Olympic wrestling champion Tamyra Mensah-Stock was given a standing ovation during last night’s WWE SummerSlam in Las Vegas.
Mensah-Stock was welcomed to the Allegiant Stadium alongside American teammate Gable Steveson, who also earned an Olympic wrestling gold medal at Tokyo 2020.
Both athletes were given a standing ovation as they made their way to the ring, where they were acknowledged for their incredible achievements.
Mensah-Stock triumphed in the women’s 68 kilogram division at Tokyo 2020, defeating Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria 4-1 to take gold. In doing so, she became the first black woman ever to win an Olympic wrestling title.
The 28-year-old has previously expressed a desire to move into the world of WWE. Shortly after she earned her Olympic gold medal, Mensah-Stock was asked whether she would consider stepping into the WWE ring.
“I want to,” an enthusiastic Mensah-Stock replied.
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— WWE (@WWE) August 22, 2021
Wrestling legend and NXT founder Triple H hinted Mensah-Stock’s dream could soon become a reality after posting about her historic achievement on Twitter.
“Congratulations on a history-making gold medal at the #TokyoOlympics,” he posted. “The door to WWE is always open!!”
Steveson, an Olympic gold medallist in the men’s 125kg category, has also shown interest in a move to WWE. He was pictured with Triple H while backstage at SummerSlam.
This year’s SummerSlam was packed with huge matches, including several title bouts. This included the SmackDown Women’s Championship, which prompted a surprise return from Becky Lynch.
— WWE (@WWE) August 4, 2021
The star made her first appearance since May 2020, when she announced she was pregnant with her first child and would be taking a break from wrestling.
After Lynch made her entrance, she took to the ring to quickly dispatch Carmella, a replacement for the missing Sasha Banks, before challenging Bianca Belair. Belair accepted, but the resulting match lasted less than 30 seconds. Lynch scored a pinfall to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
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