After creating waves on the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) circuit in the US, Dalip Singh Rana, also known as “The Great Khali” on Tuesday said his aim is to take the WWE kind of wrestling to every city in India.
“My aim is to take the WWE kind of wrestling to every city in the country. I returned from the United States last year because I wanted to do something which would provide new platform to the wrestlers in my country,” Khali, who addressed a joint press conference here along with Haryana’s Sports Minister Anil Vij, said.
Khali’s Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) will be conducting two international level fights on October 8 in Tau Devi Lal stadium in Gurgaon and October 12 at Panipat where 15 international and 35 Indian fighters will be seen in action. Haryana Government has decided to exempt the two events from entertainment tax.Khali said the event would serve the objects of the sports in respect of fun, recreation, relaxation, competition and socio-economic development.
The CWE initiative is focused on aggressively promoting the sport in India as well as scouting and developing talent from across the country, said the 7 feet 2 inches tall wrestler, who once annihilated The Undertaker - the star in the WWE universe.
Khali had also organised a similar wrestling event in Dehradun in February.
He said that he had recently met Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Sports Minister Vij, both of whom had assured him full support for the upcoming event. “It will be nothing like what India has seen so far,” he said. In which he threw open challenge to any international star of the likes of The Undertaker to come and fight with him. “Haryana is one state that loves combat sports. In fact, majority of the kids who learn wrestling from me are from Haryana,” said Khali.