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NXT Showcase: Simon Gotch

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Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a promo that involves a gentleman.

Wrestler: “The Gentleman Bruiser” Simon Gotch (Ryan Drago).

Background Information: Simon Gotch is from Hoboken, New Jersey. He is trained by Donovan Morgan, Michael Modest, Ric Thompson, Bryan Danielson, and Harley Race.

He competed on the independent circuit, appearing for promotions such as All Pro Wrestling (APW), Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Chikara, and Full Impact Pro (FIP).

He most notably competed as Ryan Drago, a character reminiscent of early 20th-century grapplers such as George Hackenschmidt.

In June 2013, he signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory WWE NXT where he adopted the ring name Simon Gotch (a homage to Frank and Karl Gotch).

In June 2014, he formed a tag team with Aiden English known as The Vaudevillains, with the gimmick of a pair of old-timely vaudevillians.

The Vaudevillains made their in-ring debut as a team on June 19, 2014, on an episode of NXT, defeating Angelo Dawkins and Travis Tyler.

In August 2014, The Vaudevillains participated in a tournament to determine the number one contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championship before losing to The Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara and Kalisto) in the finals.

On October 30, 2014, on an episode of NXT, The Vaudevillains won a tag team battle royal to become the number one contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championship.

They received their title match at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution against The Lucha Dragons, but were unsuccessful.

After some hiatus, The Vaudevillians returned to NXT on June 3, 2015, defeating Jason Jordan and Marcus Louis.

On July 8, 2015, on an episode of NXT, The Vaudevillians defeated Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady to become the number one contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championship.

The Vaudevillians received their title match on July 29, 2015, on an episode of NXT, in which they were unsuccessful.

Throughout his NXT career, he became a NXT Tag Team Champion. He competed in NXT until he was called up to the main roster.

On April 7, 2016, on an episode of SmackDown, The Vaudevillains made their main roster debut as heels defeating The Lucha Dragons.

He still competes in WWE today as part of The Vaudevillains in the SmackDown Live brand.


With his manliness along with his tag team partner, Aiden English, The Vaudevillains, they will bring manliness to the tag team division and that’s manly!

My Thoughts: Simon Gotch is a very talented individual. He has an unique and old style look, he has presence about him in and outside of the ring, he has a great character, great charisma, and he’s an old school wrestler in the ring. Manly!

Video: This video contains a promo from Simon Gotch on June 19, 2014.

My Thoughts: This was a good promo as Simon Gotch got to showcase his character and mic skills to the NXT Universe as he was making his NXT TV in-ring debut.

Simon Gotch talked about how he’s one half of the newest tag teams in NXT known as The Vaudevillains with Aiden English as they’re planning to bring their manliness to NXT. He then talked about his competition in the NXT Tag Team Division and that The Vaudevillains are going to let their actions speak and not words because they’re quite manly.

A good introduction of who Simon Gotch is as a character and what his purpose is on NXT. I was quite surprised that he said that The Vaudevillains will let actions speak more than their words even though he and Aiden English are pretty good on the mic. I was surprised that he didn’t say The Vaudevillains are going to speak with their actions and words, but either way, what they did here was quite manly.

A good promo from Simon Gotch that quite manly from him.

It’s really a shame that Simon Gotch is not doing so well in the main roster of WWE at the moment as he is a part of one of the most entertaining tag teams in WWE at the moment with Aiden English as The Vaudevillains. Their gimmick in NXT got insanely over, but at the same time, that type of gimmick can only work in the NXT level and not at the WWE level which hinders them quite heavily.

Even though I’m very saddened to see one of my favorite tag teams at this level, I’m not really surprised as a result as I don’t think the gimmick that they have can translate well into the main roster. Maybe have Simon Gotch and Aiden English play a different manly type of gimmick they have opposed to what they are now? Either way, I hope nothing, but the best for The Vaudevillains because they are quite manly.


After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.

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