Thought of the Day: What’s In A Name (I think I’ve Used This Title Before)

I got this one from an old TNA PPV.Back in 2002 there was a tag team called the Hot Shots.  They weren’t a great team, but they could only go so far with a name like that.  It’s so generic and uninteresting that people aren’t going to care about it all that much.  That’s the case with any wrestler.  Look at a guy like Ziggler for instance.  Great look, talented, over…..but his name is Dolph Ziggler.  When you hear that name, it’s not something you picture as intimidating or interesting.  Odds are it would make a lot of people chuckle and crack a joke about how pathetic it sounds.

There are some names that are going to work no matter what because they just sound cool or strong or intimidating. The name John Cena for example works this way. No it doesn’t describe him or give you a mental picture, but it’s a solid name that doesn’t make you laugh or write him off because you see him. The same is true for someone like Randy Orton. Not great, but it’s not bad enough that it makes you roll your eyes. Adding The Viper to it helps a lot.

Then there are names like Edge or Batista or Undertaker. THose names are enough to catch someone’s attention or make them think that someone is cool just because of their name. Imagine if Undertaker had this entrance:

Coming down the aisle, from Death Valley. Weighing in at 327 pounds…….DARREN YOUNG! It just doesn’t work well at all, because Darren Young sounds like a name you would see on an accountant’s office at tax time. The name Darren Young doesn’t make me think of a wrestler or someone intimidating. It makes me think of an average guy, which isn’t what I watch wrestling to see.

A name needs to be interesting instead of something generic. It can make a huge difference in a career.


  1. HubcapDave says:

    Everytime I hear Dolph Ziggler, I think Dirk Diggler………

  2. sandy says:

    i same times get the feeling that when nothing works using the real name actually does sound real.what do u think kb?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Sometimes yes but it depends on the name.

  3. M.R. says:

    Agree 100%. I look at the NXT roster and wonder who the hell is naming these guys, most of them are terrible.

    It’s a shame too for Ziggler because Nick Namath would’ve made a great name.

  4. sandy says:

    wcw was using real names during their peak period.n it sounded genuine

    M.R. Reply:

    As was WWE ten years ago.

  5. Greg says:

    Oh come on, nothing on The Miz? That has to be one of the worst names ever.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    That’s right up there too.

    M.R. Reply:

    But in fairness, his name isn’t the only thing about Miz that is pure shit.

  6. sandy says:

    the name miz surely doesnt sound like a pro wrestlers name..

  7. Heyo says:

    What are some people who used their real names that you felt was the right call?

    I’m going to say Cena, definetly. After that, I’m not so sure. Mick Foley was fine when he used it in his later years.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Cena, Orton, Foley, Hall, Nash, the Harts, British Bulldog among others.