Gable Steveson’s uncertain future could lie in Vince McMahon’s hands.
The WWE in-ring debut of freestyle wrestling Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson took place at June’s Great American Bash event when he faced WWE veteran Baron Corbin. The match only went 6:34 and ended as a double countout. Fans chanted “bulls**t” at the finish and were booing Steveson even though he was the babyface in the match. Steveson hasn’t appeared on NXT TV since then, nor has he been mentioned at all and now it seems that the star has been removed from the brand’s roster.
Steveson had looked set to pursue his amateur career with the possibility that he could compete at the Paris Olympics in 2024. However, his days on the mat look to be over after he withdrew from the 2023 World Championships, apparently at the behest of WWE.
Gable Steveson’s future depends on Vince McMahon
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that amid all the uncertainty over Gable Steveson, the decision on his future will be made at the very top of the company:
“He worked two shows this weekend. That was coming off from Wednesday when he pulled out of the World Championships. It’s weird because originally, they had him pegged as the next Brock Lesnar. Obviously, that has to be re-evaluated. He got a great deal coming off of winning the gold medal, as he was expected to be the next Brock Lesnar.
“But, you know, he was gonna debut on the main roster in a big way, and now he’s wrestling Dante Chin in Sebring, Florida, in front of 200 people to get ready. His trajectory has changed greatly, but he is there and not trying for Belgrade. I don’t know if he’s going to be back on TV soon. I know a week ago, they had no plans for him.
“A lot depends on….his situation will depend on Vince McMahon. Until Vince comes back, I don’t know if we’re gonna know a lot that’s going to happen with him because his situation is going to be a Vince decision, and if Vince isn’t back, then Triple H is in charge and everything like that, but it’s the big picture. He’s got an uphill climb right now.”
Vince McMahon’s power in WWE will likely be consolidated once again when the Endeavor takeover of WWE goes through on September 12th.