Amateur Wrestler Gable Steveson Appears At NXT TakeOver

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Before he heads off to Tokyo to compete in the Summer Olympics, heavyweight wrestler Gable Steveson was shown at NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver.

The 20-year-old standout from the University of Minnesota was spotlighted at ringside during TakeOver, just days removed from qualifying for the Tokyo games. Steveson was situated between Stephanie McMahon and WWE talent development director Canyon Ceman.

Listed on screen among Steveson's accomplishments are his Olympic qualification, his NCAA Division I national title, and that he's a recipient of the Danny Hodge trophy.

Steveson has a stated desire to one day wrestle in WWE. With his recent Olympic qualification, as well as his victory in the Division I wrestling championships last month, Steveson's career goal has drawn headlines in conjunction with his recent achievements.

On the NCAA level, the 260 pounder holds a record of 67-2, and presently holds 34 consecutive victories on the collegiate level.

Steveson is, of course, not the first University of Minnesota wrestler to win the Division I wrestling championship as a heavyweight, prior to entering a WWE ring. Brock Lesnar achieved the same feat in the year 2000, before going on to sign a WWE developmental deal.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.