Brian Pillman Jr did his thing in AEW for while, but it didn’t work out for him. That wasn’t terrible news at all, because WWE was waiting with a contract in hand, but they needed to change his name.

Pillman’s name change carries significance, with “Lexis” being inspired by his late half-sister and “King” serving as a tribute to his mother. Although fans might have felt initial frustration with the change, he seems to like his new name.

While speaking to Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Lexis King revealed that he was told by WWE that he could not be Brian Pillman Jr in NXT. After thinking about it, he’s very much okay with that.

“I don’t wanna get into it, but it is my name, so when I go there, I was like, ‘hi, I’m Brian Pillman Jr,’ yada yada yada. Then they gave me the whole ‘you can’t keep your name’ kinda talk, and I was like, ‘well, I don’t wanna make it seem like that’s a bad thing,’ which it’s not. “


“You know, coming into it, I always fantasized about having my own wrestler name. Because my whole career I’ve had his name. My whole life I’ve had someone else’s name. I’ve been walking around with someone else’s name. Brian Pillman is a name that my father made, he made that name on his own. There’s not much I can add to it.”

Lexis King said that he felt like the was almost drawing back from the legacy that his father gave that name. Now, he can make his own name as an NXT Superstar, and WWE afforded him that opportunity.

We will have to see what is next for Lexis King, because he has a ton of possibilities at this point. For more updates on King, and so much more, please keep it tuned with us here at Ringside News.

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