Raquel Rodriguez has quickly risen up the ranks of the SmackDown women’s division since she arrived on the blue brand after WrestleMania 38, having already gone toe-to-toe with Ronda Rousey.
When Raquel was first called up, many fans were baffled as to why WWE had rebranded the former NXT Women’s Champion from her former Raquel Gonzalez alias.
Raquel herself was one of these people, as she recently spoke to Ryan Satin on the Out of Character podcast, where she says that she wishes she got to keep her ‘Gonzalez’ name, but wasn’t upset to have it changed.
“I wanted to keep Gonzalez because it represented me. It represents my legacy because it’s my real last name. It’s the name that my dad used while he was wrestling throughout his career, but I wasn’t upset about it. I’m glad that they still gave me something Hispanic, Rodriguez, I’m grateful that I got something that is R and R. I was joking with Rhea that her initials are RR, mine are RR, when we used to tag together, we were R&R.I can’t say that I was super upset. I just wish…Gonzalez had a special meaning to me, but it’s always going to be my name,”
Raquel currently has a 3-2-1 record since her arrival on SmackDown. For a full list of win/loss records for the WWE women’s division in 2022 so far, click here.
Raque is far from the only WWE star to have their name changed this year, for a full list of WWE name changes in 2022, click here.
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