Gable Steveson, the heavyweight freestyle wrestler who won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last month, has signed a multiyear deal with WWE according to ESPN.
The 21-year-old signed a NIL deal with WWE that will allow him to attend the University of Minnesota for his senior year and defend the Division I national championship at heavyweight. WWE will set up a remote training facility for Steveson near campus where he’ll learn the finer points of in-ring work with WWE coaches.
“I’ve been on WWE since I was really young,” said Steveson, WWE’s first gold medalist since Kurt Angle. “I was on guys like Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman for a very long time. So growing up watching them, me being an entertainer on the wrestling mat, it just felt like it was the right choice.”
Steveson won gold at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and made an appearance at WWE SummerSlam shortly thereafter. Olympic wrestlers turned WWE superstars have found much success.
Angle won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics before becoming a multi-time world champion in WWE and one of the greatest in-ring workers of all time.