Lists the various WWE
wrestlers active during the Attitude Era
, from 1997 through 2001. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.
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Águila/Papi Chulo/Essa Ríos (José Delgado Saldaña) 1997-2001
Albert/A-Train/Tensai/Sweet T/Jason Albert (Matthew Jason Bloom) 1999-2004, 2012-
- Ambiguously Gay: In his early days.
- Bald of Evil
- The Big Guy: As a face.
- Big Fun
- The Brute: As a heel.
- Butt Monkey: Was one for a time, during his gimmick change, before he started teaming with Brodus Clay.
- Carpet of Virility: And it was HORRIFYING. It often caused the crowd to chant "Shave your back!"
- Continuity Nod/Shout-Out: The "Tensai ICHIBAN!" shout he initially did before his chokebomb slam wasn't just a new character quirk. Nor was it a reference to an obscure lipstick sold by Joey from Friends. Watch a New Japan Giant Bernard match on YouTube. Most likely if he wins, he'll get on the microphone and give a short promo concluding with "Shin Nihon (New Japan) Pro Wrestling ICHIBAN!"
- Facepalm Of Doom: Used this as Lord Tensai as part of his Finisher, befire it was phased out as part of his makeover.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can move pretty fast for a big guy, which made his 'A-Train' ring name all the more apt, as he often came at his opponents like one.
- Money, Dear Boy: Was a star in Japan but a mid-carder in WWE; however his contract is allegedly 4x higher than his New Japan one, and he does have a young child at home...
- Odd Couple: With Brodus Clay.
- Red Baron: "Hip-Hop Hippo" when he teamed with Scotty 2 Hotty, though Lord knows we'd like to.
- Retool: Underwent one as higher ups weren't all that impressed by him. They dropped the Lord part of his name, the robe, the "ICHIBAN!" shout, mist and his follower Sakamoto.
- Screaming Warrior
- Tattooed Crook
Kurt Angle (Kurt Steven Angle) 1999-2006
Chris Benoit (Christopher Michael Benoit) 2000-2007
The Big Show (Paul Randall Wight Jr.) 1999-
The Blue Meanie (Brian Heffron) 1998-1999, 2005
Gerald Brisco (Floyd Gerald Brisco) 1997-2009
D'Lo Brown (Accie Julius Conner) 1997-2003, 2008-2009
- Arch-Enemy: X-Pac before it was cool.
- Bald of Awesome
- Catchphrase: "Oh you better recognize just who the hell I am"
- Combat Pragmatist: For a time he used a chest protector, for a torn pectoral muscle, in matches. He still used it, even after his muscle had healed to make the Lo' Down (his variation on the Frog Splash) more effective.
- Fake Nationality: A Running Gag whenever D'Lo had the European title, where he would be billed from different European cities.
- Finishing Move: Lo' Down (Frog Splash); Sky High (Twisting Sit-Out Hangman Power Bomb)
- Genius Bruiser: Is a Certified Public Accountant; this isn't Wrestling Doesn't Pay, because he never brings it up in the WWF/E.
- My God, What Have I Done?/Heroic BSOD: Accidentally crippled Darren "Droz" Drozdov in a match, and didn't get over that fact for a while.
- Jive Turkey
- Lightning Bruiser
- Leotard of Power: During his later singles career.
- Malcolm Xerox: With Theodore Long.
- Power Stable: The Nation of Domination, then the Nation after the Rock overthrew Faarooq on the Raw after WrestleMania XIV.
- Small Name, Big Ego: As a Heel
- Undercrank: The opening for Raw Is War circa 1998-1999 does this to him while he's doing his head bobbing routine. Naturally, it looks creepy.
Christian (William Jason Reso) 1998-2005, 2009-
Droz/Puke (Darren Drozdov) 1998-
Spike Dudley (Matthew "Matt" Hyson) 2001-2005
Edge (Adam Joseph Copeland) 1998-2011
Sho Funaki (船木 勝一 Funaki Shoichi) 1998-2010
- Dark Horse Victory: Few expected him to become number one contender to the cruiserweight championship. Fewer expected him to win it yet he did, held on to it, and successfully defended it in Tokyo.
- Gag Dub: As voiced by Howard Finkel "Indeed" in 2000-2001
- Gratuitous English: "Smackdown announcer number one!" He got better.
- I Have the High Ground
- I Know Kung Fu: When he came back from interviewing as Kung Fu Naki, after taking a little rap by R-Truth to heart.
- Jobber: One of the more well known examples, which was probably why Stephanie made him an interviewer. To elaborate, you can typically tell if a wrestler is going to job if they don't even get entrance music going into a match. Often times WWE will bring out guys not on the roster and sometimes not even in any long term relationship with the company, just to have them get beat by stars they have signed that have nothing else to do. Funaki lost to one of those guys, after he came out with entrance music even when the other guy didn't. Diamondback today is only remembered as that nobody who beat Funaki!
- Laughably Evil: As part of Kaientai.
- Red Baron: "Kung Fu" Naki
- Rising Sun: One of his finishing moves.
Gangrel (David Heath) 1998-2001
Giant Silva (Paulo Silva) 1998-1999
Gillberg (Duane Gill) 1992-1994, 1998-2000
Eddie Guerrero (Eduardo Gori Guerrero Llanes) 2000-2005.
Jeff Hardy (Jeffrey Nero Hardy) 1998-2003, 2006-2009
Matt Hardy (Matthew Moore Hardy) 1998-2010
Mark Henry (Mark Jerrold Henry) 1996-
Crash Holly (Michael Lockwood) 1999-2003
Chris Jericho (Christopher Keith Irvine) 1999-2005, 2007-2010, 2012-
Dean Malenko (Shelly Dean Simon) 2000-
Meat/Shawn Stasiak (Dr. Shawn Emile Stipich) 1999-2000, 2001-2002
Taka Michinoku (吉田 貴男 Yoshida Takao) 1997–2001
- David Versus Goliath: Has had plenty of these matches, but him facing Triple H for the WWF Championship stands out.
- Follow the Leader: While not the first person to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship, he was the first winner in the WWF.
- Gag Dub: Voiced by Bruce "Brother Love" Pritchard in 2000-2001.
- I Have the High Ground
- Jobber: Only after he lost the LHW title.
- Laughably Evil: As part of Kaientai when they were gag dubbed. Taka in particular was very "EEEVVVVIIILLL."
- Unrelated Brother: He turned heel and sided with Kaientai (Dick Togo, MEN's Teioh, Shoichi Funaki and manager Mr. Yamaguchi-San) because Val Venis had made a porn film with Yamaguchi-San's "wife", who was also TAKA's "sister."
- Weak, but Skilled
Mideon (Dennis Knight) 1996-2000
Raven (Scott Anthony Levy) 1993–1994, 2000–2003
William Regal (Darren Kenneth Matthews) 1998-1999, 2000-
Perry Saturn (Perry Arthur Satullo) 2000-2002
Dan Severn (Daniel "Dan" DeWayne Severn) 1998-1999
Ken Shamrock (Kenneth Wayne Shamrock, born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick) 1997-1999
Test (Andrew Martin) 1998-2004, 2006-2007
Val Venis (Sean Allen Morley) 1998-2009
- Alliterative Name
- Bald of Evil
- The Casanova
- Catch Phrase: Hello Ladies
- Composite Character: A mix of Rick Rude and Dirk Diggler.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: During his run as Chief Morley, when he was Eric Bischoff's flunky.
- Demoted to Extra: After his Chief Morley gimmick, he became Val again, but lost his hair, his charm, and rarely was allowed to use the mic. He was buried as a result.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Sums up his entrance video.
- Double Entendre: So many during his porn star gimmick.
- Fake American: Billed from Las Vegas, NV as Val, although he is really from Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
- Finishing Move: The Money Shot (a top rope splash), the Venis Flytrap (a reverse figure-four leglock)
- I Call Him "Mister Happy": "The Big Valbowski". Also served as his Red Baron.
- Kavorka Man: He wasn't a bad looking guy, but he wasn't a pretty boy either. Truth in Television as some porn stars also come across this way.
- Light Is Not Good: Right to Censor had everyone wearing white shirts despite being heels.
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- A Man Is Not a Virgin
- Modesty Towel: In his entrance.
- Moral Guardian: In Right to Censor
- Parallel Porn Titles: From Saving Private Ryan to Saving Ryan's Privates (i.e. Ryan Shamrock was a woman in his movie), for example.
- Power Stable: Right to Censor
- Put on a Bus: He, the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan were all shipped off to OVW around the start of the InVasion angle.
- Recycled Script: His feuds with Goldust and Ken Shamrock were rehashes of his feud with Kaientai and Mr. Yamaguchi-San. Keep in mind that the Goldust feud only started a couple of months after the Yamaguchi-San feud did, and the Shamrock feud started a few months after that. Meaning, he did the same feud three times over less than one year.
- Something Else Also Rises/Freud Was Right: Very subtle.
- Underwear of Power
- Would Hit a Girl: During his RTC run, he and Ivory teamed up to give Chyna a spike piledriver.
- A year earlier, he seemed pretty reluctant to face her in a King of the Ring qualifying match on the June 6, 1999 Sunday Night Heat. He ultimately lost after HHH showed up and kicked him in the groin while he had her in a fisherman's suplex and then revived the ref.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: A wrestling porn star.
- Wrestling Psychology: He was good at long term selling and had good timing for spots.
X-Pac (Sean Michael Waltman) 1993-1996, 1998-2002