It looks like Indian sports scenario is slowly changing. Recently, Indian Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar was signed on by WWE. He will be the second wrestler after The Great Khali to make his way to such a glorious international platform.
The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali appears a little apprehensive about this new move of Sushil Kumar. He considers that although it is a golden opportunity for him [Kumar], he may be a little old to start a career with WWE.
On that note, Khali told India Today:
“It will be good if Sushil goes to WWE. It is my thought nothing personal about it but I think it will be late for Sushil to join WWE. One has to join at an early age and the chances of success increase. WWE is very difficult so I still feel it is a bit late for Sushil to join WWE. I would personally like to see someone in WWE after me.”
Sushil Kumar, 33, is an Indian freestyle wrestler. He bagged the 2010 world title, a silver medal, at the 2012 London Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics while competing in the 66 kg weight division. He is the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals.
Expressing the moment of joy Kumar said:
“I had a very good meeting with the head of the WWE talent development and I am exploring a lot of options as I just want to continue wrestling.” He further clarified his move to WWE doesn’t necessarily mean his departure from the amateur ranks, learned Wrestling INC.
Canyon Cemen, WWE’s head of talent and development, met Sushil at the Chhatrasal Stadium last weekend. The meeting was scheduled to discuss Kumar’s possible plunge into professional wrestling. Confirming the news Raman Raheja, head of Super Sports [the company that manages Sushil Kumar] conveyed to IANS:
“Something is going to materialize soon… in about a month or so we will finalize something.”
He also seemed quite hopeful about Sushil joining other professional wrestling bodies like TNA.
Whether or not Sushil Kumar would be able to make a name for himself with WWE is yet to be seen. In the interim, we wish the wrestler all the best! Keep those fingers crossed!