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Article: The Star – WWE Superstars Bounce In For Special Basketball Game Ahead Of Show At Sheffield Arena

WWE superstars swapped wrestling for basketball when they bounced into Sheffield for a slam-dunk time promoting the forthcoming Special Olympics GB national games coming to the city.

Four times WWE Women’s champion Charlotte Flair, aged 31, daughter of Hall Of Famer Ric Flair, with American Alpha tag team champs Jason Jordan, 28, and Chad Gable, 31, were in Sheffield to entertain fans with a night of WWE LIVE wrestling at the Arena.

But they took time out earlier in the day to support and coach special youngsters in a Play Unified basketball game at All Saints Sports Centre.

Unified Sports bring people together with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team, to develop friendship and understanding.

It promoted the Special Olympics being held in the city from August 7 to 12.

Around 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities will come together from across the country. They will be supported over 4 days of competition by 800 coaches, 750 volunteers, 150 officials and over 5,000 family & friends. For more visit www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk.

WWE wrestler Jason said: “It’s been an amazing experience. These guys and girls and amazing athletes and I think a lot of them are better basketball players than me.

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Article: Slam! Sports – American Alpha Making The Most Of WWE Opportunity

Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, collectively known in World Wrestling Entertainment as American Alpha, have lived something of a charmed life since forming a fabulous duo less than two years ago in WWE’s development promotion, NXT.

Since aligning, the real-life former amateur wrestlers have run roughshod over much of the competition, become the first team in history to win both the NXT tag titles and the tag titles as members of WWE’s main roster, in their cases the Smackdown tag titles, in the same year.

Of course, winning is nothing new to either member of the alliance. Gable, whose real name is Charles Betts, after all, is a former high school wrestling champion who competed for the United States at the 2012 Olympics, while Jordan, whose real name is Nathan Everhart, became a three-time national qualifier for NCAA at the Division I level and was ranked as high No. 2 in the nation after compiling a 35-0 record in his senior year.

“It’s definitely made the physical transition a lot easier,” the 28-year-old Illinois native Jordan said when asked about the similarities between pro and amateur wrestling during a conference call with international media ahead of WrestleMania 33. “We both have a good understanding of our body awareness and I guess our background has helped us thrive a little bit because the way we wrestle in the ring, it’s just a lot of suplexes, a lot of throws, so amateur wrestling has physically prepared us immensely.”

But long before they were winning titles in either amateur or pro wrestling, both experienced career foreshadowing as fans of WWE.

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Article: The Sun – WWE WrestleMania: American Alpha Believe Event Is As Big As Olympics And Reveal Their Ambition To Work With Hall-Of-Famer, Kurt Angle

Jason Jordan and Chad Gable the current boom in tag team wrestling, and competing at their very first WrestleMania in Orlando next month

For American Alpha – Jason Jordan and Chad Gable – it’s been an incredible 12 months.

At WrestleMania weekend last year, they performed at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, where they defeated The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championship in a thrilling match-up.

They debuted on the main roster in August and within four months became SmackDown Tag Team Champions, pinning 12-time world champ Randy Orton for the titles.

Since then, the duo has been an integral part of WWE’s renewed tag team division – the strongest it’s been in years.

And with their backgrounds in amateur wrestling – Gable even competed in the London 2012 Olympics – they’ve got an impressive arsenal of throws, suplexes, and mat skills.

Their athletic style recalls former WWE champ and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, who they could end crossing paths with when he eventually returns to WWE television.

They talked to Sun Sport about Angle, the current boom in tag team wrestling, and competing at their very first WrestleMania in Orlando next month.

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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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