Brock Lesnar will have a big match in WWE against newcomer Gable Steveson with reports noting that WWE is already planning the “passing of the torch” moment.
The 44-year-old Lesnar is one of the biggest superstars in WWE history. He was signed in 2000 after a successful All-American freestyle wrestling career at the University of Minnesota. After Lesnar debuted on WWE TV in 2002, he went on to win the WWE Championship just five months later at SummerSlam 2002 when he defeated The Rock clean in the middle of the ring. Lesnar left WWE in 2004, won the UFC Heavyweight Championship while he was gone and returned to WWE eight years later in 2012. Lesnar has won eight World Championships in his WWE career (WWE Title five times, Universal Title three times), he’s main evented multiple WrestleManias and done it all in WWE. Lesnar returned to WWE last month at SummerSlam while setting up a future showdown with Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
Gable Steveson has also had a very successful career as a collegiate All-American wrestler at the University of Minnesota. In addition to that, Steveson won an Olympic Gold Medal last month and last week, he signed a deal to become a WWE superstar.
When WWE signed Steveson, they announced that the Gold Medalist has signed an “exclusive agreement” with WWE and it was also their first-ever NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) deal while he wrestles for the University of Minnesota in his senior season. Steveson is only 21 years old. Gable Steveson will join his older brother Bobby as part of the WWE roster. Bobby was also a collegiate wrestler that recently signed a development deal with WWE along with five other recruits.
Lesnar and Steveson know eachother well from Steveson’s past appearances at WWE events while Lesnar has even worked out with Steveson at the University of Minnesota.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer is reporting that WWE has already discussed the possibility of a Brock Lesnar vs. Gable Steveson match in a WWE ring.
“It’s already been teased and talked about that [Brock] Lesnar would eventually wrestle him in a passing-of-the-torch type moment at a WrestleMania.”
In addition to WWE’s long-term plans for Steveson, the company is also setting up a training facility for Steveson so he can learn how to be a professional wrestler in Minnesota.
By doing that, it will allow Steveson to continue to go to college, wrestle for Minnesota and he can also travel to the WWE Performance in Orlando for more training as well. Meltzer wrote:
“WWE will be setting up a training facility in Minneapolis specifically to train Steveson while he continues to go to college. He will also be brought to Orlando for training at times during the year.”
As for Lesnar, he returned to WWE TV this past Friday on Smackdown at Madison Square Garden. Lesnar made it clear he wanted to face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. Reigns accepted although no date has been announced. Reigns will defend the Universal Championship against “Demon” Finn Balor at Extreme Rules on September 26. The Reigns/Lesnar match is rumored to take place at the WWE Crown Jewel PPV in Saudi Arabia in October.