The next move of Olympic gold medallist Gable Steveson has now been revealed, following his recent pro-wrestling in-ring debut for WWE NXT.
After signing an exclusive agreement with WWE in September 2021, Steveson finally stepped into the ring in July.
At NXT The Great American Bash, Steveson faced off against Baron Corbin in singles action.
Steveson hasn’t wrestled since, leading to speculation about his pro-wrestling future.
It has now been confirmed that Steveson will be competing in the amateur freestyle wrestling 2023 World Championships, which take place September 16-24.
United World Wrestling has now released a list of the preliminary freestyle entries. Interestingly, UWW described Steveson’s recent WWE stint as a ‘brief retirement from wrestling to pursue a career in WWE’.
The following profile was shared for Gable Steveson:
At 125kg, Gable STEVESON (USA) is set to return after a substantial absence. The 21-year-old sensation made waves at the Tokyo Olympic Games, stunning the wrestling community with his triumph.
He managed to defeat now-reigning world champion Taha AKGUL (TUR) and three-time world champion Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO) en route to Olympic glory.
Following his Olympic gold, Steveson took a brief retirement from wrestling to pursue a career in WWE. However, he has since added another Olympic gold to his aspirations.
During Steveson’s absence, young contender Amir ZARE (IRI) has emerged as a dominant figure in the weight class. Zare claimed world gold in Oslo before relinquishing the crown to Rio Olympic champion Akgul in Belgrade.
A highly anticipated clash between Zare and Steveson is eagerly awaited by fans after numerous exchanges on social media.
September’s 2023 World Championship is a key event in the lead-up to the 2024 Olympic Games, as it marks the initial phase of the six qualifying events for next year’s event.
Steveson previously stated that he has aspirations to compete at the Paris Olympic Games, after winning a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
It was previously reported that WWE would have to give permission for Steveson to compete at the 2023 World Championships as he’s a contracted talent, to his official listing indicates that WWE is supporting his Olympic aspirations.
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