WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon often take some last-minute calls. It has been recently revealed by WWE veteran talent R-Truth that Stephanie and Vince came up with his WWE name shortly before he returned. Stephanie had also lied to a former WWE female star.
R Truth reveals how he got his name
The 53-time WWE 24/7 Champion initially worked for Vince McMahon’s company under the name K-Kwik between 1999 and 2002. He went on to work for IMPACT Wrestling for five years before returning to WWE in 2008.
Speaking on Notsam Wrestling, R-Truth explained how Stephanie created the name “R-Truth” after Vince McMahon requested that he return as a different persona. He said that the name was given very easily.
Here is what he said:
“Vince wanted to go with R-something, so we had a list of ‘R’ names. There was so many names on there. Steph said, ‘R-Truth?’ and Vince was coming out of his office. He said, ‘R-Truth… I like that. What’s the R for?’ We just laughed and I said, ‘Do it, R-Truth.’ That was it. Easily done, man.”
R-Truth added that Stephanie and Vince felt he had matured during his six years away from WWE. As a result, they wanted him to omit his previous name and reinvent himself upon his return. Truth recalled that Stephanie only had a few hours to think of his name before he re-debuted in WWE:
“It was in the spur of the moment because I was gonna debut that night. So it was like, ‘Hey, why don’t you come over here and think of a name? We’re gonna announce you [as] it.’ ‘What, now?’ ‘Yeah.’ Spur of the moment… that’s how it worked.”
Stephanie also played a role in selecting Drew McIntyre’s name before his WWE debut in 2007. His real name is Drew Galloway but he was informed that it would be changed ten minutes before his first WWE appearance.