Hyderabad: A video of a woman accepting an open challenge from a professional wrestler is viral on social media. Users claim that the woman in the video is a Pakistani freestyle wrestler who abused and challenged a woman in a Salwar Kameez.
"See the power of one Hindu woman and guess the rest of the Hindus. In Mumbai, a Pakistani ladies freestyle wrestling woman stood in the ring and not only started abusing the Indian women and challenged her to enter into the ring. Accepting this challenge, a woman named Sandhya Phadke, a woman of Durga Vahini of RSS, came down in the ring. What happened next, see for yourself in this video," reads the caption.
The claim is False.
NewsMeter performed a Google Reverse Image Search which directed us to a report published by Deccan Chronicle on June 17, 2016, titled 'Salwar kameez-clad Punjabi woman knocks down pro wrestler in fierce fight'
According to the report, the event, which was held by a promotion and training school by the Indian WWE champion The Great Khali in 2015, had female wrestler BB Bull Bull daring anybody from the audience to a fighting match. Unbelievably, a young woman clad in a yellow salwar-kameez enters the ring and knocks down the BB Bull Bull within minutes.
This woman is a former Haryana police officer and power-lifting and mixed martial arts champion. She has been identified as Kavita.
The report had a link to the video that was first shared on Facebook page of Continental Wrestling Entertainment. The video was posted on June 13, 2016.
We then found the same video that was posted on the YouTube channel of CWE (Continental Wrestling Entertainment) on June 13, 2016. 'KAVITA accepted the open challenge of BB Bull Bull," reads the thumbnail.
With the help of the Keyword Search, we found a report by Zee News Hindi published on June 20, 2016.
According to the report, the real truth of the salwar kameez woman who defeated the student of The Great Khali in the ring has come to the fore. Actually, the woman who defeated the female wrestler Bulbul is none other than Kavita, a professional wrestler by profession. Kavita is one of the superstars of WWE Wrestler The Great Khali. Kavita hails from village Malvi in Jind district of Haryana and has worked in Haryana Police. She is posted in Sashastra Seema Bal these days.
The Indian Express had also published the article on June 16, 2016 titled 'This video of a salwar-kameez-clad Punjabi woman pinning down a pro wrestler will blow your mind'.
It is therefore evident that the claim is False. Viral video is of 2016 is being shared with false claims. Both the women seen in the video are from India.