AEW Star Wheeler Yuta has recently addressed his plans of being called just ‘YUTA’ and the influence of Drew Gulak on his current name.
Wheeler Yuta has been one of the top rising stars in All Elite Wrestling for a few months now.
His great in-ring performances and the huge backup from the AEW fans have awarded him with a spot and the respect of the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as the ROH Pure Championship.
However, during a recent interview with Phil Strum at his ‘Under The Ring podcast’, the young star revealed that he originally planned his ring name to be just YUTA, and that WWE Superstar Drew Gulak was the one who came up with the name Wheeler.
When referring to this, Yuta said:
“Originally I just wanted my name to be ‘YUTA’ like just one name, all caps. I was actually speaking with Drew Gulak, who was helping train me at the time, and he gave me the first ‘Wheeler,’ so that’s where it came about.
We decided I needed some kind of first name, so that’s what it wound up being and now I love it. Now I think that it’s a very interesting, unique name, and I’m glad that I have it. At first, I wasn’t sold. I just wanted that all ‘one name’ thing.” (H/T WrestlingInc)
The ROH Pure Champion was then consulted about the reasons why he wanted to use that name, explaining that his Japanese heritage was a key factor for that.
“Yuta was a Japanese name that I always really liked,” he explained. “It can mean different things depending on which Kanji (Japanese script) you pick. The one I picked was very courageous, so if you write it out, that’s what it means, but that’s where that was where that name came from for me.” (H/T WrestlingInc)
Wheeler Yuta is currently scheduled to defend the ROH Pure Championship against JAS’ Daniel Garcia at the coming ROH Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view.
You can learn more details about the event by clicking here.
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