There is a reason for that. Having the right name is one of the most important things that a wrestler can have. The wrong name can cause a problem for any wrestler as they might not be taken as seriously as they are supposed to be. Sometimes you see someone have their names changed in a way that seems to be a bit odd. That was the case this week, and now we might know what happened.
Pete Dunne made his SmackDown debut this week as the new associate of Sheamus and Ridge Holland, though he is now known as Butch. According to Fightful Select, the speculation is that the name is designed to be a Bushwhackers reference, as Holland’s real first name is Luke, who teamed with Butch as the Bushwhackers. In addition, a WWE alumnus felt that the name was a reference to the Butch character on the Little Rascals shorts, whose original run ended in 1944.
Opinion: I have no idea why WWE decided to change Dunne’s name and I think that might be for the best. This feels like their recent change from Walter to Gunther, as Dunne was wrestling on national television earlier this month. I don’t know if this is some kind of a rib or a backstage joke from WWE, but it would be nice to not have to worry about WWE making some kind of change like this to someone who has become such a fan favorite for no apparent reason.
What do you think of the change? How will Butch do on SmackDown? 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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