Mike Coppinger of ESPN reports that Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson is now training in Orlando at the WWE Performance Center after having an ablation performed on his heart last month. Steveson underwent the procedure because of Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome.
Steveson told ESPN that this was first discovered last year before flying to Tokyo for the Olympics, but he postponed the procedure until he received advice from WWE’s medical staff.
Steveson told ESPN that the trial took “many months” after WPW was discovered and that WWE’s trial included recommendations for him to see top cardiologists. WWE’s Paul “Triple H” Levesque said, “We are happy to see Gable healthy and training full time at our Performance Center in Orlando.”
WPW syndrome causes a rapid heartbeat. According to Jon Hopkins Medicine, an ablation “uses minor burns or frostbite to scar the inside of the heart to break the electrical signals that cause an irregular heartbeat.”
Steveson signed a multi-year deal with WWE in 2021, and there were plans to have him appear on Raw after this year’s WrestleMania. The company has high hopes for him to become a top name at the level of someone like Brock Lesnar. Steveson’s brother Bobby wrestles as Damon Kemp on NXT.