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Article: GoMN.com – A MN Wrestling Success Story, ‘Chad Gable’ Set For WWE Smackdown In St. Paul

WWE Smackdown emanates live from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Tuesday night, and there will be a Minnesota native among its top stars.

While University of Minnesota wrestling alum Brock Lesnar steals the spotlight as the “hometown favorite” when he appears with the WWE in the Twin Cities (even though he’s from South Dakota), the man going by the name Chad Gable is the real Minnesotan deal.

Gable is one half of “American Alpha,” lining up along with fellow former amateur wrestler Jason Jordan for the WWE Smackdown brand, where they don’t just compete as a tag team, they compete as the tag team champions.

He’s really called Chas Betts from St. Michael. After showing interest in wrestling from an early age, he came through the top-quality youth wrestling program at St. Michael-Albertville High School, winning a state championship in 2004, the Pioneer Press reported.

He then won a scholarship for Greco-Roman wrestling at the University of Northern Michigan’s Olympic Education Center.

If you take a look at some of the newspapers from five years ago, Betts was a regular feature as the then 25-year-old qualified for the London 2012 Olympics by winning an all-Minnesotan final in the 84-kilogram Greco-Roman class, beating Northfield native Jordan Holm.

He unfortunately didn’t make the medals in the Olympics, with SB Nation reporting he fell to Cuban Pablo Shorey Hernandez in the quarterfinals, though he still described the experiencing of competing at the Olympic level as “amazing and kind of unreal.”

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Video: FCBarcelona.com – WWE Wrestlers Visit FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium


Three pro wrestlers from World Wrestling Entertainment were at the Barça Museum on Friday. Jason Jordan, Chad Gable and Carmella enjoyed a great day out, and posed for pictures on the famous field and in other iconic parts of the Camp Nou Experience, including the Leo Messi space.

The trio, who are in town to appear in WWE Live at the Palau Sant Jordi, thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Europe’s biggest stadium, where they were able to lift the Champions League trophy and describe to listeners their admiration for Messi, who they all say is their favourite player.

Former Barça striker Julio Salinas was on hand to show the club’s guests around the facilities, commenting that “they’d make good footballers. They’re so strong. I think they’d do a fine job at centre back.”




Jason Jordan Mentions Chad Gable In Recent Interview with ESPN.com

Chad Gable’s tag team partner, Jason Jordan was recently interviewed by ESPN.com, where he spoke about several topics including the inspiration of Kurt Angle, American Alpha being compared to the World’s Greatest Tag Team, becoming a tag team with Chad Gable, how long he expects American Alpha to be together as well as winning the tag team titles. Here’s a few points taken from the interview:

American Alpha is one of WWE’s hottest tag team acts, having enjoyed a meteoric rise from Performance Center obscurity to capturing the NXT Tag Team Championships at Takeover: Dallas over Wrestlemania 32 weekend in April. Given the crowd reactions they received and the quality of matches they put on in WWE’s developmental promotion, it was only a matter of time before they earned a call-up up to the main roster. And sure enough, they were duly drafted to Smackdown Live in July.

Their amateur backgrounds — Gable wrestled for the United States at the London 2012 Games, while Jordan attended Indiana University where he became a three-time national qualifier for NCAA at the Division I level — have seen them draw not just favourable comparison to Angle, but also likened to his former proteges, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. That pair burst onto the WWE scene in 2002 as part of ‘Team Angle’ and would later call themselves the World’s Greatest Tag Team, with a gimmick centered around their amateur proficiency.

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Article: VAVEL.com – Chad Gable On The ‘Insane’ British WWE Crowd

The 30-year-old American performer took part in a conference call ahead of the wrestling company’s European tour and he spoke passionately about the ‘insane’ crowd he experienced over the pond during his time in NXT.

One-half of WWE’s hottest tag team, American Alpha, is relishing the chance to return to the British Isles and one again perform before the ‘insane’ United Kingdom crowd.

Chad Gable and his tag-team partner Jason Jordan are two of the most in-demand performers on the SmackDown Live roster and VAVEL took part in a conference call ahead of their European team in November.

The 30-year-old experienced his first taste of an English crowd when he was a part of NXT’s first tour in the continent last year and he is itching for the chance to return but this time as part of the main roster.

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Article: VAVEL.com – Chad Gable On Being A Part Of The SmackDown Live Roster

The American professional wrestler and his partner have been two of the standout attractions on the blue brand and they aim to keep up the high standards already set.

The WWE brand extension was met with some raised eyebrows upon its first announcement and those early reservations seemed to have been within good reason once the final drafts and rosters were confirmed.

By comparison, SmackDown Live appeared far inferior to Monday Night Raw but since August, the blue brand has shattered and defied expectation leaving their competition in their wake.

One of the main reasons for this success is American Alpha as Chad Gable and Jason Jordan have electrified what originally looked like being a weakened tag-team division.

The duo has been phenomenal early on and has no plans to ease up on their bright start as Gable talked openly about his early days on the main roster and the desire to be better than Raw: each and every week.

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Article: Evening Express – WWE Stars Getting Ready To ‘Tear The House Down’ In Aberdeen

Rising wrestling hero Chad Gable today promised Aberdeen fans a show to remember when WWE returns to the city.

The world’s biggest wrestling superstars like Roman Reigns and WWE World Champion AJ Styles will take to the ring in WWE Live at the GE Oil & Gas Arena on Monday, November 7.

Gable, 30, insists he and America Alpha tag-team partner Jason Jordan aim to “tear the house down” in Aberdeen with a breathless, high energy, action-packed show.

Gable said: “No matter what match we have we are going to tear the house down to make sure people are talking about us.

“Then when the next title shot comes along people will say these guys American Alpha deserve a shot.

“It is exciting to come over and play new cities like Aberdeen where Jason and I haven’t been before and I’m sure the response will be incredible.”

WWE superstars were last in Aberdeen back in 2010.

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Article: Chad Gable – From Olympic Wrestler To WWE Main Roster With American Alpha


Chad Gable recently spoke to Rolling Stone about making his Smackdown Live debut, competing in the 2012 Olympic Games, teaming with Jason Jordan and what he expects himself to achieve in his WWE career, as well as several other topics.

Tag team superstar talks about wrestling in the WWE, his days as an Olympian and owing Daniel Bryan.

Four years ago, Chas Betts was representing the United States in wrestling in the Olympics in London. Fast-forward to 2016, and he’s still wearing the blue, but the blue is for Smackdown, as Chad Gable debuted on the main roster with his tag partner, Jason Jordan.

American Alpha only started teaming together just over a year ago, but Gable and Jordan have burst on the wrestling scene in a major way, experiencing the kind of early pop young wrestlers can only dream of. Within that year they have become considered one of the most exciting tag teams on the planet going from NXT to the main roster. But it was a long journey to get to this point for Gable. After 20 years of amateur wrestling, he reached the pinnacle of the sports by competing in the 2012 Olympics. While he didn’t medal in Greco-Roman, he decided it was the perfect place to end his amateur career, and turned his attention towards a new goal: getting into professional wrestling. A year later, he was signed by NXT, and by 2015, he started to get on television. American Alpha was born, and quickly the dup rose to NXT tag champions, and then were drafted by Smackdown.

Rolling Stone had a chance to speak with Gable about his debut, his time competing in the Olympics, the transition to pro wrestling, and how he’s “Ready, Willing, and Gable” to change the game.

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Sky Sports: American Alpha – Who Are The WWE Smackdown New Boys?

American Alpha have arrived on WWE Smackdown.

The effervescent tag team, comprised of Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, gained hordes of fans on NXT and kicked off their main-roster careers with a win over The Vaudevillains on Tuesday night.

But what else do you need to know about the duo, one of whom possesses Olympic experience? Read on to find out more about the new additions…

Name: American Alpha
Members: Chad Gable, Jason Jordan
Twitter Handles: @WWEGable, @JasonJordanJJ
Finishing Move: Grand Amplitude
NXT Debut: 2015
Smackdown Debut: 2016

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