WWE have landed something of a major coup with the signing of USA Olympic hero Gable Steveson to a contract.
The 21-year-old starlet was one of the star performers at the recent Tokyo Olympics for the States.
The decorated grappler was already Junior and NCAA National Champion but stole the show at the Games in August.
Facing the reigning champ, Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili in their freestyle final, Gable was trailing at the death, scoring a takedown in the final second to snare the gold medal.
Now he’ll take those skills and newfound glory to the wrestling ring of WWE, with Steveson a confessed life-long fan of the company.
He’ll hope to follow in the footsteps of 1996 Olympic gold medallist Kurt Angle in going on to dominate the sports entertainment world.
Finally confirming the news that the athlete put pen to paper, WWE released a statement on Thursday saying: “WWE signs Olympic gold medalist and reigning NCAA wrestling champion Gable Steveson to an exclusive agreement.
"In the company’s first-ever NIL deal, Steveson will join the WWE roster while defending his NCAA title for the University of Minnesota.”
Steveson, who said the deal was was the culmination of a “childhood dream.”, had appeared as a guest at WWE’s SummerSlam event soon after his Olympics victory, where he met with boss Vince McMahon.
He Tweeted: “Childhood dream accomplished.. I have officially signed with the @WWE!!! Thank you for the opportunity!! LETS WORK”
It’s not yet known when or how he’ll debut on screen, but with a huge buzz accompanying his acquisition, it’s likely we could see him sooner rather than later.
Steveson, who credits WWE legend Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman as his major influences from the wrestling world, won’t be alone in McMahon’s company.
His brother, Bobby, signed with WWE as a developmental talent at their Orlando Performance Center training facility last month.
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