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WWE SmackDown star's new name is Ludwig



As noted earlier, WrestleVotes reported that a debuting WWE SmackDown star will be getting a name change tonight.

Fightful is reporting that the wrestler getting a new name is Marcel Barthel and his new name will be Ludwig. The sounds like it was inspired by Ludvig Borga, the wrestlers played by Tony Halme in the mid-90s.

Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Barthel and Gunther would be split up. Fabian Aichner is expected to stay in NXT for now.

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The name change is likely a Vince McMahon call as he oftentimes likes to change wrestler's names and ignore their past, similar to what was done when Pete Dunne was renamed to Butch.