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Lists the various WWE wrestlers who are currently part of the WWE NXT Developmental System. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.

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NXT Television roster

Contains Superstars who have made their official on-screen debut on NXT.

Singles Wrestlers

    Fabian Aichner 

Fabian Aichner

  • Early Installment Weirdness: Initially appeared as a participant in the Cruiserweight Classic (where the upper weight limit was 205 pounds), losing to (Gentleman) Jack Gallagher in the first round. About a year later, he makes his first NXT TV appearance and is significantly larger (now billed at 231). The bulk gain is even commented upon during his match.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Still has some cruiserweight-type moves in his repertoire, despite now weighing at least 230 pounds and hitting like it.
  • The Red Baron: Has taken to calling himself "The NXT LVL".
  • Tweener: Hasn't had much of a character established yet, and has thus wrestled as both a Face and Heel depending on his opponents.

    Aleister Black 

Aleister Black (Thomas Budgen)

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  • Anti-Hero: Cast this way in NXT. Brutal, brooding, and frankly scary looking - yet pushed, at least nominally, as a babyface. (For bonus points, he has "Anti Hero" tattooed on his knuckles.)
  • Badass Beard: It definitely is impressive.
  • Boring, but Practical: His Black Mass finisher isn't the most visually impressive thing you'll see in a wrestling ring. But as one might expect, if someone eats a spinning heel kick to the face they tend not to get up for a while.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a dark, brooding character who incorporates a lot of occult symbols into his appearance, he describes himself as being neither saint nor sinner, just someone who maintains the balance.
  • Death Glare: Black is fond of giving them to the camera.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Black's signature taunt, just sitting down and waiting. He's capable of sliding into it from just about anything and once he starts he won't stop until his opponent bites the bait. The speed at which he can pull it off makes him feel like a snake, coiled and ready to strike.
  • Draw Aggro: His first match on NXT's television proper was him sitting in the middle of the ring...and catching the poor fool that took the bait with the Black Mass kick.
  • Extremity Extremist: He has a ton of kicks and knees in his arsenal.
  • Hollywood Satanism: Averted. Black isn't your usual screaming fanatic and takes Satanism very seriously.
  • I Know Kickboxing: He is a trained martial artist who incorporates a lot of kickboxing moves into his arsenal.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: "Anti Hero".
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: As fitting for his name, his coolly menacing demeanor and seemingly complete disinterest in engaging friends or fans evokes this compared to his more arrogant and hostile heel rivals.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Aleister Black definitely has some foreboding feeling to it.
  • The Quiet One: He's not very talkative, as it took several months after his debut to finally speak.
  • Religious Bruiser: Very apparent, although the specifics of his 'faith' are skated around somewhat.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Black's body is covered with various religious and occult symbols, indicating his interest in the supernatural.
  • Wrestling Monster: A rare tweener variation. His One-Hit Kill finisher has beaten numerous wrestlers, while Black himself is yet to be pinned or submitted.

    Wesley Blake 

Wesley Blake (Cory Weston)

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  • Bash Brothers: With Murphy until they went on a losing streak and broke up.
  • Cowboy: From San Antonio, Texas at that.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The sometimes-used team name of Blake-Alexa-Murphy Factor. Ironically this could have still fit anyway as Blake And Murphy Factor if Alexa weren't involved.
  • Last-Name Basis: He and Murphy started being announced to the ring this way since winning the tag straps up until they split. His canonical first name Wesley was almost never used during this time.
  • Level Grinding: Believe it or not, their progress as a jobber tag team saw them quietly edge ever closer to victory as time went on before they finally broke through and became more effective.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: And they also put their hair in pigtails.
  • Those Two Guys: With Buddy Murphy, before they became the Tag Team Champions.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They went from jobbers to the Tag Team Champions in two weeks.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After separating from Murphy and Bliss (the latter of whom was drafted to the Smackdown roster) and embarking on a singles career he suddenly became a lot more arrogant. And given the type of personalities BAMF had, this is saying quite a bit.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Murphy and Alexa Bliss.
  • Wild Card: He and Murphy both won and defended the tag titles before making anything close to a statement either way on the face and heel scale.
  • The Worf Barrage: How many of their matches came across when they were jobbers. They could hang with the Lucha Dragons and the Vaudevillains in the ring, they just could never put them down for three.

    Cezar Bononi 

Cezar Bononi

    Danny Burch 

Danny Burch (Martin Harris)

    Tommaso Ciampa 

Tommaso Ciampa (Tommaso Whitney)

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  • Arch-Enemy: His former partner, Johnny Gargano.
  • Badass Beard: His beard has steadily grown longer, wilder, and more badass during his time in NXT.
  • Bald of Awesome: He now shaves his head. Combined with his beard, it creates a suitably threatening and slightly crazy look.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The trigger for his heel turn. His injuries, and the quickness to which fans online started going through potential dream partners to replace him with, gave him an intense fear of being replaced and considered an afterthought. So after they lost the tag team title ladder match in Chicago and he knew he would have to take time off to recover, he decided to destroy #DIY himself rather than let that happen.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Turned on Johnny Gargano after their loss to the Authors of Pain at Takeover: Chicago.
  • Finishing Move: A running knee to the head.
  • Hate Sink: Yikes. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being "nuclear heat", Ciampa in 2018 is somewhere between 10 and... well, Hiroshima. Has been the target of vociferous boos and chants. The standouts among the chants aren't the least bit PG.
  • Heel Realization: Subverted. It seemed like Ciampa was having one of these in the final moments of his match with Gargano, but ended up being a ploy to sucker Gargano in. Gargano almost fell for it, but dodged the cheap shot at the last second.
  • Identical Stranger: He looks like a slimmer version of Ryback with a thicker beard.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Non-romantic version. If he can't be Johnny Gargano's tag team partner, Johnny Gargano can't have a tag team partner. And if he can't wrestle, then neither can Johnny Gargano.
  • It's Personal: Ciampa has come to hate Gargano in such a deep, visceral fashion that he absolutely revels in the hatred that Gargano's fans have for him, to the point that he uses it as theme music. He even went as far as costing Gargano his NXT career, which finally caused him to stop avoiding Ciampa and start returning that hatred.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He is also known as Psycho Killer, which comes from his theme in the independent circuit and which fans enjoy chanting.
  • Sadist: He's been called this on commentary, and it's not a misnomer; how else would you describe someone that takes as much delight in ruining his former best friend's life as much as Ciampa does?
  • Trash Talk: While in #DIY, Ciampa was always the one insulting his and Gargano's opponents, both in the ring and on interviews. After turning on Gargano, this trait only got worse, except now it was all directed at his former best friend.
  • Troll: To Johnny Gargano while Ciampa was injured, to the point that Gargano blocked him. Mauro Ranallo straight up even called him this on commentary.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Towards the end of his unsanctioned match with Johnny Gargano. Ciampa threw everything he had at Gargano, Kitchen Sink Included, and Gargano still wouldn't stay down. After Gargano kicked out of a middle-rope Project Ciampa, Ciampa looked just about ready to cry.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Deliberately invoked this in the closing moments of his match with Gargano, in hopes that he would lower down his guard long enough for Ciampa to get an opening. Unfortunately for Ciampa, Gargano proved that Good Is Not Dumb and dodged the cheap shot, before finally finishing off Ciampa.
  • Younger Than They Look: Don't let the weathered face and scraggly, somewhat graying beard (that Ciampa doesn't always bother to dye) fool you - he's only 32. For perspective, he's only a couple weeks older than Roman Reigns. (Born May 8, 1985; Reigns was born May 25 of the same year.)

    EC3 

EC3 (Michael Hutter)

    Johnny Gargano 

Johnny Gargano (John Anthony Nicholas Gargano)

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  • Affectionate Nickname: Everybody calls him "Johnny Wrestling."
    • One that is gaining traction online thanks to his friend Chuck Taylor is "Johnboy"
  • Arch-Enemy: His former partner, Tommaso Ciampa. Though Johnny couldn't find it in himself to really reciprocate the feeling until the buildup to TakeOver: New Orleans.
  • Battle Couple: After his wife Candice was officially signed in 2018.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: You do not want to make Johnny Wrestling angry. He was uncharacteristically brutal during his unsanctioned match with Tommaso Ciampa, showing how much he had come to genuinely hate his former best friend, and towards the end of the match, was about to stab Ciampa with a broken crutch; only Ciampa feigning regret stayed his hand.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Ended Elias Samson's undefeated streak.
  • Determinator: They don't call him the "Rebel Heart'' for nothing; when Gargano wants something, he won't stop until he gets it. This is why Ciampa didn't bother trying to get the authorities involved when Gargano started stalking him, knowing that doing so wouldn't deter the latter at all. Instead, he decided to deal with Gargano himself, being the only way that Gargano could leave him alone for good. Unfortunately for Ciampa, Gargano was too much of a determinator for him to handle, taking everything Ciampa had and then some, kicking out or escaping, and eventually triumphing.
  • Finishing Move: For submission he uses an over the shoulder crossface chickenwing he dubs the "Garga-No-Escape".
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Despite everything that Ciampa did to him, Gargano never quite gave up hope that he could be redeemed, as seen towards the end of their unsanctioned match, when he gave Ciampa one last chance to mend the bridge. That being said, he was not blind to the possibility that Ciampa couldn't be redeemed, so when Ciampa tried to cheap shot him soon afterward, Gargano ducked under the blow and finished off his former friend.
  • It's Personal: Gargano refused to go after Ciampa when the latter finally returned to NXT after his injury was almost healed, focusing on the NXT Championship. Then Ciampa cost him both the title and his career. After that, Johnny finally decided to deal with Ciampa, stalking him until the latter agreed to an unsanctioned match with him, with Johnny's reinstatement to NXT on the line.
  • Signature Move: A slingshot spear through the top and middle rope. He often does it after being tagged in by Ciampa. However, it is somewhat predictable, and The Revival have countered it several times, including into a Shatter Machine.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: To Tommaso Ciampa after he cost Gargano his NXT career. Gargano became obsessed with getting back at Ciampa, attacking him at the PC after the former's physical therapy, and on NXT proper, leading to security forcibly removing him from the building. He even went as far as to visit Ciampa's house at three a.m. in the morning, pounding on his door and demanding his former partner come out and face him. It wasn't long until Ciampa got sick of him, which eventually led to Regal scheduling an unsanctioned match between them at NXT Takeover: New Orleans, with Gargano's reinstatement on the line.
  • Tranquil Fury: Gargano was perpetually in this state after Ciampa cost him his NXT career, with only occasional bursts of anger to show how truly enraged he was at his former best friend. Especially apparent during the start of his unsanctioned match with Ciampa; whereas the latter was spitting out insult after insult during their stare-off, Gargano was dead silent, content with giving a Death Glare that could melt steel.
  • Trauma Button: Anything connected to DIY, ever since being betrayed by Ciampa. At least until Ciampa got him kicked out of NXT, at which point it became a Berserk Button.
  • Wrestling Psychology/Continuity Nod: An interesting note here as he was one of NXT's representatives for the WWE Cruiserweight Classic as a singles competitor. In storyline, an injury to his knee that happened in NXT competition would cost him a match in the CWC a few episodes after the one he had with Ciampa. But because the CWC episodes were taped a month or so before the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II live PPV where he would be hurt, he was put in the unique position of having to sell a storyline injury in the CWC that, chronologically speaking, hadn't happened yet.

    Oney Lorcan 

Oney Lorcan (Christopher Girard)

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  • Blood Knight: He loves a good fight.
  • Bully Hunter: Went after Andrade 'Cien' Almas for pushing around Hoho Lun in the gym, and when Lars Sullivan began targeting No Way Jose, Oney got pissed off and challenged him to a match.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He looks scary and is a brutal fighter but he's actually cast as a good guy at heart, standing up for people that get picked on in the locker room.
  • Face of a Thug: Has one of the nastiest looking scowls in WWE.
  • Glass Cannon: Relatively small in stature but can hit very hard.
  • Signature Move: A running blockbuster and a blockbuster from the top rope. He also tends to grab people by the face and slap the shit out of them.
  • Kiai: Usually followed with a vicious elbow.
  • Worthy Opponent: After he beat Danny Burch and then Burch beat him, the two gained a lot of respect for each other and decided to try becoming a tag team.

    Buddy Murphy 

Buddy Murphy (Matthew Adams)

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  • Bash Brothers: With Blake, until their break-up.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a long absence from WWE programming, Murphy returned on the 2/13/18 episode of 205 Live to announce his entry into the tournament to crown a new Cruiserweight Champion.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Had to trim down to make weight for the Cruiserweight division. Made it by barely half a pound, coming it at 204.4 right before the start of the tournament.
  • Finishing Move: Called Murphy's Law (because how can you not?) it's apparently a pumphandle death valley driver.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The sometimes-used team name of Blake-Alexa-Murphy Factor. Ironically this could have still fit anyway as Blake And Murphy Factor if Alexa weren't involved.
  • Karma Houdini - Despite Drake Maverick stating that there would be repercussions for his attack on Cedrick Alexander on 205 Live, he was still going to be granted his title shot at The Greatest Royal Rumble. But since he was over the weight limit at a recent weigh-in note , his title shot has been postponed and a battle royal would take place to see who would face Alexander instead.
  • Land Down Under: From Melbourne. (One has to wonder how an Australian wound up with a name [or nickname] like Buddy, though.)
  • Last-Name Basis: Blake and Murphy started being billed this way ever since winning the Tag Team Titles up until they split. His canonical first name Buddy was almost never used in that time. Averted upon his rebranding as a Cruiserweight; he's known as Buddy Murphy again.
  • Meaningful Name: Turns out, Buddy is already the nickname of an Australian sports star, namely footballer Lance "Buddy" Franklin, whereas Murphy is Adams' middle name in real life.
  • Those Two Guys: With Wesley Blake, before the following trope kicked in…
  • Took a Level in Badass: He and Blake went from jobbers to the Tag Team Champions in two weeks.
    • Level Grinding: A very low-key version preceded their seemingly sudden level-up, as they went from just straight jobbers to The Worf Barrage-style competitive jobbers to breaking through the plateau and actually beating other teams.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Wesley Blake and Alexa Bliss.
  • Wild Card: By the time they began to solidify themselves as heels, Blake and Murphy were already solidified as the tag champs.
  • The Worf Barrage: For while Murphy and Blake got to the point where they could hang with a top NXT tag team and give good matches but could never actually get the job done. Then 2015 happened.

    Kassius Ohno 

Kassius Ohno (Chris Spradlin)

    Kona Reeves 

Kona Reeves (Noah Pang-Potjes)

  • Enemy Mine: When a match between him and Rich Swann is interrupted by SAnitY, Reeves and Swann attempt to fight the psychotic group off together but are quickly beaten down.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He's rather proud of his looks and thinks that he's a much bigger star than he is.
  • Informed Attractiveness: While Kona styles himself as being a handsome guy, he doesn't really look that special.
  • Red Baron: "The Finest".
  • Slasher Smile: Tends to flash a very creepy and evil looking grin, which the announcers and the other wrestlers find unnerving.

    Ricochet 

Ricochet (Trevor Mann)

    Lio Rush 

Lio Rush (Lionel Green)

    Lars Sullivan 

Lars Sullivan (Dylan Miley)

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  • Affably Evil: Despite being on a self-imposed quest to mold NXT into a rather violent place to be in, he's polite and rather friendly to people when they don't bother him.
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, No Way Jose's music annoys him so much he destroyed Jose just to turn it off.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Has attacked every tag partner he has had due to them getting pinned.
    • Apologetic Attacker: ...He's usually very remorseful about it, though. He often apologizes to them backstage and is well aware he has a temper problem. In these cases, he nearly borders on Gentle Giant.
  • Genius Bruiser: He may not seem like it, but Lars has quite a vocabulary and an astounding level of intelligence. He describes himself as having "the body of a gorilla and the mind of a professor".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He has certain issues with anger management, judging by him beating down his tag team partner and feuding with No Way Jose just because his music is annoying.
  • Put on a Bus: Was being set up for a fued with Andrade Almas, and then vanished from television without any notification. Behind the scenes, he was apparently experiencing both knee problems and issues relating to the surgery to correct his acromegaly.
  • Wrestling Monster: A 6'3 303 lbs truck of a man, he relentlessly and effortlessly demolishes his competition, plowing through them like a freight train.

    The Velveteen Dream 

The Velveteen Dream (Patrick Clark)

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  • Agent Peacock: The flamboyant and, at times, borderline androgynous mannerisms do little, if anything, to hide the fact that he's a well-put-together athlete that can kick your ass.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Lots of Prince references abound as per his wardrobe and mannerisms (and the name of his finisher), but he's also been seen blowing kisses and licking his lips seductively in the direction of his opponents.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Seems to have a bad habit of this. One of his first appearances in the 'Velveteen Dream' gimmick (although he was still known as Patrick Clark) was interrupting a very irritated Shinsuke Nakamura. Predictably, Nakamura used his face as a Kinshasa practice dummy. Later, he singles out Aleister Black, who by that time had already firmly established himself as a guy not to be messed with.
  • Expy: Very early stages of Goldust. Does he actually swing that way, or is he just messing with opponents' heads? No one quite knows yet...
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He's reeeeaaaaallly full of himself.
  • Finishing Move: A extremely impressive and high elbow drop from the top rope that he calls the Purple Rainmaker.
  • Lean and Mean: A flamboyant heel with a brutal streak, one of the things that makes the Velveteen Dream stand out is his unusual build. He's athletically built with lean muscle as opposed to sheer bulk, but he's also extremely tall and long-limbed.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: An interview with Aleister Black reveals that his given name in this new persona is still Patrick (which makes sense as he appeared at one point with this gimmick before his ring name was changed.) This is perhaps an indication that 'The Velveteen Dream' is a manufactured alter-ego in universe as well.
  • Purple Is Powerful
  • Say My Name: The entire basis of his feud with Black. He eventually gets what he wants - although he has to get a serious ass kicking on the way.
  • Shout-Out: Wore a pair of Rick Rude inspired pants with his and Black's face on either side during Takeover: Wargames, and has worn similar pants on every PPV since then. Even the commentators keep calling it "Rick Rude Pants"
    • Also, his ambiguous mannerisms and affinity for the color purple are one to Prince. His finisher is even called the Purple Rainmaker.

Women's Division

    Aliyah 

Aliyah (Nhooph Al-Areebi)

    Shayna Baszler 

Shayna Baszler

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  • Batman Gambit: Her bully persona is partially this. NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon had a particular strong sense of justice, so Shayna realized that offending that sense of justice was a great way to incite Ember to challenge her and in the process give Shayna a free title match.
  • The Bully: Her main pastimes include picking on people weaker than her, looming over people smaller than her, and intentionally injuring her opponents.
  • The Dreaded: Much like Brock Lesnar, Baszler's accomplishments in the world of MMA give her an intimidating aura. Her penchant for attempting to snap the limbs of her opponents also causes many of the other women to be terrified of her.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Viciously attacking Candice LeRae and Mercedes Martinez during the Mae Young Classic, establishing herself as a ruthless heel willing to do everything to win.
    • Choking out Kairi Sane to make a statement and challenge Ember Moon.
  • Red Baron: "The Queen of Spades".
  • Slasher Smile: Prone to giving these a lot during promos.

    Bianca BelAir 

Bianca BelAir (Bianca Blair)

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  • Combat Pragmatist: Ain't No Rule, apparently, that states that you can't use your hair as a weapon.
  • Finishing Move: Currently using a spear.
  • Lightning Bruiser: While lean and not a 'hoss' in the mold of Nia Jax, for instance, she's typically taller and/or more muscled than her opponents, and her wrestling style edges closer to a 'power' wrestler than anything else. She's also a former track sprinter that can bust out a 450 splash from the top rope.
  • Rapunzel Hair: A very long braid that hangs all the way down to her knees.
  • Red Baron "The EST of NXT", as in fastest, strongest, etc.
  • Whip It Good: Has a habit of using her hair to whip opponents in the face. It looks pretty badass.

    Taynara Conti 

Taynara Conti (Taynara Melo de Carvalho)

  • Light Is Not Good: Despite her relatively girlish appearance and bright outfits, there appears to be something sinister in her nature, which was hinted in the Mae Young Classic and culminated in her helping The Undisputed Era.
  • Oh, Crap!: Upon realizing just how bad of an idea it is to attack Nikki Cross and piss her off, Taynara panics and runs like death itself is chasing her.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After the Undisputed Era convinces her to attack Nikki, they abandon Taynara and back out of whatever deal they struck with her, having succeeded in their plans to screw further with SAnitY.

    Nikki Cross 

Nikki Cross (Nicola Glencross)

    Lacey Evans 

Lacey Evans (Macey Estrella)

  • Anachronism Stew: The style of her attire is straight out of the 40's or 50's, and her theme song has a 90's sound to it.
  • Eagleland: Her outfits and demeanor invokes Type 1, although in late 2017-2018 she turned heel and edged much closer to Type 2.
  • Red Baron: "The Lady of NXT".
  • Semper Fi: Was a U.S. Marine in real life before becoming a professional wrestler.
  • Southern Belle: Billed from South Carolina and her ring gear and persona has elements of this.

    Dakota Kai 

Dakota Kai (Cheree Crowley)

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  • Finishing Move: A double foot stomp from the top rope.
  • Jobber: Her first appearance in NXT was being squashed by Nia Jax in 2015 before signing in 2017.
  • Kick Chick: Her offense includes a ton of kicks, to the point where she is called the Captain of Team Kick.
  • Oh, Crap!: She is clearly scared out of her mind whenever Shayna Baszler appears, as Shayna had previously attempted to break her arm during a match that kept her sidelined for weeks.
  • Waif-Fu: As one of the smallest women in WWE, her opponents nearly always have a size advantage on her. Needless to say, that doesn't prevent Dakota from kicking the crap out of them.

    Candice LeRae 

Candice LeRae (Candice Gargano)

    Kairi Sane 

Kairi Sane (Kaori Housako)

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  • Badass Adorable: Her cute face belies a ferocious competitor who's not to be taken lightly.
  • Finishing Move: A diving elbow drop known as the "Insane Elbow".
  • Nice Hat: A snazzy-looking tricorn.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She may be a rather short woman, but her elbow drop is absolutely deadly.
  • Pirate Girl: Her entrance gear evokes a pirate captain's outfit.
  • Red Baron: "The Pirate Princess".

Tag Teams and Stables

    Heavy Machinery 

As a Team

  • The Big Guy: Practically half their gimmick.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Steaks and weights"
  • Finishing Move: "The Compactor", which has Otis hold one of their opponents in a set up for a bodyslam, with Tucker then running into him, crushing their poor victim between all 650 pounds of Heavy Machinery.

Otis Dozovic (Nikola Bogojevic)

  • Acrofatic: Otis is a lot more nimble than he looks.
  • Big Fun: Otis is the loud, hilarious, quote-worthy part of Heavy Machinery who adds hilarious theatrics to his moves.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He lives for three things: steaks and weights, and fighting.
  • Large Ham: While Tucker can also be quite energetic, Dozovic is larger than life in every possible way.
  • One-Scene Wonder: In under the span of 2 minutes, Otis completely takes over a youtube segment based around the Gargano/Ciampa feud with his Large Ham tendencies.
  • Stout Strength: He is fairly short for a wrestler and quite large, having one of the widest frames on the roster. The commentators note that his low center of gravity and strength make him near impossible to knock over, even for the Authors of Pain.

Tucker Knight (Levi Cooper)

  • The Straight Man: While he can be a little silly, Tucker is much more grounded (and intelligible) than Otis.

    Riddick Moss & Tino Sabatelli 

Riddick Moss (Michael Rallis) & Tino Sabatelli (Sabatino Piscitelli)

  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Riddick Moss.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With one another at the Performance Center.
  • Jerkass: Nearly every appearance of theirs involve them antagonizing and mocking somebody for no reason other than that they enjoy it.
  • Jerk Jock: Both are former college football defensive players, with Sabby having made it to the NFL, and are among the highest achievers in Performance Center workout/training drills.
  • Jobber: They are at the bottom of the NXT tag team division, with their handful of wins only coming from cheating.
  • Rich Bitch: Your stock big money athlete with nice suits and fancy cars in tag team form.
  • The Rival: Their first major rivals seem to be the Street Profits. Now if only they could actually beat them…
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Due to their past as rich football players, they see themselves as above everyone else in NXT, even though they are constantly losing.

    Street Profits 

As a Team

  • Expy: Can be considered one to Cryme Tyme, only without obvious criminal tendencies. Also shows some traits of the original Prime Time Players.
  • Iconic Item: Red cups, as a reference to rappers who drink alcohol or lean from similar cups.
  • Life of the Party: They bring the party with them to the ring.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hyped-up Ford and chill Dawkins, respectively.

Angelo Dawkins (Gary Gordon)

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  • Berserk Button: Messing with his headbands.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Despite always jobbing, he calmly waits for the next opportunity. His WWE.com bio hints that he's more of a Spirited Competitor, but it's really not showing right now on NXT. This really irritated Sawyer Fulton while they were teaming.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a former championship athlete in his college sports days. The way he calmly talks about waiting for another opportunity sounds similar to many a non-descript, sanitized post-game interview. Sawyer Fulton's growing fatigue with his sterile professionalism at all times eventually led to them breaking up.
  • Hipster: Formerly. This was dropped in favor of an amateur wrestling gimmick when he started teaming with Sawyer Fulton.
  • Jobber: Though he seems oddly cool about it. After teaming with Ford, he finally starts picking up victories as part of the Street Profits.
  • Red Baron: Adopted "The Curse of Greatness" as his moniker after splitting from Sawyer Fulton.

Montez Ford (Kenneth Crawford)

  • Cool Shades: He wears them to the ring.
  • Finishing Move: A frog splash, which he gets some extreme height on due to his athleticism.
  • Genki Guy: Apparently, he has unlimited energy, as he bounces around the arena to celebrate his victories.
  • Large Ham: Compared to the more laid-back Dawkins, Ford is constantly hype.
  • Romance on the Set: Dated, and recently became engaged to, Women's division talent Bianca BelAir.

    TM-61/The Mighty 

As a Team

  • Catch-Phrase: "We are the mighty, and the mighty don't kneel." Ported over from TM-61's time together in Australia, where their tag team was actually called "The Mighty Don't Kneel" (TMDK for short).
  • Land Down Under: They are from Australia.
  • Meaningful Name: TM-61 is a combination of their last initials and Australia's country code.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Appear to have made one on the 5/2/18 episode of NXT, cheating to win their match with The Street Profits.
  • Put on a Bus: After Shane Thorne suffered a knee injury in early 2017, he was viciously attacked by The Revival post-match to explain his absence for surgery. Nick Miller also disappeared from TV despite still being able to compete.
    • The Bus Came Back: They returned in early 2018 and set out to show NXT what they are truly made of after their first run was cut short by Shane's injury.

Nick Miller (Michael "Mikey" Nicholls)

Shane Thorne (Shane Veryzer)

    The Undisputed Era 

As a Team

  • Continuity Nod: The faction as a whole marks the reunion of various team combinations made by all four men during their time in the independent scene. These include reDRagon (Fish and O'Reilly), Future Shock (Cole and O'Reilly) and Mount Rushmore (Cole and Strong).
  • Expy: Their mysterious personas, penchant for random out-of-nowhere gang beatings, and 'outsider' gimmick recall the early days of The Shield - or, if you want to go back even further, the original nWo. Even more appropriate would be Bullet Club, since Adam Cole was a member.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The faction's interference in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic forced O'Reilly and Cole to defend their tag team championships against the tournament's finalists (Pete Dunne and Roderick Strong, and the Authors of Pain) at Takeover: New Orleans in a match also meant to determine the Classic's winner. Despite Cole forced into double duty after going through a brutal Ladder match to win the NXT North American Championship, the Undisputed Era won when Strong betrayed Dunne. This not only allowed the group to win a tournament which they did not participate in, but allowed Strong to technically become a champion by using the Freebird Rule, all by intentionally throwing a match.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: They appear out of nowhere to beat up other wrestlers and swiftly disappear.
  • Power Trio: Until Roddy's heel turn, at which point it has become Four Is Death.
  • Running Gag: Strong's inability to do the stable hand sign with the other three.
  • Take Over the World: Their goal is to usher in a new era in NXT, heralded by them.

Adam Cole (Austin Jenkins)

Bobby Fish (Robert Anthony Fish)

Kyle O'Reilly (Kyle Greenwood)

Roderick Strong (Christopher Lindsey)

    War Raiders 

As a Team

  • Beard of Barbarism: Hanson's gimmick, invoking the Celtic tribes with gear reminiscent of a kilt and a "war beard". Rowe's facial hair caught up in due time.
  • This Means War Paint: When they are especially angry they paint their faces before matches. This is a nod to the ancient Celtic tribes but has a side effect of making them look like Legion of Doom to those unfamiliar with their gimmick.

Hanson (Todd Smith)

Rowe (Raymond Rowe)

  • Bald of Awesome: Rowe rarely has more hair on the top of his head than that he hasn't had time to shave off.

NXT House Show talent

Contains Superstars who have yet to become full-time members of the NXT television roster and primarily work house shows. If they do show up on-screen it is mainly as a jobber or for short storylines.

    Singles Wrestlers 

Babatunde (Aiyegbusi)

  • The Giant: 6'10" and well over 300 pounds.
  • Unexpected Character: Debuted in the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, despite not even having made a proper debut on NXT TV yet.

Big Boa (Yanbo Wang)

Marcel Barthel

Tian Bing (Bin Wang)

Demitrius Bronson

Steve Cutler (Tommy Maclin)

  • Semper Fi: Maclin was a legit former Marine before becoming a professional wrestler. This carries over into Cutler's wrestling "character."

Chris Dijak (Christopher Dijak)

Adrian Jaoude

Dan Matha

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After several weeks of hype, he debuted on NXT only to get the crap kicked out of him by a rampaging Samoa Joe, and hasn't been seen since. (Apparently he's transitioned into a trainer's role, though whether it's permanent remains to be seen.)
  • Expy: From a background standpoint, Baron Corbin. Both men are about the same size, and both have the similar background of being fringe offensive linemen in the NFL before wrestling.
  • Identical Stranger: Take Simon Miller from What Culture Wrestling, make him bigger (and Simon's already not a small lad) and you've basically got Dan Matha.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Whether or not it would've actually been "awesome" is anyone's guess - but NXT spent a good month or two airing vignettes hyping up his debut and having the commentary team put him over. When the day finally came, he came out to the ring only to get his ass kicked by Samoa Joe before whatever opponent he would have had could show up. He hasn't been seen on the show since.

Raul Mendoza

Jeet Rama (Satender Ved Pal)

Kishan Raftar (Lovepreet Sangha)

Brennan Williams

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Brennan's popularity online and his association with the Super Best Friends has lead to many fans who were introduced to him from there being excited to see him join the TV roster.
  • Large and in Charge: He's an intimidatingly huge 6' 7" and he's a former football player.
  • One of Us: HUGE anime fan to the point his ring gear sports shout-outs to Evangelion, and a (probably) former frequenter of the /wooo/ image board.

    Women's Division 

Vanessa Borne (Danielle Kamela)

Jessica Elaban

  • Girlish Pigtails: Styles her hair in pigtails to add to her "nerdy girl" image.
  • Nerd Glasses: Again, her gimmick is a nerdy girl, so glasses are a given.

Reina Gonzalez (Victoria Gonzalez)

Nixon Newell (Steffanie Newell)

  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After being one of the first people signed for the Mae Young Classic and standing by for half a year, Nixon blew out her knee in a match the day before the first round was taped.

Rhea Ripley (Demi Bennett)

Xia Li (Zhao Xia)

Zeda (Julia Ho)

    Tag Teams and Stables 

Gabriel and Uriel Ealy - The Ealy Brothers

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During Samoa Joe's rampage against the NXT roster to force William Regal into giving him a title rematch against an injured Nakamura he attacked the Ealy twins before their scheduled match against The Revival and completely dominated both of them at once.
  • Tag Team Twins: They are identical brothers and a tag team.

The Forgotten Sons - Wesley Blake, Chad Lail & Steve Cutler

     Non-WWE talent 
Contains wrestlers who are not officially under WWE contract but make frequent TV appearances, typically to put over the contracted talent. NXT's usage of outside talent has ramped up in recent years, due to partnerships with both EVOLVE and Progress Wrestling, as well as the WWE Cruiserweight Classic and Mae Young Classic.

Tessa Blanchard

  • Ascended Extra: Or Ascended Stunt Double anyway. Her first job in WWE was as Florence Pugh's stunt double in a film about Paige, as Paige herself was out from neck surgery at the time.
  • Those Two Guys: With Rachel Ellering given their similar backgrounds.
  • Wrestling Family: The daughter of original Four Horseman member and WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard.

Kota Ibushi

Blue Pants (Leva Bates)

  • Ascended Extra: She was initially brought on to job to Carmella, but somehow managed to get so over with the crowd that she was given more matches and eventually showed up at Takeover: Brooklyn.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Showed up at the last minute to help the Vaudevillains deal with Alexa Bliss during their title match at Takeover: Brooklyn.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Her entrance music is a recording of Big Cass singing the theme from The Price Is Right.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No one has even tried to ask if she has a name or identity outside the nickname Enzo and Cass gave her.
  • Handicapped Badass: She's partially deaf.
  • Mauve Shirt: Need to get someone quick heat? Bring Blue Pants in and have the heel destroy her.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Possibly. According to rumor, the reason she disappeared from shows was because she got drunk and mouthed off to WWE management. Leva herself has denied this, and appeared on NXT a few weeks after the "news" with a new theme. Either way, she hasn't appeared since mid 2015.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Her outfit initially drew comparisons to old X-Men uniforms, what with essentially being a Kitty Pryde cosplay with the X belt removed, but after the release of Fallout4, it was slightly adjusted to match the vault boy outfit.

Deonna Purazzo

  • Determinator: As the commentators put it, she gets her ass kicked pillar to post, but each time she shows up she looks just a little bit better.


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