WWE officially announced the signing of Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson last week, and it was reported that he would begin his WWE contract once he had finished his collegiate career in Minnesota.
Steveson recently spoke to Ariel Helwani on Helwani’s MMA Show, where he revealed that he is currently under a three-year deal with the company.
“After this year, it’s a three-year deal. This year is extra,”
Steveson continued on, saying that WWE never told him to skip the collegiate season to work with WWE full-time, and that Minnesota were ok with him making the deal.
“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.
“It was a fairly easy task. Minnesota signed off fairly quick on it. Since it’s sports entertainment, it’s not like I’m doing the NFL. The way the NCAA rule worked, I was able to work it so I could make an on-stage appearance against whoever and wrestle a dual the next day. My first obligation is to compete at Minnesota. Who knows when I will make my start (in WWE), but I will be on stage.”
Finally, Steveson said that he doesn’t know when he will make his official WWE debut, but he is under the belief that he will be heading straight for the main roster. He said:
“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,”
Gable’s brother Bobby Steveson also recently signed with WWE, and he reported to the Performance Center last month.
There has already been potential long term plans put in place for Gable Steveson, that will see him face his mentor Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
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