I remember that one. The right name is one of the most important things that a wrestler can have. If you go by the wrong name or by a name that the fans don’t respond to, your career can be in trouble in a hurry. This is especially true in a major company like WWE, where you could be known by that name for a very long time. That is not always the case though, and now a wrestler might be having their name changed for a second time.
One of WWE’s weirder habits is to drop a wrestler’s first name, leaving them with only their last name. This has a hit or miss track record, as sometimes the name was not exactly strong to begin with and is then made even worse when it is cut in half. Sometimes WWE will put the whole thing back together though and now they might be doing it again in a situation where it would help.
SmackDown star Murphy has changed his Twitter handle back to Buddy Murphy, his original WWE name. The name was changed to just Murphy in February with no reason given, as tends to be the case for WWE. This would be the second name restoration from WWE this year, after turning Ali back into Mustafa Ali over the summer. Murphy is currently scheduled to face Seth Rollins this week on SmackDown.
— Buddy Murphy (@WWE_Murphy) November 17, 2020
A star by any other name. Check out what Murphy can do in the ring:
Opinion: This makes as much sense as anything else and hopefully it is part of the trend to leave these names alone already. I’m still not sure what the point of the switch is in the first place but for some reason WWE feels the need to do this every so often. Buddy Murphy isn’t a great name on its own, but it’s a heck of a lot better than just Murphy, and hopefully that is what WWE has realized.
What do you think of the change? What is next for Murphy? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!