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TNA and Sony Six sign the first Indian wrestling talent Mahabali Shera

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MUMBAI: Total Nonstop Action (TNA) and Sony Six together announced the signing of the first ever Indian wrestler Mahabali Shera into the global roster of TNA Wrestling. The announcement marks an investment by Six and TNA to the growth of wrestling entertainment across the Indian market.

Sony Six business head Prasana Krishnan said, ‘‘India is home to some of the most passionate wrestling fans and through our consistent offering, high quality content and market reach we will make Mahabali Shera a household hero and fuel growth and popularity for TNA.”

TNA president Dixie Carter added, “Signing Mahabali to our roster as the first Indian wrestler is a testament to TNA’s commitment to our Indian viewers and our continued focus on international brand expansion. We are confident viewers will quickly connect with him as he represents the people and nation of India throughout the world.” 

The announcement comes after a yearlong search for an Indian wrestler which begun with Hall of Fame star Kurt Angle’s visit to India in 2013. Angle said, “It’s great to be back in India where TNA Wrestling is enjoyed by millions. Mahabali Shera is a great athlete who has showcased tremendous potential and skill, which strengthens my belief that he has what it takes to become a champion.”

Under Angle’s guidance, the 24-year-old, Shera will feature across TNA’s programming line-up of TNA Impact Wrestling (Monday nights) in a bid to grow the popularity of wrestling in India through local connect. Shera said, “TNA is one of the biggest wrestling entertainment organizations in the world and I am deeply thankful and thrilled to be a part of it. With the organization featuring some of the best wrestlers in their talent roster, it is a great opportunity as well as honour for me.”

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