It has been reported that WWE will be creating a training facility specifically for the use of their new signing, Gable Steveson.
WWE announced that the Olympic Gold Medallist had signed their first-ever ‘NIL’ (Name, Image, Likeness) deal on September 9th. As part of the exclusive agreement, the reigning NCAA wrestling champion will be able to defend that title for the University of Minnesota while also joining the WWE roster.
It has now been reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter 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.
“He will start full-time as a television performer in May 2022, after the NCAA tournament and the ending of his senior year of college.”
WWE were interested in securing the signature of the Indiana native long before he starred at the Olympic Games. Speaking in April, Triple H confirmed that WWE were fans of the star. For his part, Steveson sent a message to Vince McMahon on social media after his Olympic triumph.
Gable Steveson was able to walk down a WWE aisle for the first time at this year’s SummerSlam when WWE honoured him alongside fellow Gold Medallist Tamyra Mensah-Stock for their achievements at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.