Simon Gotch and Sin Cara are making significant noise in the WWE, but it’s for all the wrong reasons. While both had a hand in trying to continue the revitalization of the WWE tag team division, it’s their backstage fight from last Tuesday that’s garnering them headlines across the internet.
Gotch and Sin Cara got into it during last week’s SmackDown tapings in the WWE’s catering section of the arena. Obviously, that was the night of the WWE Draft, which would initiate the brand extension that just completed its first week of live broadcasts. So while the fight may have flown under the radar at first with both guys, perhaps, wishing it would stay that way, details continue to emerge from the incident.
It had been noted that Sin Cara won the altercation in what has been described as a one-sided destruction. According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Daily Wrestling News), Cara indeed won the fight and may have used a soda can in doing so. Some wrestlers said Sin Cara landed a vicious punch while others said he threw an unopened soda can that hit Gotch flush in the face. In any event, one-half of the Vaudevillains tag team went down hard, abruptly ending it.
As a result of the fight, Simon Gotch did not work the WWE live events that ensuing weekend but was on hand for the WWE Battleground pay-per-view. He could be seen in the backstage segments leading up to and during the triple threat main event for the WWE Championship. And then after Dean Ambrose retained the title, making it exclusive to SmackDown, Gotch, Aiden English, and the rest of the blue brand roster filtered out to the ring to celebrate with the WWE Champion. It is noteworthy, however, that Gotch was seen sporting a pretty nasty shiner that night.
Apparently, this is not the first time that Sin Cara and Gotch have been at odds outside of the ring. Although it remains unknown (though as time goes on, we might discover more to the genesis of this real rivalry) what initially ignited the bad blood, it’s being said that it stems all the way back to when both were in NXT together. If you recall, Cara was sent back to the WWE’s developmental brand to pair with Kalisto to form the Lucha Dragons. Gotch and English had excelled in the NXT division before being called up to the main roster right after WrestleMania 32.
It’s also being reported that Gotch has already earned himself a reputation in the WWE locker room and among WWE officials. It’s being said that his mouth is getting him in hot water, causing a lot of his peers to not like him. No word on if any of this heat has affected any plans for The Vaudevillains, but we’ve reported in the past how Vince McMahon was not impressed with their gimmick when they were first promoted. At first glance, SmackDown Live appears to be inferior as far as the tag team division is concerned, both from a talent standpoint and the fact that the titles are on the RAW brand.
The WWE will certainly hope those things are cyclical, but with other middling tag teams like The Usos, Breezango, and The Ascension, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees at present. American Alpha should help their case, and chances are, Mojo Rawley will be reunited with Zack Ryder on the WWE main roster. It is worth noting that while Gotch and The Vaudevillains were drafted to SmackDown Live, Sin Cara was selected by Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon to compete exclusively on RAW. The WWE split up the Lucha Dragons before the draft even took place, so we’ll just have to see how both sides of this one-sided fight pan out in the near future.
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