Every WWE Wrestler Name Change Of 2022

4 months ago by Liam Winnard

Every WWE Wrestler Name Change Of 2022 WWE

We’re keeping track of every WWE name change of 2022 right here, because we all know WWE loves a good name change. Or a bad one.

This page will be updated every time WWE changes someone’s name.

Just to be clear – new names given to debuting talent don’t count. To qualify for this page, a wrestler has to have already wrestled for WWE under a different name before having it changed.

1. Gunther

Previous name: WALTER

Date of change: January 18

Reason for change: WWE wanted something it could own the rights to, having trademarked Gunther Stark a few days earlier, before it surfaced that Gunther Stark was the name of someone who had ties to Nazi Germany in World War 2. Off to a fantastic start.

2. Sanga

Previous name: Saurav

Date of change: January 26

Reason for change: Repackaged as Grayson Waller’s “insurance policy” – was previously in the Indus-Sher tag team with Veer Mahaan/Rinku

3. Butch

Previous name: Pete Dunne

Date of change: March 11

Reason for change: Called up to SmackDown and aligned with Sheamus and Ridge Holland

4. Kiana James

Previous name: Kayla Inlay

Date of change: March 22

Reason for change: Her real name is Kayla Inlay Klink

5. Xavier Woods

Previous name: King Woods

Date of change: March 29

Reason for change: Returned on March 25 after being out since early January. Still had ‘king’ gimmick but was referred to as Xavier Woods rather than King Woods, and the change was made official on WWE.com on March 29.

6. Ezekiel

Previous name: Elias

Date of change: April 4

Reason for change: Returned to WWE TV for the first time since August, claimed to be Elias’ younger brother

7. Elton Prince & Kit Wilson

Previous name: Sam Stoker (Elton Prince) & Lewis Howley (Kit Wilson)

Date of change: April 5

Reason for change: Renamed upon being moved from NXT UK to NXT 2.0, kept Pretty Deadly tag team name

8. Ludwig Kaiser

Previous name: Marcel Barthel

Date of change: April 8

Reason for change: Marcel Barthel is his real name

9. Raquel Rodriguez

Previous name: Raquel Gonzalez

Date of change: April 8

Reason for change: Gonzalez is her real surname so WWE didn’t want her using it

10. Theory

Previous name: Austin Theory

Date of change: April 11

Reason for change: His real name is Austin White, so WWE didn’t want him using the same first name. Storyline reason was because Vince McMahon didn’t want him to be called Austin because of Steve Austin

11. Cruz Del Toro

Previous name: Raul Mendoza

Date of change: April 13

Reason for change: Raul Mendoza is his real name

12. Alba Fyre

Previous name: Kay Lee Ray

Date of change: April 16

Reason for change: Her real name is Kayleigh Rae, which WWE evidently decided was too close to Kay Lee Ray

13. Katana Chance

Previous name: Kacy Catanzaro

Date of change: April 16

Reason for change: Kacy Catanzaro is her real name

14. Ciampa

Previous name: Tommaso Ciampa

Date of change: April 25

Reason for change: Tommaso is his real first name


Previous name: Robert Stone

Date of change: April 26

Reason for change: Robert is his real first name

16. Channing Lorenzo

Previous name: Channing Lauren

Date of change: April 26

Reason for change: Debuted on NXT 2.0 as an ally of Tony D’Angelo after previously only appearing on NXT Level Up under his previous name

17. Max Dupri

Previous name: LA Knight

Date of change: May 20

Reason for change: Called up to SmackDown seemingly as a manager


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