Ric Flair’s Contract Status, Chad Gable On Making Tag Team Wrestling What To Watch Again, American Alpha Popularity

– WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair no longer has a contractual affiliation with WWE. Flair and fellow Hall of Famer Scott Hall were backstage at the recent RAW in Atlanta as both live in the area.

– WWE SmackDown Superstar Chad Gable recently spoke with Men’s Journal about American Alpha’s main roster debut and more. Below are highlights:

American Alpha are pretty popular, despite being relatively new to the larger audience on SmackDown Live. Can you describe why you think that is?

It’s kind of funny, we were really nervous about that, being exposed to this new audience. You hope you don’t come out through the curtain and hope you don’t hear crickets. We were standing back there and we heard the response and we were just so happy.

The other thing is, when we got drafted, Daniel Bryan built us up and kind of made us sound like a big deal which was really helpful. The response that night was so positive — it made us feel comfortable as opposed to the nervousness that was there before. I would like to think that more and more people are watching NXT and people have the WWE Network so there’s more exposure there.

Could you describe the dynamic that you and Jason Jordan share as a tag team? What’s your relationship like on- and off-screen?

It’s kind of interesting how lucky we got. He was there (in NXT) a few years before me, grinding away. We didn’t really develop a relationship for a while. He was in more advanced classes than me and then they came up with this idea to put us together. From moment one, it just clicked. We just got along and we share the same values and ideas. I think some of it comes from us both sharing backgrounds as amateur wrestlers, being competitive. We just get it – we’re on the same page, no matter what it is.

We try to describe it to people and it’s hard – we finish each other’s thoughts, when we’re on the road together, we’re on the same page – wanting to go work out, go eat, or go to the show. No matter what, we click. As a tag team, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Any bucket list opponents you guys have? WrestleMania dream matches?

As far as the roster goes, there are so many teams —Gallows & Anderson, the Usos — there are just endless teams we want to wrestle.

With the current landscape, I think the tag team division is going to blow up…We want to make tag team wrestling the thing to watch again and we are going be the ones to do it. Nobody else. We hope that lights a fire under some guys, and if it ruffles a few feathers, we’re okay with that. We want to raise the level of competition. If everyone starts to be competitive with each other and wants to one-up each other every single night, sparks are going to fly and it’s going to be magic before you know it.

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