Gable Steveson’s tremendous performance at the Tokyo Olympics back in 2021 made him a household name. Due to this, he eventually signed with WWE but has barely been used by the company since signing with them. It appears that Steveson will make his amateur wrestling return soon amidst his WWE absence.

After a lot of teases and speculation, WWE managed to sign Gable Steveson to contract long ago. He was already drafted to Monday Night RAW as part of the WWE Draft. He also got physical during WrestleMania 38 Night 2 but didn’t do all that much after that.

Gable Steveson last appeared on an episode of Friday Night Smackdown in December last year alongside Kurt Angle. Fans wondered whether WWE would ever use Steveson as it seemed unlikely he was ever going to do anything in the company.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Team USA Wrestling confirmed that Gable Steveson is returning to amateur wrestling. It was further added that Gable Steveson has registered for the U.S. Open tournament.


Former Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson, as he announced his return to amateur wrestling competition on Tuesday evening with his registration in the U.S. Open, which will take place later this month.

The announcement closes out a 13-month hiatus from the sport dating back to last season’s NCAA Championships where Steveson left his wrestling shoes on center mat, a rich tradition in wrestling signaling the end of a competitor’s career.

Steveson has hinted towards his desire to make his return to the mat in recent media appearances as the 2024 Olympic cycle draws near. FloWrestling confirmed Steveson’s return through their social channels on Tuesday evening.

As the rumors swirled of a potential return for the heavyweight, the U.S. Open seemed to be the first event in which Steveson could come back to the mat as the tournament acts as the first step in qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials next summer.

In his four seasons at Minnesota, Steveson amassed an 85-2 career record with 60 bonus-point victories, collecting two NCAA titles, three Big Ten titles, and two Dan Hodge trophies. He also claimed the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, defeating Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili in one of the most dramatic finishes the sport has ever seen.

The former Gopher great will return to action as a representative of the Gopher Wrestling Club, Minnesota’s regional training center for international styles. He will be competing alongside fellow GWC athlete Hayden Zillmer, the 2022 World Team member at 125 kilograms.

Fans can tune in to the awaited return of Gable Steveson at the 2023 U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 26-30, 2023 live on FloWrestling.

Gable Steveson also recently vented his frustration with WWE. We will have to wait and see what will become of Gable Steeson in the end. By the looks of it, his WWE career might just be over even before it even got a chance to start.

What’s your take on Gable Steveson? Are you sad he still hasn’t properly debuted in WWE yet? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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