Maybe it’s just me, but every now and then, I see someone, usually on TV, usually on some form of WWE programming (because that’s generally how I choose to spend my time), and something about them is instantly appealing.
Not necessarily in a physical sense, but in a way that I immediately want nothing but the best for them, because, for reasons unknown to me, I would bet everything I have that they deserve it. (I’m sure I could experience a similar sensation in a public setting if I ever left my house, but, like many of us who spend far too much time on the internet, I seldom do).
I can think of a handful of people who have inspired this feeling in the last few years, but because of an electrifying resurfacing on WWE TV, one has come back to the forefront of my mind in the last week: Chad Gable.
I have had the pleasure of watching Chad Gable’s rise through WWE since his debut back in 2015, and have spent the last 4 years absolutely captivated by his enthusiasm for what he does. He’s that rare type of person whose joy radiates from them in waves, and you can’t help but be pulled in by it.
If you truly love something, you give it your all, even when it doesn’t give you the same in return. There are few people in WWE who embody this more than Chad Gable, who’s been in and out of the spotlight more times than we can count, but when he’s in it, he’s doing everything he can to make you remember him, to make you want more.
And maybe it comes to him naturally, maybe it’s an effortless talent for everything involved with professional wrestling, but that’s doubtful. Talent is great, and can easily be seen, but true passion is felt. Passion is what resonates with viewers, what creates fans, and Chad Gable has it in spades.
First bringing his talents to NXT, Chad Gable crossed paths with Jason Jordan and entertained the NXT Universe with his repeated attempts at friendship with the reluctant fellow amateur wrestler. His eventual triumph in this endeavor created American Alpha, one of the greatest tag teams in the history of NXT.
Just one short year later, so overwhelmed by their meteoric rise to the top of the division, Jordan and Gable wept over their NXT Tag Team Championship victory at TakeOver: Dallas and a worldwide audience wept along with them, creating the kind of moment that made us all WWE fans in the first place, and the very thing that keeps us coming back for more.
Fast forward a few months and the duo was emerging victorious from a Four Corners Elimination Match on SmackDown Live, becoming tag team champions once more, this time under the blue banner.
American Alpha would soon part ways, but Chad Gable persevered, teaming first with Shelton Benjamin and then Bobby Roode, with whom he would win the Raw Tag Team Championships. But regardless of his partner, or lack thereof, at the time, Chad Gable continued to bring exuberance and light wherever he went.
Earlier this year, Chad Gable’s unfailing dedication paid off in the form of a match against his childhood hero, Kurt Angle. He was one of the few to face off against Angle during his retirement tour on the road to WrestleMania 35. Gable fought back a smile in his post-match interview as he spoke about what it meant to him to have the chance to be across the ring from the Olympic Gold Medalist.
And that dream match was just the start of his budding singles run, as this past Tuesday, he appeared on 205 Live, giving an incredible performance against Jack Gallagher and contributing to one of the greatest episodes since the show’s inception.
Chad Gable is the definition of a well-rounded performer, and if his stay in 205 Live is made permanent, could very well be the spark that ignites the interest in a Cruiserweight Division that has been undervalued for far too long.
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