NCAA Division I Champion and current US Olympian, Gable Steveson, spoke with Michael Morales Torres of Lucha Libre Online. Here are the highlights of the interview:
1- Pro Wrestling or MMA?
“Pro Wrestling or MMA… I think that’s a tough question for me, just because I’m not sure, but everyone knows that WWE is my top favorite. It’s always been my favorite. So I would say right now, WWE. But at the end of the day, fighting is always an option. What Vince McMahon does with the WWE and everything else is crazy. He makes Superstars and he turns people into Legends. So that’s what I would like to be soon”.
2- Going to WrestleMania as a WWE guest and meeting everyone backstage.
“WrestleMania was crazy, to be honest. I mean, I met Bad Bunny. He’s a big legend”. “I’ve known Paul Heyman for a long time now and Triple H for a while now. So to be at WrestleMania was crazy. Not many people get to be able to get over there and see Roman person and stuff. For me, to be able to do that is outrageous. To actually go backstage and get the full experience and meet Roman Reigns too, he’s one of my favorites. So it was nice to see all them”.
3- Bad Bunny’s performance.
“I thought Bad Bunny had one of the best matches in the whole weekend just because he’s only been doing it for like, two months. To be able to go from being a famous artist to a famous wrestler in that amount of time is crazy. Bad Bunny, I guess he can do it all and we witness that he can do it all right there”.
4- A picture of Gable, Paul Heyman y Roman Reigns uploaded by Paul Heyman himself.
The picture of me, Paul (Heyman) and Roman Reigns is gonna go down as maybe one of the best wrestling photos in the history, just because the path that I’m taking with it and the path that Roman Reigns has set in stone being a champion, that’ll probably would never be defeated again. The path that Paul Heyman has done for wrestling. He’s probably the greatest spokesperson. (He’s going to the) Hall of Fame. Roman Reigns is going into the Hall of Fame. My time is going to come. And I think that picture right there with us three is going to live on for a long time just because the accolades that we bring to that picture and the the stardom that picture brings to the internet”.
5- Working with Brock Lesnar as his mentor.
“Brock Lesnar, he’s one of a kind. I mean, I personally know Brock Lesnar myself we practice together. We have pictures and everything else. To be able to know Brock… He’s probably the best thing that WWE has touched. He’s a physical specimen. He was one of a kind. I’m trying to make sure that I can be the be that next one of a kind person. So following that, and that journey, but do it in my own way, and be the best that I can in my own way. But to have someone like, Lesnar be in my corner is crazy. I know he wishes me good things and he’s gonna keep pulling me in the right direction. Brock Lesnar is one of the greatest things that’s happened to WWE. He’s done it all. I hope to do it all too”.
“It’s hard to explain. You have to feel it yourself. Lesnar, he’s a specimen. He’s huge. He’s, I think, 41 years old. He can still still step on the wrestling mat and do good things. I mean, him training with me is crazy. He pointed me in the right direction with all the things that I need to write to be a great one. And like I said, to be able to (train with Brock Lesnar), you got to feel it yourself to know what it’s like to wrestle Brock Lesnar”.
6- Being in contact with WWE and revealing he will make a decision soon.
“We’ve been in talks. I mean, they’ve known me for a long time now and I’ve sparked interest in them for a long time. Now to say that we have reached a full agreement, it is like, I don’t know if I can like say that. But like, we’ve been in talks. I mean, I haven’t signed no dot line. I haven’t done nothing like that. But there’s been really deep talks and I know the times gonna come soon, where I’m gonna make a decision and get the best thing for me and the best thing for them too. So the time is coming soon. I just don’t know when it is, but it’s just a matter of time”. “I hope the WWE world is ready, because the next big thing is here now”.