Longtime pro wrestling fans could see the connection and inspiration embedded in the tag team of Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, American Alpha, from day one.
Many saw American Alpha as today’s version of The World’s Greatest Tag Team — Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin — and they famously got their WWE start under the wing of Kurt Angle.
Unsurprisingly, Jordan says Angle has been a pivotal component in shaping his own wrestling career.
“Kurt’s a huge inspiration,” Jordan told ESPN.
“I grew up watching Kurt and so I’ve studied him a lot and figured out what it is that made him so great, what made him so amazing to watch. So trying to make sure that I picked up some of those things, but at the same time being myself, because I never wanna try and mimic somebody else. I wanna be myself and be the first Jason Jordan. I don’t wanna be the second Kurt Angle.
“And it’s the same concept where we always get a lot of comparisons to the World’s Greatest Tag Team. We wanna be the first American Alpha. We don’t wanna be the second Team Angle or World’s Greatest Tag Team. We’ve worked so hard to get to where we are, and we feel like we’re unique and different. Yes there are similarities but we’re still different. As much as we look to Kurt, and as much as I’ve studied him and been a fan of Kurt Angle’s, he’s been an influence, but it’s nice to have a little bit of a separation between us.”
Today American Alpha stand as one of the most promising young talents on the WWE roster, currently relegated to the SmackDown brand.
Even Angle himself has admitted before that were he to come back to WWE, he would love to be involved with American Alpha similar to how he was with Haas and Benjamin in the early 2000’s.