Raquel Rodriguez "Fine" With WWE Name Change
Raquel Rodriguez doesn't mind her new WWE name
Raquel Rodriguez became the latest WWE talent to undergo a name change upon her main roster debut in recent months, joining the likes of Pete Dunne and Marcel Barthel, who have since been renamed Butch and Ludwig Kaiser respectively.
Raquel Rodriguez's name change wasn't as drastic as those, though, as WWE simply dropped her 'Gonzalez' surname and replaced it with 'Rodriguez', seemingly as part of a Vince McMahon memo which stated talent could no longer use their real names or the monikers they used on the independent wrestling scene.
Speaking about the name change on the Bleav in Pro Wrestling podcast, Raquel admitted she was "fine" with the company's decision.
"They just basically said, 'Hey, you're getting a name change and this is it.' I was like, 'Cool, that's fine.' I really had no big arguments with it at all. It was just a simple little switch," the former NXT Women's Champion said.
Rodriguez even joked her name change could be beneficial for a tag team with Rhea Ripley, adding: "It's funny, I was just joking with Rhea (Ripley) last Friday because she was actually at SmackDown, and her initials are R-R, Rhea Ripley, and we've always joked about being a tag team, and we had our feud in NXT. Well, now my initials are R-R, Raquel Rodriguez. So it kind of just feels like it was meant to be, so I'm okay with it. We're starting to think of new tag names."
Rodriguez made her main roster debut on the post-WrestleMania 38 edition of SmackDown. She had previously spent the last couple of years in NXT and she ended her run in developmental as a former NXT Women's Champion and two-time NXT Women's Tag Team Champion.
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