WWE champion Big E has no qualms about sharing his opinion on some controversial WWE policies. One practice he’s been particularly vocal about is the company’s tendency to shorten superstars’ names once they join the main roster. E was initially known as Big E. Langston when he initially came into the company, but that was shortened to the current version by the company.
The champ recently welcomed Angel Garza into the fold. After Angel announced that his last name had been dropped via Twitter, Big E responded as if he were inviting the wrestler to a support group. He even name dropped another victim of the peculiar tradition, Cesaro.
“Welcome to the brotherhood. Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month. Talk to @WWECesaro to coordinate what food/beverage we need you to bring.”
The club of changed names has accumulated no shortage of members over the years. Cesaro used to be Antonio Cesaro. Reginald became Reggie. Heavy Machinery had their last names dropped. Angel’s tag team partner, Humberto Carrillo, also lost his last name.
WWE believes shorter names look better on a marquee and have more impact. They also believe that it looks better on merchandise. The company thinks that remembering a first and a last name is too hard for fans, according to Jim Ross.
Big E is not afraid to share his ideas about the future of WWE publicly. He recently advocated for a trios championship in the company. He’s able to get away with breaking the kayfabe fourth wall more than most other WWE superstars. It’s probably because he’s such a nice guy.
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