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5 Superstars who need better in-ring names

Daniel Crump
SENIOR ANALYST
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19.56K   //    20 Sep 2017, 00:48 IST

An adjective is not a first name.
Time for a change?

When all factors are taken into account, a Superstar's name might not be the most important consideration when assessing how much of a talent he or she is. Over time, fans just learn to live with the name of their favourite wrestler, even if at first they did not find it to their liking.

However, name changes can often be catalysts for much-needed gimmick adjustments. Look at when Rocky Maivia became The Rock or the Ring Master became Stone Cold Steve Austin. A new name can allow you to embrace a completely different persona and maybe even launch yourself into being one of the biggest attractions the business has ever seen.

Things are not that different in 2017. There are still Superstars on the various WWE roster sporting rather unfortunate names. Here is a look at 5 WWE Superstars who could potentially do with a rethink on what they call themselves:


#1 Big Cass

Colin who?
Colin who?

Despite suffering an untimely injury earlier this summer, the future looks fairly bright for Big Cass. Now officially a singles star, the WWE Universe are hoping that Vince's obvious excitement for the guy is justified after so many occasions where the boss has got it wrong over recent years.

Now that Enzo's former enforcer is free to pursue his dream of potentially being a big-time player for the WWE, perhaps when he returns from injury it will be with a new in-ring name. Unfortunately, 'Big Cass' sounds much more like a concise description of his overall gimmick rather than a believable first and last name.

And while there's nothing wrong with in-ring names being slightly out of the ordinary, usually the guys who make it to the very top tend to avoid them.

In recent times we have seen guys like John Cena, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns represent the company in some capacity. This represents the shift towards more reality-based entertainment which started mainly with the end of the Attitude Era.

Big Cass might have worked in the 80s alongside Superstars such as Hulk Hogan or The Ultimate Warrior, but in 2017 having an adjective as your first name just doesn't cut the mustard anymore.

After all, Big Cass is actually a variation of a previous in-ring name the New York native used to fight under. Colin Cassady has the kind of PG ring to it that could really help him achieve that next level and encourage fans to see him more than just a 7 foot tall, one-dimensional monster.

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Daniel Crump
SENIOR ANALYST
Life long WWE fan and recent convert to NJPW. I mainly write feature pieces, giving my opinions on WWE's past, present and future. Follow me on Twitter for more!
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