WWE Star Emotional After Heartbreaking Raw Loss

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WWE Raw was the scene of an emotional wrestling heartbreak.

On the March 11th episode of Raw, Sami Zayn defeated Chad Gable, Bronson Reed, Ricochet, Shinsuke Nakamura, and JD McDonagh in a brutal Gauntlet Match to earn a shot at Gunther and the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania.

However, his win didn’t come without a hint of controversy as it appeared Gable’s shoulders weren’t flat on the mat when Zayn scored the winning pinfall.

Ahead of the match, Chad Gable had spoken openly about what the match meant to him, and his dream of defeating Gunther at WrestleMania. With that in mind, it’s unsurprising that Gable was left heartbroken by the loss, questioning his position as a singles wrestler.

Speaking to Cathy Kelly backstage, Gable explained why the defeat cut so deep.

“Coming up short, you hear that all the time. It’s starting to become the story of my career, thus far, unfortunately, at least my singles career. Disappointing puts it lightly. More than anything it’s defeating, in a sense. For those that have never felt something like this, it’s more visceral than you can relly describe.

It’s not coming up short, it’s letting people down that depend on you, in a number of ways. To me, this meant a lot more than WrestleMania or a championship. It was a very personal thing for me and my family and the ideals I guide my life by.

I don’t want to get melodramatic, but it’s kind of true. A lot of the guiding forces in my life rode on this and me delivering on the things I say I’m going to do. That’s always who I’ve been. This is an example of me not doing that.

If you really boil it down, it kind of shatters your paradigm of who you are, at least who you thought you are. It goes pretty deep,”

After the match, Zayn embraced his rival, whispering something in his ear. When asked about the moment, Gable was reluctant to reveal what was said.

“No, for now that’s going to stay between me and Sami. To be honest, I was less interested in what he had to say and more interested in getting out of the ring. The dejected feeling is not something I like to air publicly, but at the same time, I’m a man willing enough to say he was the better man tonight.

I don’t think it meant more to him, I don’t think it still means more to him than it does to me, but I have no problem showing respect to another man that got the better of me,”

Gable closed by saying he’s unsure what comes next, and that he’ll need time to reflect.

“I talked a lot over the past month or so how much this meant to me and this was my path. What am I going to do, come out tomorrow and say, ‘Give me one more chance!’ and beg for one more chance? I’m not that guy. I’m very realistic, very self-aware.

You’re not going to see me whining and complaining and trying to weasel my way into some form of shrapnel of a match at WrestleMania where I can say I was on the show.

Where do I go from here? I don’t know. I’m going to go home tomorrow and be aimless, lost, directionless, questioning myself, questioning my work ethic and dedication, if I’ve done it right, if I’m approaching everything right. This is a paradigm shift. What’s next? I don’t know. That’s the hardest question you’ve asked so far. I have no clue,”

Bronson Reed Lashes Out After WWE Raw Defeat

While Chad Gable is heartbroken by missing out on WrestleMania, Bronson Reed appears more defeated and angry. In a post on social media, Reed pointed out that he missed Elimination Chamber, and will now miss WrestleMania adding, “How the mighty have fallen.”

Reed had been scheduled to wrestle Seth Rollins at Elimination Chamber before the World Heavyweight Champion suffered a knee injury.

H/t to Fightful