Gable Steveson is one of the world’s most decorated amateur wrestlers. He was also the first college athlete to sign a NIL deal with WWE, which has now become a common talent recruitment practice. The company has featured Steveson in some big spots since his signing. He still hasn’t made his official debut yet.
Fans have been wondering about Gable Steveson’s status with WWE. While he is still signed to the company and has made occasional appearances such as at WrestleMania 38, it seems like he should be a regular by now. Gable is currently weighing several career options, some of which might delay his start with WWE a little longer.
In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer discussed Gable Steveson’s situation with WWE. He noted that Steveson is considering returning to the University of Minnesota to compete for a third NCAA wrestling championship. There is even a thought that he might make a run at more Olympic gold.
“There is still nothing new on Gable Steveson. Last year they made a big deal of him being drafted to Raw, and at the time they were going to put him on Raw a few times during the year to keep his name out there with the idea of a debut around Mania time. They never had him in the ring but did plug his Big-10 and NCAA title wins and he shot an angle with Chad Gable at Mania. The idea was for him to become a regular on Raw after this past semester ended at Minnesota. But he hasn’t been used and he’s talked about returning to college to go for a third NCAA title in 2023, and even pondered if that was the case going for a second gold medal in 2024.
He would be strongly favored to win the NCAA title after he dominated all season and won the Hodge Trophy this year. An Olympic gold medal, while he would be a favorite, is a much higher level and certainly far from a sure thing. If he was to win three NCAAs and two golds, there would be no argument that he was the greatest American heavyweight wrestler of all-time. Most now would say Bruce Baumgartner, who won one NCAA title in 1982 and golds in the 1984 and 1992 Olympics.”
An athlete with the ability of Gable Steveson doesn’t come around very often. WWE is more than willing to be patient with a young man that they see major star potential in. Time will tell what he ultimately decides, but the amateur wrestling ranks could be calling Gable for one more big run.
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