New WWE signee Gable Steveson has suggested that he thinks he might be heading straight to the main roster.
Olympic Gold Medallist Steveson finally signed with WWE on September 9th in the first NIL deal in company history. Despite signing with WWE, Steveson will remain with the University of Minnesota to defend his NCAA Division One crown.
After winning Olympic Gold in Tokyo, Steveson became one of the most sought-after combat athletes in the world. With Steveson already an NCAA Champion, Danny Hodge Trophy winner and junior World Champion, his resume attracted a sting of suiters.
Appearing on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Steveson discussed whether he will return to the Olympics in 2024 to defend his title.
“[Whether I wrestle in them] just depends how my contract goes,” answers Steveson. “I can’t say too much. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet. That’s a longways away. It is three years, but I’m always ready. It all depends on my obligation with the WWE. After this year I’m 100% with the WWE. And if I re-sign, I’m 100% with them. I’m not the boss of the situation, so I can’t say.”
The amateur star then confirmed that he would be able to compete for University and Minnesota and WWE simultaneously.
“It is allowed, yep,” shares Steveson. “It could [happen]. It’s likely, very, very, likely. But who knows? I don’t know what day. It could be Monday Night Raw, today, or it could happen on Friday Night SmackDown.”
Childhood dream accomplished.. I have officially signed with the @WWE!!! Thank you for the opportunity!! LETS WORK 💪🏽
— Gable Steveson (@GableSteveson) September 9, 2021
In addition, Steveson said that he believes that he might even skip NXT altogether and go straight to the main roster.
“There is, I think, there is a very big chance I might go straight to the main roster and not go to NXT,” revels Steveson. “I was open to anything, but with the way things are going, I think I’m going to jump straight to the main roster. And I know there’s a lot to learn and I’m ready to soak everything in like a sponge and just be ready to go out and put a good show on for the crowd.”
While Steveson has only been signed to WWE for a matter of days, there has reportedly already been talk of a showdown with Brock Lesnar.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.