10 Dumbest Ring Names The WWE Prorposed to Wrestlers
One has to wonder if WWE even has a “cultural sensitivity” meter. Kenzo Suzuki had been a major star in Japan and promised to take off even bigger once he signed with WWE. The company had given him the idea of an anti-American person which could be rough. But then came his ring name; Hirohito. The idea was that he would actually be the grandson of Japan’s emperor during World War II. Needless to say, WWII is a tricky subject with the Japanese and the idea of a heel being named after a figure who still inspired some reverence did not go over well with their fans.
Worried about ticking off a huge fanbase, WWE changed the name to his real one and he had some mild success as a tag team champion. It just shows once more how tone-deaf the company can be with cultures.