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Aiden English

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Matthew Rehwoldt is a professional wrestler, signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Aiden English.

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.

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Matthew Rehwoldt is a professional wrestler, signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Aiden English.

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.

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 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.

In September, English allied with Rusev during a rivalry Rusev had been having with Randy Orton. After losing to Orton at SummerSlam, Rusev issued a rematch to Orton following a match with English, which Orton had won. English distracted Orton and allowed Rusev to pick up the victory in nine seconds. The next week, the mayor of Rusev's Bulgarian hometown appeared to declare Rusev Day, holding a ceremony to present Rusev with the keys to the city. English sang a special song for Rusev commemorating the occasion before Orton attacked him, partially because it was sung to the tune of Orton's ring entry music, "Voices". On the December 5 episode of SmackDown Live, English and Rusev picked up a win against The New Day and were later inserted into a fatal four-way tag team match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at Clash of Champions. The next week, they defeated the SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos in a non-title match, but failed to capture the titles at the event. The duo continued to gain popularity and momentum as the crowd continued to rally behind them, allowing them another opportunity at number one contendership to the tag titles in a triple threat tag team match on the December 26 episode of SmackDown Live against Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin and The New Day in a losing effort.

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