Characters / WWE Managers

Lists the various male ring-side managers throughout the company's history. All female managers/valets are listed under WWE Divas. 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

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

The Grand Wizard of Wrestling (Ernie Roth) 1970s-1983

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  • 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

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     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

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  • Bullying a Dragon/Too Dumb to Live: To The Undertaker, of course. In early 2003, The Big Show had been setting up crates in the ring week after week on SmackDown! for Taker. On the February 6th show, Taker opened the crate and out came Brother Love. BL tried to get Taker to "remember the lessons of love" and to get him to see Big Show's side of things. Taker, complete with a "thumbs down" of disgust, Tombstoned BL instead.
  • Catch Phrase: "I love you!"
  • Large Ham: "I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE YEEEEEEEEEEEEW!!!"
  • Light is Not Good: "Just because I love you, doesn't mean I like you."
  • Non-Action Guy: Though he did make it to the final four of the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-7. However, this did not stop several faces from physically beating Love, with the Ultimate Warrior (on Love's final segment during his original run) beating him to the brink of unconsciousness.
  • Put on a Bus: That dropped him off in the WWE office in 1991. His show was replaced by Paul Bearer's "The Funeral Parlor."
  • Sinister Minister
  • Take That!: For a very short time in 1993, he was repackaged as Reo Rogers, which was the third gimmick WWE had created as a shot at Dusty Rhodes, the others being Virgil and Akeem the African Dream.
  • Talk Show with Fists: "The Brother Love Show"
    • Reo Rogers briefly had "Reo's Roundup."
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He's a managing televangelist.

Paul Ellering 1992, 1998-1999, 2016-

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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

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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

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     The InVasion Era (2001-2002) 

Paul Heyman, 2001-2006, 2012-

     The Ruthless Aggression Era (2002-2008) 

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

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Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) 2006-2016

Ranjin Singh (David Kapoor) 2007-2011

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     The WWE Universe Era (2008-2011) 

Abraham "AW" Washington (Brian Bary Jossie) 2009-2010, 2012

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  • 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-) 

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