5 WWE Superstars and what their names were originally going to be
You won't believe what Steve Austin and Bayley were almost called.
As important as it is for a WWE Superstar to be a good in-ring performer, it’s just as important for them to create engaging personalities and character names that the audience can connect with.
For example, would “Stone Cold” Steve Austin have reached the heights he did if he was called The Ringmaster forever? Probably not. And would The Rock have become the legend he is today if he remained Rocky Maivia for his whole career? Maybe, maybe not.
In this article, we take a look at five WWE Superstars – some past, some present – and reveal what they could have originally been called if the company’s creative team had their way.
#5 Triple H could have been called Reginald DuPont Helmsley
Not only is Triple H a pretty cool name for a WWE Superstar but his long list of nicknames, including “The Game”, “The King of Kings” and “The Cerebral Assassin”, fit perfectly for his intimidating character.
However, way before he became known as Triple H, the 14-time WWE champion was a French aristocrat called Jean-Paul Levesque whose obnoxious persona would almost certainly have prevented him from successfully becoming a babyface one day.
To make the transition from a bad guy to a good guy a little easier, Vince McMahon wanted him to be an American character with a new name, and it was suggested by J.J. Dillon – a WWE executive at the time – that he be called Reginald DuPont Helmsley.
Thankfully, that name never saw the light of day. Instead, the creative team went along with Triple H’s idea to have initials in his name and decided to call him Hunter Hearst Helmsley.