During an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, 2020 Olympic gold medal winner Gable Steveson talked about signing with WWE…
“After this year, it’s a three-year deal. This year is extra….going back to school came before the Olympic Games. I wanted to go back and win a National Title. With WWE, it came really quick because they allowed me to come back and why wouldn’t I wrestle one more year and go on stage with WWE? It was a win-win and I had to take the opportunity.”
“I told them that I wanted to go back and finish school. Their number one priority was, ‘you can do that.’ Vince, Nick Khan, and Triple H all said, ‘Go win the National Title. Everything will still be in place for you. Get your degree and we’ll see you after that.’ Part of my deal is I can go on stage during my school time.”
Steveson also commented on if he will skip NXT and go straight to the main roster…
“There’s a very good chance that I go straight to the main roster and not go to NXT. I’m open for anything. With the way things are going, I think I’m going to jump straight to the main roster. I know there’s a lot to learn and I’m ready to soak everything in like a sponge and be ready to go out there and put on a good show for the crowd.” (quotes courtesy of Fightful.com)
"I can go on stage [in WWE] during my school year time."
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 13, 2021