Simon Gotch, former WWE Superstar, was best known as one-half of the Vaudevillains tag team with Aiden English. Remember when they won the NXT Tag Team Titles at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn two years ago? It was a great moment. You should watch it again. Anyway, the Vaudevillains went to the main roster after WrestleMania in 2016, and they didn’t do a whole lot there. Gotch also had some backstage problems, including a fight with Sin Cara, and after a year on the main roster, Gotch was released this past April. Was it because of his heat or WWE simply wanting English to be on his own? It’s probably a little bit of both. Gotch now wrestles as Simon Grimm on the indies.
Since his WWE release, Simon decided to do what a lot of wrestlers do post-WWE, a shoot interview. The folks at RF Video conducted a long interview with him and released a 12 minute trailer. Some of the most interest parts include current WWE heat magnet Enzo Amore, who seems to rub a lot of people the wrong way. Here’s Gotch talking about Enzo believing in himself. Thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcript.
“I will say, to his credit, he believes his own bullsh-t. He is 100% confident in himself to his detriment and the detriment of others around him. He’s an example of someone who has no excuse to not know wrestling, but he doesn’t know wrestling.”
That, my friends, is what you’d call a backhanded compliment.
Gotch and Amore also had a memorable incident at Payback 2016, which happened less than a month after The Vaudevillains, Enzo & Cass got called up to the main roster. Here’s a clip of that moment in case you forgot it, followed by Simon’s thoughts on what happened.
“He’s almost touching the ropes, maybe a quarter of the way off because, obviously, I don’t want him to be too close or Cass will tag him. I go, I start running with him, I’m ghosting him the whole way, my hands are here and here, just holding him. He’s running, running, running, he hits the slide, boom, hits. I follow through, [and taunt] ‘yeah, motherf–ker! Yeah.’ I go out of the ring. I look at him. I’m like, ‘man, he’s selling the s–t out of this, cool.’ I go to grab him. I’m a light touch with stuff like grabbing because I know how bad that sucks when someone just grabs you and just f–king… so literally, fingers on temples, side of the head. He comes with me. I’m like, ‘okay, he’s good.’ Charles [Robinson], the referee, says we’re in replays, so I let go of [Enzo], turn around, start jaw-jacking with the crowd, I turn back around I see this, I see the ‘X’. I go, ‘oh f–k. He’s out.’ I never knew if there was any [heat]. I think most people know that Enzo was kind of a clod in the ring.”
I guess it’s fair to say that Simon didn’t think much of Enzo as a worker huh?
You can watch Simon’s interview trailer below.