Just in time to go with his and Shelton Benjamin's Ride Along episode on WWE Network, Chad Gable was announced as the newest member of Raw thanks to the Superstar Shakeup on Monday night. While he was seen driving with sharing stories with tag team partner Benjamin on one program, he was giving an interview with WWE.com that it was time he takes his act solo, hinting at the potential of turning heel in WWE.
There are some very distinct similarities between Chad Gable and former Olympic wrestler and now GM of Raw Kurt Angle. When Angle first arrived in WWE in 1998, the idea was to make fans hate him because he was better than everyone else. As an Olympian, he was a "real wrestler" and he was going to bring integrity, intelligence, and intensity to WWE. Watching Gable's interview, it appears WWE may be going a similar route.
"Shelton was great, teaming with him was great, but, it's time," Gable said. He suggestion was that he was a singles wrestler for a long time and there was no reason to keep someone with his skill level in a tag team. "Chad Gable is more than a tag team wrestler. I wrestled for 20 years on my own. Do you think I had a tag team partner in the Olympics? Do ya? No. I did that on my own."
He added that he's had a chance to show the WWE Universe a taste of what he can do on his own, but now he's here on Raw, focused and alone, and that's bad news for anyone on the Raw roster because a focused Chad Gable is a dangerous Chad Gable.
Gable didn't come right out and target one specific wrestler, and he didn't talk down Shelton Benjamin, but his promo wreaks of the idea that maybe Gable will be coming to Raw with an attitude or a swagger that is often reserved for heel characters.
Gable has an obvious skill set and should be highlighted for his wrestling ability. Also, like Kurt Angle, he has the potential to be one of WWE's best in-ring performers.