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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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What is the point behind changing the names of people who don't play a character?

It makes sense to change the names of wrestlers to sound better and more like a superstar. Managers and valets also play a part, so it makes sense for them as well.

But what about people who don't play a character? I can see the reasoning when it's a commentator or someone who's name would be mentioned often and the name is difficult to articulate and remember. Though I don't remember of someone with a very difficult name to begin with.

However, why would they change Renee Paquette to Renee Young or Austin Romero to Mike Rome? Their real names are easy to pronounce and remember. I don't believe the point would be to trademark their names, so that they would be unfamiliar when they go elsewhere. Hardly anyone would get interest in another company just because of a commentator or an announcer.

It's even weirder with referees. Why did they change Matt Bennett to Shawn Bennett? And it's not just WWE, as Dan Engler, currently in WWE, was Rudy Charles in TNA.

It's obviously not about keeping names unique, since Shawn is well known from Shawn Michaels and there wasn't anyone named Matt when Matt Bennett was signed as a referee. And there was no Dan in TNA when Dan Engler started working for the company.

A possible explanation would be that these people request their names to be changed, but I'm certain that I've read that the company decides to give them new names and it's not per their own request.

Ultimately, some do and some don't get new names, just like the wrestlers, managers, valets, etc. Since there's no pattern, where for e.g. established or non-established commentators get new names, it may be that the company just decides it doesn't like their name and gives them a new one.

In any event, I'd be interested to know what's the reasoning. If someone has insights, please, share.

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Re: What is the point behind changing the names of people who don't play a character?

I have no idea, but this is literally something I was just thinking about 2 days ago. I had completely forgot that Brandi Rhodes was referred to as Eden Stiles in WWE. My guess is that they just want to have ownership over everyone's name so they can't use it outside the company, even if it's just a slight change. Charly even uses a different last name when she goes on ESPN. I remember Jon Moxley said he was going to give them the rights to the Jon Moxley name, but they refused and made him get a whole new name.
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