Steveson Set for WWE NXT In-Ring Debut Sunday

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.

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Gable Steveson says wrestling future will remain in WWE amid speculation of transfer to Iowa

The two-time NCAA champion has been teasing a possible transfer to Hawkeyes.

Gable Steveson leaned into his showmanship style on Tuesday night.

The Apple Valley wrestler announced his wrestling future will remain in WWE during the WWE show NXT on USA Network.

The two-time NCAA heavyweight champion with the Gophers stepped off the collegiate mat after winning the 2022 national title in ceremonious fashion but said in June he wanted to come back to the collegiate ranks for a fifth season this winter.

In the meantime, Steveson’s tweets fed speculation he might enter the NCAA transfer portal and go to arch-rival Iowa Hawkeyes. He has posted pictures of himself in both Gopher and Hawkeye gear, with other posts including emojis representing each school followed by question marks. Continue reading at →

Gable Steveson Intends To Use Final Year Of NCAA Eligibility

Gable Steveson will likely be back on an NCAA wrestling mat next season.

We likely haven’t seen the last of Gable Steveson on a college wrestling mat. The Olympic champion and 2X NCAA champion confirmed with FloWrestling that he wants to return to NCAA competition next year. The Minnesota heavyweight won national titles for the Gophers in 2021 and 2022 before retiring from NCAA and Olympic wrestling. However, after making his return to freestyle wrestling this spring at the US Open and Final X, he wants to come back to NCAA wrestling as well. View/continue reading at →

Steveson, Smith Victorious at Final X

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Gopher wrestlers Patrick Smith and Gable Steveson each won their best-of-three matches Saturday at Final X in Newark, N.J., to claim a spot on the U.S. Senior Teams ahead of this fall’s World Championships.

Smith, competing for Minnesota Storm, claimed victory in his Greco-Roman matchup at 72 kg over Justus Scott from Army WCAP. After dropping the first match via criteria decision 3-3, Smith bounced back to even the series at 1-1 thanks to a 5-4 victory. Coming down to the final match, Smith opened up with a 6-0 lead and held on for a 7-5 decision. With the win, he’s now heading to his fourth Senior World Championships.

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Tokyo Wrestling Gold Medalist Gable Steveson Balancing 2024 Olympic Hopes With WWE Training

Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson had retired from amateur wrestling and was focused on becoming a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar

Gable Steveson achieved his longtime dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment, but he never lost his desire to entertain on the amateur mat.

In his early 20s, Steveson seemed to already have done it all in amateur wrestling and moved on. He claimed an Olympic gold medal at heavyweight at the Tokyo Games and won two college national titles at Minnesota. After his second college championship, he left his shoes in the center of the mat symbolizing his retirement from amateur wrestling. After that, he made some appearances with WWE, most notably at SummerSlam in 2021 and at WrestleMania 38 in 2022.

But Steveson still had his foot in the amateur door. He has split his time between training in Minneapolis with Brandon Eggum, his college coach at the University of Minnesota, and the WWE Performance Training Center in Orlando, Florida. Though still with WWE, the urge to try to position himself as one of amateur wrestling’s all-time greats became too much. He now will chase a spot at next year’s Paris Olympics.

“The itch and fire will never go away,” Steveson said. “And I feel like if you ask any competitor, old or young, I think it’s always there. But some people just don’t have the bodies to do it because they’re a little older. But I think me just turning 23, I still had that extra fire and I want to see what I could do. I wanted to test my limits. And so I stayed ready just in case the time came where I could come back.” Continue reading at →

Former Gopher Gable Steveson Set to Return to Amateur Wrestling Competition

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson has announced his return to amateur wrestling competition on Tuesday evening with his registration in the U.S. Open, which will take place later this month.

The announcement closes out a 13-month hiatus from the sport dating back to last season’s NCAA Championships, where Steveson left his wrestling shoes on the center mat, a rich tradition in wrestling signaling the end of a competitor’s career.

Steveson has hinted towards his desire to make his return to the mat in recent media appearances as the 2024 Olympic cycle draws near. FloWrestling confirmed Steveson’s return through their social channels on Tuesday evening.

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