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Pete Dunne shares his thoughts on changing his name to Butch: “I think it’s time to change it up a little bit”

Pete Dunne, now Butch, appeared on “My Love Letter to Wrestling” this week to talk about his move to the main roster, his name change, and his favorite wrestler growing up.

Butch talking about moving from NXT to the main roster:

“It’s exciting I think because I’ve been in NXT for five years now. So it’s time to change it up, see what we can do, and start pushing forward with it with a new challenge,” Butch said. “I was lucky to have been as long as I did in NXT, and to be honest, there was a time there when I felt like it’d be a shame to stop being in NXT.”

“Obviously, we always wanted to move on and be a part of WrestleMania and that kind of stuff. But there’s definitely a time where NXT was rolling. There were so many people to work with. Every matchup was exciting. We’re on the road, TV, and TakeOver, but it’s definitely time to move up. I’m grateful for five years, but it’s exciting to see what comes next.”

His thoughts on the name change:

“It’s exciting, but it’s also a little bit, I mean, it’s just different. But I think it’s time to change it up a little bit,” he shared. “After five years, why not try something a little new?”

“Whether it’s a name or whatever it is that changes, that’s not really what endeared me to the audience in the first place. I like to think it’s the quality of the in-ring work, and that’s what I’m going to keep the same course. It’s going to get better. It’s going to improve as time goes so that’s sort of my perspective on it. If I can endear the crowd with the quality of my in-ring work, that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

Butch said his hero when he was a kid was AJ Styles:

“When I was a kid, he was my favorite wrestler by far. This was when he was wrestling Matt Sydal and people like that. Those matches were huge for me when I was getting into wrestling.”

Butch said Sheamus is excited to work with him:

“He’s excited at the prospect of this and seeing how far we can take it. So that’s endearing to come in and see a veteran there and still like, you know, he wants to kill it. He wants to make his name bigger and he wants to help me and Rich make our names solid. So he’s a good guy.”

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