Charles Betts (born March 8, 1986) is an American professional wrestler who is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Chad Gable. He is currently in a team with Shelton Benjamin after having his team with Jason Jordan disbanded.
Gable in April 2016
|Birth name||Charles Betts|
March 8, 1986 |
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Alma mater||Northern Michigan University|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Chad Gable
|Billed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Billed weight||202 lb (92 kg)|
|Billed from||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Trained by||Dan Chandler
WWE Performance Center
|Debut||September 5, 2014|
Amateur wrestling careerEdit
Betts was a Minnesota high school state champion. He defeated JordanHolm 2 to 0 in the final of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 84 kg category. He progressed to the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he defeated Keitani Graham from the Federated States of Micronesia in the qualification round. He was eliminated from the competition in the next round by Pablo Shorey of Cuba, losing 3–0.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Developmental territories (2013–2015)Edit
In November 2013, Betts signed a contract with the professional wrestling promotion WWE. He was assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida and adopted the ring name Chad Gable (a nod to Olympian Dan Gable). He made his in-ring debut at a WWE NXT house show in Cocoa Beach, Florida on September 5, 2014, defeating Troy McClain. He made his television debut on the January 8, 2015 episode of NXT, losing to Tyler Breeze.
American Alpha (2015–2017)Edit
In May, Gable began a storyline with Jason Jordan, in which he attempted to convince Jordan to form a new partnership following the dissolution of Jordan's team with Tye Dillinger. After nearly two months, Jordan finally agreed to a tag match with Gable as his teammate. On the July 15 episode of NXT, Gable and Jordan were successful in their official debut together, defeating the team of Elias Samson and Steve Cutler. On September 2, Gable and Jordan competed in the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, defeating the team of Neville and Solomon Crowe. After defeating The Hype Bros, they were eliminated from the tournament by Rhyno and Baron Corbin in the semi-finals at NXT TakeOver: Respect. Gable and Jordan defeated two teams of former NXT Tag Team Champions, The Ascension and The Vaudevillains on the November 18 and December 2 episodes of NXT, respectively. On the January 27 episode of NXT, Gable and Jordan adopted the name American Alpha and defeated Blake and Murphy. At NXT TakeOver: Dallas, American Alpha defeated The Revival to win the NXT Tag Team Championship, but lost the titles back to The Revival at NXT TakeOver: The End, leading to speculation that the team would be called up to the main roster.
In the 2016 WWE draft, Gable was drafted along with Jordan to SmackDown. On the August 2 episode of SmackDown, Jordan and Gable made their debuts, defeating The Vaudevillains. On the SummerSlam pre-show, American Alpha teamed with The Hype Bros and The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) to defeat The Vaudevillains, The Ascension and Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) in a 12-man tag team match.
American Alpha then entered an 8 tag team tournament to determine the inaugural holders of the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship, defeating Breezango in the first round to advance to the semi-finals where they faced The Usos. Despite defeating The Usos quickly on the September 6 episode of SmackDown, Gable's knee was kayfabe injured during a post-match assault when The Usos attacked them, rendering American Alpha unable to compete at Backlash.
On the November 1 episode of SmackDown, American Alpha defeated The Spirit Squad to join Team SmackDown in the 10–on–10 traditional Survivor Series tag team elimination match. At Survivor Series, Team SmackDown were defeated by Team Raw. They defeated The Wyatt Family to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in a four corners elimination match also featuring The Usos and Heath Slater and Rhyno on the December 27, 2016, edition of SmackDown. They had a successful title defense at Elimination Chamber in a tag team turmoil match. After losing the Smackdown Tag Team Championships to the Usos, they made their WrestleMania debut on the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Teaming with Shelton Benjamin (2017–present)Edit
On the 20th of SmackDown, Gable faced Kevin Owens for the United States Championship, after an open challenge by the champion -a match he lost. After the disbandment of American Alpha with the revelation that Jason Jordan is the illegitimate son of Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, Gable would later move on to singles competition. On the August 1 episode of SmackDown, he was defeated by Rusev.
On the August 22 episode of SmackDown, General Manager Daniel Bryan announced that he had signed a returning Shelton Benjamin to team up with Gable, therefore creating a tag-team between the two. The following week on SmackDown, Gable and Benjamin picked up a win over The Ascension in their first match as a team. On the October 8 edition of SmackDown, Benjamin and Gable won a six-man tag team match to become number one contenders to the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship. On the October 23 edition of Raw, Gable was a part of the SmackDown wrestlers that invaded Raw. During the invasion, Gable immediately attacked his former tag team partner, Jason Jordan. On 7th November's edition of Smackdown, they faced the Usos for the tag titles but did not win the titles as they won the match via count out. Benjamin and Gable would then start a slow heel turn.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- With Jason Jordan
- With Shelton Benjamin
- Double team finishing moves
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- High School
- Minnesota State Wrestling Champion (2004)
- International Medals
- World University Games silver medal (2006)
- Pan-American Championships Gold medal (2012)
- Gedza International silver medal (2012)
- Pan-American Olympic Qualifier silver medal (2012)
- Granma Cup Bronze medal (2012)
- Dave Schultz Memorial International Gold medal (2012)
- Olympic Games
- U.S. Olympic Trials Champion (2012)
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