Spike was reportedly informed that he would be unable to use any combination of the “Spike” or “Dudley” name or any likenesses or similarities to the character he portrayed in WWE. It should be noted that Spike has been using that name since his debut in ECW in the fall of 1996. We have heard reports that Spike has come up with a new in-ring name, but has made the decision to hold off on announcing it until he applies and receives a trademark on it.
It should also be noted that WWE informed the former Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley that they officially would be unable to use their in-ring names or any “intellectual properties that came with those personas.” This is one of the first cases of WWE telling former performers for the company that they are unable to use names and characters that were devised prior to their WWE debut elsewhere in another company on a national level (TNA) after their run with WWE has ended.
We have photos from the Dudley website of Bubba, D-Von, and Spike’s new ring characters which you can view by clicking here.