That’s what’s in a WWE name. Wrestling is a form of entertainment unique to any other, but it does have similarities to more mainstream genres. One of the most important aspects of the entertainment world is a performer’s name, as a lot of people just aren’t going to care if you don’t have a name that catches your attention. Think about it: Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Steve Austin, the Undertaker. These are names that get your attention and make you care, which makes one of WWE’s latest moves all the more confusing.

Over the last few weeks, Chad Gable’s name has been switched to Shorty Gable, which is a play on a series of short jokes that various other wrestlers have made about him. This week on SmackDown, Gable continues to embrace the name and even took it a step further by dubbing himself Shorty G. The idea behind the name is that Gable wants to overcome the odds that the name brings with it, which is designed as a push for him. Gable was originally named Shorty at Hell In A Cell when Baron Corbin gave him the name before Gable defeated him.

And there it is. Check out Gable embracing his future:

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Opinion: I’m going to put this as politely as I can: are they kidding? WWE has now taken a talented performer, who is not only a former multiple time champion during his professional wrestling career but also an Olympian, and given him a name that sounds like it belongs in a low budget 1932 gangster movie. They really had nothing else to use for him? I’m assuming that this is a Vince McMahon idea and something that he probably found funny. How is this supposed to be something that gives Gable a solid push towards the future? I’d like to think WWE isn’t this ridiculous, but history has taught me to be smarter than that.

What do you think of the name? Can Gable make it work? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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