On October 25, Brendan Vink revealed that his name had been changed to Tony Modra.
WWE filed the trademark for "Tony Modra" on October 20. Vink hasn't wrestled since May and has yet to debut with the new name.
The name is a tribute to former AFL player Tony Modra, who doesn't seem thrilled at what Vink is trying to accomplish.
“I’ve got no idea who he is,” Modra told News Corp. “He claims to be an Adelaide fan but it’s a bit disappointing, a bit disrespectful. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know you had to copyright your own bloody name. My lad loves WWE and I see a lot of that stuff but he’s even asking why some wrestler he’s never heard of before wants to change his name to his dad’s. I’m just bewildered. I’ve had people texting me left, right and centre about it. I don’t think there’s anything I can do. If he was doing it for charity or something – I do a lot of stuff for Little Heroes Foundation – I wouldn’t mind, but it seems like personal gain.”
Modra said he has no personal grudge against Vink, other than he didn't ask for permission.
Modra played in the AFL from 1992 to 2001, scoring 588 goals in 165 games.
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