Over the last few years, we have seen several WWE stars lose their first or last name, often after being called-up to the main roster from NXT.
For example, Andrade Cien Almas, Big E Langston and Mustafa Ali, all lost part of their names after appearing on either Raw or SmackDown, becoming Andrade, Big E and Ali respectively.
While speaking on his Grillin’ JR podcast, legendary wrestling commentator Jim Ross explained why Vince McMahon often makes the decision to strip wrestlers of either their first or second name.
The WWE Hall of Famer explained that Vince feels as if a single name looks better on a poster, and that the single name packs more of a punch that a longer name:
“It’s a showbiz thing, simple as that. Vince wants to be Walt Disney. He wants to be an entertainment mogul, making movies, making T.V. shows, producing pay per views, all the things WWE has done as a publicly traded company
“It’s like Cher, always one name stars. Bono – there’s a zillion of them, one name. The theory is that it’s easier to remember one name for a person than two names for a person. I don’t agree with it. Now you’ve seen it’s come full circle and he’s being called Bobby Lashley, but at that time and to this day, look at all the people on the roster that have one name.”
Speaking of Vince McMahon, a former WWE star recalled an interesting story in an interview with WrestleTalk about Vince McMahon watching Impact Wrestling. You can read more about that by clicking here.