NCAA Heavyweight Champion Gable Steveson Wants to Follow in the Footsteps of Brock Lesnar and Come to WWE

Published 03/22/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
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)


Gable Steveson achieved a tremendous feat when he won the NCAA Wrestling Heavyweight National Championship. Steveson currently holds the title of the best collegiate wrestler in America, and he wants to showcase his skills in WWE like Brock Lesnar. The grappler from the Minnesota Gophers has tried to get the attention of Vince McMahon on Twitter.

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Gable Steveson waves at Vince McMahon

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Gable Steveson is the current reigning NCAA Division I National Champion, a two-time Big Ten Conference champion, and a two–time All-American out of the University of Minnesota. He attended Apple Valley High School, where his interest in wrestling developed.

In the 2021 NCAA Division I Championships, Steveson defeated some top American athletes. He beat Toni Cassioppi from the University of Iowa and Mason Parris from the University of Michigan to clinch the title. Despite winning the National Championship, the University of Iowa trumped Minnesota with a points gap of 65.

After his win, Steveson celebrated with an acrobatic display, which will come in handy if he comes to the WWE. He even posted a tweet waving at Vince McMahon, hinting at a viable career in professional wrestling.

Gable might follow in the footsteps of another former NCAA Division I Champion, Brock Lesnar. The Beast Incarnate was one of the best collegiate wrestlers, which made WWE notice and sign him to a contract. Even former WWE Champion and Hall of Famer Kurt Angle won the NCAA Division I Championship.

Like Brock Lesnar, other amateur wrestlers in WWE

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE champion Brock Lesnar is introduced at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar will face former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will take on heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Apart from Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle, WWE comprises many former collegiate wrestlers who are now huge names in the industry.

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One of the best wrestlers of all time, Bob Backlund, was a former NCAA Division II Champion in 1971. He infamously beat Bret Hart for the WWF Championship at 45, which made him one of the oldest WWE Champions. Backlund lost the title in a record eight seconds against Diesel inside Madison Square Garden.

Another former amateur wrestler who is also an Olympian is Chad Gable. Gable competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where he won the qualification round but lost the next one. Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Shelton Benjamin, and even Bobby Lashley were former amateur wrestlers.

Swagger, now AEW’s Jake Hager, is an All-American from the University of Oklahoma, and Shelton Benjamin was Brock Lesnar’s college roommate at the University of Minnesota.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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