Chad Gable’s WWE career was derailed for about a year because of a terrible nickname, which apparently wasn’t a rib by Vince McMahon.
Nobody would blame a WWE fan for thinking that Vince McMahon called Chad Gable “Shorty G” as some sort of a cruel rib on the former Olympic athlete’s height. Because that seemed to be the theme when Gable’s name changed to “Shorty G” during a King of the Ring feud with King Corbin, who kept making juvenile jokes about Gable’s size.
Recently, Gable finally shed the nickname, which wrestling fans had grown to loath, especially since they’ve had nothing but love for the talented former tag team partner of Jason Jordan and, later, Shelton Benjamin.
According to WrestlingNews.Co’s Paul Davis, Vince McMahon came up with the “Shorty G” nickname for Chad Gable, because he thought the nickname would help him on SmackDown.
Cue the “Vince is out of touch” remarks.
Vince McMahon thought “Shorty G” would get Chad Gable over comedically
Basically, Vince looked at the comparisons Gable gets with another former Olympic wrestler who had a LOT of success in WWE, Kurt Angle, and thought that “Shorty G” could help Gable show that comedic side he had in NXT. You know, much like Kurt did early in his WWE career when he was becoming one of the most over guys on the show.
It didn’t work out that way, because, well, “Shorty G” just isn’t very funny. And secondly, WWE didn’t give Gable time to genuinely be funny and be himself. That’s a lot more important than giving him a silly nickname.
Maybe things will look up for Gable in the near future. He’s no longer “Shorty G”, and WrestlingNews.Co’s report includes a note that Daniel Bryan is trying to get Gable a push on Friday nights.
This is the last run of Bryan’s career, and he wants to win the Intercontinental Title. Imagine the scenes if he was the one to put over Gable as an IC Champ in Gable’s first singles title win. Now that would be one hell of a moment and would make fans forget the “Shorty G” era quickly.