NXT star Bron Breakker has admitted that he came up with his controversial ring name.
Bronson Rechsteiner has enjoyed a whirlwind start to his WWE career. The son of wrestling legend Rick Steiner only signed with WWE in February, but has already challenged for the NXT Championship.
The second generation star made his in-ring debut on September 14th on the debut episode of the relaunched NXT 2.0. In the first match on the revamped show he defeated L.A Knight before entering into a feud with NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.
While his in-ring performances have caught the attention of fans and fellow Superstars alike, his ring name has also sparked a level of controversy. Ahead of making his in-ring debut, it was reported that Rechsteiner had been given the name Rex Steiner, in homage to his famous wrestling heritage. However, by the time he arrived on television had been renamed Bron Breakker.
The name sparked much debate. with Eric Bischoff in particular being highly critical, saying the name made him “batsh*t livid.” However, Bron Breakker has admitted that the new name was his idea.
Speaking to Graham GSM Matthews of Daily DDT, Breakker explained how he came up with the name.
“We were just sitting around one day and I’m like, ‘Well, when I used to block people in football, I used to try to break them in half. That was literally what I tried to do: snap them in half and break them. What if I’m the breaker? I break people, Breakker, and then it came to me. Bron is part of my first name and that’s what we went with,”
During his time in NXT, Breakker or WWE haven’t directly referenced his famous father or uncle, their nicknames have been alluded to in reference to the young star. Breakker said that while he doesn’t mind the references, he wants to create his own legacy.
“What my dad and uncle did before me with some of their promos and stuff that they’ve done, they’ve laid all this groundwork,” Breakker said. “There’s all this stuff out there for me to use if I want to. Obviously, I’m not going to bank my entire… that’s not what I’m going for. I want to make a name for myself and stand on my own, but there’s certain things out there we can use.”
Bron Breakker will be back in action at WarGames where he teams with Grayson Waller, Tony D’Angelo and Carmelo Hayes as Team 2.0 to take on Team Black and Gold, Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne and LA Knight.