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I’m Oli Davis, and I’ll be replying to as many comments on this video as I can.
Matt and Jeff Hardy, Shinsuke Nakamura, The Revival, Tye Dillinger, Emma, Finn Balor and,
of course, Big Red Everything Erick Rowan – with all these wrestlers either returning
to or debuting on the main roster, a few current talents are going to lose out. And ahead of
next week’s Superstar Shake-Up, we have our first. WWE have announced the release
of former NXT tag team champion Simon Gotch, with their usual copy and paste statement:
“WWE has come to terms on a mutually agreed upon release with Simon Gotch as of today,
April 5, 2017. WWE wishes Gotch the best of all of his future endeavors.”
Gotch first signed with WWE in 2013, where he formed The Vaudevillians tag team with
Aiden English. The two would go onto become one-time NXT tag team champions before their
call-up in April last year. They were quickly inserted into the WWE Tag Team championship
picture, losing twice to The New Day’s longest ever title reign, and then started to slide
down the card. Backstage at last July’s WWE Draft episode
of Smackdown, Gotch reportedly had an altercation with Sin Cara, which brought the latter’s
undefeated backstage fight streak to a then 3-0. The former Hunico would later bring this
to 4-0, overcoming the fearsome Chris Jericho on a tour bus in November.
There have been various rumours on why WWE have released Gotch. Reddit user AdamRFox,
who accurately leaked Shinsuke Nakamura and Tye Dillinger debuts before this week’s
Smackdown – actually posting footage of WWE production staff testing Nakamura’s entrance
lighting – claims that Gotch “was just ‘Bad’ as they put it. Simon put too many people
at risk everytime he wrestled. As far as the Vaudevillians go, there will be no new member.
Aiden English will be getting a singles push as time goes on.”
Dave Meltzer has backed this up on Wrestling Observer Radio, noting Gotch had his enemies
and the company wants to give English a solo run.
There was another rumour that Gotch had a fight with his tag team partner English backstage
at Wrestlemania, but this has been heavily debunked by the former Vaudevillian on Twitter:
Literally not one part of this is true, though props on possibly the worst fanfic I’ve ever
read. I’m in the process of lining up some interviews
and such. I’ll address everything soon. The post-Wrestlemania episode of Smackdown
drew an average of 2.89 million viewers, which is way up from last week’s 2.7, and even
more from last year’s post-Mania show, which only pulled in 2.44. That was pre-taped and
pre-brand split, though. 64% of you thought it was a ⅘ show at SmackTastic, while 18%
thought it even better, awarding the top rating of SmackDamn.
Wrestling News World are reporting a few interesting details about the Hardy Boyz’ DELIGHTFUL
WWE return, along with how the company are handling the Broken gimmick ownership battle
– where Impact Wrestling claim to hold the character rights.
The site claim that Matt’s wife Reby Sky has been working with WWE lawyers in the lawsuit,
and it was hoped to be cleared up before their Wrestlemania return. Unfortunately, the case
wasn’t resolved in time. WWE reportedly don’t want to give Impact
Wrestling any money for using the Broken gimmick, and will likely stay away from the actual
lawsuit. But this “does not mean they will not give Reby and the Hardys all of their
legal aid now that they are signed.” Wrestling News World note the TNA used the
‘Charismatic Enigma’ name for Jeff – which was used and developed in WWE – and that “may
be used as a precedent in the suit”. How should WWE have turned Sasha Banks heel
at Wrestlemania? Hear me fantasy book that in the brand new episode of The WrestleTalk
Show. And a former tag team champion has been released from WWE! Find out who by clicking
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