Gable Stevenson appears with Kurt Angle during the 12/9/22 edition of WWE Smackdown

During the December 9th 2022 edition of WWE Smackdown, Kurt Angle celebrated his birthday in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Angle was not the only Olympic gold medalist in attendance as Gable Steveson was shown backstage with Angle. Braun Strowman was introduced to Steveson and Strowman commented on how Smackdown could use someone like Steveson.

The show ended with Alpha Academy attempting to hijack Angle’s birthday segment. However, Steveson drove into the arena with a milk truck and Angle sprayed Chad Gable and Otis with milk.

In October, it was reported that Steveson started training full-time at the Performance Center with Fit Finlay being in charge of Stevenson’s training.