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Gold Medalist Gable Steveson officially signs with WWE

The Minnesota native posted information of the signing on Twitter, calling it “a childhood dream.”

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota native and Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson is headed for the intense lights {of professional} wrestling, officially saying Thursday he has signed a deal with WWE. 

That doesn’t suggest he’s finished with school wrestling. 

Steveson posted on Twitter, calling signing with WWE a “childhood dream accomplished.”

“Thank you for the opportunity!! LETS WORK,” he added. 

Steveson’s tweet was accompanied by one from WWE saying the Olympic medalist and school All-American had dedicated “his future” to the group. 

The current, nevertheless, is with the University of Minnesota. A press launch from the Gophers says Steveson will return to defend his 2021 Division I heavyweight title. In his three years within the U of M program, Steveson is the winningest grappler in program historical past with a .971 successful share. 

The settlement marks the WWE’s first so-called NIL deal, the place school athletes can earn money for his or her identify, picture or likeness with out violating NCAA guidelines.

HE’S SIGNED! 😍@GableSteveson commits his future to WWE! ✍️ pic.twitter.com/SIh4MSJXQR

— WWE on BT Sport (@btsportwwe) September 9, 2021

ESPN is reporting that the 21-year-old gold medalist, a graduate of Apple Valley High School, signed a multi-year deal with WWE that enables him to wrestle his senior year with the Gophers. WWE will reportedly arrange a distant coaching facility close to campus the place Steveson can be taught the ins and outs of ring and twine work with WWE coaches. 

He is anticipated to make tv and media appearances with WWE whereas wrestling with the Gophers. 

After he graduates in May or his eligibility is accomplished, ESPN says, Steveson shall be a full time performing wrestler with WWE.