More details have emerged on original plans for Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson in WWE.
Steveson signed an exclusive agreement with WWE in September 2021, with the expectation that he’d join the company full-time after finishing college.
The Olympic wrestling star has yet to make his pro-wrestling debut, despite being officially chosen for the Raw roster in the 2021 WWE Draft.
He hasn’t done much in the ring for WWE, besides suplexing Chad Gable at WrestleMania 38.
During the Sunday Night’s Main Event TSN Radio show, Dave Meltzer stated that WWE wanted Steveson to make his in-ring debut in April, noting:
“He hasn’t debuted and they wanted to debut him at WrestleMania and it didn’t happen. He was supposed to be fast-tracked to main events by now. Like come right out of college and win the NCAAs, which he did. And then go right to WWE top level and that didn’t happen.
“They are waiting for him to be ready, I guess. There’s been some talk of him going back to college next year, too. I don’t know what’s gonna happen but he’s training. He’s training with Ken Anderson so we’ll see what happens.
“This is what I was told originally when they first announced the deal. It was (that) he was gonna be the new Brock Lesnar and they were going to send coaches to Minnesota (and) get a place in Minneapolis and during the wrestling season, they were gonna have him also train as a pro wrestler, which probably wasn’t a good idea to do both at the same time.
“But that was their idea and that he would do scattered Raw’s over the course of the year. Remember they drafted him for Raw and he would make appearances and they would build it up and things like that.
“And then he ended up not making any appearances and I never heard of them sending trainers to Minneapolis so things changed greatly as the year went on. And then he won the NCAAs again. And then he started training pro wrestling but it was not in Orlando. As far as what’s gonna happen now is anyone’s guess.”
Triple H recently revealed that a plan for him to work with Steveson at WrestleMania was nixed because of his health. The Game left his boots in the ring on WrestleMania 38 Sunday, following his previous retirement announcement after recovering from a severe cardiac event.
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