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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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Kurt Angle Mentions American Alpha In Recent Interview With Gorilla Position

In a recent interview with Gorilla Position 2017 WWE Hall Of Fame inductee, Kurt Angle, admitted that he would be interested in managing the current Smackdown Tag Team Champions, American Alpha. Here’s what he had to say:

Kurt Angle told Gorilla Position that he would be interested in managing Smackdown Tag Team Champions American Alpha.

Angle, who won six world titles while competing for WWE between 1998 and 2006, will be inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame in March.

The 48-year-old hopes to wrestle for WWE again but says he would also be keen to nurture Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, who won Smackdown’s twin titles from The Wyatt Family in December.

Angle took gold in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, while Gable competed in the Greco-Roman class at the 2012 Games in London.

“I love watching American Alpha,” said Angle. “They have such a gift.

“They remind me so much of Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin in the old Team Angle, while this Gable kid also reminds me a little bit of myself, so I would be happy to manage them to some extent.




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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