Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson found out which WWE show he will be performing on to start his pro wrestling career and it turns out he will be featured on Monday nights moving forward.
Steveson was selected in the sixth round by RAW in this year’s WWE Draft. Steveson was seen at his home with his parents celebrating getting drafted to RAW. According to WWE, the rosters will officially be finalized after the company’s “Crown Jewel” pay-per-view on Oct. 22.
The collegiate wrestling star signed a name, image and likeness deal with WWE in September. The deal allows Steveson to attend Minnesota for his senior season and compete for a Division I title while training with WWE, according to ESPN. The company will reportedly set up a training facility near the Minnesota campus where he will learn how to compete in professional wrestling.
“I’ve been on WWE since I was really young,” he told ESPN last month. “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.”
FILE – Minnesota’s Gable Steveson celebrates after defeating Michigan’s Mason Parris in their 285-pound match in the finals of the NCAA wrestling championships in St. Louis, in this Saturday, March 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
Steveson is set to be WWE’s first gold medalist since Kurt Angle joined the promotion after he won gold in 1996. Lesnar competed at the collegiate level.
Steveson, 21, had an iconic moment in Tokyo. He was facing off against Georgian Geno Petriashvili in the 125-kilogram freestyle category and was down three points with 23 seconds remaining in the match. He somehow managed to score five points as time expired to pick up the gold medal for the U.S.
Steveson looks to become one of the youngest U.S. wrestling gold medalists ever when he competes at 125 kilograms in Tokyo. The charismatic 21-year-old hopes a successful run at the Games launches him into a WWE career like his mentor, Brock Lesnar, and an acting career like former WWE star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
He won 10-8. It was the 21-year-old’s first Olympic gold medal of his career. He celebrated with an outstanding backflip.
Steveson outscored his opponents 23-0 in the first three rounds of Olympic competition. He soundly defeated 2016 Olympic gold medalist Taha Akgul of Turkey, 8-0, in the quarterfinals and beat Mongolia’s Mönkhtöriin Lkhagvagerel in the semis before getting to Petriashvili – the No. 1 seed.
Petriashvili failed to capitalize on the three-point lead late in match and was ousted by Steveson’s superb quickness on the mat.
Steveson’s medal adds to his decorated amateur career.
United States’ Gable Steveson celebrates with his gold medal during the victory ceremony for men’s freestyle 125kg wrestling at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
He won the gold at the 2021 Pan American Championships and at the 2017 Junior World Championships. He also took home gold in the NCAA Division I Championships in 2021 for Minnesota and won gold in the Big Ten Championships in 2021 and 2020 as well.
He hasn’t lost a match on the global level since August 2019.
His 2021-22 college wrestling season begins with the Bison Open in North Dakota on Nov. 13.