WWE releases Simon Gotch, breaking up The Vaudevillains

They became quite popular with the NXT crowds, and they were called up to WWE's main roster in April of a year ago. Wherever Gotch ends up one can only wish the best for him moving forward and also hope this does not drastically hurt the opportunities for his tag team partner Aiden English. Upon making their debuts, they were a heel team and picked up a win over the Lucha Dragons in their first ever match.

SmackDown Live's tag team division just got a little smaller.

After losing a tournament to become No. 1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship, however, they lost to the New Day and faded into the background.

Fellow Vaudevillain Aiden English remains on the roster, and no other names joined to make it the usual post-WrestleMania "spring cleaning".

In regards to Gotch, it's being reported that his personality rubbed a lot of people the wrong way backstage.

Aiden English will reportedly now be getting a singles push, returning to the Broadway singer gimmick that he used in NXT prior to forming the Vaudevillains.

The timing of the news coincided with WWE calling up a number of former NXT stars to the main roster after WrestleMania 33, including former tag team champions The Revival, Shinsuke Nakamura and Tye Dillinger.

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

  • Salvatore Jensen