WWE has reestablished a number of its stars to fans with new names attached, and the latest example was revealed during an episode of NXT. Throughout the episode, a video was shown of former WWE NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin driving a car down the road, and after a wink to the camera, it was revealed that Devlin is now passing the name JD McDonagh. The video also stated that he will be returning over to NXT full-time after another run at NXT UK.
Accompanying the post was a caption that reads "Never wager versus an ace. JD McDonagh ... coming soon! #WWENXT." The ace in that tease combined with the cars and sleeker transformation recommends McDonagh will debut with an entirely brand new gimmick together with his new name when he does make his NXT return, so perhaps he's a pilot or a race vehicle driver?
McDonagh joins fellow NXT UK alum Kay Lee Ray in the new name club, as she was reestablished with the name Alba Fyre. With Fyre they didn't begin entirely from scratch though, introducing this as a new side to her (or the one she's wanted to show finally unleashed). They took a comparable approach to Katana Chance (formerly Kacy Catanzaro), so perhaps a comparable approach will be used for McDonagh.
WWE has made a number of name modifications over the past few months. Pete Dunne got an entirely new origin and transformation to opt for his new name Butch, and while fans were rather puzzled initially, he has managed to get over with the character and name on SmackDown. The former Raquel Gonzalez was renamed Raquel Rodriguez, but in her case videos were revealed of her time in NXT and that was used to develop her present run on SmackDown.
The previous LA Knight has actually considering that been reestablished on SmackDown as Max Dupri, and this was a total reinvention of the character. In fact, he isn't even in the ring at this moment, as the leader and agent of a new stable, but we haven't actually been introduced to any of his clients yet.
It will be enjoyable to have McDonagh in the mix once again, and ideally, we'll get more information on his upcoming reintroduction soon. There was no date connected to his return, however with Great American Bash right around the corner, maybe he will make his big return eventually throughout the event.