Gable Steveson was one of the most sought-after athletes in sports entertainment, until WWE bagged him. The Olympics Gold Medal winning wrestler is expected to be a force to be reckoned with as soon as he debuts, but there’s a catch.
Steveson appeared on The MMA Hour, where he revealed to Ariel Helwani that he has a 3-year contract set in stone with WWE. However, he did reveal that there’s a catch to it. The 23-year old can’t start at WWE until his college is done.
The contract’s terms make sense. Even though Steveson is a natural talent, he would definitely need substantial training in order to learn the ropes of the pro-wrestling world. When he was asked about whether WWE wanted him to skip on college, he revealed:
That never came up. I told them that I wanted to go back and finish school. Their number one priority was, ‘you can do that.’ Vince, Nick Khan, and Triple H all said, ‘Go win the National Title. Everything will still be in place for you. Get your degree and we’ll see you after that.’ Part of my deal is I can go on stage during my school time.
The wrestler was then asked about whether he expects a main roster debut or an NXT run first. While he said that he thinks that he’ll be headed to the main roster, he’s open to anything.
There’s a very good chance that I go straight to the main roster and not go to NXT. I’m open for anything. With the way things are going, I think I’m going to jump straight to the main roster. I know there’s a lot to learn and I’m ready to soak everything in like a sponge and be ready to go out there and put on a good show for the crowd.
Steveson is a while away from his WWE debut, but there are talks of a Brock Lesnar Vs. Gable Steveson match. It was previously reported that Steveson might skip NXT for the main roster. Ahead of his WWE signing, Steveson proclaimed himself to be the next Kurt Angle.
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