Before arriving on the WWE main roster, American Alpha competed in WWE’s developmental territory, NXT, where they won the NXT Tag Team Championships on one occasion.
In May 2015, Chad Gable appeared on NXT and began a storyline with Jason Jordan, that saw Gable attempt to convince Jordan to form a tag team partnership, following Jordan’s break-up with former partner Tye Dillinger.
After two months of constant coaxing, Jordan finally agreed to team with Gable.
They then competed in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament, where they defeated the teams of Neville and Solomon Crowe and The Hype Bros before being knocked out of the tournament by Baron Corbin and Rhyno.
The team were originally a heel team, but their in-ring style and personality eventually led to an organic babyface turn.
On the December 2, episode of NXT, Jordan and Gable faced former NXT Tag Team Champions The Vaudevillains, and defeated them.
On the January 8, NXT tapings, Gable and Jordan began using the name American Alpha.
On the March 16, episode of NXT, American Alpha defeated The Vaudevillains to become the number one contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
They would receive their title match at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, against The Revival. American Alpha won the match and became the new champions.
They held the championships until NXT TakeOver: The End, when they were defeated by The Revival. ending their title reign at 68 days. After the match, they were attacked by the debuting Authors of Pain, under the guidance of Paul Ellering.
WWE Smackdown Live (2016-Present)
American Alpha were drafted to Smackdown Live as a part of the 2016 WWE Draft. They were Smackdown Live’s first tag team pick.
They made their Smackdown Live debut on August 2, defeating The Vaudevillains.
They then took part in an eight-team tournament to crown the inaugural WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions. They defeated Breezango in the first round and The Uso’s in the semi-finals.
However, a storyline injury to Gable’s knee, sustained in a back stage attack by the Usos, kept the team from competing in the finals of the tournament at Backlash.