In a twist that left WWE fans and superstars alike emotionally invested, Chad Gable’s recent Intercontinental Championship match against Gunther on Monday Night RAW took an unexpected turn, with his family’s unplanned appearance stealing the show.
Chad Gable, formerly known as “Shorty G,” has been on an upward trajectory since shedding his previous gimmick. His recent series of matches against Gunther, which includes handing the powerhouse his first loss on the main roster via count-out, has undoubtedly elevated his status in WWE. Even Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has become a vocal supporter of Gable’s talents.
However, the most unforgettable moment from their recent encounter wasn’t scripted. Gable’s family, unbeknownst to WWE officials, attended the show to enjoy a night of entertainment before the school year commenced. Gable himself had no prior knowledge of their precise seating arrangements until his wife sent him a picture minutes before the match.
Upon learning that Gable’s family was in the audience, WWE decided to seize the opportunity to integrate them into the show, capturing their arrival and excitement on camera. This impromptu inclusion added an authentic layer of emotion to the match.
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Gable’s eldest daughter, in particular, displayed raw and genuine emotions as she watched her father’s championship aspirations unfold before her eyes. Despite understanding the scripted nature of professional wrestling, the sight of her father enduring punishment and ultimately losing the match moved her to tears, illustrating the power of genuine emotion in sports entertainment.
Gable’s middle daughter, on the other hand, seemed more engrossed in her nachos than the in-ring action, while his youngest son was enthralled by the spectacle. The stark contrast in their reactions further emphasized the authenticity of the moment.
”It kind of hit home for everybody here was that what made it real was the emotion — just happened that my family was there (for the I.C. Title match against GUNTHER), right? It wasn’t like I said, oh, let’s try to get you guys front row and make this a big deal. It was the last week before school, so I said, ‘Let’s take them with. Let’s give them one last fun thing for the summer…’ I don’t request front row tickets. I just get comps. They happened to sit there, they happened to get placed there… They (WWE) didn’t even know. They didn’t even know they were coming. So, they had no idea.
So, then they found out about it. Then they wanted to, you know, kind of say, ‘Let’s take advantage of this a little bit and film you during the day with your family a little bit. They showed us showing up.’ But I mean, none of that was privy to them early in the week, anything… and I wasn’t even really aware where they were sitting until minutes before and my wife had sent me a picture so I was like, I’ll go see my little dude up front because he’s wearing — mostly to get his singlet on TV because now he makes me make him a freaking singlet every time I get one made (Gable laughed)…
Even if you wanted to force some kind of emotion like that out of a kid, that stuff’s real. So, my oldest daughter is by far my most emotional. They all have different personalities but she’s the one that the world saw crying that night and she knows the deal. I’ve spoken to her about what daddy does and how it works and all this stuff. She knows but even that doesn’t matter. When you get there and your kid’s sitting in front of you watching their dad get beat up, it’s gonna draw it out of them, when she’s emotional like that.
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My middle daughter, forget it, she could care less (he laughed). I think she was looking down to see how many chips and cheese she had left in her nachos but, and the dude’s enthralled with it too but, the emotion from my older daughter, I think touches on something like you guys just said we don’t get often anymore and that’s what Mark (Henry) is talking about so when it happens, naturally and organically, it just means so much more because we get stuff a lot of times where there’s people in the crowd that we cut to or wherever. We use audience members or family members in a way that is, you know, we meant for it. We’re making it a part of the show. This was not planned. None of it was meant to be a part of anything and that’s what made it organic and really, really got everybody I think.”
As for the ongoing rivalry between Gunther and Chad Gable, it appears that their story is far from over. Gable remains determined to dethrone Gunther and capture the Intercontinental Championship, especially after Gunther made history during their recent encounter.
The wrestling world now eagerly anticipates whether Chad Gable can overcome this formidable opponent and claim the coveted title. As the storyline unfolds, fans will be on the edge of their seats, hoping to witness Gable’s triumphant moment in the spotlight. WWE Universe has rarely witnessed such a compelling blend of athleticism and genuine emotion, making this feud one of the most captivating narratives in recent memory.
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In an industry often criticized for its predictability, the unpredictability of Gable’s family’s involvement served as a poignant reminder of the captivating nature of professional wrestling. It’s these unscripted, heartwarming moments that remind fans why they fell in love with this unique form of entertainment in the first place.