Pete Dunne was one of the biggest stars during his run in NXT UK, where he was even the NXT UK Champion for 685 days. He would then make his way to NXT, competing against the likes of Finn Balor and more. Now he is Butch on the main roster, which was quite a creative decision. Dunne recently opened up about his shocking name change and how it won’t change what really matters.

The Bruiserweight made his way to Friday Night Smackdown earlier this month. However, Dunne was not able to keep his name as the company changed his name to Butch.

The internet reacted to this name change in a big way as fans dragged WWE’s decision to change Pete Dunne’s name. While speaking with Mark Andrews of My Love Letter to Wrestling, Butch talked about his name change and new character. Butch made it clear he is excited to see what will happen in the next stage of his career.

“I mean it’s just different but I think it’s time to change it up a little bit. Like I said, five years, fresh start, why not try something a little new? And the thing is with me, whether it’s a name or whatever it is that changes, that’s not really what endeared me to the audience in the first place, right? It’s the — I like to think anyways it’s the quality of the in-ring work and that’s what I’m gonna keep the same of course. It’s gonna get better, it’s gonna improve as time goes. So that’s sort of my perspective on it. If I can endear the crowd with the quality of my in-ring work, that’s what I’m looking to continue to do.”


Pete Dunne’s name change even confused those backstage in WWE as well. Regardless, his name change is here to say and we’ll have to see how Butch will fare on Friday Night Smackdown as part of Sheamus’ crew.

H/T POST Wrestling

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