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Chad Gable was nervous American Alpha’s WWE debut on SmackDown Live would be met with crickets

Despite how wildly popular American Alpha — the team of Chad Gable and Jason Jordan — were in NXT, the two were nervous they might hear crickets when they made their main roster debut on SmackDown Live this week.

As Gable told Men’s Journal:

“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.”

The team made quick work of The Vaudevillains in their first match and the crowd in Nashville responded as expected. Considering how exciting Gable and Jordan are when they get heated up, there’s no reason to think they can’t give us a WrestleMania moment to remember as early as next year.

Nerves or not, the people love them.


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