English in February 2015
|Birth name||Matthew Rehwoldt|
October 7, 1987 |
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Alma mater||Columbia College Chicago|
|Spouse(s)||Raquel Diaz (m. 2016)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Aiden English
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|Billed from||Chicago, Illinois|
|Trained by||Florida Championship Wrestling|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Other media
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Rehwoldt was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he developed an interest in acting at an early age. By the age of 20, he had appeared in over 20 stage productions. After graduating from Lyons Township High School, he studied acting (with a focus on stage combat) at Columbia College Chicago, along with fellow wrestler, Becky Lynch, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts.
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (2011–2012)
After graduating from college, Rehwoldt trained as a professional wrestler. He debuted on the Illinois independent circuit in late-2011 under the ring name "Matt Marquee". He wrestled for promotions such as Chicago Style Wrestling, where he formed a tag team named "The Ryte Stuff" with Barry Ryte.
Developmental territories (2012–2014)
Rehwoldt signed a contract with WWE in early 2012, and was assigned to its developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he began using the ring name "Aiden English". He made his televised debut on the April 8, 2012 episode of FCW television, teaming with Audrey Marie in an intergender tag team match against Rick Victor and Paige.
After WWE rebranded FCW as NXT in 2012, English's television debut took place on the June 27 episode of the rebooted NXT taped at Full Sail University, losing to Leo Kruger. English was used primarily as a jobber throughout the rest of the year, losing to wrestlers including Bray Wyatt, Ryback, and Big E Langston. He scored his first televised win on the September 18, 2013 episode of NXT, defeating Michael Q. Laurie.
A week later, on the September 25 episode of NXT, English sang a parody version of the "Major-General's Song" from the musical The Pirates of Penzance while approaching the ring. He subsequently began singing before, during and after his matches. Throughout the year, English scored wins over Jason Jordan and Camacho. In the beginning of 2014, English began a feud with Colin Cassady, losing to him on the January 1 episode of NXT in a sing-off but defeating him in several matches.
The Vaudevillains (2014–2017)
In June 2014, English formed a tag team with Simon Gotch, known as The Vaudevillains. At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, the Vaudevillains defeated Blake and Murphy to win the NXT Tag Team Championship. On the November 11 episode of NXT, the Vaudevillains lost the title to Dash and Dawson, ending their reign at 61 days. On the November 25 episode of NXT, the Vaudevillains faced Dash and Dawson in a rematch for the title in a losing effort. On the December 23 episode of NXT, the Vaudevillains competed in a four-way tag team match against Blake and Murphy, The Hype Bros and Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, won by Gable and Jordan. On the March 16, 2016 episode of NXT, the Vaudevillains were defeated by Gable and Jordan, now known as American Alpha, in a #1 contenders match for the NXT Tag Team Championship.
On the April 7, 2016 episode of SmackDown, the Vaudevillains made their main roster debut as heels, defeating The Lucha Dragons. On the April 11 episode of Raw, the Vaudevillains were announced as one of the teams to participate in the #1 contenders tournament for the WWE Tag Team Championship, where they defeated Goldust and Fandango in the first round later that week on SmackDown and The Usos on the April 18 episode of Raw in the semi-finals. At Payback, the Vaudevillains faced Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady in the finals of the tournament. The match resulted in a no-contest due to a legit concussion by Amore, and the Vaudevillains were declared number one contenders. At Extreme Rules, the Vaudevillains received their shot at the titles against The New Day in a losing effort. At Money in the Bank, The Vaudevillians competed in a Fatal 4-way tag team match also involving Enzo and Cass and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the titles in a losing effort.
On July 19 at the 2016 WWE draft, the Vaudevillians were drafted to SmackDown in the tenth round of picks. In August, a tag team tournament for the newly created WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship was set up by SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan and SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon, where the winners of the tournament would be crowned the inaugural champions. On the August 30 episode of SmackDown, the Vaudevillians would compete in the first round match of the tournament, where they were defeated by The Hype Bros. On the November 8 episode of SmackDown, the Vaudevillians were defeated by Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) in a qualifying match for a spot in Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.
On the January 31, 2017 episode of SmackDown, the Vaudevillains, along with five other teams, answered an open challenge set by American Alpha, where a brawl between all six teams ensued before being broken up by referees and officials. At Elimination Chamber, the Vaudevillains competed in a tag team turmoil match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship, where they were eliminated by Heath Slater and Rhyno. At WrestleMania 33, English competed in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, which was won by Mojo Rawley. On April 5, 2017, English's partner Simon Gotch was released from WWE.
The Drama King (2017–present)
In April 2017, The Vaudevillains were disbanded upon Gotch being released by WWE, with English returning to singing prior to his matches. On April 11 episode of SmackDown Live, English was defeated by Tye Dillinger, and again in a rematch on the May 2 episode of SmackDown Live. On the Backlash kickoff show, English faced Dillinger once again in a losing effort. On the July 4 episode of SmackDown Live, English defeated Randy Orton by disqualification after Orton used the steel steps to attack English. On the Battleground kickoff show, English defeated Dillinger. On the August 29 episode of SmackDown, English scored an upset victory over Sami Zayn after a fast count by guest referee Kevin Owens. The following week, English faced Zayn once again in a winning effort.
In December 2014, Rehwoldt became engaged to former professional wrestler Shaul Guerrero, the daughter of Vickie Guerrero and the late Eddie Guerrero. They were married on January 3, 2016 in Florida, making Rehwoldt Eddie Guerrero's son-in-law and part of the Guerrero family.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- With Simon Gotch
- Entrance themes
- "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet (Independent circuit)
- "Blast Out" by Quantum Tracks (NXT; June 20, 2013 – August 1, 2013)
- "A Quicker Accomplishement" by Art Test Music (NXT; May 30, 2014 – September 25, 2014; used while teaming with Simon Gotch)
- "Voix de Ville" by CFO$ (NXT/WWE; October 2, 2014 – June 24, 2015; April 14, 2016 – August 22, 2017)
- "Vau de Vire" by CFO$ (NXT/WWE; July 1, 2015 – April 7, 2016; used while teaming with Simon Gotch)
- "Bel Canto" by CFO$ (WWE; August 29, 2017 – present)
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- WWE NXT
- "WWE Extreme Rules: Aiden English explains how The Vaudevillains came to be, and how Vickie Guerrero has helped". The Independent. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
- "Aiden English". wrestling data. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
- Saxton, Byron (November 27, 2013). "Perfect Playbill: The art behind 'The Artiste' Aiden English". WWE. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- "WWE NXT Superstar gets married to Vickie Guerrero's daughter Shaul". PWMania.com. January 3, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
- "Aiden English". WWE. 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- Laprade, Patrick (April 28, 2014). "The Top 10 prospects in NXT". Canoe.ca. Québecor Média. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- Clapp, John (January 3, 2014). "WWE.com Editors' Debate: Who's the next WWE NXT breakout star?". WWE. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
[T]he thespian-turned-threat has no qualms about launching into a show tune before, after or even during, a match.
- Brummitt, Matt. "Brummitt's FCW TV Report 4/8". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 7/11". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 9/26". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 10/3". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 9/18". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 9/25". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 10/30". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 11/13". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 1/8". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 1/8". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 2/12". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 4/17". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
- White, James (June 7, 2014). "WWE NXT report 6-6 Tampa". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- Scherer, Dave (August 22, 2015). "Ongoing NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn Blog". PWInsider. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- Johnson, Mike. "WWE NXT SPOILER FROM ONGOING TAPINGS". PWInsider.com. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- Decker, Kyle. "WWE SmackDown results, live blog (April 7, 2016): The Miz vs. Zack Ryder". Cageside Seats. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
- Caldwell, James. "4/11 WWE Raw Results – CALDWELL’S Complete Live Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- Decker, Kyle. "WWE SmackDown results, live blog (April 14, 2016): Tag team tournament!". Cageside Seats. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
- Rueter, Sean. "WWE Raw spoilers (April 18, 2016): Tag tournament finals set in London, more!". Cageside Seats. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
- Caldwell, James. "5/1 WWE Payback Results – CALDWELL’S Complete Live Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
- Caldwell, James (May 22, 2016). "5/22 WWE Extreme Rules PPV Results – CALDWELL’S Complete Live Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Scherer, Dave (December 17, 2014). "Vickie and Eddie Guerrero's daughter Shaul engaged to NXT star". PWInsider. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
- "411MANIA | Click Here to Join 411’s LIVE WWE Battleground Coverage". Click Here to Join 411’s LIVE WWE Battleground Coverage. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
- James, Justin (June 20, 2014). "James's WWE NXT Report 6/19". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
Rolling senton from Gotch followed by a sweet second rope senton from English put it away.
- James, Justin (June 26, 2014). "James's WWE NXT Report 6/26". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
Rolling Senton from Gotch and a second rope senton from English ("That's a Wrap") end the match.
- Howell, Nolan (March 20, 2014). "NXT: Sheamus returns to battle English". Canoe.ca. Québecor Média. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
English pops up to land a neckbreaker that nearly gets the win.
- Howell, Nolan (April 28, 2014). "NXT: Kidd, Neville agree to rematch". Canoe.ca. Québecor Média. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
Swinging neckbreaker connects to give English the first nearfall of the contest.
- Howell, Nolan (June 20, 2014). "NXT: Ascension rises as Kidd abandons Zayn". Canoe.ca. Québecor Média. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
Swinging neckbreaker from English gets a nearfall.
- Trionfo, Richard (September 18, 2013). "WWE NXT Report". PWInsider. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
Aiden with a leaping leg drop and then he waits for Michael to get back to his feet.
- Trionfo, Richard (September 25, 2013). "WWE NXT Report". PWInsider. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
English punches Dempsey and then he hits a leaping leg drop.
- Trionfo, Richard (November 20, 2013). "WWE NXT Report". PWInsider. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
English with a slam and he hits a leaping leg drop for a near fall.
- Killam, Mike. "7/15 WWE NXT Results: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Women’s Title Match, Sami Zayn Returns to Address Injury, Samoa Joe in Action". Wrestle Zone. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
- "THE VAUDEVILLAINS HIT THE GENTLEMANS CONGRESS TO WIN". WWE Network. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT Report 6/19". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
- Trionfo, Richard (October 31, 2013). "WWE NXT Report". PWInsider. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
Aiden English demands his spotlight. He sings as he makes his way to the ring and he calls himself the 'Drama King'.
- "Voix de ville (The Vaudevillains) - Single". iTunes. Apple Inc.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 – 2016: 171. Aiden English". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Blue Bell, Pennsylvania: Kappa Publishing Group: 41. December 2016. ISSN 1043-7576.
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