Aiden English is a former NXT Tag Team Champion, but his best run in WWE came as part of Rusev Day alongside Rusev and then Lana. The duo united at the end of 2017 but lasted less than a year before splitting up.
The split came with Aiden trying to come in-between Rusev and Lana once he started to feel that Lana was coming in between him and Rusev. And Aiden felt like the trio had more juice left.
"It was starting to come from creative, looking for ways to get away. Lana had come back into the picture and they were trying to find ways to incorporate her. It was an obvious thing creatively; introduce someone else and cause friction. When she first came in I think everyone was like, 'Here's what we're going to start building to.' Alright, I knew this would happen. We were all hoping it would last longer. I figured, 'two, three weeks, goodbye.' But they kept it. The Mixed Match Challenge stuff happened and we got to do things together. Alright, maybe the three of us could be (together). Sometimes, they want to go in a different direction so bad. We argued and pitched our point, we wanted to keep it running as long as we could. But, at the end of the day, the powers that be are the powers that be. They saw different things for Rusev and me. Was not the way I would have had us split but sometimes you make your argument and pitch, but at the end of the day, you do what you're told," Rusev told Inside The Ropes.
Ask any WWE superstars and most will tell you that the secret to success in WWE is to build a relationship with Vince McMahon. English, as part of the Vaudevillians, didn't have that relationship with McMahon when he was first called up from NXT in 2016.
"Vince McMahon has a million things to do. Hunter was great because he's out there on the floor, helping put the show together. He's hands-on," English said of the differences between Triple H in NXT and Vince on the main roster. "Vince does all the business stuff, dealing with that on TV days, as well as trying to get the shows written. It is hard. A lot of the stories of 'waiting outside the office door' and hoping to catch him at the right time. You don't want to be the person knocking when he's about to have dinner. It's patience, picking the right moments. I was probably nervous and I didn't try to get in there enough, early on. Later, I would do that. When I was on my own, I did a better job. Anybody who really wants to make a good go of it, he's the person you need a good rapport with."
Following English's split from Rusev, be transitioned into the announcer for 205 Live in January 2019, where he remained until he was released by WWE this past April.
You can find English's comments on his transition into an announcer by clicking here.
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