Olympic Gold Medallist Gable Steveson Signs With WWE
After winning gold in freestyle wrestling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Gable Steveson's future was whatever he wanted it to be. Interest was there from both MMA and pro wrestling, with Steveson being an alluring option for both Dana White and the UFC and Vince McMahon and WWE. Steveson opted with the latter, as the news has broken- he has signed a multi-year WWE deal.
Steveson follows in the footsteps of fellow Olympic gold medal wrestler Kurt Angle, a man who won gold in the 1996 Olympics and made a highly successful transition to pro wrestling, becoming a multi-time world champion and getting inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017. Time will tell if Steveson has the same natural aptitude for the unique entertainment artform that pro wrestling is, but at 21 years old, time is definitely on his side.
Steveson has signed a NIL deal, meaning that he will be able to attend the University of Minnesota and defend his Division 1 heavyweight wrestling championship while having access to a remote training facility with WWE coaches. Upon graduation, he will begin working as a full-time WWE performer.
Gable has counted the likes of Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar among his inspirations growing up. Big shoes to fill, but the sky appears to be the limit for WWE's second ever Olympic gold medallist.