Total Nonstop Action (TNA) President Dixie Carter is elated to know that India would be sending the largest contingent of female wrestlers ever to the Olympics this year. Three female wrestlers -- Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari and Sakshi Malik -- have qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016.
While the TNA Impact Wrestling, one of the two biggest pro wrestling promotions in the world, boasts of a good roster featuring women pro wrestlers like Gail Kim, Maria Kanellis and Reby Sky, the search for more skillful female wrestlers doesn't stop here for Carter. In fact, the 51-year-old businesswoman is keen on bringing in an Indian female wrestler to Impact Wrestling, some day.
"I would love to find a female pro wrestler from India. That would be an incredible addition to our [TNA Impact Wrestling] roster," told Carter to International Business Times, India on phone. "Women have been an integral part of pro wrestling since its inception. To find a truly talented female wrestler from India would just be a sheer dream."
The Texas-born pro wrestling promoter also said that she would make a point to meet the female amateur wrestlers from India like Vinesh, Babita and Sakshi, right after the Rio 2016, and won't deter their focus from the event by arranging a meeting right now. "I have planned to have conversation with them immediately after Rio 2016," said Carter.
Dixie Carter also mentioned that a lot of athletes from India have the potential to make it big in Impact Wrestling. She gave the example of TNA superstar Mahabali Shera, who slowly climbed his way up from India to become one of the key attractions of TNA.
"I believe a lot of athletes in the country [India] have that potential and charisma to make a wonderful transition to pro wrestling," continued Carter to IBTimes India. "They need to have that zing and the perfect character to make the crowd cheer or boo for them.
"People in India love their sport. They love wrestling along with cricket and football. The history of amateur wrestling is also so significant in the country, along with the sport's heritage and the culture. There could be one or two wrestlers from India who could make it to the professional scene," she added.
Sony Six remains the official broadcaster of TNA in India.