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Vince McMahon’s New Rule Revealed as the Reason Behind Highly Debated Recent Decisions

Published 04/18/2022, 3:00 PM EDT

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Vince McMahon is the WWE chairman. Thus, Vince holds the power and authority to bring in a new rule or change a rule if he feels so.

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Recently, according to a report by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the WWE chairman has decreed that from now on, the WWE superstars will not be allowed to use their real names or any name that they have used in other promotions.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestler Observer Newsletter noted, “The actual story behind this is all the talent got a memo and Vince McMahon decreed he doesn’t want anyone new using their real names anymore, nor names they’ve used before on the indie scene.


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But it looks like this decree applies mostly to the new WWE superstars or the talents who are just coming to the main roster.

Meltzer added in his report, “As it always the case, the memo only applies to people who are newer and who they decided it applies to.” (h/t: Comicbook)

So this is the new rule that Mr. McMahon has reportedly introduced in WWE. And it is considered being the reason behind these recent ring name changes in WWE.

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Cody Rhodes and Gable Steveson seem to be the two exceptions to this new rule. It will be interesting to see who all will fall prey to these new rules.

But for now, two WWE superstars are rumored to undergo name changes-Dakota Kai and Indi Hartwell.

Will Dakota Kai and Indi Hartwell have to undergo a name change because of this reported new rule by Vince McMahon?

Dakota Kai and Indi Hartwell are currently performing on the NXT brand. There have been rumors recently hinting at Dakota Kai and Indi Hartwell changing their ring names.

According to rumors, Kai will have her name changed to Clarice Riverz. And Indi Hartwell will have her name changed to Indiana Hallow, respectively.


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But according to a report from Fightful Select, both these changes are not happening as of now. According to the report, Dakota Kai’s current ring name is trademarked and created by WWE. It is also not a part of her real name.

Let’s come to Indi Hartwell now. Indi Hartwell had used her current ring name prior to joining WWE. But it is unknown now if she will have to change her ring name going forward in WWE.


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Written by:

Shouvik Nath


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Shouvik Nath is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation from St.Xavier’s College, Shouvik wished to follow his passion for pro wrestling.
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Ajinkya Aswale