May 22, 2022

Iconic Trick Has A Name Change In The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remaster

The “Mute Grab” will be getting a change of name to the “Weddle Grab” in honour of it’s creator.

When the grab was originally named in 1981, it was debuted by Chris Weddle, who is deaf. The trick was thusly named after the skater in a roundabout and ultimately mistaken way.

Tony Hawk took to Instagram to explain the reasons for the change, citing the inventor of the move.

The community at the time referred to him [Chris Weddle] as the “quiet, mute guy” so it became known as the “Mute Air”, and we all went along with it in our naïve youth.

Tony Hawk explains how the name for the trick came about in a social media post.

As the years went by, Hawk continued to chat with Weddle (who also still skates) about the trick and its origins.

The Weddle Grab in action

Given a choice he would have named it differently

Weddle told Hawk he would “rather of named it the ‘deaf’ or ‘Weddle’ grab if given the choice,” as he wasn’t mute in the first place. So, going forward in the upcoming games, the trick will be renamed to “The Weddle Grab,” much to Weddle’s approval.

He has been very gracious in his response but it is obvious that a different name would have honoured his legacy, as he is hearing impaired and not lacking speech

Tony Hawk on Social Media regarding Chris Weddle

This is one of those situations that I think the person involved is the only person that can ask or demand change. I’m glad his voice was heard and thus the change was made, instead of others making the change for him. Hawk and Weddle are both icons in the sport and I can’t wait to play this game.

As a 30-year-old (dear God that sounds awful to admit), skateboarding was massive in the UK during my childhood, especially with the PlayStation One era of games giving it (arguably) an even bigger reach and fan base. I just wish I still had my original console and games.

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