Abandoned WWE Plans For Gable Steveson Revealed
Gable Steveson was expected to be a big star in WWE after winning Olympic gold but he is still yet to make his in-ring debut for the company.
Steveson followed in the footsteps of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle as he captured Olympic gold before signing up with WWE. The Minnesota native was drafted to Raw as part of the 2021 WWE Draft but still has not appeared on the red brand.
He did make a brief appearance at WrestleMania 38 when he took out Chad Gable after the opening match of night two of the event where Gable’s Alpha Academy and The Street Profits failed to dethrone RK-Bro as Raw Tag Team Champions.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained what the original plans for Gable Steveson were in WWE and why the company had to change course with the star:
“The original idea was he was gonna do college wrestling that season, which he did, and they were gonna bring him to a couple of Raws during the year. He wasn’t gonna wrestle, but he was gonna make appearances to build up his debut which was gonna be at WrestleMania. And yeah, never appeared, still hasn’t appeared…..He’d retired after winning the Olympic gold medal, actually after winning the NCAA Championship last year because he came back from the Olympics to win the NCAA Championship. Then he retired and he was gonna go into WWE and all that.
“Obviously that has not materialized. He did have the surgery to repair the Wolff’s Heart (Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome), but his progress has not… he hasn’t lit the world on fire by any means and they haven’t put him on for that very reason. In January of 2022, over a year ago, I remember being told Gable Steveson is going to be fast-tracked to the main roster right after the college season is over and Bron Breakker was going to be called up pretty soon as well, which also didn’t happen.”
If and when Gable Steveson makes his WWE debut remains to be seen but fans will be interested to see if he is part of the upcoming WWE Draft rumored to be taking place in May.