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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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WWE.com: Chad Gable Discusses His Experience As An Olympic Athlete

Many WWE Superstars have emerged from various athletic backgrounds, including college or pro football as well as bodybuilding. There are also a number of WWE Superstars throughout history that have competed at the Olympics: The Iron Sheik, Mark Henry and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, to name a few. Joining that fraternity of Superstars is one of SmackDown Live’s recent additions and one half of American Alpha, Chad Gable.

Gable competed as a wrestler in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and sat down with WWE.com on the eve of the 2016 games to discuss his career as an Olympic-level athlete and his transition to WWE Superstar.

WWE.COM: Was competing in the Olympics always your dream?

CHAD GABLE: Not from a young age, no. By the time I hit my senior year of high school I was pretty focused when I discovered the training program at Northern Michigan. I knew then it was a pretty clear goal for me.

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Article: Chad Gable Interview – Chad Gable’s Upward Journey: From The Olympic Mat To The WWE Ring

Chad Gable, along with his partner Jason Jordan are turning heads in the WWE with their tag-team American Alpha. After a year in NXT, WWE’s developmental territory (think minor league baseball, but for professional wrestling), the duo has been called up to the main roster on SmackDown Live, and recently made their primetime debut.

Gable, 30, real name Charles “Chas” Betts, competed for Team USA as a Greco Roman wrestler in the 2012 Olympics. He spoke to Men’s Journal about his Olympic experience and the transition to the squared circle.

American Alpha are pretty popular, despite being relatively new to the larger audience on SmackDown Live. Can you describe why you think that is?

It’s kind of funny, we were really nervous about that, being exposed to this new audience. You hope you don’t come out through the curtain and hope you don’t hear crickets. We were standing back there and we heard the response and we were just so happy.

The other thing is, when we got drafted, Daniel Bryan built us up and kind of made us sound like a big deal which was really helpful. The response that night was so positive — it made us feel comfortable as opposed to the nervousness that was there before. I would like to think that more and more people are watching NXT and people have the WWE Network so there’s more exposure there.

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Video: An Inside Look At American Alpha






Smackdown Results and Photos – August 2nd 2016

Live Event Digitals > August 2nd, 2016
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American Alpha def. The Vaudevillains

Much to the delight of the WWE Universe, American Alpha made their SmackDown Live debut and they proved to be ready, willing and … alright, alright, we’ll hold off.

Squaring off with The Vaudevillains, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable showed why they are one of NXT’s most dominant tag teams, putting on a clinic against Simon Gotch and Aiden English, defeating them in impressive fashion with Grand Amplitude.




Video: American Alpha Arrives At Smackdown Live