They say you cannot have your cake and eat it, too.
Well, apparently, Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson didn’t get that memo because he has signed a historic NIL deal with the WWE that will allow the 2020 Tokyo gold medalist to participate with the professional wrestling organization while simultaneously competing for Bradon Egum and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers next season.
Can we have your attention for this special announcement…
HE'S BACK. pic.twitter.com/yxfNJ0pndw— Minnesota Wrestling (@GopherWrestling) September 9, 2021
While many of the particulars of this groundbreaking deal are still unknown at this time, it seems to be a win-win for all parties involved, especially fans who weren’t ready to see Gable’s time on the collegiate mat come to a close.
Dear @GopherWrestling, I’m Back! 〽️— Gable Steveson (@GableSteveson) September 9, 2021
Childhood dream accomplished.. I have officially signed with the @WWE!!! Thank you for the opportunity!! LETS WORK 💪🏽— Gable Steveson (@GableSteveson) September 9, 2021
Still, we will have to wait and see how this unique arrangement plays out in the months to come, but it is nice to finally have a concrete answer of sorts regarding Steveson’s future after what felt like months of endless and unconfirmed speculation.
Yo, what Gable Steveson just did for the sport of wrestling is ridiculous. He just straight up but the wrestling community on his back by returning. @WWE fans will have no choice but to watch these collegiate wrestling monsters work.— Nate Jackson ✍🏾 (@natejackson__) September 9, 2021
We owe you dawg! Thank you 🙏🏾 https://t.co/XCF9oTucOu