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Triple H was scheduled to face Gable Steveson at WrestleMania 38

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The debut of the Olympic wrestler, gold medalist, and two-time NCCA Heavyweight champion is still pending on the WWE side when he was to debut around May 2022 full-time.

Gable Steveson was lucky enough to have his moment at WrestleMania 38 attacking Chad Gable, but we’ve never heard from him as he’s still on the RAW roster. This week Triple H was in an interview for BT Sports and he announced that the original plan was to see him in a match against Gable Steveson to get him started in WWE, but his health dictated otherwise and he was forced to take his retirement as seen on Day 2 of WrestleMania 38:

“There was a plan for me to do something at WrestleMania, which we talked about. I had to do something with Gable Steveson and try to pitch him and get him going. […] When Vince asked me to participate in WrestleMania 38 telling me that we were going to Texas for two days and that he needed an attraction, that I could do whatever I wanted and that I could choose who I wanted to work at WrestleMania, I figured I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.

Yes I was done, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I’m too busy, I do too many things. It’s too much work, it’s too difficult. You have to be 100% in the project. Vince told me to keep him in check. At the same time, we were starting ideas with Gable, finishing his implications with us and everything and when the idea came up, I went to Vince with the idea of ​​doing something with Gable. Vince loved it. The idea for me was to work with this youngster, put him forward and launch him. That’s what I wanted to do, nothing more. When they came to me and told me it was over, I had no regrets, no sadness.”

Gable Steveson’s future in WWE could have been much different if Triple H had been able to face him. This week, the Wrestling Observer gave an update on Steveson explaining that his WWE apprenticeship was not going at the expected pace and that it was taking longer. His progress has reportedly stalled, so we’ll have to wait to see him in the WWE ring again.

Gable Steveson at WM 38:

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