After arriving to much fanfare in WWE in 2021, we have seen very little of US Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson inside the squared circle.
Aside from a WrestleMania 38 segment involving Chad Gable and an appearance at the Kurt Angle birthday celebration on the December 9, 2022 edition of Smackdown, the highly touted prospect hasn’t appeared much for WWE, despite getting selected by Raw in the 2021 Draft.
Ken Anderson (FKA Mr Kennedy in WWE), who has been training Steveson, recently appeared on the The Kurt Angle Show Podcast and provided an update on his training progress.
“He’s really taken to it. He’s one of those guys, I remember, he took his first bump, and I told him, ‘Get up this way,’ and he got up the wrong way.
“Before I even said anything, he just went, ‘Oh–‘ reversed himself back down and did it almost perfectly the first time.
On comparisons to Kurt Angle and his rapid adaptation to pro-wrestling Anderson said:
“People will often say that Kurt took to the business like nobody they’ve ever seen before, that he got it immediately, and you got not only the athletic side of things, but you got the showmanship, the storytelling, and the character stuff.
“I feel like Gable is on that path. He can do great things.
“He’s young. He’s very young, but he’s already a man. You know, he’s very young, but when I’m talking to him, he seems you’re talking to an old soul like he’s in his 30s.”
Steveson recently made his amateur wrestling comeback with his appearance at the US Open, where he made a dominant return to competition.
As well as this, Steveson has also previously made his intentions clear to once again complete at an Olympic level in 2024, casting further doubt as to when fans can expect him in WWE.
Here are results from the Friday, May 12 episode of WWE SmackDown:
AJ Styles def. Edge, Rey Mysterio in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Bobby Lashley def. Austin Theory, Sheamus in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Grayson Waller appeared in a backstage segment with Adam Pearce and announced the winner of the Styles vs Lashley main event would appear on his Grayson Waller Effect talk show next week
Cameron Grimes def. Baron Corbin
Roman Reigns made his first appearance since WrestleMania 39 and said that Solo Sikoa has stepped up, but the Usos are a problem and that they embarrassed him
Paul Heyman then announced Reigns and Sikoa would be challenging Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia
Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez def. Bayley & Dakota Kai to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Former NXT Tag Team Champions Pretty Deadly made their SmackDown debut backstage, setting up a match against the Brawling Brutes for next week
Bianca Belair appeared for a ‘celebration’ in her hometown of Knoxville, but was interrupted by a returning Asuka who spat mist in Belair’s face
AJ Styles def. Bobby Lashley in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Transcript courtesy of Fightful
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