Hawk explained that because Weddle was the first to do the trick, the trick should be named after him. Weddle was often referred to as the “quiet, mute guy,” Hawk said, and so the mute air was made. Hawk admitted that he and other skaters went along with the name in naivety, not realizing that Weddle might not have agreed with the name.
“In recent years, a few people have reached out to Chris (who still skates) about this trick and the name it was given,” Hawk said. “He has been very gracious in his response but it is obvious that a different name would have honored his legacy, as he is hearing impaired but not lacking speech. I asked him last year as I was diving into trick origins and he said he would have rather named it the ‘deaf’ or ‘Weddle’ grab if given the choice.”Hawk said the Weddle’s exact words were “I am deaf, not mute.” When players boot up THPS 1+2, they’ll find that the trick is now called the Weddle Grab.
“It’s going to be challenging to break the habit of saying the old name but I think Chris deserves the recognition.”
You can perform the Weddle Grab yourself in THPS 1 + 2 this Friday when the Warehouse Demo goes live on Aug. 14. Be sure to check out our THPS 1 + 2 remaster Warehosue Demo impressions while waiting for the demo to go live.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.