MINNEAPOLIS – Golden Gopher Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion Gable Steveson is set to make his in-ring debut this Sunday at WWE NXT’s Great American Bash.
Taking place at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Texas, the event begins at 7 p.m. CT Sunday with streaming on Peacock and the WWE Network.
On last Tuesday night’s episode of NXT, Steveson made his decision to compete for the brand and challenged Baron Corbin for his first match.
“We are excited to watch him do what he does best and put on a show this weekend in his WWE debut,” Minnesota head coach Brandon Eggum said.
Even though he is making his professional debut Sunday night, it does not close the door on Steveson’s college eligibility or his ability to return to the Gophers.
Earlier this month, University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Mark Coyle released the below statement about the possibility of Steveson returning to Minnesota for his final year of eligibility.
“Gable is a generational talent and one of the most accomplished athletes – regardless of sport – in school and state history. He is an Olympic gold medalist, a two-time NCAA champion, a three-time Big Ten champion, and we are excited about the opportunity of him returning to Minnesota for one final season. The two-time Hodge Trophy winner and Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient is the most entertaining athlete in collegiate sports, and we are thrilled about the possibility of being able to watch him compete once again as a Gopher.”