Five Insane Facts of Newest WWE Raw Superstar Gable Steveson

Published 10/05/2021, 10:21 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Medal Ceremony – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 6, 2021. Gold medallist Gable Steveson of the United States poses with his medal. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


WWE Drafted Gable Steveson to WWE Raw on September 4th, 2021. He is one of the youngest wrestlers to have signed with the company.

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Before the WWE Universe starts watching him on television, here are five interesting facts about the young wrestler.

1. Gable Steveson Shares Major Wrestling Similarities With Brock Lesnar

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Steveson and The Beast, both of them, began their professional wrestling careers while attending University of Minnesota. Apart from that, both of them competed in and became champions for NCAA Championships.

After working in freestyle wrestling, both signed up with WWE to move their wrestling careers forwards in the sports entertainment industry.

2. First Superstar to do Amateur and Pro-Wrestling Simultaneously

It’s not everyday that a young Superstar enters the ring with a plethora of experience. But, Steveson did. He skipped WWE NXT altogether when WWE drafted him to Raw at Draft 2021.

Now, even though he is signed with WWE, he is going to return to college to defend his NCAA Division I Championship.

ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 20: Gable Steveson of the Minnesota Golden Gophers backflips after beating Mason Paris of the Michigan Wolverines in the 285lb weight class during the Division I Mens Wrestling Championship held at the Enterprise Center on March 20, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Rovak/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

3. First American Super-Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist of the Millennium

Gable Steveson overpowered three time world champion, Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili, to secure the Gold. Initially, the score was 9-8 but Petriashvili’s corner challenged the decision and lost another point in the process.

Steveson secured his first Olympic Gold Medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a score of 10-8. Prior to Steveson, Bruce Baumgartner secured the Gold in 1984 Los Angeles.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Quarterfinal – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 5, 2021. Gable Steveson of the United States in action against Taha Akgul of Turkey. REUTERS/Leah Millis

4. Last-Second Miracle for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Gold

During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics match freestyle wrestling match against Geno Petriashvili, the young wrestler slammed Geno that almost got him a four point throw. But, the Georgian fought back with two swift moves.

Within the last ten seconds, Steveson turned the game around with two spin-behind takedowns. The second one came in just in time for the buzzer, which put him in the victory position.

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CHIBA, JAPAN – AUGUST 06: Gold medalist Gable Dan Steveson of Team United States poses with the gold medal during the Men’s Freestyle 125kg medal ceremony on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on August 06, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

5. Brock Lesnar Directed Gable Steveson to WWE

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While Steveson made most of the decision, keeping in mind what’s best for him, he still wanted to know what Brock Lesnar thought.

Considering the huge influence Lesnar is, Steveson sought Lesnar’s guidance, which helped him make the decision to sign with WWE before moving to any other sport or promotion.

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DIVE DEEPER

Gable Steveson Talks About His Relationship With Former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar

2 months ago

Coming to his WWE signing, both Lesnar and Steveson are working at the same time with the company. Will Steveson have the luck to be in the ring with The Beast? Only time will tell!

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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