With the AEW growing rapidly, the WWE has begun upping the ante. They recently signed Olympic freestyle wrestling Gold Medalist Gable Steveson, who is already a big name in the wrestling scene – just 20 years of age. The signing was announced on the 9th of September, after an initial report from ESPN.
Right after his Gold medal win at the 2020 Olympics, there were a lot of talks about where Gable Steveson would be heading to. Although WWE seemed to be the likeliest destination, UFC, Bellator and AEW were in the mix. UFC President Dana White contacted Steveson several times regarding his venture into MMA.
In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani in MMA Hour podcast, Steveson revealed that White did not push hard to sign him despite showing interest. Steveson added that he wished White “came a little harder.” However, Steveson then revealed that he was happy to be a part of the WWE.
“I go out there to entertain people” – Gable Steveson
Gable Steveson was quoted as saying, “I was hoping that Dana would have come a lot stronger. I was hoping that he would push the pace a little more. I would love to fight. I’m not scared of fighting. I’m not scared of getting punched. I’m not scared of going out there and losing in front of a big crowd or winning in front of a big crowd. It doesn’t matter to me.
He continued, “I go out there to entertain people and for me, myself, to do something I love. I mean I love fighting and I love WWE. I love both. I wish Dana came a little harder. I wish he would have had more push on me to go that way but that time is up for now. I’m 100 percent with Vince McMahon and that team. I’m excited to be where I’m at.” [via BJPENN.com]
Gable Steveson is expected to make his debut soon, but the date for the same is not clear yet. One thing is for sure, he will be making his debut in the main roster. Fans are expecting Steveson to follow in the footsteps of Kurt Angle, who became a massive hit with the promotion.
Like Steveson, Angle was an Olympic wrestling Gold medal winner too. He won the Gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Will Steveson shine in the WWE?