WWE Superstar and former Olympian Chad Gable is the guest on this week’s episode of “After The Bell with Corey Graves.”
Gable was on the show to talk about his path to WWE, NXT, American Alpha with Jason Jordan, being given the “Shorty G” gimmick, the transition back to being Chad Gable and much more.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
Chad Gable talked about being paired with Jason Jordan: “I think, as far as the promos and character stuff goes, we did a promo once, Jason Jordan and I, when they first started pairing us together and playing with the dynamic. We did a promo where I kind of played almost like his little brother where I was bothering him and picking on him. He gave in to it. It felt so right and you could feel people were with it and they were laughing.I gave the ready, willing and Gable line out of nowhere and all of a sudden, everybody lit up. The way I did it and the way Jason responded was perfect. I looked when we got done and said, yes, this is going to work. This partnership is right and it felt right to me.”
Gable was asked how he feels about the Shorty G character: “I always ask for opportunities. I’ve been in Vince’s office. I talk to the writers. I’m asking constantly for an opportunity. That’s what I want. When I finished the King of the Ring, it was explained to me that this is the direction we are going. We are going to be playing off the short thing going forward including the Shorty G name. Look, I’m not the type of guy that is going to go in, ask for an opportunity, and then when given it, complain about it or say I don’t want that opportunity. That’s just not my philosophy in life. I got what I wanted which was an opportunity. Now, is it the perfect ideal situation from what I wanted? No. In amateur wrestling, me being short was not a thing because I was on a team with 55-kilo guys that are like 5 ft1, so I was on the taller end. It was fine. I got the opportunity, but it started going off the rails when I’m doing segments or backstage things or I’m in the ring and I’m the tallest one. Or I’m doing an interview backstage and I’m the tallest person in the interview. I’m not going to poo poo any opportunity that I’m given. I’m going to try and give it every ounce of energy I have because I love this and I’m committed to this.”
Gable was asked how long he has known Otis: “Our relationship dates back to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. We probably met in 2010 but we both lived at the Olympic Training Center starting in 2011 and discovered that we both shared a love for pro wrestling very early on. We would spend every waking minute outside of training for the Olympics watching WWE or some form of wrestling. We were best friends from that moment. Once I got signed with WWE, he was still amateur wrestling but he was so done with it at that point. He wanted to get to WWE.”