Alpha Academy
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable (left) and Otis (right))
Tag team
MembersChad Gable
Otis
Maxxine Dupri
Name(s)Alpha Academy
Billed heightsChad Gable: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Otis: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Maxxine Dupri: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Combined
billed weight
667 lb (303 kg)
DebutDecember 11, 2020
Years active2020–present

Alpha Academy are a professional wrestling tag team composed of Chad Gable, Otis and Maxxine Dupri. The team is currently performing in WWE on the Raw brand, where they are former one-time Raw Tag Team Champions.[1] Gable and Otis are longtime best friends in real life with their friendship dating back to 2011, where they trained for the Olympics together in Colorado Springs. The two are now neighbors on the same street.[2]

History

On November 13, 2020 episode of SmackDown, Chad Gable opened the "Alpha Academy" (a nod to his former tag team of American Alpha with Jason Jordan) and attempted to recruit Otis as his client.[3][4] The team made their debut on the December 11 episode of SmackDown in a defeat to the team of Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura.[5] At TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, Gable and Otis teamed with Big E and Daniel Bryan to defeat Cesaro, Nakamura, King Corbin, and Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn in an eight-man tag team match.[6][7] On the February 19, 2021 episode of SmackDown, Gable ordered Otis to attack Rey Mysterio after their tag team match, thus turning them into heels.[8][9]

As part of the 2021 Draft in October, now known as Alpha Academy, both Gable and Otis were drafted to the Raw brand.[10] On the January 10, 2022 episode of Raw, Alpha Academy defeated RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) to win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.[11] They would both enter in the Royal Rumble match but failed to win.[12] On the March 7 episode of Raw, Alpha Academy dropped the titles back to RK-Bro, ending their reign at 55 days.[13] On Day 2 of WrestleMania 38 on April 3, Alpha Academy failed to regain the titles from RK-Bro in a triple-threat match also involving the Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford).[14][15]

Addition of Maxxine Dupri

On the March 13, 2023 episode of Raw, Gable found Otis backstage taking part in a photo shoot with Maximum Male Models (the team of ma.çé and mån.sôör, managed by Maxxine Dupri). Otis then decided to leave with Maximum Male Models instead of Gable.[16] This would start a series of segments between Dupri and Gable where they both wanted Otis to be on their respective teams.[17] Dupri officially sided with the Alpha Academy on the May 15 episode of Raw when she cheered on Otis and Gable eliminating ma.çé and mån.sôör in the Intercontinental Championship number one contenders' battle royal match.[18][19]

In the weeks that followed, Alpha Academy began to slowly turn face with their crowd reactions growing louder and louder. After weeks of training, Dupri made her in-ring debut on the July 3 episode of Raw in a mixed six-person tag team match with Gable and Otis against The Viking Raiders (Erik, Ivar and Valhalla). Dupri pinned Valhalla after performing a sunset flip on her.[20] On the July 10 episode of Raw, Alpha Academy held a graduation ceremony for Dupri. At the end of the ceremony, Gable presented Dupri with her own Alpha Academy letterman's jacket. As Dupri was about to put on the jacket, The Viking Raiders appeared on the ramp to distract the team. Valhalla then attacked Dupri from behind and stole her jacket.[21] In the following episode of Raw, Gable and Otis fought Erik and Ivar in a "Viking Rules" match. Despite dominating the match, Gable and Otis lost but Dupri managed to take back her jacket.[22] On the July 31 episode of Raw, Dupri defeated Valhalla with a Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex in her debut singles match.[23] As the team was celebrating backstage, Imperium's Gunther took offense to Dupri's match win and mocked the team. Ludwig Kaiser then challenged Gable to last five minutes in the ring with Gunther, which Gable accepted. Despite Gable beating the clock, Gunther demanded the match to continue and defeated Gable.[24] On the August 7 episode of Raw, Gable defeated Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Riddle, and Ricochet in a fatal four-way match to be the number one contender to Gunther's Intercontinental Championship. Later that night, Otis lost to Kaiser after an inteference from Imperium.[25] Two weeks later on Raw, Gable challenged Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship and won by countout. However, as championships do not change hands by countout or disqualification, Gunther remained champion.[26]

Members

* Founding member(s)
L Leader

Current

Members Joined
Chad Gable L December 11, 2020 *
Otis December 11, 2020 *
Maxxine Dupri May 15, 2023

Timeline

As of August 22, 2023

Championships and accomplishments

References

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  2. ^ Black, Matt (11 January 2022). "Chad Gable Reflects On His Real Life Friendship With Otis Following RAW World Tag Team Title Win". Mandatory. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
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