“That’s a Terrible Idea”- Ruby Riott Claims She Won’t Change Her Ring Name Following WWE Release

Published 06/20/2021, 8:45 AM EDT


Ruby Riott had a meteoric WWE career where she couldn’t showcase her full potential. Alongside Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, she didn’t exactly flourish and reach the heights the Four Horsewomen reached, but she played the supporting role to perfection. Now, the former Heidi Lovelace will return to the independent scene.

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Ruby Riott wants to keep her WWE name

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Before coming to WWE, Heidi Lovelace competed in various independent promotions. She wrestled in Stardom, Shimmer, Shine Wrestling and even CHIKARA, a place Jon Moxley and the late Brodie Lee called home. Her WWE career began in NXT, where she quickly became one to watch out.

WWE gave her the name Ruby Riott, and her gimmick perfectly fit the character. Unfortunately, the likeness of her name and character did not translate into any success. The Riott Squad was a failure, and now two out of three members aren’t in WWE. However, on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast, Ruby revealed why she wants to keep her WWE name.

“A lot of people think that I’m going back to Heidi Lovelace. There are a multitude of reasons why I don’t want to do that. I was not a fan of that name. It was given to me by the people who trained me in the backyard. They were watching Raw and a commercial for The Hills came on and they were like ‘Heidi, that’s a name’ and they gave it to me.” (H/T Fightful Wrestling)

Nobody ever pronounced Lovelace correctly. Why come up with a wrestling name that people can’t pronounce? That’s a terrible idea. A lot of people thought I was going to go back to it. I have no intentions of going back to Heidi Lovelace.”

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Riott reveals other interesting name ideas

Before getting her original name, Riott almost experimented with a wide range of potential ring names. One of them came from the movis Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and inspired by the character Ramona Flowers.

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“Liv [Morgan] came up with Ruby Reckless. Ruby Ramone was the other one, which is funny because Ramona was the other name I had pitched when I first got my name because my entrance music used to be Black Sheep by Metric, which was on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Ramona Flowers. I liked that name. Ruby Blue from Lola Blue (Rancid song) and Ruby Vandal was the last one I had.”

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 19: Ruby Riott (L) in action vs Natalya during WWE Live AccorHotels Arena Popb Paris Bercy on May 19, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Just to put it out there, Ramona Flowers wouldn’t have been nearly as catchy as Ruby Riott. We only hope the rest of her wrestling career is as cool as her WWE name.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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