WWE Vaudevillains Tag-Team
Gather round, everyone, and witness the debonair devastation of such exquisite sophistication! Aiden English. Simon Gotch. The Vaudevillains! Cue old-timey music. All you have to do to get a very basic idea of what The Vaudevillains are about is to watch their entrance. The former NXT Tag Team Champions have finally made their way to the main roster and debuted this week on SmackDown. If you want to get a more in-depth look at who they are, this is the right place to be.
Who are they?
The Vaudevillains are basically the most hipster of all hipsters. They’re a throwback to nearly a century ago when manliness was key and chivalry had just become overrated compared to dastardly deeds. Aiden English had a brief stint on the independent scene before making his way to NXT. During his early years, he honed his craft and saw a bit of action in losing efforts to upstarts that have gone on to become big names both in NXT and WWE. A fun fact about English is that he is actually married to Shaul Guerrero, the eldest daughter of Vickie Guerrero and the late WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero.
Simon Gotch had a more extensive bit of experience on the independent scene with some work in notable independent promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerilla and Chikara. While Aiden English is more representative of a classic gentleman grappler, and has hints of Victorian-era theater troupes in his styles, Simon Gotch is more specifically reminiscent of early 20th-century strongmen such as George Hackenschmidt. Gotch has an unorthodox style focusing on heavy strikes and classic grappling attempts while Aiden’s is more calculated and a bit more theatrical.
What did they do in NXT? During their time in NXT, The Vaudevillains laid out an impressive record of excellent matches and proved they could work with several different teams. They’ve worked effectively both as fan favorites and hated heels, including feuds with the Lucha Dragons, Blake and Murphy, The Revival, and Enzo & Cass. On the July 8th episode of NXT, The Vaudevillains squared off against Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore to determine the #1 Contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championships. While Enzo & Cass got their shots further down the line, this moment belonged to The Vaudevillains as they prevailed and set their eyes on then-champs Blake & Murphy. This would be their most notable feud and would culminate at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn when The Vaudevillains would finally capture the NXT Tag Team Championships. They had a respectable reign before finally dropping the championships to The Revival (Dash & Dawson) on the November 11th episode of NXT. They continued to have quality matches and be a staple tag team within NXT until their recent departure to the main roster. How do they fit on the main roster? Right now, the main roster has a heavy saturation of tag teams, which can be both bad and good for The Vaudevillains. They would be an extremely good pairing against The New Day, who are about as modern a tag team as you can get. Epic promos and an interesting dynamic would make that an excellent feud. They could also revive their rivalry with the Lucha Dragons, which seemed to have a spark left when the two teams squared off on SmackDown. Potential matchups against veteran teams such as The Dudley Boyz and The Usos will provide some new competition, while they will likely also be seeing some altercations with other NXT veteran teams such as The Ascension and Enzo & Cass. Their old-school theatricality seemed to hold strong in their debut, and it will be interesting to see how the devastating debonair duo of such exquisite sophistication step their game up now that they’re truly on the big stage. Recommended Viewing via the WWE Network (as an introduction to The Vaudevillains)
NXT on July 8th, 2015: The Vaudevillains vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady (NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn: Blake & Murphy (c) vs. The Vaudevillains (NXT Tag Team Championship Match)
NXT on November 11th, 2015: The Vaudevillains (c) vs. Dash & Dawson (NXT Tag Team Championship Match)