Brock Lesnar has reportedly already been discussed within WWE as having a “passing of the torch” match against one of the company’s newest signings.
Lesnar was an NCAA Heavyweight Champion while at the University of Minnesota before moving into the world of professional wrestling. Now Olympic gold medallist Gable Steveson who also represents the University of Minnesota is following in Lesnar’s footsteps after inking a unique deal with WWE.
A statement from WWE said that Steveson had signed an “exclusive agreement” and the company’s first-ever NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) deal to join their roster while also defending his NCAA crown with the University of Minnesota.
Steveson took to social media to confirm the news, writing that he had accomplished his childhood dream, before thanking WWE for the opportunity.
Gable Steveson has become the second member of his family to sign with WWE in a matter of weeks. It was recently confirmed that his brother Bobby, signed a deal with WWE alongside five other recruits.
Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that internally talks have already taken place regarding a showdown between Brock Lesnar and Gable Steveson:
“It’s already been teased and talked about that [Brock] Lesnar would eventually wrestle him in a passing-of-the-torch type moment at a WrestleMania.”
It was also reported by Meltzer that WWE is setting up a training facility in Minneapolis to allow the new signee to train while still going to college as well as making the trip to the Performance Centre in Orlando several times during the year:
“WWE will be setting up a training facility in Minneapolis specifically to train Steveson while he continues to go to college. He will also be brought to Orlando for training at times during the year.”
The report went on to say that Steveson is expected to begin appearing as a television performer full-time from 2022.