Please….no. One thing that WWE has been doing a lot more of in recent memory is changing names. I don’t mean taking someone and giving them a completely new name (ACH becoming Jordan Myles in NXT for example), but rather turning Mustafa Ali into just Ali or dropping the Apollo in Apollo Crews. This time though, they might be making a much bigger change.

According to PW Insider Elite via, WWE may be changing Chad Gable’s name. Earlier this year, WWE trademarked the name Shorty G. but no wrestler was given the name. After this week’s SmackDown Live, Shelton Benjamin was involved in a segment where he saw Gable and referred to him as Shorty. There is no guarantee that this is happening yet, but the pieces are there.

The new name? Check out the segment that brought up the possibility:

Shelton Benjamin calls Chad Gable short: SmackDown Exclusive, Aug. 13, 2019

Opinion: For the love of all things good and holy, please tell me this isn’t going to happen. Gable is an Olympian with more charisma than he knows what to do with and a great look. Why in the world would you saddle him with such a horrible name? I know it sounds ridiculous, but this is the same company that has given Benjamin a gimmick where he says a word a week. Is it that far out of the question?

Do you think WWE is going to do this? How bad of an idea is it? Let us know in the comments below.

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