As seen at Saturday’s NXT Takeover: Philadelphia event, WWE introduced War Machine, Ricochet, and EC3 on the big screen in between matches. It was previously reported that War Machine would be receiving new names once they arrived to the company and we can confirm that is still the plan.
Dave Meltzer reported on today’s installment of Wrestling Observer Radio that the company decided to introduce them as “War Machine” at Takevoer so that they could get a reaction from the fans in attendance. The belief is no one would really know them by their original names. The plan is still to repackage them with a new name once they make their in-ring debuts on weekly NXT television.
Regarding EC3, Meltzer said that he could see them keeping that name because it’s well established but WWE may still decide on changing it. Meltzer also indicated that Ricochet will definitely be receiving a new name once he debuts.