Iconic AFL name arrives in WWE

Footy fans, get ready to hear an iconic name on your TV’s again soon.

The WWE on October 20 filed and registered a host of new wrestler ring names with one catching the eye of Aussie audiences.

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Names listed on the filing include Akeem Young, Ivy Nile, Xyon Quinn and Odyssey Jones. But they all pale in comparison to the final name on the listing … Tony Modra.

Yes that’s right, the former high-flying Crows star’s name is set to become a wrestler’s ring name.

It’s only right that it be assigned to a live wire wrestler in the mould of Jeff Hardy or Rey Mysterio to help carry on the aerial antics of the famous name.

Let’s also hope WWE commentator Michael Cole does his research and rips out a “MOODDRRAAA” on air.

News of the announcement caused a stir on social media with footy fans lapping up the addition to the WWE roster.

“Baye Gawd. Modra with the Hanga. This is pandemonium,” one Facebook user wrote.

“Godra making his presence felt, the hanger off the rope is his finisher move,” Tim Hosking wrote.

“How good that one day we can again cheer on the great man,” Michael Leon wrote.

“Godra on his way. Surely the high knee to the back of the head for his finisher,” Dean Marhsall wrote.

Of the five names registered by the WWE, three have already been assigned to wrestlers with Omari Palmer becoming Odyssey Jones and Sidney Bateman changing to Akeem Young.

Ex-NRL player Daniel Vidot was another who secured one of the new ring names with his social media profiles changing to Xyon Quinn.

The 30-year-old made his WWE debut earlier in the year against former world champion Sheamus which ended with the Aussie crumpled on the deck.

Vidot’s one-on-one match was a featured event during a SmackDown episode, which boasted more than two million American viewers.

Despite being pulverised quickly, the dramatic rise of Vidot to earn a spot on the globally broadcast SmackDown series has impressed many wrestling commentators.

Vidot was only signed to the WWE in 2018 and has wrestled in other events that were not televised. He was also recently promoted to join NXT, and currently resides in Orlando, Florida.

Vidot ditched rugby league at the end of the 2017 season while representing the Gold Coast Titans. The Samoa representative played 124 NRL games after his first class debut for the Canberra Raiders in 2009, scoring 61 tries during a stellar rugby league career.

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