WWE will often change a Superstar’s name whenever they see fit. This time it seems that they changed a name to make sure that they own it. That way this Superstar can’t go elsewhere and use it.
Dabba-Kato is set to face Braun Strowman next week on WWE RAW. A lot of fans remember Dabba-Kato from his role in Netflix’s The Main Event film, but he didn’t get much screen time in NXT. He went by the name Babatunde up until his RAW Underground debut.
It was noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE changed Babatunde’s name to Dabba-Kato because they own it now. That way they can ensure that he doesn’t go anywhere else and use it.
WWE does own a Superstar’s legal name, but that legal gray area diminishes entirely once they leave the company. A former WWE Superstar can certainly use their own name for any purpose once they are no longer under contract with Vince McMahon’s company. It’s only under contract that WWE can restrict them as with the third party ban.
Since Dabba-Kato’s real name is Babatunde Aiyegbusi, WWE changed up his screen name to Dabba-Kato prior to making his big RAW Underground debut.