The sheer number of professional wrestlers who pass through the industry year-to-year means that it can be difficult to come up with an original name. Very often, performers will decide to go by their birth-given name, such as John Cena, Randy Orton or Terry Funk, but WWE rarely like doing this nowadays.
Basically, it all boils down to the fact that Vince McMahon enjoys having control over a name legally, meaning - in effect - that WWE owns it, not the wrestler using it. Obviously, this then means that fictional names are less frowned upon, which is why fans have been conditioned to call Bryan Danielson 'Daniel Bryan' instead.
As a name, Daniel Bryan isn't all that bad. It's hardly flashy, but it's functional, and allows the man to go about his business as a professional wrestler, which is exactly what he excels at. Let's be honest, Bryan's name is far better than some of the ones others have been handed, names so bad that they're almost comical.
That's what this list is all about, exploring those monikers that are so dreadfully bad they had an adverse effect on the careers of those working under them. Quite clearly, when examining wrestling history, it becomes clear that there are way more than 10 examples, but these must stand out as some of the absolute worst, and prove very embarrassing for wrestling fans to mention in front of those who don't follow the industry.
10. Michael McGillicutty
When looking at what to do with the son of WWE Hall Of Fame inductee, Curt 'Mr. Perfect' Hennig, it'd probably make sense to tie the guy in with his infamous daddy. Instead, at least initially, WWE chose to go the opposite route, booking young Joe Hennig to state he was going to stand on his own merits, become a star in his own right and take the wrestling world by storm.
Sadly, they also lumbered him with a dreadful name that instantly made it difficult for fans to take him seriously. 'Michael McGillicutty' doesn't even sound threatening, nevermind like a top star - it's a name that repels both a cool vibe and a sense of attachment from fans.
Making his main roster debut as part of the first season of the old NXT program, McGillicutty not only had a name that's far too busy grammatically (McGrammatically?), but also made him look like a total dork for choosing against the famous Hennig name. He'd later be known as 'Curtis Axel', paying tribute to his father, but the ghost of McGillicutty has haunted him.