There’s no doubt that a wrestler’s ceiling can be limited when stuck with a bad name. Chris Jericho wanted to call himself Jack Action. Stone Cold Steve Austin rejected the names Fang McFrost, Ice Dagger, and Otto von Ruthless. Chad Gable was renamed to Shorty G less than a year ago. No Way Jose knew he was screwed with such a silly name. I still don’t know how the name “Dolph Ziggler” has lasted for over a decade.
The point is, it’s really important to choose a good name.
With that in mind, Becky Lynch (real name Rebecca Quin) spoke with Sports Illustrated about some other wrestling names that were pitched to her by WWE:
Thankfully she made the right choice here. Becky Lynch is a great wrestling name, and it’s served her well. Would Vince McMahon ever have booked her to go to war with the likes of Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, and Asuka, if her name was Madeleine? I guess we’ll never know.“When I was coming up with my name in WWE, I came up with a bunch of mad Irish names that I thought were cool. Since my last name is Quin, I tried to get that in there as a first name. Quin Chulainn was one, and that was based off the mythological person from Irish mythology. Cú Chulainn is a badass character in Irish mythology.
They wanted a name associated with my own name, like Rebecca. So I became Becky, and two of the names that came back to me were Becky Lynch and something like Madeleine. I was like, ‘I didn’t even submit that, I don’t know how it got in there.’ It made me think of that TV show Madeleine. Anyway, I said no to that, and the other name that came back was Robin Daly. I actually did like that, but I thought it would be better to have a part of my own name in there, so Becky Lynch it was.”
Let us know in the comments what you think of some of these other possible names for Becky Lynch. And be sure to check out the full article at Sports Illustrated to see how Jon Moxley’s name was linked to James Van Der Beek.