11 Awful Names WWE Wrestlers Rejected

7. Bayley - Davia

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In her appearance on Chris Jericho's 'Talk is Jericho' podcast, current RAW superstar Bayley went in-depth on how she ended up with her current moniker. The former NXT Women's Champion was presented with the usual list by WWE creative, and she talks of it as being a solidly generic list of uninspiring female names, like Jennifer and Sally. No offence to anyone named Jennifer or Sally; my name is John after all.

Bayley was eventually given three choices, one of which she eventually picked. One of the other options was 'Davia', a name that puzzled the performer. Bayley asked whether this was a typo, whether they intended for her to be called 'Davina', but she was wrong. Davia was the option. Not entirely sure if that was a name at all, Bayley plumped for 'Bailey', asking for the spelling to be altered along the way.

It turns out that Davia is indeed a name, the female equivalent of 'David', and a name that means 'Beloved'. That doesn't make it any less silly for a pro wrestler however.


Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can get that and others from www.poshlostbooks.com.