Chad Gable sat down with The Miami Herald recently and talked about who he impressed at his tryout for WWE, and if he’d ever try his luck with MMA.
“No. A lot of people ask that [if Gable would consider MMA] and think it would have made sense, considering my background. But MMA was something I, and still to this day, was not very interested in. I don’t really watch it. A lot of people assume that I do, but I don’t. For whatever reason, it just didn’t grab me like it did a lot of people in my [amateur wrestling] field. For me, it was just amateur wrestling and pro wrestling that I fell in love with.”
So MMA is out the question, huh? Can’t be surprised. Gable is only young yet and is expected to have a successful future with the WWE, along with Pro Wrestling in general.
Gable next expressed how much he loved Wrestling as a kid. It’s clear to see why he wouldn’t give up on a life-long ambition like Pro Wrestling when he had so much to motivate growing up.
“Some of my favourites growing up, when I was 11-12 years old, I loved the guys in the cruiserweight division in WCW. Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho. As it evolved, I grew to appreciate guys who had a lot of technical abilities. Bret Hart, Owen Hart. Eddie Guerrero always stayed a favourite of mine through the years. He was a smaller guy, but he never wrestled like a smaller guy. He wrestled like he was just as big as anyone he was going up against, which I thought was awesome.”
I thought it was interesting Gable never mentioned Kurt Angle. I’d have thought the only man in Professional Wrestling with an Olympic Gold Medal (which he won with a “freakin’ broken neck) would have been a focal point in Gable’s training motivation to be both an Amateur and Professional Wrestler.The former NXT Tag-Team Champion goes on to reveal who got him his spot in the WWE.
“I got in touch with [WWE Hall of Famer] Jerry Brisco, who does a lot of the amateur wrestling recruiting for WWE. He was very honest with me and told me, ‘We’re not typically looking for guys your size.’ He’s usually out there scouting heavyweights, which is understandable. All I did was ask him for a shot, and he helped me out. I went down there [WWE Performance Center in Orlando] for the tryout, and luckily I impressed them enough or gave them enough of a reason to think that I could help the company, and they signed me.”
So that’s how Chad Gable came to be a WWE Superstar. Surprised it wasn’t WWE reaching out to Gable? If you are, then me too. I would have suspected Chad Gable was on the short-list for Scouters like Jerry Brisco.