Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy lost his first name on WWE television back in February when he first joined Seth Rollins as one of the "Monday Night Messiah's" disciples. But if his Twitter account is any indication, Murphy might be getting his first name back. Last week's SmackDown saw Murphy officially turn on Rollins and align himself with the Mysterio family, then days later he changed his Twitter profile's name back to Buddy Murphy. For the record, it still hasn't changed over on his WWE.com profile as of yet.
This possible change comes mere weeks after WWE dropped Matt Riddle's first name. The habit of WWE's Creative Team inexplicably shortening wrestlers' names goes back years, with some examples including (Antonio) Cesaro, Big E (Langston), Andrade (Cien Almas), (Luke) Harper, (Erick) Rowan, Elias (Samson) and (Alexander) Rusev.
Murphy will face Rollins on this week's SmackDown. Rollins is reportedly taking time off from WWE television in the near future to be with Becky Lynch for the birth of their child, so there's a good chance Murphy picks up a victory here. There's also still the dangling threat of Murphy being in a relationship with (in-storyline) with Mysterio's 19-year-old daughter Aalyah.
Murphy isn't currently booked for Sunday's Survivor Series, but Rollins is scheduled to compete on Team SmackDown in the Men's Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match.
Check out the full card for Survivor Series below:
- WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns
- Men's Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw (Keith Lee, AJ Styles, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, Riddle) vs. Team SmackDown (Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, King Corbin, Seth Rollins, TBD)
- Women's Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match (Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lana, Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce) vs. Team SmackDown (Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, TBD)
- Raw Women's Champion Asuka vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Sasha Banks
- United States Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn
- Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits
- The Undertaker's "Final Farewell" appearance