Report: Olympic star Gable Steveson signs with the WWE

One of the hottest commodities in the sports world appears to have found a home. It sounds like Olympic freestyle wrestling star and gold…

By: Zane Simon | 2 years
Report: Olympic star Gable Steveson signs with the WWE
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One of the hottest commodities in the sports world appears to have found a home. It sounds like Olympic freestyle wrestling star and gold medal winner Gable Steveson is headed to the WWE. That’s according to the Wrestling Observer, who reported the move just shortly after the NCAA D1 champion hit Twitter with a cryptic message, telling fans that he had “just put pen to paper.”

Steveson apparently met with WWE owner Vince McMahon back in August, while attending the promotion’s SummerSlam event. The former Golden Gopher will be following in the footsteps of his brother Bobby Steveson, who reported to the WWE Performance Center last month to begin training. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Steveson told the outlet that “If I ever go to WWE, I’d be a ‘Paul Heyman Guy,’” adding that WWE superstar and former UFC champ Brock Lesnar has been advising him on his future career moves since high school.

“WWE has been so great to me,” Steveson explained. “Triple H, Brock, Heyman, Ric Flair and so many others have been so supportive,” adding that he’d also received lots of support from UFC stars like Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, and Henry Cejudo.

After coming home from his standout performance in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Steveson made public ovations to both the WWE & UFC, while also making it known that he’d been in contact with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings. There was even talk that he might return to school for another year of wrestling, or find a spot on the Gophers’ Football team.

Ultimately, however, it seems that the offer from the WWE was just too good to refuse. Tough luck for MMA fans who may have been hoping to see yet another standout, top-tier athlete hit the Octagon. Still, if he’s got Lesnar in his ear, giving him advice, there may be time for a UFC run somewhere down the line in his future.

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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