8 WWE Superstars who had their names shortened on the main roster
We often see WWE changing up Superstar names on the main roster. In most cases, Superstars have their names shorted although the War Raiders were recently renamed to the Viking Experience and then the Viking Raiders.
Let's take a look at 8 WWE Superstars who had their names shortened on the main roster and what they're up to now.
#8 Rusev (originally Alexander Rusev)
We start off our list with one of the originals in the category of having your name changed after getting called up from NXT, Rusev. The 'Bulgarian Brute' had a successful run in NXT after debuting under the name Alexander Rusev. Rusev was later paired together with future-wife Lana and the pairing just clicked.
Rusev was fast-tracked made his main roster debut at the 2014 Royal Rumble and his dominant unbeaten run continued until he came up against John Cena at WrestleMania 31. Regardless, that entrance on a tank will remain one of the most badass WrestleMania entrances of all time.
#7 Neville (originally Adrian Neville)
It's unfortunate that WWE didn't push Neville in the way he deserved. Neville could do it all and proved it after his return as the King of the Cruiserweights only for WWE to later job him out to Enzo Amore. This led to Neville quitting the company and WWE's loss was to the benefit of All Elite Wrestling's gain as they snapped him up.
Neville is another WWE Superstar who had their name changed after coming up to the main roster. In addition, he originally got a ridiculous cape to try and make him come off as a superhero. Neville's full name during his time in developmental was Adrian Neville and he was a former NXT Champion during his time in the black and yellow brand.