Olympic gold medallist and Raw Superstar in waiting Gable Steveson has commented on the comparisons made between himself and WWE icons Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar.
Steveson had publicly flirted with WWE in the spring of 2021, appearing on camera at the NXT TakeOver: Stand And Deliver event that preceded WrestleMania 37.
In the summer, Gable Steveson got down to business and he represented Team USA at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Steveson followed in the footsteps of WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle by bringing home a gold medal, and not long after that news broke that Steveson had signed with WWE.
Speaking on the After The Bell podcast Gable Steveson gave his thoughts on being compared to Angle and another amateur wrestling standout Brock Lesnar:
“It’s fine. I don’t mind the pressure. People compare me to Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar, it’s actually really cool. Kurt Angle is a legend. They’re both Hall of Famers at the end of the day. To be compared to those guys is something crazy.”
“It’s good and bad. Kurt won a gold medal and I won a gold medal. The difference is, he had a broken neck and I won it in the last one second. My gold medal doesn’t exist because if I don’t have a broken neck, it’s gone.”
“The chip is always going to be there because people surround that pressure that I like around me to be a WWE superstar and live up to that hype. That Kurt Angle hype is really good and it drives me to be better than he is. If I don’t reach that point, I know I tried and did my best.”
“At the end of the day, my goal is to be the best version of Gable, not Kurt Angle, not Brock Lesnar. Even with their support and their look, I want to be the person I want to be.”
At the 2021 WWE Draft, Gable Steveson was Monday Night Raw’s surprise final pick meaning that when the Olympic Champion does turn up on WWE television, he will be a part of the red brand.