Backstage News On Simon Gotch's WWE Departure, Aiden English's WWE Future

Posted April 07, 2017

"WWE wishes Gotch the best in all his future endeavors".

Simon Gotch debuted for NXT in 2013 after wrestling on the independent scene for more than a decade.

At the WWE Draft last July, Gotch and English were drafted to SmackDown Live but quickly faded down the card to the role of enhancement talent. Based on English taking the pin in a tag team contest prior to this week's SmackDown, it seems that the decision was a last-minute one. A few weeks later, they fell in a fatal 4-way tag team bout at Money in the Bank.

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They were added to SmackDown Live during the draft previous year, and both Gotch and English competed in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania this past Sunday. Both of them ended up being eliminated early on in a match that was eventually won by Mojo Rawley. This stems in part from his (real life) brawl with Sin Cara previous year, and it's been reported that "his personality rubbed a lot of people the wrong way". They faced-off against American Alpha and Simon took the pin. The Vaudevillains have not been used all that much since getting called up to the main roster, and they honestly had a gimmick that did not translate well to WWE television.

WWE.com announced Wednesday that Smackdown superstar Simon Gotch had come to a "mutually agreed upon release" as of April 5.