WWE: Recently released Adam Rose has new name for indie circuit

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Over the past couple of months, the WWE has opted to release a number of Superstars from their contracts with the organisation.

From Damien Sandow and Hornswoggle, to Cody Rhodes and Adam Rose, there have been plenty of wrestlers who have parted ways with the company, for one reason or another.

For the majority of those wrestlers, the indie scene beckons and, as reported today, Adam Rose is already making plans for his future outside of the WWE with a change to his in-ring persona.


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As reported by ProWrestlingSheet.com, Rose - real name Ray Leppan - is altering his wrestling name from 'Adam Rose' to 'Aldo Rose'.

Considering the stringent rules and regulations that can be found in a WWE performance contract, the move is likely as much to do with the WWE preventing the Adam Rose character from living on outside their squared circle as it is about Leppan trying to make a clean break in the business.

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Nevertheless, the report is a sign that Rose is preparing for a return to the ring in one form or another after what has been a difficult past few months.

After a less than successful period in the WWE in which he failed to get over with the WWE Universe, his status in the organisation was cast into serious doubt back in April when he was suspended for falling foul of the substance abuse policy.

The 36-year-old then went public in an attempt to clear his name before, in early May, he was arrested on a domestic violence charge. His release came on May 23.

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It remains to be seen just how well Rose can transition back into the indie scene but, per the Pro Wrestling Sheet report, he is now taking bookings.

He also added a little bit of intrigue, and perhaps a veiled shot at his former employers, when speaking to Pro Wrestling Sheet on his new 'Aldo Rose' character - telling them, "Ain't no more PG in this party."

Considering his most well-received gimmick in WWE came courtesy of his work with his Rosebuds following, there is potential for him to bring the party persona back and take things to another level on the indie scene.

It is worth noting, however, that wrestling fans won't be seeing him at any independent pay-per-view events until at least "the late summer" due to stipulations in his WWE contract.

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