It’s official. World Wrestling Entertainment announced today that they have signed US Olympic Gold Medal wrestler Gable Steveson to a contract.
The signing of Steveson was first reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer earlier in the week.
In an official statement on WWE’s website, they wrote:
WWE signs Olympic gold medalist and reigning NCAA wrestling champion Gable Steveson to an exclusive agreement.
In the company’s first-ever NIL deal, Steveson will join the WWE roster while defending his NCAA title for the University of Minnesota.
The terms of the deal were not announced. Meanwhile, Steveson tweeted about the news today.
Childhood dream accomplished.. I have officially signed with the @WWE!!! Thank you for the opportunity!! LETS WORK 💪🏽
— Gable Steveson (@GableSteveson) September 9, 2021
Following his Olympic Gold Medal win at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the 21- year-old Steveson became a sought-after prospect. While interest from WWE was well-known, there were also possibilities for him to try MMA with UFC or possibly try to make the NFL as a football player.
Signing with WWE is a family affair for Steveson since his older brother Bobby recently signed a deal with WWE along with five other recruits. Bobby was also a collegiate wrestler.
Steveson was at SummerSlam last month where he posted some backstage photos. Gable was in the ring with Gold Medal women’s wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock, who apparently has an interest in joining WWE according to what the announcers said when she was on camera.
Seth Rollins was among the WWE superstars to congratulate Steveson.
Best wrestler in the world coming to the best wrestling company in the world!!! Love to see it! Gable Steveson is WWE! https://t.co/CDDttbwX8J
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) September 9, 2021
There is no word yet on when Steveson might begin training with WWE to be a professional wrestler. Since he still plans on competing in freestyle wrestling at the University of Minnesota this upcoming season, his road to the rings of WWE may continue after that.