Re: Why Can Wrestlers Suddenly Use Their Pre-WWE Names?
AJ Styles is going to turn 39 years old this year, Joe is older as well, as is Aries - I suspect it's more to do with WWE being their last stop, whereas the younger wrestler could presumably leave wwe and wrestle elsewhere and wwe wouldn't want them to use their years of marketing them/in-ring name to help promote a new company.
Also Joe and AJ are known all over the world - it's sorta hard to change their names anymore. Devitt wasn't known in NA, nor Kenta really. Though I suspect Kenta would have kept his ring name if he signed today like Nak is.
Will be interesting to see if the developmentals keep their real names or get new gimmicked ones. Sombre is wrestling under his real name of Manny Adrande, Biff Busick is Chris Girard, Richie Swan is Rich Swan, Kenneth Crawford is Kenneth Crawford etc. There is a lot of wwe developmentals wrestling under their real names - even appearing on television now as well.