If you are on Twitter, then you probably have noticed that more wrestlers are starting to use their real names above their username.
This may not apply to everyone but many of them are doing this because they want to build their brand for when they are done with the wrestling business since, in most cases, WWE owns the names they use on TV.
Some of the wrestlers using their real name on Twitter include: Sarah Rowe (Sarah Logan), Thea Trinidad (Zelina Vega), Adeel Alam (Ali), Charly Arnolt (Charly Caruso), Daria Berenato (Sonya Deville), Dean Muhtadi (Mojo Rawley), Ryan Parmeter (Konnor from The Ascension), Nic Nemeth (Dolph Ziggler) and Matt Cardona (Zack Ryder).
Xavier Woods gave a long response to Lance Storm on Twitter on why he uses his real name, Austin Creed.
“I can’t speak on this topic for all professional wrestlers/sports entertainers but I know that in my situation I do not own the name “Xavier Woods.” This means that I cannot perform under that name once my career with WWE eventually comes to an end. At some point Xavier Woods will not be able to shake his hips as well, won’t be able to throw pancakes as far, won’t be able to get beat up by the giants that he works with and still be able to walk. At that time (dear God I hope it’s no time soon) I will have to walk away from Xavier Woods. I’ve seen many people before me finish their careers and then be at a loss for what to do in the next chapter in their lives. This thought has always terrified me and that is one of the main reasons that I hustled to get through school while still wrestling. I believe that this current generation of performers is doing their best to learn from the mistakes that those who came before us made and are making attempts at using the technology available to us to do so. I love video games so I created a youtube channel about them. I chose to use the nickname “Austin Creed” on the channel in order to begin building that brand. When the Xavier Woods chapter of my life is done I want to make sure that the next chapter of my life already had a few pages written. By building Austin Creed at the same time I’ve already, hopefully, set myself up to be able to work and pay my bills doing something that I absolutely love outside of wrestling that makes me happy.”
Before reading. I am aware that I need to charge my phone ?
And I also am very much enjoying this civil discussion and think that more people should discuss things rather than angrily internet yelling at each other about them. @LanceStorm and @JordynneGrace are cool. pic.twitter.com/GnuOnrLEXR
— Austin Creed will hurt you in Wheel of Fortune (@XavierWoodsPhD) July 27, 2019