in the main roster.
“WE are very happy with our Indian talents,” Ceman says, adding, “They are World-Class athletes with a lot of personality. But they do face a long road ahead, because of how challenging sport entertainment is to master. However, they have the athletic tools to do it and they the work ethic to do it. It is going to be long road – but the good news is, for example, Kavita has already debuted in the May Young Classic, and Wrestlemania, so there is reason for her to be optimistic.
“Jeet (Rama aka Satender) is someone who quietly does the hard work and he has the respect of everyone in the building and whether or not he ever makes it to the main roster, he would be contributing to the company as a human being. In all four cases, there is potential for main roster. Their time to master the English language is important, to satisfy the American audience, and being able to deliver consistently entertaining matches, is a long process,” explains Ceman.
Kavita believes that the company see huge potential in India, and it is the right time for more women wrestlers from country to come through the ranks and be part of the sports entertainment industry.
“The market (for WWE) has increased here in India after I signed with WWE,” Kavita tells India.com. “And they realise that India is a great market. My first ever video (wrestling in WWE) garnered over 14 million views and they have seen the potential in terms of the level of talent we have here in India, and they want more Kavita Devis to be part of WWE.”
The former powerlifter is back in India as part of WWE’s first-ever talent recruitment program which will be held in Mumbai in March this year.
Kavita, along with Ceman, has travelled to Mumbai, Rohtak, Chandigarh shortlisting candidates and she is happy to see a huge number of women hopefuls who came for the first step of the tryouts.
“We have been to Bombay, Delhi, Chandigarh and a lot of female wrestlers came for the tryouts. It was so heartening to see a few of them with their children as well,” says Kavita, who herself took up professional wrestling after becoming a mother.
“I was selected through a tryout like this (in Dubai) and I want to see more female wrestlers take up the sport and come to WWE and make our country proud,” she goes on to add.