According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE had plans to turn someone from the Raw roster into “the new Brock Lesnar.”
Brock Lesnar dominated collegiate wrestling during his time at the University of Minnesota, winning the NCAA Division 1 Championship before embarking on his career in the pros with WWE.
Someone following in Lesnar’s footsteps is Olympic gold medallist and current WWE signing, Gable Steveson. Steveson was drafted to the Raw brand in late 2021 but is yet to make his debut on the show. The star did appear at WrestleMania 38 where he took out his fellow Olympian Chad Gable.
Speaking on Sunday Night’s Main Event TSN Radio show, Dave Meltzer noted that WWE had big plans in the works for Gable Steveson as they sought to position him as their next big thing:
“It was [that] he was gonna be the new Brock Lesnar and they were going to send coaches to Minnesota [and] get a place in Minneapolis and during the wrestling season, they were gonna have him also train as a pro wrestler, which probably wasn’t a good idea to do both at the same time.”
Recent reports have suggested the fact that Steveson is yet to compete in a WWE ring is “a very bad sign” although Triple H has revealed he was set to face the star at WrestleMania in 2022 until his heart issues brought an end to his own in-ring career.