Chad Gable’s transition to Shorty G has garnered quite a lot of attention, and quite a lot of criticism.
The man himself was interviewed by Sports Illustrated regarding the character change, and explained what it means to him:
“The key is to take advantage when given the opportunity,” said Betts, who is in the midst of his biggest push to date in WWE. “Right before I went out last week to do the Shorty G promo, Bruce Prichard told me to make it my own and feel it.
“That promo, I felt it very deeply. The height thing is a message about overcoming whatever people believe are your shortcomings. Everybody can identify with that. That’s an area Chad Gable, up to this point, had been missing. Now you know what he stands for and what he means. Last Friday was the very first step in that process, and it’s only going to get bigger.”
The former Olympian – real name Charles Betts – discussed the influence Vince McMahon has had over his evolution:
“Vince is someone who has helped me a lot,” said Betts. “He started giving me ideas and explained why a lot of my really serious ideas weren’t working. I started to understand his vision, and now I’m off and running with this new character. I’m going to have a great time with it and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.”
“Vince finally realized, after me coming into his office over and over, listening to vignettes I created at home and reading pitches I wrote, that I’m not going away,” said a smiling Betts, who has been seeking a consistent spot on the card since American Alpha was split up in 2017. “I hated splitting up with Jason Jordan. He was my best friend in the world and we were having great matches.
“That was the point where I could have rolled over and died or waited for them to come up with something for me, but I didn’t do that—I came up with a new idea and pitched it every week. They didn’t necessarily run with a lot of those ideas, but it showed them they’ve got a guy who is hungry and ready to make an impact.”
Shorty G is set to be a member of Team Hogan at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on October 31. It’ll be him, Ali, Ricochet, Rusev and Roman Reigns for Team Hogan up against Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, Shinsuke Nakamura, King Corbin and Randy Orton for Team Flair.
The former tag champion discussed what this match means for him and his career:
“This match is going to be a special part of my career,” said Betts. “I always think about the battle royals at these big shows, and I’ve always been in those matches. It’s an honor to be part of these shows, but what I’ve really wanted is a marquee match. I am grateful that I am gaining some momentum and WWE put their stamp of approval on me by making me a part of this show. It’s confirmation that I’m doing things right.”