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10 wrestlers who had awful names before reaching WWE

Gary Cassidy
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Cesaro wasn't always known by his simple one-word moniker

Okay, so we all know WWE loves a name change. Unless you're AJ Styles or Samoa Joe, you can probably bet that signing with WWE means you'll be adopting a whole new identity.

While some name changes don't tend to go down so well, see Chris Hero becoming Kassius Ohno, there are some Superstars who definitely should be thanking their lucky stars that WWE decided to give their name a makeover!

Strap yourselves in, because this is a countdown of ten Superstars who had truly awful names before arriving in WWE.

#10 Vampiro Americano - JBL

JBL, right, as Vampiro Americano
JBL, right, as Vampiro Americano

Even though it was definitely his most successful singles gimmick, a lot of people were on the fence about the JBL character after John Layfield's extensive run as Bradshaw.

If only they knew!

In 1993, JBL wrestled in Mexico for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and, of course, wore a mask. In his lucha form, JBL's name sounds more like a Halloween special at Starbucks. As Vampiro Americano, JBL would team with Vapiro Canadiense.

Thankfully, there's not much of a trace of Vampiro Americano online, with only one known picture easily accessible. Luckily, two years later, WWE debuted JBL as "John Bradshaw", later losing his first name for his Attitude Era run as part of APA.

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Gary Cassidy
Gary Cassidy is a freelance journalist from Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in professional wrestling with Sportskeeda. Gary has ten years' writing experience and a 2:1 Honours degree, and is also a subtitler working on both live and prerecorded broadcast for television channels across the UK, USA and Australia.
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