Ryback is officially — and legally — Ryback again.
Ryan Allen Reeves, previously a popular professional wrestler under the World Wrestling Entertainment banner under the in-ring name of Ryback, has changed his legal name to Ryback Allan Reeves (via Pro Wrestling Sheet). No longer under contract with WWE, Reeves had to go great lengths to be able to continue promoting himself while using the name directly associated with his run inside Vince McMahon’s company.
As is common with many wrestlers who leave the WWE, Reeves would not be allowed to continue to promote himself with the ring name he used while working with WWE. Unless, of course, the wrestler’s ring name is identical to his or her legal name.
Ryback had been featured on posters for several independent wrestling shows, dubbing himself “The Big Guy” while he went through the legal process to be recognized as Ryback again.
“It was one thing that I did not own and I created and I used before my time with WWE. And it is something that is associated with my brand, and who I am, that I am very proud of,” he said on his podcast prior to the change (via Pro Wrestling Sheet).
Reeves becomes the second man in WWE history to legally change his name to mirror his ring name, joining the late Ultimate Warrior (born James Brian Hellwig before changing his name to Warrior) in the shortlist of ex-WWE stars who made the shift.
Ryback made his WWE debut in 2010 as part of The Nexus, winning the company’s Intercontinental Championship before departing in 2016.