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NXT announcers not allowed to say the name of a former WWE star

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As many of you was this week on the WWE NXT 2.0 revamp, the son of Rick Steiner debuted on the show as Bron Breakker. At one point he was supposed to be called Rex Steiner but a decision was called to change his name again.

Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Rick Steiner's name is not allowed to be mentioned by the announcers.

Meltzer said, "WWE, they do weird things all the time but this guy comes out in a singlet like Rick Steiner, in a haircut like Rick Steiner, looks like the freaking son of Rick Steiner and he is and they never say it. They never say second generation wrestler, they never bring up Rick Steiner, never bring up Scott Steiner."

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When Bryan Alvarez noted how there was a reference to the Dog Faced Gremlin nickname, Meltzer said, "it was an inside wink wink because the guys were told they cannot say Rick Steiner so Vic Joseph decided to be cute and he wasn't banned from saying Dog Faced Gremlin. But those announcers were absolutely told you cannot mention. Why you would do this? Rick Steiner was a pretty big star. Why you would do this and ban the mention of Rick Steiner's name is just weird."

While there is bad blood between Scott Steiner and WWE, the company has no issues with Rick Steiner but it's not uncommon for WWE to ignore certain names like this.

When Joe Hennig debuted several years ago, they renamed him Curtis Axel and they rarely mentioned that he is the son of "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig. Ben Buchanan has been renamed Brooks Jensen and they are not mentioning that he is the son of former WWE star Bull Buchanan. The same goes for Cal Bloom (Von Wagner), who is the son of former AEW/WWE star Wayne Bloom from the Beverly Brothers tag team. There are exceptions to the rule though because some wrestlers like Charlotte Flair and Natalya are allowed to mention who their fathers are.

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