Gable Steveson’s WWE future remains shrouded in mystery.
Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson became WWE’s first NIL signee back in late 2021, and hopes were high that the star would follow in the footsteps of Kurt Angle, Ronda Rousey, and Brock Lesnar when it came to translating his skills to in-ring performance. In fact, Steveson was drafted to Raw as part of the 2021 WWE Draft despite not having any matches under his belt.
After a handful of appearances that included confronting Chad Gable at WrestleMania 38, Gable Steveson largely disappeared from programming until June of 2023, when he made a surprise appearance in NXT. His brother Damon Kemp has played a regular role on NXT television for some time now, first as part of the Diamond Mine and now on his own after splitting from the group. On the June 20th episode, Steveson appeared in a backstage segment, offering to train Eddy Thorpe for his upcoming Raw Underground fight against Kemp.
Steveson later made his own in-ring debut at Great American Bash, taking on Baron Corbin in a bout that anticlimactically ended in a double countout. He also attacked Dolph Ziggler during a dark segment after an August episode of Monday Night Raw.
In August, Gable Steveson announced that he would be returning to the world of freestyle amateur wrestling as he intended to compete in the 2023 World Championship, though he has since withdrawn from that competition. Reports indicated that he was removed from NXT’s roster, but he has since returned to the brand and faced Dante Chen on two live events.
Is Gable Steveson Still In WWE NXT?
Writing in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes that Gable Steveson hasn’t publicly addressed his future, and that those within WWE are remaining quiet on the situation.
“After pulling out of the world championships, Gable Steveson was back in NXT this past week and worked both of the weekend house shows on 9/8 in Sebring, FL, and 9/9 in Melbourne, FL, both nights beating Dante Chen in his second and third pro wrestling matches. Arianna Grace, the daughter of Santino Marella, who has been out of action with an injury and also did a beauty pageant, also returned in Melbourne losing to Fallon Henley.
“Steveson hasn’t said anything publicly. We do know he was still talking weeks ago about the world championships and he took time off to train for it, and then about going back to the University of Minnesota or Iowa to try and win a third NCAA title and the Olympics next year. I would think this indicates that probably isn’t happening but everything regarding his future has been kept quiet.”