Every WWE Wrestler Name Change Of 2020

2 years ago by Liam Winnard

Every WWE Wrestler Name Change Of 2020

WWE does many weird things, but one of the weirdest can often be the changing of its wrestlers’ names.

We’ve decided to keep track of every time this happens in 2020, with the first being Murphy on February 7.

The tracker will cover every WWE brand. However, it will only feature people who have made their WWE TV debuts before having their name changed.

How many do you think we’ll end up with come the end of December?


Murphy

Previous name: Buddy Murphy

Date of change: February 7

Reason for change: “Sources tell us the change was made because the name Buddy didn’t sound like the name of a disciple, so the decision was made to drop it in order for the wrestler to fit with Seth Rollins’ new group.” (Pro Wrestling Sheet)


Raquel Gonzalez

Previous name: Reina Gonzalez

Date of change: February 14

Reason for change: Unknown, came ahead of aligning with Dakota Kai at NXT TakeOver: Portland.


Rinku

Previous name: Rinku Singh

Date of change: March 25

Reason for change: Had surname dropped on second TV appearance along with tag partner Saurav


Saurav

Previous name: Saurav Gurjar

Date of change: March 25

Reason for change: Had surname dropped on second TV appearance along with tag partner Rinku


Santos Escobar

Previous name: El Hijo del Fantasma

Date of change: June 11

Reason for change: Unmasked and revealed himself to be leader of new heel group on NXT


Dabba-Kato

Previous name: Babatunde

Date of change: August 3

Reason for change: Had wrestled previously under his real name so WWE wanted something it could trademark


Ashante Adonis

Previous name: Tehuti Miles

Date of change: September 8

Reason for change: Had wrestled previously under his real name so WWE wanted something it could trademark


Desmond Troy

Previous name: Denzel Dejournette

Date of change: September 16

Reason for change: Had wrestled previously under his real name so WWE wanted something it could trademark


T-BAR

Previous name: Dominik Dijakovic

Date of change: September 21

Reason for change: Changed along with the other members of RETRIBUTION


MACE

Previous name: Dio Maddin

Date of change: September 21

Reason for change: Changed along with the other members of RETRIBUTION


SLAPJACK

Previous name: Shane Thorne

Date of change: September 21

Reason for change: Changed along with the other members of RETRIBUTION


RECKONING

Previous name: Mia Yim

Date of change: September 21

Reason for change: Changed along with the other members of RETRIBUTION


RETALIATION

Previous name: Mercedes Martinez

Date of change: September 21

Reason for change: Changed along with the other members of RETRIBUTION


Chad Gable

Previous name: Shorty G

Date of change: October 23

Reason for change: After losing to Lars Sullivan, Gable quit. He later clarified he was just quitting the character of Shorty G and returning to the name Chad Gable, who is more likely to overcome obstacles.


Tony Modra

Previous name: Brendan Vink

Date of change: October 25

Reason for change: Unknown, had yet to make NXT TV debut but had been used on Raw multiple times


Riddle

Previous name: Matt Riddle

Date of change: October 28

Reason for change: Reportedly related to WWE not wanting people to find controversial news stories by searching for “Matt Riddle”


August Grey

Previous name: Anthony Greene

Date of change: November 4

Reason for change: Had wrestled previously under his real name so WWE wanted something it could trademark


Omos

Previous name: Jordan Omogbehin

Date of change: November 22

Reason for change: Had wrestled previously under his real name so WWE wanted something it could trademark; also debuted in a new role as AJ Styles’ bodyguard


Valentina Feroz

Previous name: Rita Reis

Date of change: December 31

Reason for change: Had wrestled previously under her real name so WWE wanted something it could trademark

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