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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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How Do They Think Up Wrestler Names?

Hi All,
I got to wondering (I was bored, don't shoot me) how do they think up wrestler's names, specifically RyBack.
I imagined it might go something like this:

Creative 1 - "We need a name for this new wrestler."

Creative 2 - "Well, he likes to eat, let's make it food related."

Creative 1 - "Food? he needs to be tough, the guy is built like Goldberg. A food name would see him being laughed at."

Creative 2 - "Built tough? Like a Rhino?"

Creative 1 - "We can't use Rhino, been done."

Creative 2 - "I was thinking something like Rhino Beef."

Creative 1 - "It's funny you mention beef, I heard he got a plate full of beef sandwiches and only ate the beef. He took the bread back because he doesn't like Rye bread."

Creative 2 - "That's it!"

Creative 1 - "What?"

Creative 2 - "What you just said."

Creative 1 - "He took the Rye bread back?"

Creative 2 - "Yeah but drop the bread and we can't use the e, it's too foody."

Creative 1 - "Ry Back?"

Creative 2 - "Yeah, but make it one word, RyBack."

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Re: How Do They Think Up Wrestler Names?

Ryback was an old name, and I';m not 100% sure but he may of had it even before WWE
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Re: How Do They Think Up Wrestler Names?

That's so funny!

Even though Ryback was a child hood nickname.


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Re: How Do They Think Up Wrestler Names?

From what I read recently in Pwinsider Q and A, John Laurinaitis used to be the guy that came up with wrestler names. The Miz confirmed this in one of his interviews.

"Ryback" is perfect.

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Re: How Do They Think Up Wrestler Names?

I thought Ryback was a combination of Ryan (his real name) and Silverback (his nickname).

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Re: How Do They Think Up Wrestler Names?

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I thought Ryback was a combination of Ryan (his real name) and Silverback (his nickname).
I have to be honest and admit, I had no idea.
That is a cool way to come up with the name (better than what I came up with.)
And much better than Skip Sheffield.

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I have to be honest and admit, I had no idea.
That is a cool way to come up with the name (better than what I came up with.)
And much better than Skip Sheffield.
But your OP is still funny
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Re: How Do They Think Up Wrestler Names?

They briefly considered just "Sheffield" cause I remember thinking "just call him 'Skip' instead"

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Re: How Do They Think Up Wrestler Names?

Ryback obviously comes from his real name being Ryan and the Silverback nickname completes it as Oliver-94 pointed out.

As for the rest of the names... they probably just use some name generator. That's the only way to explain Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Alex Riley, Dolph Ziggler and all these random names that have almost nothing in common with the wrestler's real names.
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Re: How Do They Think Up Wrestler Names?

I question how the hell WWE came up with Irwin R Schyster.
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