WWE has officially registered the name of SmackDown superstar Butch, formerly known as Pete Dunne. Vince McMahon’s company filed a petition on March 10 at the United States Patent and Registry Office under the entertainment services classification. This isn’t the first time WWE has decided to rename one of its NXT superstars, and there was already controversy with the Gunther (WALTER) case a few months ago.
Butch made his SmackDown debut on Friday, March 11 in a backstage segment where his alliance with Sheamus and Ridge Holland was announced. After that, Sheamus and Ridge Holland played against Big E and Kofi Kingston. After a big E hit, Butch distracted Kofi Kingston for teammates Sheamus and Holland to claim victory. After the fight was over, Butch himself got into the ring and hit Kingston.
Pete Dunne signed with WWE for the first time in 2017. Since then, British fighter has gone through NXT UK and NXT, where he became the NXT United Kingdom Champion, a title he held for 685 days, and the NXT Tag Team Champion with Riddle. Dunne also appeared at the 2019 Royal Rumble pay-per-view and earlier this year had several non-television matches against Tommaso Ciampa on SmackDown.
Now, it seems WWE has decided to definitively promote him to the main roster, and it’s entirely possible that continue the competition with New Day heading to WrestleMania. Prior to Holland’s crash with Big E, we indicated that WWE had planned a three-on-three match between New Day and the groups Sheamus, Holland and Butch, however, with Big E in action, WWE had to change their plans. however.
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