2020 Olympic Champion Gable Steveson (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Over the weekend, rumors surfaced that Olympic gold medalist and 2021 NCAA champion Gable Steveson had signed with the WWE. Since the NIL was enacted on July 1st, it didn't necessarily mean that his days at the University of Minnesota were finished. Any questions surrounding the matter were answered today as the WWE put out an official statement regarding Steveson's signing. The statement also mentioned that "Steveson will join the WWE roster while defending his NCAA title for the University of Minnesota."
InterMat and MatScouts both were tipped off that Steveson was leaning in this direction of competing in college, while maintaining some sort of association with the WWE. For those reasons, Steveson was included in our preseason rankings atop the 285 lbs weight class.
At this time, the depth of his involvement with the WWE is unknown; however, Steveson had plenty of options as the UFC and Bellator both expressed varying levels of interest in the star big man, so locking him up was essential.