He’s a special one. Back in 1999, a wrestler named Kurt Angle debuted for the WWF. This was one of the most important signings the company has ever seen, as he was the first ever Olympic Gold Medal winner in professional wrestling history. That is not something that comes around every day and it did not come around again for twenty years. Now things have changed.

According to ESPN.com, Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Gable Steveson has signed an NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) contract with WWE. This comes after rumors of such a signing and after Steveson made an appearance at Summerslam last month. Steveson’s contract is unique as he is allowed to defend his NCAA championship at the University of Minnesota. WWE will set up a special training facility near the university so Steveson can train with the company’s coaching staff. Once Steveson graduates in May, he will begin his regular WWE contract.

WWE has a history with amateur wrestling stars. Check out some of their history:

FULL MATCH - John Cena vs. Kurt Angle - WWE Title Match: WWE Unforgiven 2005

Gold medalists Gable Steveson and Tamyra Mensah-Stock recognized at SummerSlam: SummerSlam 2021

Opinion: This might be the definition of layup as Steveson is an amateur champion at the highest level and wanted to join WWE. I know WWE might do some things that are a little confusing at times, but this is something that even they could not screw up. If Steveson has even the slightest bit of ability out of the ring and on the microphone, he is going to be an instant star in WWE.

What do you expect from Steveson? How will he do in WWE? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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