5 Facts You Didn’t Know About American Alpha!
Jason Jordan and Chad Gable. Known as one of the most exciting and entertaining tag teams to come up through NXT, the two are all but guaranteed to be a hit on SmackDown, especially considering how relatively weak the division is on Team Blue.
- Both Chad Gable and Jason Jordan actually have quite the extensive backgrounds in athletics. Gable, like Kurt Angle, is a wrestler who competed in the 2012 Olympics after “accolade-filled” high-school and college careers. He would finish 9th overall, though, at that high level, that’s nothing to scoff at. Jordan on the other hand is a natural-born athlete. He stands 6’3”, 245 pounds yet remains extremely agile and light on his feet. He’s got it all: he’s explosive, fast, and powerful, so it’s no surprise Jordan excelled in multiple sports. He pursued football growing up and even got offered a professional contract for baseball, but really excelled in amateur wrestling. He amassed an impressive 35-0 record in the 285-pound class in college, despite weighing in at just 225.
- Though the two seem inseparable now, Gable and Jordan weren’t always that way. Back in May of 2015, both were singles competitors and Jordan was on the lookout for a new tag partner. Gable approached Jordan, but he turned him down multiple times as he found the Olympian’s personality and over-the-top enthusiasm annoying. Jordan would instead try out new partners, though none of those pairings were successful. This led to Gable essentially begging Jordan for a chance, and eventually, he gave in. This was where the American Alpha started. The two had excellent in-ring chemistry and were a hit with fans, and the rest is history.
- Speaking of their beginnings, Jordan and Gable are both homegrown WWE superstars, meaning they haven’t wrestled in the Indies or anything like that, but instead are products of FCW and NXT. Jordan started out in FCW back in 2011 before it was rebranded into NXT. Gable would join him two years later. The two are both self-proclaimed lifelong pro wrestling fans but had never stepped foot inside the squared circle until they came to WWE Developmental. This makes their success all the more rewarding not only for themselves but for WWE as well as they are living proof that the Performance Centre and Developmental are possible of producing high-caliber, homegrown stars.
- They debuted as a heel tag team as Jordan was a big bad guy at the time and Gable was meant to just go along with it. However, American Alpha’s skills and abilities led to fans loving them, and instead of booing them, fans would cheer. This of course was not ideal, so WWE slowly allowed Alpha to turn face as a natural reaction to crowd support. This was definitely the right decision, as being face allows them to properly display the amazing chemistry they possess.
- You definitely want to check out their feud with The Revival. The two tag teams began their feud at TakeOver: Dallas with an excellent match that had Alpha winning the Tag Team belts. Two months later at TakeOver: The End, the Revival got their rematch and would win in a match that was even better than the first. The trilogy would conclude on NXT in a final match between the two in late June.