A new report reveals a recent trademark that could be Brian Pillman Jr.’s new name in WWE NXT.
Despite being signed to MLW at the time, Brian Pillman Jr. began appearing in AEW from the company’s beginning, taking part in the Casino Battle Royale at Double or Nothing in 2019. His contract with MLW allowed him to work on a per-appearance basis for the company until he officially became All Elite in 2021.
The second-generation star aligned with Griff Garrison in 2020, forming the Varsity Blonds. They were eventually joined by Julia Hart, who eventually left the group after being lured into the House of Black. While the faction made sporadic appearance on Dynamite and Rampage, they were mostly relegated to Dark and Dark: Elevation, and Pillman hasn’t wrestled on television since the February 1st episode of Rampage, where he lost to Swerve Strickland.
Back in July, it was reported that Pillman’s contract with All Elite Wrestling had expired, and rumors that he was WWE-bound began almost immediately. In August, it was reported that Pillman had indeed signed with WWE, and in recent weeks, vignettes have been airing to tease his arrival in NXT.
What Is Brian Pillman Jr.’s New Name In WWE NXT?
According to a recent report from Mike Johnson on PWInsider Elite, the name Lexis King has been trademarked by WWE and it’s heavily rumored that the name could be used for Pillman. Johnson points out that Lexis could be taken from the name Alexis, the name of Pillman’s sister who tragically passed away in a car accident. His mother Melanie took the last name King when she remarried after the death of Brian Pillman Sr.
While it has not been confirmed that the name is 100% set aside for Pillman, many backstage and at the WWE Performance Center believe that to be the case.