In the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer gave an update on Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson's status with WWE.
"Everything is cold on Gable Steveson," Meltzer wrote. "His brother [NXT wrestler Damon Kemp] is doing great and they wanted to debut [Steveson] some time ago, but it hasn’t happened because reviews on his training progress haven’t been good. They were going to fast track him after he finished his last season in March, but he hasn’t even been around or talked about."
It was announced in September 2021 that Steveson had signed a multi-year deal with WWE and would start with the company full-time after his senior wrestling season at the University of Minnesota. Last October, Steveson was drafted to the Raw roster in the WWE Draft.
Steveson appeared at WrestleMania 38 earlier this year and was involved in an angle with Chad Gable at the show.
It was reported this May that Steveson was exploring a return to the University of Minnesota for his last year of college wrestling eligibility. The potential extra year of eligibility is possible due to a rule put in place by the NCAA during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Steveson posted photos on Instagram last month of him training at former WWE wrestler Mr. Kennedy's wrestling school in Minnesota. Steveson captioned the Instagram post with: "Been getting active.. That time will be here very soon! #raw"
Meltzer also reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE has renewed interest in Olympic gold medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock. Like Steveson, Mensah-Stock won a gold medal in wrestling during the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
"Tamyra Mensah-Stock, who won a gold medal in the 2021 Olympics at 149 pounds, may get a look again," Meltzer wrote. "She made it clear after winning the gold that she was interested in going to WWE and she was brought in, but the previous regime wasn’t interested because she didn’t have the look they wanted. The new regime has interest in her with the idea she was the first black woman from the U.S ever to win a gold medal."