Ruby Riott has revealed that she won’t be using her previous name outside of WWE.
Ruby Riott was one of the many superstars released from WWE earlier this year, however, Riott will not be using her previous name once her non-compete clause expires on August 31st.
Prior to joining WWE, Riott used the name ‘Heidi Lovelace’ on the independent scene. This was also the name that trended on social media in the days following her release, with fans and wrestlers praising her in-ring skills, as well as the efforts she made backstage during her time with WWE.
Riott recently spoke to ‘The Wrestling Perspective’ podcast, where she discussed why she won’t be using the name once she can wrestle again, and how she wants to incorporate her WWE name into her next.
“A lot of people think that I’m going back to Heidi Lovelace. There are a multitude of reasons why I don’t want to do that. I was not a fan of that name. It was given to me by the people who trained me in the backyard. They were watching Raw and a commercial for The Hills came on and they were like ‘Heidi, that’s a name’ and they gave it to me. Nobody ever pronounced Lovelace correctly. Why come up with a wrestling name that people can’t pronounce? That’s a terrible idea. A lot of people thought I was going to go back to it. I have no intentions of going back to Heidi Lovelace. I am shopping for a new name I would like to keep [the name Ruby] if it’s possible. I feel like it fits me. Ruby came from Ruby Soho and that’s dear to my heart.”
Ruby then went on to discuss some of the name suggestions she has recently received.
“Liv [Morgan] came up with Ruby Reckless. Ruby Ramone was the other one, which is funny because Ramona was the other name I had pitched when I first got my name because my entrance music used to be Black Sheep by Metric, which was on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Ramona Flowers. I liked that name. Ruby Blue from Lola Blue (Rancid song) and Ruby Vandal was the last one I had.”
While Riott’s post-WWE name isn’t yet clear, she will be able to appear elsewhere once her 90-day non-compete clause expires on August 31st.