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Backstage news on why WWE decided to drop Chad Gable's 'Shorty G' gimmick



As seen this week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Chad Gable announced that he will no longer be known as Shorty G, a name that was given to him last year by Vince McMahon because he felt it was needed because he was too boring. first reported by in August that there was talk of Gable dropping the "Shorty G" gimmick. was also told that there were plans to have Gable drop the gimmick as far back as July but plans were delayed for different reasons.

Gable may have had some input on the name change but we were told that there were several people behind-the-scenes pushing for WWE to do more with him and Daniel Bryan was said to be one of Gable's biggest supporters.

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There is some optimism that Gable will be given a chance but, as one WWE source said, "Vince sees talent in him and he meant well with the Shorty gimmick but Vince might not want to push him all the way as a top guy because of his size. The agents and the writers want more for Chad but Vince can change his mind tomorrow and I think we all know that. Chad knows that."

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