How Gable Steveson Signing With WWE Opens Doors for Several Collegiate Wrestlers

Published 09/12/2021, 9:00 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


Tokyo Olympics 2020 gold medalist, Gable Steveson, made history in WWE before even wrestling his first match. The 21-year-old signed a NIL contract for the WWE, which means Steveson will be part of the company and simultaneously compete at the collegiate level.

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The NIL (new name, image, and likeness) deal is a kind of compensation contract. According to the rule, an NCAA athlete can sign an NIL contract with any professional organization and capitalize on their status and personalities without affecting their college eligibility.

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Steveson took to Twitter to acknowledge that his WWE contract will not affect his involvement with the wrestling team, Golden Gophers.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a Division I college wrestling team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is Gable’s hometown.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – APRIL 03: Gable Steveson celebrates after beating Nick Gwiazdowski in their Freestyle 125kg finals match on day 2 of the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials at Dickies Arena on April 03, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Gable Steveson inspires young and upcoming wrestlers

One thing Steveson has done is set an example for his young peers who look to break into the world of wrestling, which is by no means a joke.

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A fellow collegiate wrestler on Twitter acknowledged Steveson’s hard work and how his WWE signing has inspired the younger talent to move in a particular direction.

“Yo, what Gable Steveson just did for the sport of wrestling is ridiculous. He just straight up [put] the wrestling community on his back by returning. @WWE fans will have no choice but to watch these collegiate wrestling monsters work. We owe you dawg! Thank you”

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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