At the WWE NXT: The Great American Bash premium live event back in July, Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson made his in-ring debut against Baron Corbin. The match ended in a Double Count-Out.
Fans in attendance at the event showed their dislike for Steveson with passion. He hasn’t been seen on WWE television since then.
According to the Wrestling Observer, Steveson “has been officially removed from the NXT roster”. The reason behind it is unknown yet.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Steveson pulled out of the World Championships in Freestyle Wrestling. WWE had neither confirmed nor denied whether he would compete when asked, but at one point the idea was for him to take time away to go into proper training for the event.
WWE also did not publicize his recent wins at the Senior Nationals and at Final X.
It was also noted that WWE currently does not have any plans for him in NXT.
Baron Corbin stated in a promo on NXT a couple of weeks ago that he made Steveson run away from NXT.
During a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle said Steveson needs a proper character to become entertaining, instead of just being an amateur wrestler:
“First of all, he’s an incredible athlete. You know, he is not only incredible on the mat wrestling, I mean, this kid, you know, he can do backflips. He’s really athletic, super athletic and I think he’s gonna have a great future.
I just don’t know how entertaining he’s gonna be. I know that he loves to talk. A lot of his friends that I talked to say he’s kind of a loudmouth, which is kind of good because you want to be able to, you don’t want to be shy when you’re in this.
You know, I was a shy kid, and when I went to WWE, I had to learn how to suck it up and just go out there and put everything on the line and it was really a hard transition for me. But I think Gable Steveson will have the same thing.
He’ll probably, have to, you know, break that mold of being an amateur wrestler, because as an amateur wrestler, you show no emotion. You go out there and you focus and you wrestle. It’s not like pro wrestling where we have to show the people emotion.
You have to show if you’re scared, or if you’re mad, if you’re, you know, excited. So there’s a lot. You have to have incredible charisma and I think that Gable has that. I just don’t know how well he’s going to translate that when he starts talking.
I do remember doing a pre-tape with him in Pittsburgh and he did all right. You know, he didn’t do incredibly well, but he did well, that was like, okay, this kid, he has potential.
I think he’s going to be pretty good and so I expect him to have a great career. I don’t know if he’s going to have the career I had, but I think he could, definitely.”
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