WWE Superstar Madcap Moss has revealed the key influences behind his rebranded name.
Real name Michael Carter Rallis, Moss began training at the WWE Performance Center in 2014 before making his in-ring debut with NXT under the name Digg Rawlis. He later changed his name to Riddick Moss in August 2015.
In October 2020 it was announced that Moss was suffering from a torn ACL and it was then an entire year before fans saw Moss again. On an episode of Smackdown in 2021, Moss returned to television and aligned himself with Baron Corbin (wrestling as Happy Corbin).
This return coincided with a repacking of Moss into a more light-hearted and comedic character – a perfect pairing with the repackaged Happy Corbin – and it was revealed that Moss’ name had changed from Riddick Moss to Madcap Moss.
Moss recently discussed the origins of this name change on an episode of The Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show.
“Growing up, I was a Vikings fan and a Randy Moss fan. That’s where the Moss came from. Originally, I was Riddick Moss. Riddick was just a cool name, that’s where that came from. That’s the extent of that.
More recently, in the last year, I came back off an ACL tear and have been repackaged and had a rebirth, that’s where I became Madcap Moss. That came from the head man, Vince McMahon himself,”
In recent years, McMahon and WWE have not been shy of name-changes.
However, there have been certain changes under Triple H’s control: it has recently been reported that Matt Riddle has officially gained his forename back and there is speculation that Theory may be next in line.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.