Who are you again? Wrestling can often be a family business, as you often hear all kinds of names over and over again. Sometimes you see a wrestler’s son or daughter become a big star in their own right and it helps to have the family ties to make it better. Every now and then second generation wrestlers go in the other direction though, which seems to be the case again now.
This week’s NXT featured the debut of Bron Breakker, formerly known as Bronson Rechsteiner. The son of Rick Steiner and the nephew of Scott Steiner, Breakker comes from a very successful wrestling family. However, there was no mention of his family connection during his appearance on the show. It seems that there are reasons both for his name and the lack of a mention.
According to PWInsider.com, WWE’s original plan was for Breakker to be called Rex Steiner. However, this was changed as WWE likes to create and control all of the names of its wrestlers. Therefore, a completely new name was created with no reference to the Steiner family. According to Wrestling Observer Radio, NXT broadcasters are not allowed to reference the Steiner name or the fact that Breakker is a second generation wrestler. At the same time, Brooks Jensen, the son of former WWE star Bull Buchanan, was mentioned as a second generation wrestler, though his father was not named or referenced.
The debut worked fairly well. Check out how Breakker did in his NXT debut, plus something you didn’t see on TV:
Opinion: This is an example of WWE getting a bit smarter than they need to be. I get the idea of wanting to control everything, but you have the easiest name in the world right in front of you. Instead of going with what makes sense, they go with the corporate idea and it just makes things look weird. It makes sense on paper, but from a fan’s perspective, this is WWE making things all the more complicated one more time.
What do you think of the name? What is next for Breakker? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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