Gable Stevenson rose to new heights when he signed with the WWE. There were talks that he would be the next Brock Lesnar, but things seem to have halted. The change of plans indicates that the company has something else up their sleeve which is not out to the public.
The wrestling pundits have no idea what that is. Dave Meltzer appeared on Sunday Night’s Main Event TSN Radio show and spoke about his speculation around Stevenson. He talked about how Stevenson should have been there already. He is not in the WWE Performance Center but working with Mr Kennedy, which is a surprise. He said:
He hasn’t debuted and they wanted to debut him at WrestleMania and it didn’t happen. He was supposed to be fast-tracked to main events by now. Like come right out of college and win the NCAAs, which he did. And then go right to WWE top level and that didn’t happen. They are waiting for him to be ready, I guess. There’s been some talk of him going back to college next year, too. I don’t know what’s gonna happen but he’s training. He’s training with Ken Anderson so we’ll see what happens.
Meltzer believed he would be fast-tracked to the main show, but that didn’t happen. He received word that there were bigger plans for Stevenson, but things may have derailed or changed. The details are not in public. It means that WWE plans a different route for The Olympian.
Dave noted that there were plans that he would train for the NCAA and also learn pro wrestling. The coaches got planned to go to Minnesota, and they would take up space in Minneapolis. He would train as a pro wrestler during the wrestling season. They drafted him to Raw so that he could make sporadic appearances. Dave said:
This is what I was told originally when they first announced the deal. It was [that] he was gonna be the new Brock Lesnar and they were going to send coaches to Minnesota [and] get a place in Minneapolis and during the wrestling season, they were gonna have him also train as a pro wrestler, which probably wasn’t a good idea to do both at the same time. But that was their idea and that he would do scattered Raw’s over the course of the year. Remember they drafted him for Raw and he would make appearances and they would build it up and things like that. And then he ended up not making any appearances and I never heard of them sending trainers to Minneapolis so things changed greatly as the year went on. And then he won the NCAAs again. And then he started training pro wrestling but it was not in Orlando. As far as what’s gonna happen now is anyone’s guess.
Plans can change at any moment in the WWE, and things have changed. There is no report of a facility picked in or coaches sent to Minnesota. It also affirms that WWE wants to take its time before they make Gable Stevenson a name on the main roster.
The company wanted to make him the next Brock Lesnar. Brock has a history of being one of the biggest names on the roster. His work has helped multiple superstars attain their new status. It includes The Tribal Chief as well because Brock losing to Reigns was never possible, as per some experts.
Does this mean that Gable Stevenson will be gone for a long time? It looks like the same won’t happen, and Stevenson will be a name in the wrestling circuit after he makes his official debut. It also means that WWE can put him in some dream matches, including Roman Reigns, Omos, Braun Strowman, and Brock Lesnar.
Stevenson’s tweet from 7th March looked like he hung up his boots in NCAA. Dave said that he expected him to return to the in-ring circuit sooner. A deferred situation could be due to some unavoidable reasons.
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