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By Vikram Prashar on 2021-01-19 07:32:00


Matt Rehwoldt (Aiden English) appeared on the latest edition of Wrestling With Awareness.  Highlights:

Vikram: What do you think of All Elite Wrestling, and would you be open to following the steps of your former partner, Miro and sign with AEW?

Matt: Oh my god, I mean, absolutely. I’ve been-so I’ll be the first to admit it, and maybe, maybe it’s bad business that I do, but like, when I was with WWE and AEW was first coming around, I remember being very impressed by the All Out events, that, you know, Cody, and them, everybody, through. I thought those were very cool, but when I heard, hey, they are gonna do weekly tv, their gonna, potentially, go head to head with, I was like… ehh that’s tough guys, good luck, you know, it’s gonna be tough going up, you know, to really have the money, the time, all the infrastructure to go up against the other big company. I was, I was a little sceptical. I’ll be perfectly frank. But, each week they’ve really shown, and they’ve grown and grown and grown, and especially I think during this pandemic, they’ve done a really good job of doing what they could, and, you know, creating really great content, and I’ve just really been impressed, more and more, as time has gone on, so like, which I’m very happy to see. Because sometimes those new things, they can be the shiny toy that loses its lustre after 6 months, you know what I mean? You know, everybody might be there for the first 6 months worth of episodes, but they're still holding strong, and I, and I love what they’ve done, and I know, many of my friends, as we’ve seen, former colleagues, and friends, have gone there, and in speaking with them. The thing that matters most to me, as a talent, besides, “hey, alright they are putting on a good product that’s great.”... I talked to my friends. And again I want to emphasize… friends. Because theirs, you only have a ton of those in the wrestling business. But you know, these aren’t just like colleagues that have texted once, you know, every 3 years, these are buddies of mine. And I hear nothing but amazingly positive things, for the atmosphere, the upper management, behind the scenes, like everyone pretty much, just flat out, across the board is like, “dude it’s a great working environment, great people, etcetera” so that’s the thing, when I hear that from people, I love and respect, that’s what resonates most with me, as a talent. So, I mean, if the opportunity is there, and you know, they're interested, and we have something we can do together, abso-freaking-lutely! 

-Matt Rehwoldt (Aiden English) on reuniting with Miro or Simon Gotch- 

Matt: People always ask about reunions, and to be fair, I don’t know if I would want a reunion with Miro, per se. And the same thing, I think he would say the same thing, and I tell everybody this, because everyone’s like, “Oh, go here, and reunite with this. Go here, and reunite with this.” You don’t want that, trust me, because no matter what you do, it will feel-unless you have the greatest idea in the world, you risk really trying to rehash something that was successful before. And you, your kind of, you're using another company’s idea, in an essence. So, if the opportunity is right, and to maybe in a different capacity, I don’t want to try to make, “Miro Day”, I don’t want to do, “the Vaudevillians 2.0” you know what I mean? If we were to get together, and create something new, and you know, hey, we can play off the story of our previous relationships, in either of those cases, great. But it has to be, it has to be done right, that’s the one thing I always want to emphasize to people, build new, don’t live in the past, always be pushing yourself forward, and create something new, and better. 

Matt Rehwoldt (Aiden English) on the heat between nZo and Simon Gotch-

Vikram: Now, with the utmost respect to both wrestlers, Simon Gotch and nZo because I’m a huge fan of both of them, if you are aware there was some supposed heat between nZo and Simon Gotch. Was this something you knew about at the time or did you guys ever have to deal with this when feuding with Enzo and Cass?

Matt: I, I mean, it’s, yeah, what, it’s the first, whenever you type in either one of their names, I think it’s the first YouTube video that comes up, I think I’ve talked about this in 1 or 2 more other interviews, it is, it’s like, “Shoots on Enzo Amore” and everything, I mean, no it’s no secret, I mean, yeah, they didn’t get along. Was it some like blood feud? No. They just had, you know, nZo is the consummate loudmouth kind of entertainer, and I think he would tell you that himself. He, he talks the freaking talk, he’s all, all personality, and all that stuff. Simon, is, is, as I said before, he’s the wrestler’s wrestler, he’s all about technical, and everything like that, so immediately there’s a clash there, and just, their personalities, yeah, they never got along. Did-they weren’t throwing fists or anything backstage, we were able to have some pretty actually darn good matches with them, especially on like, a lot of the NXT road shows, house show loops, and stuff like that, so, the chemistry, I think was there as tag teams, two very, we had a lot-oh my god, we-I remember a, an NXT show in Philadelphia, where we ended up doing a chicken fight. With, I think, was it me on, which is funny because I’m the taller one, I think I was on Simon’s shoulders, and nZo was on Cass’s shoulders in the middle of like, I think it was a tag team title match, we’re like, on our partners shoulders, like, swinging punches at each other, and then we take the big bump, like, so we had a lot of fun with them, but, but yeah those guys were not the best of buddies outside the ring. 

Matt Rehwoldt (Aiden English) on a pitched feud with Brodie Lee in WWE-

Matt: So, we were trying to get a on tv rivalry going actually, for a while in the summer of 2017. To the point, where we kind of like, just made the social media team post stuff about us, even though no creative had given us, like the go ahead that anything was happening. Like at house shows, because we were wrestling at house shows, and having a lot of fun. And so like, we did this thing where I was kind of like stalking him, and like, I thought like-we’d get pictures of me like, following him on his ring entrance with him not noticing, or anything, and like, we did tv in Rochester, which is his hometown, and like, they filmed us backstage, and like, I took a picture of me burning like, the Rochester Times with his picture on it, like “Homecoming” it was, like all this goofy stuff, and like, we even filmed like, a .com segment, where like, I kind of confronted him very briefly, and a-but they just, they never went with it, but I don’t know why because silly things like that happen all the time. 

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