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According to Sportskeeda‘s Tom Colohue, “Shorty G” Chad Gable might be set for a push on Friday Night SmackDown. On the latest episode of the WWE blue brand’s weekly show, he came to the defense of his former nemesis Baron Corbin when he was being attacked by Matt Riddle. This pointed toward a heel turn for the superstar.

Colohue stated that the storyline reason for Gable helping Corbin was for money. However, he also has big fans backstage, and this could be the start of more big opportunities for the Olympic wrestler.

“In a non-kayfabe sense, it is to get Chad Gable into some feud and get him some TV time, and eventually get to that Chad Gable vs Matt Riddle match. Baron Corbin has apparently been pushing for more opportunities for people and this is one of the ways that Vince McMahon believes that they can push new stars. Chad Gable is someone that he wants to push purely because of his in-ring talent. Apparently he sees a lot of Kurt Angle in Chad Gable.”

The King of the Ring winner has arguably been Gable’s biggest rival on the main roster, so seeing them potentially team together for the foreseeable future will come as a surprise to many fans. Gable has been a babyface since his days in NXT, though, and the change in characteristics and mannerisms will be refreshing for the performer.


The superstar has received comparisons to Angle throughout his career. Both competitors represented the United States at the Olympic Games and they have been praised highly for their in-ring ability. Gable’s ascent hasn’t been as immediate as Angle’s was, but he still appears to be held in high esteem.

The star returned to WWE television last month after a brief hiatus. While he wasn’t successful in his attempts for a shot at the Intercontinental Championship, his performance seems to have impressed officials.

Daniel Bryan may also have been key to the perfomer’s prospective ascent up the card. He has reportedly become more involved in the creative process recently, and he’s used his influence to give a platform to underutilized stars. The Intercontinental title match that Gable was involved in was supposedly Bryan’s idea.

As The Inquisitr previously reported, the company is also keen on pushing new stars. Television ratings have taken a downturn throughout the pandemic, and the plan moving forward is to create fresh characters and making the product more youthful.

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Gulf Arabs endorse US push to extend Iran arms embargo

Six Arab nations are urging the United Nations to extend an arms embargo on Iran, siding with the United States in a dispute that could end the 2015 nuclear deal.

“Iran has continued to proliferate conventional weapons and arm terrorist and sectarian organizations and movements throughout the region,” the Gulf Cooperation Council said in a bulletin announcing that a letter was sent Saturday to the U.N. “It is imperative to extend those restrictions to ensure and preserve peace and stability in this region and the rest of the world.”

That argument echoes the oft-repeated warnings made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s team, as U.S. officials have tried to convince Russia and China to allow the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution extending the embargo before it lapses in October. The letter, a rare show of unity for a GCC that has been riven by a major diplomatic split between Qatar and the Saudi Arabian wing of the coalition, dovetails with American warnings that Russia and China might anger Middle Eastern nations if they persist in their support for Iran.

“Iran has not ceased or desisted from armed interventions in neighboring countries, directly and through organizations and movements armed and trained by Iran,” the GCC said. “As such, it is inappropriate to lift the restrictions on conventional weapons’ movement to and from Iran until it abandons its destabilizing activities in the region and ceases to provide weapons to terrorist and sectarian organizations.”

Tehran rejected the statement, as Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi denounced the Gulf bloc as “the mouthpiece of anti-Iran elements.” The statement was released in advance of this week’s expected U.S. effort to pass a resolution extending the arms embargo.

“The arms embargos are rather a threat to the UNSC and its legal mechanism than a threat against the Iranian nation and against us,” Mousavi said Monday. “The Americans want to weaken or annihilate the UNSC by using it instrumentally or take control of it.”

Russia and China are expected to block the extension of the arms embargo, which was scheduled to expire when the 2015 Iran nuclear deal came into force. The connection between the nuclear accord and the arms embargo expiration means that the Pompeo can renew the embargo unilaterally by invoking the provision of the nuclear deal that allows the U.S. to abrogate the entire agreement and renew all the preexisting restrictions.

“The Security Council’s mission is to maintain ‘international peace and security.’ The Council would make an absolute mockery of that mission if it allowed the number-one state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell weapons freely,” Pompeo said last week. “One way or another — one way or another, we will do the right thing. We will ensure that the arms embargo is extended.”

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