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The Usos, American Alpha & The Hype Bros def. Breezango, The Ascension & The Vaudevillains

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — After weeks of taking a backseat to the American Alpha hype train, The Usos reasserted themselves by earning the decisive pinfall in SummerSlam Kickoff’s opening 12-Man Tag Team Match. So why aren’t they smiling?

The win should, by any indication, have been a windfall moment for Jimmy & Jey, the longest tenured duo of a SmackDown Live Tag Team division that is almost entirely comprised of tandems that were formed in WWE NXT (Breezango being the sole exception). American Alpha has been by far the most heralded of the bunch, and the two-time WWE Tag Team Champion Usos were claiming as recently as last week that they weren’t quite ready, willing or Gable to cede the driver’s seat of the division.

So it’s understandable that the Slammy Award-heavy twins used this 12-Man Tag Team Match as an opportunity to make a statement, especially after Alpha scored the deciding pinfall in a similar content a few days earlier. They did so after a bout that erupted into chaos rather quickly, with each tandem looking to position themselves as Team Blue’s top team. At one point, The Ascension had cleared the ring until American Alpha sent them packing, and Aiden English of The Vaudevillains (who had taken the fateful Grand Amplitude on Tuesday) singlehandedly neutralized both grapplers.

When the action resumed, Zack Ryder was left to the mercy of Breezango, The Ascension and The Vaudevillains, who attempted to isolate the WrestleMania 32 miracle man from all 11 of his would-be saviors. After taking an artillery’s worth of offense, Ryder finally managed to land a neckbreaker on Konnor and reach Jimmy Uso, who was quickly stopped short by Tyler Breeze. Enter Jason Jordan, who delivered suplexes left and right until each Superstar rushed the ring to attack anyone and everyone who stood in his path.

When the dust cleared, Jordan and Gable managed to catch Simon Gotch in Grand Amplitude, only Jey Uso tagged himself in right before Gable could complete the maneuver. Jey swooped in with a Frog Splash to steal the pin for himself, clearly marking his territory for the benefit of anyone who may have forgotten.

So, perhaps the reason he wasn’t smiling was because he felt The Usos had to prove themselves all over again. Perhaps the reason Alpha wasn’t smiling was that it came at their expense.

Summerslam 2016 Kickoff Preview: American Alpha, The Hype Bros & The Usos vs. Breezango, The Ascension & The Vaudevillains

The SummerSlam Kickoff just got much bigger.

In a return match from Tuesday’s SmackDown Live, The Usos, American Alpha & The Hype Bros will meet Breezango, The Ascension & The Vaudevillains in a gigantic 12-Man Tag Team Match on Sunday’s Kickoff.

The six duos lit up the blue brand earlier this week with a jaw-dropping bout that ended in victory for The Usos, American Alpha & The Hype Bros after Jason Jordan & Chad Gable connected with Grand Amplitude against The Vaudevillains’ Aiden English. Now, the 12 Superstars gear up for round two at The Biggest Event of the Summer.

SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan previously indicated that the vacuum left by championships lost to Raw during the Brand Extension Draft — presumably, WWE Tag Team Titles included — will be filled in the not-too-distant future. Could a strong performance on the Kickoff put one or more teams in the catbird seat as Team Blue’s upper management contemplates plans for the Tag Team division?

Don’t miss the massive 12-Man Tag Team Match on Sunday’s SummerSlam Kickoff, airing live on WWE Network at a special start time of 5 ET/2 PT. In addition to WWE Network, the Kickoff streams on, the WWE App, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

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American Alpha, The Usos & The Hype Bros. def. Breezango, The Vaudevillains & The Ascension

Any eventual Tag Team Championship that SmackDown Live may or may not have might not end up being called the “Milky Way Titles,” but the tandem division is certainly full of star power.

Action was at a premium in this 12-Man Tag Team Match as both sides attempted to best the other while simultaneously attempting to show why their duo should be at the top of the list for any possible title opportunities that General Manager Daniel Bryan might decide to throw their way.

In the end it was American Alpha who once again proved that the learning curve was essentially non-existent as Jason Jordan and Chad Gable connected with Grand Amplitude on Aiden English to get the pin and the win for their team.

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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American Alpha def. local competitors

Showing no signs of stopping after their impressive debut last week, American Alpha ponied up to take on anyone General Manager Daniel Bryan saw fit to put in front of them and, much like last week, Jason Jordan and former Olympian Chad Gable did not disappoint.

However, the two quickly learned that the Tag Team division waters would not be smooth sailing on SmackDown Live as The Ascension, Vaudevillains and Hype Bros all made their way to ringside during the contest to watch on as Jordan and Gable dazzled the WWE Universe like they were Aly Raisman during the floor exercise and again prevailed victorious with Grand Amplitude.

American Alpha barely had time to enjoy their victory anthem before they found themselves challenging the teams at ringside and a total melee broke out.

And with Daniel Bryan having mentioned last week on WWE Network exclusive “Talking Smack” that Tag Team Championships may soon be coming to SmackDown Live, it’s clear that this division is now off to the races.

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Minnesota Native Chas Betts On Life As The WWE’s Chad Gable

In 2012, Chas Betts represented the United States on the Greco-Roman Olympic Team in London. Four years later, Betts, now known professionally as WWE Superstar Chad Gable, is one of the rising stars in the world of professional wrestling.

The Albertville, Minn., native was a Greco-Roman specialist, foregoing the traditional college wrestling route to train strictly in Greco at Northern Michigan under Ivan Ivanov at the U.S. Olympic Education Center. From there, it was a World Team in 2009, an Olympic Team in 2012 and now a career tag-teaming with another former amateur wrestler, Jason Jordan (known to college fans as Indiana alum Nathan Everhart).

With his close friend and teammate Andy Bisek representing the Minnesota Storm in Rio for the 2016 Games, Gable breaks down what made Bisek rise from obscurity to be one of the best in the World and breaks down some of his own memories from London four years ago.