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Shelton Benjamin, Edge and Christian Talk Chad Gable On Recent Edition of E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness

This week’s edition of E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness featured an interview with Shelton Benjamin, where he talked about several subjects, including his experiences through the independent scene and Japan after being released by the WWE, his journey back to the WWE as well as working with his current tag team partner, Chad Gable and much more. Here is what the trio had to say:

Edge: …How does it feel to be teaming with Gable?

Benjamin: You know, I’m actually pretty excited about it, because I wasn’t sure what we were gonna do as far as my return goes. And [on social media] for the past few years, I would always get how Jordan and Gable reminded people of me and Charlie, so of course, I’m like ‘Yeah, but they’re not me & Charlie all right’ *Laughs* It’s funny, a week or two weeks before, I actually came back I met them for the first time. We were doing an appearance at the Dan Gable Wrestling Museum in Iowa and that was the first time that I had actually met them and one of the first things that I had said to them were ‘Hey, are you sick of hearing about us as much as we’re sick of hearing about you?’. But again, had no idea I’d be teaming with him. You know, it’s actually a really good way to bring me back in, I think. It’ll be fun to get to know him and learn to play off of him and figure out our strengths and weaknesses. We’re two very different style wrestlers for different eras. But I’m actually excited, I’m just as excited as everyone else to see what we can do.

Christian: …You were a part of a lot of big moments, in the history of the company, a lot of of stand out moments that will be replayed for years and years and you can help a guy like him. Sometimes in a tag setting, it makes it easier to play off of somebody, to have that kind of camaraderie. You know if he’s watching you doing certain things in the ring, asking you why you’re doing those and then helping him feel more comfortable in things he’s doing because he has a ton of talent, he’s gonna be really good and even that singles match a few weeks ago with AJ Styles was of the charts a good match and I think he’s got a bright future as well, but I think you’re right, it’s a good spot to come back in, not to mention the fact that the tag team division right now is hotter than it’s been in years, so that’s pretty cool too.

You can listen to the podcast interview in full by checking out E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.




Shelton Benjamin Mentions Chad Gable In Recent Interview With WWE.com

With his return to WWE, Shelton Benjamin recently had an interview with WWE.com, where he talked about several subjects including his journey back to the WWE, his thoughts on Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar, what he wants to achieve now that he is back, as well as his thoughts on Chad Gable. Here’s what he had to say:

WWE.COM: Thankfully, it worked out. You’ve already touched on what it’s like to be back in WWE. What are your thoughts on your new tag team partner, Chad Gable, and do you see any comparisons to your former tag team partner, Charlie Haas?

BENJAMIN: Without a doubt. Chad is a great athlete, just like Charlie. Before I even get into that, though, Charlie Haas is, to this day, still my best friend. He’s my brother. We talk all the time. WWE created family when they put us together. We worked hard together and he helped push me. When you insert Chad Gable, obviously, there is going to be the comparisons to Charlie. I don’t like to make that comparison because they’re two different people. This isn’t The World’s Greatest Tag Team, this isn’t American Alpha — we are something completely different. But, obviously, there are similarities. They’re both tremendous athletes. They both have great drive, and even in the past couple of weeks I’ve seen Gable show signs of the intensity that Charlie had.

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Video: Sky Sports – American Alpha On British Crowds

Sky Sports caught up with Chad Gable and Jason Jordan of American Alpha before SmackDown Live at the O2.




Audio: WWE’s American Alpha On BBC Radio 1Xtra

Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, WWE’s Tag Team American Alpha, talk wrestling with Ace.




Audio: NewsRadio 1140 WRVA Interview

WWE SmackDown’s American Alpha Joins Jeff to talk about tonight’s Smackdown event at the Richmond Coliseum and Wrestlemania this Sunday!




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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