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WWE's Butch addresses his name change, SmackDown call-up

Pete Dunne appeared on today's Mark Andrews: My Love Letter to Wrestling episode.

WWE's Butch appeared on BBC's Mark Andrews: My Love Letter to Wrestling podcast Thursday to address his name change from Pete Dunne and SmackDown call-up. 

When asked about the change in character from Pete Dunne to Butch, Butch said that his name was not his main connection with the wrestling audience to begin with. 

"The thing is with me, whether it's a name or whatever changes, that's not what really endeared me to the audience in the first place, right? I'd like to think anyway it's the quality of the in-ring work, and that's what I'm going to keep the same, of course. And it's going to get better, it's going to improve as time goes," Butch said. 

"It's exciting. I've been in NXT for five years now, so time to change it up and see what we can do and push it forward with a new challenge," said Butch. 

"It's exciting, but it's also just a little bit different. I think it's time to change it up a little bit. Five years, fresh start, and why not try something a little new."

Butch spoke fondly of his time in WWE NXT, but also said that he felt the time was right to be called up to WWE's SmackDown roster. 

"I was lucky to have as long as I did in NXT. And to be honest, there was a time there when I felt like it'd be a shame to stop being in NXT," Butch said. 

"Honestly, we always wanted to move on and be a part of WrestleMania and that kind of stuff. But there was a definitely a time there where NXT was rolling how it was, there was so many people to work with, every matchup was exciting when you were on the road, TV, pay-per-view or TakeOver special, whatever it was, and it seemed like a really sad thought to be out of there," said Butch. 

"But it's definitely time to move up. So I'm grateful for five years, but definitely excited to see what comes next."

The full podcast episode can be heard here.