After winning the gold medal in wrestling at the Tokyo Olympics, Gable Stevenson gained a lot of professional prospects and potentially major opportunities. Now, Steveson is preparing to join WWE while he is trying to defend his most famous title in the United States.
Thursday, WWE announced They have signed an exclusive agreement with Gable Steveson, which is the first name, image and portrait deal between WWE and a college athlete. Steveson will join the WWE roster while continuing to participate in wrestling competitions at the University of Minnesota, where he won and will defend the NCAA National Heavyweight Championship.
According to Mike Coppinger of ESPN, Steveson will conduct training at WWE’s remote training facility set up near the University of Minnesota campus. He will work with the WWE coach during his senior year in school. After graduating in May next year, Steveson’s multi-year contract with WWE will begin, and he will join the company as a full-time actor.
“I joined WWE from a very young age,” Steveson said. “I have been with people like Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman for a long time. So watching them grow up and be an entertainer on a wrestling mat, it feels like this is the right choice.”
After becoming the Olympic heavyweight freestyle gold medalist, Stevenson said in August He is evaluating his future options as an athlete, including from WWE to returning to school and even pursuing National Football League profession. Now joining WWE, Stevenson became the first Olympic gold medalist to join the company after Kurt Angle, who signed after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Steveson joining WWE will be the family affair of his brother Bobby Steveson Recently joined the company As a new member of the WWE Performance Center. Bobby Steveson is currently training at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, where his brother can also enter.