Characters / WWE Managers

Lists the various ring-side managers throughout the company's history. Please limit associated tropes to the individual's time in WWE.

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     The WWWF Era (1963-1984) 

Captain Lou Albano (Louis Vincent Albano) 1960-1961, 1964, 1967-1986, 1994-1995

Freddie Blassie (Frederick Kenneth Blassie) 1964, 1971, 1973-2003

Coach (John Tolos) 1963–1964, 1973–1974, 1990–1991

Mr. Fuji (Harry Fujiwara) 1972-1974, 1977-1978, 1981-1996

The Grand Wizard of Wrestling (Ernie Roth) 1970s-1983
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • I Have Many Names: The Grand Wizard (of Wrestling), J. Wellington Radcliffe, Mr. Clean, Abdullah Farouk and Armstrong K.
  • Non-Action Guy: The first manager in WWE history who had not previously been a wrestler.
  • Smug Straight Edge: From an interview Vince was conducting with him and "Crazy" Luke Graham:
    "We think it is the booze in the fans that is causing them to boo us, because everyone who's not imbibing knows greatness when they see it!"
  • Sunglasses at Night

Arnold Skaaland 1963-1987

     The Rock 'N' Wrestling Era (1984-1993) 

Paul Bearer (William Alvin "Bill" Moody) 1991-2002, 2003-2010, 2012

Brother Love (Bruce Prichard) 1988-1991, 1993-2008

Paul Ellering 1992, 1998-1999, 2016-

Jimmy Hart (Jimmy Ray Hart) 1985-1993

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (Raymond Louis Heenan) 1984-1993

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Sir Oliver Humperdink (John Sutton) 1987-1988

Slick (Kenneth "Ken" Johnson) 1986-1993

Dr. Harvey Wippleman (Bruno Lauer) 1991-

     The New Generation Era (1993-1997) 

James E. "Jim" Cornette (James Mark "Jim" Cornette) 1993-2005

Uncle Zebekiah/Zeb Coulter 1994-1997, 2013-2016

  • Catch Phrase: Now I want you all to stand, place your hand over your heart and in a loud clear voice say "WE THE PEOPLE".
  • Conflict Killer: Yeah I'm sure you'd all like to see Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro fight one another but that will have to wait, they've got bigger fish to fry like Los Matadores Engañoso.
  • Evil Foreigner: You all know the UK would be a better place if Real Americans were running it.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: It's called tough love, it helped Jack Swagger win, reminded him what he's made of.
  • No True Scotsman: A real American would admit there is some sense to what Zeb Coulter has to say.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Although instead of the standard Red-White-Blue he opts for the black "Don't Tread On Me" flag.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: There is a problem with this country and Real Americans know it: Mexicans. Furthermore, Real Americans know how to fix it and we're starting with Alberto Del Rio.
  • Skyward Scream: If you had to endure the trials that Zeb Coulter and real Americans like him regularly go through you'd occasionally have to vent too.
  • You Look Familiar: Uncle who, Blu Brother what? That clearly is not the same guy who managed the Real Americans. He definitely is not Dutch Mantel from WWC either, even though we sent our Superstars there for cross promotion as late as 2005.

Johnny Polo (Scott Levy) 1993-1994

Oscar (Greg Girard) 1993-1995

     The Attitude Era (1997-2001) 

The Jackyl (Don Callis) 1997-1998

Yamaguchi-San (Wally Yamaguchi) 1998

     The InVasion Era (2001-2002) 

Paul Heyman, 2001-2006, 2012-

     The Ruthless Aggression Era (2002-2008) 

Armando Alejandro Estrada (Hazem Ali) 2006-2008, 2011

Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) 2006-2016

Shaniqua (Linda Miles) 2002-2004
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Teased with Benoit.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She was considered ugly by some but most, especially the wrestlers she managed and Tazz, thought she was fine.
  • Dominatrix: While managing the Bashams, she even had a whip (but not of the bullwhip variety).
  • The Giant: Though she's most known for managing Shelton Benjamin and the Basham Bros this was how she was in the ring when she started on SmackDown and was beating up Torrie Wilson, Dawn Marie, Nidia and Scotty 2 Hotty. Turned around on her against Rikishi.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She was the tallest woman on Smackdown and was the second tallest woman to be on the main roster after Nicole Bass.
  • Voodoo Shark: She was "mistaken" for Shelton Benjamin, attacked by Bradshaw and removed from WWE television. The logical conclusion was to sell the injury she got even though WWE really took her off to get a boob job. When she returned WWE insisted on drawing attention to them by claiming it was due to swelling caused by Bradshaw's attack, which was so unconvincing it killed all the heat fans gave to the APA/Basham feud and lead to Shaniqua's release not long after. Worse, the increase wasn't as drastic as others in the past, like General Manager Stephanie McMahon's!
  • We Used to Be Friends: To Shelton Benjamin when she moved on to the Bashams and he was in the world's greatest tag team and Jackie Gayda, who betrayed her for Ivory and Molly Holly.
  • Weapon of Choice: The "Magic Stick"

Ranjin Singh (David Kapoor) 2007-2011

     The WWE Universe Era (2008-2011) 

Abraham "AW" Washington (Brian Bary Jossie) 2009-2010, 2012
  • Bald of Evil
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Started out in WWE's developmental program FCW as Abraham Saddam Washington, a Heel Parody of President Barack Obama, complete with his Secret Service stable of Agent D (Derrick Bateman), Agent T (Tevita "Donny Marlow"/"Camacho" Fifita) and Agent C (Matthew "Joseph Canterbury" Walsh). This gimmick was eventually abandoned.
  • Fun with Acronyms: AW stands for All Worlds Promotion. However it could also be his former ringname, Abraham Washington.
  • Large Ham/Hammy Herald: Not helped by the fact that he is mic'd up while at ringside for his stable's matches.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: As Abraham Washington in FCW, he was an Unmodified President Jerkass.
  • Rape as Comedy: Made an off-color reference to the Kobe Bryant rape case from several years ago. He's since been released from WWE. It didn't help that he wasn't so apologetic backstage about it, the following weeks, which lead to his release.
    • The internet, being what it is, quickly raised a clip from a Smackdown episode where Big Show made the same joke. It's believed he was really fired for referring to Linda's second race for the senate with an excuse thrown up for plausible dependability.
    • And WWE fans, being what they are, started chanting "Kobe Bryant" during the Prime Time Players' SummerSlam 2012 match.
  • Talk Show with Fists: "The Abraham Washington Show"
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tony Atlas
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He was first Primo's and Epico's manager, but turned on them for the Prime Time Players during an number one contenders match for the tag titles (which Primo & Epico had to be a part of since they lost their rematch clause after it expired after thirty days due to AW never telling them when to use it.)

     The WWE, Inc. Era (2011-2014) 

     The Reality Era (2014-2016) 

     The New Era (2016-)