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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

    Andrade "Cien" Almas 

Andrade "Cien" Almas (Manuel Alfonso Andrade)
  • Alliterative Name: His 'proper' ring name, Andrade Almas.
  • Arch-Enemy: Drew McIntyre
  • Awesome McCoolname: "Cien Almas" is Spanish for "Hundred Souls." Given that his former ring name was La Sombra (The Shadow)... make of that what you will.
  • The Bully: He often picks on other wrestlers who are weaker or meeker than him. He tried that on Drew McIntyre and was crushed by him in a match.
  • Expy: His heel gimmick has a lot in common with Tetsuya Naito, even down to both having "Tranquilo" as a mantra, though this makes sense given that as La Sombra, he was a member of Los Ingobernables, meaning that Almas is actually the one who pretty much taught Naito how to get over.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After he and Cedric Alexander lost in the first round of the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Almas viciously attacked Cedric out of frustration and anger due to his losing streak and the crowd's consistent hostile reaction to him.
  • I Shall Taunt You: His in-ring antics are incredibly cocky. He'll even pass up opportunities to attack if it means he can mock his opponent.
  • Man in White: After his heel turn, Almas starts wearing white suits extensively.
  • Masked Luchador: Formerly. And unlike some of his ilk that unmask, his past as a luchador was referenced and discussed on commentary.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a trilby down the ramp for his entrance.
  • Red Baron: "El Ídolo", or "The Idol."
  • Took a Level in Badass: Since Zelina Vega joined him as a manager, he started winning more, with Vega either psyching him up or cheating on his behalf.
  • Worthy Opponent: After Cedric Alexander defeated him, Almas congratulated him and shook his hand. The next episode they were one of the first teams announced for the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Unfortunately this respect didn't last long, as noted above.
  • You Are Number 6: Plus Bilingual Bonus. 'Cien' is Spanish for 100.

    Aleister Black 

Aleister Black (Thomas Budgen)
  • 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)
  • 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

    Tommaso Ciampa 

Tommaso Ciampa (Tommaso Whitney)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)

    Johnny Gargano 

Johnny Gargano (John Anthony Nicholas Gargano)

    No Way Jose 

No Way Jose (Levis Valenzuela Jr.)
  • Afro Asskicker: His hair is reaching almost Carlito levels of voluminous.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a fun-loving guy, but make no mistake, he can and will bring the fight. Austin Aries found this out the hard way.
  • Dance Battler: Incorporates several dance moves into his offense.
  • Expy: Initially drew Fandango comparisons due to his salsa dancing gimmick... except you find out later that his gimmick wasn't meant so much to be (exclusively) a dancer as a partygoing reveler. In that way, his gimmick edges much closer to that of Adam Rose - minus the weird cadre of costumed followers.
  • Fun Personified: Is always smiling, dancing, and having a good time.
  • Life of the Fiesta: His ring gear even says "Fiesta" on it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's very agile and fluid, as one would expect of a Dance Battler. He's also 245 pounds.
  • Megaton Punch: Employs something of a pop-up KO punch in his arsenal. Think Cesaro meets Big Show.

    Oney Lorcan 

Oney Lorcan (Christopher Girard)
  • 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.

    Drew McIntyre 

Drew McIntyre (Drew Galloway)

    Buddy Murphy 

Buddy Murphy (Matthew Adams)
  • Bash Brothers: With Blake, until their break-up.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

    Roderick Strong 

Roderick Strong (Christopher Lindsey)

    Lars Sullivan 

Lars Sullivan (Dylan Miley)
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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 top rope that he calls the Purple Rainmaker.
  • 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. 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 (Nhooph Al-Areebi)

    Bianca BelAir 

Bianca BelAir (Bianca Blair)
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.

    Billie Kay 

Billie Kay (Jessica McKay)

    Ember Moon 

Ember Moon (Adrienne Reese)

    Peyton Royce 

Peyton Royce (Cassie McIntosh)
  • Amazonian Beauty: Mostly in the abs.
  • Beta Bitch: To Billie Kay. She was however able to get a win in a #1 contender's match and challenge Asuka on her own - even if she didn't win.
  • Dance Battler: Her graceful movements give away that she was a dancer before becoming a wrestler.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Flowers have recently become a part of her motif.
  • Green and Mean: She's taken to wearing green attires and she definitely has an attitude.
  • Identical Stranger: Very similar to Eva Marie in the face and body.
  • Jobber: Was initially this under her real first name Cassie, but she's picked up a few wins since then.
  • Kick Chick: Depending on how much offense she gets in, it's possible for her to go through a match doing nothing but kicks.
  • Kick the Dog: She and Billie taunted Liv Morgan following a Curb-Stomp Battle she suffered at the hands of Asuka.
  • Land Down Under: Where she and Billie both grew up, attended the same high school, as well as first trained together.
  • Red Baron: "The Venus Flytrap of NXT"
  • Redhead In Green: Well, more of a burgundy shade.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Although some fans think the heterosexual part is supposed to be ambiguous, Peyton and Billie are 100% loyal to each other and have sworn never to betray the other even though they are heels. Even in a Fatal Four Way for the NXT Women's Championship they never turned on each other, instead trying to help the other get a pin or submission.
  • Suplex Finisher: She's been using a Fisherman's Suplex as of late.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Tends to go to pieces if an opponent starts kicking out or no selling her offense, despite this meaning she's still got the momentum. In one match Asuka kicking out after a two count reduced her to a screaming tantrum and some weak shoves, after which Asuka predictably recovered and flattened her.
  • Whole Costume Reference: The overall motif seems to be a reference of some portrayals of Poison Ivy. Liv lampshaded this on Twitter, referring to Peyton as "a chick who thinks she's Poison Ivy".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple in her hair.

    Kairi Sane 

Kairi Sane (Kaori Housako)
  • 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".

    Zelina Vega 

Zelina Vega (Thea Megan Trinidad)

Tag Teams and Stables

    The Authors of Pain 

As a Team
L-R: Akam, Paul Ellering, and Rezar
  • Ambiguously Brown: Akam is ethnically Punjabi Indian, and Rezar is from Albania. Somewhat surprisingly for WWE, which likes to play the Foreign Wrestling Heel thing to the hilt, this (aside from occasionally cutting promos in their native languages) doesn't factor into their gimmick at all.
  • Establishing Character Moment: They came out after American Alpha lost the NXT tag titles back to The Revival and utterly destroyed the ex-champions before being called to the back by legendary manager Paul Ellering.
  • Finishing Move: Two of them:
    • "The Last Chapter" is a Russian Legsweep and Lariat combination.
    • "Super Collider" is stereo powerbombs after knocking their opponents together.
  • Spiritual Successor Tag Team: In the same vein as old school big vicious bruiser tandems such as the Powers of Pain, Faces of Fear, Demolition Road Warriors/Legion of Doom, etc., they are known as the Authors of Pain. Given that the Legion of Doom's former manager is now guiding the Authors, this is most likely on purpose.
  • Theme Naming: The philosophical principle of Occam's razor goes that among competing hypotheses, select the simplest one with the least assumptions. What Akam and Rezar are here to do needs no assumptions made.
  • Wrestling Monster: They are almost completely unstoppable in the ring. Sometimes one of them does not even bother tagging into the match, allowing the other to destroy both their opponents by themselves.

Akam (Sunny Dhinsa)

Rezar (Gzim Selmani)

  • Lightning Bruiser: A 330-pound monster whose tandem offense with Akam is surprisingly fast and appropriately painful.

    Heavy Machinery 

As a Team

  • 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)

  • 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.
  • 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.


Nikki Cross (Nicola Glencross)

Killian Dain (Damian Mackle)

Alexander Wolfe (Axel Tischer)

Eric Young (Jeremy Fritz)

    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)
  • Berserk Button: Messing with his headbands.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Despite always jobbing, he calmly waits for the next opportunity. His 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.
  • 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.


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.
  • 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.

Nick Miller (Michael "Mikey" Nicholls)

Shane Thorne (Shane Veryzer)

    The Undisputed Era 

As a Team

  • 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.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: They appear out of nowhere to beat up other wrestlers and swiftly disappear.
  • Power Trio
  • 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)

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 

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.

Babatunde Aiyegbusi

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."

Donovan Dijak (Christopher Dijak)

Dallas Harper

Peter Howard

Adrian Jaoude

Thomas Kingdon

Chad Lail

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.
  • 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)

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.
  • Slasher Smile: Tends to flash a very creepy and evil looking grin, which the announcers and the other wrestlers find unnerving.

Lio Rush (Lionel Green)

  • Dark-Skinned Blonde
  • Fragile Speedster: Tiny even for a cruiserweight at 5'6", 160, but extremely quick. He spent about the first 45 seconds of his debut match on NXT bouncing around the ring like a pinball before Velveteen Dream finally got a hold of him.
  • Mythology Gag: His first NXT match was with The Velveteen Dream, FKA Patrick Clark. The two were a tag team fresh out of training when both were still in their late teens.

Brennan Williams

    Women's Division 

Shayna Baszler

Sage Beckett (MaryKate Duignan Glidewell)

  • Formerly Fat: Prior to WWE, her biggest break was a 2 month stint in TNA as the over 300lb "Rosie Lottalove". Aka the girl that ended Daffney's career with a butt drop to the chest. A few years later and a health problem inspired retirement and weight loss, she is now billed at 190lbs.

Vanessa Borne (Danielle Kamela)

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.

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)

Dakota Kai (Cheree Crowley)

  • Jobber: Her first appearance in NXT was being squashed by Nia Jax in 2015 before signing in 2017.

Abbey Laith (Kimberley Frankele)

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.

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

  • Awesome McCoolname: 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.
  • 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…

     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.

Danny Burch (Martin Harris)

Kota Ibushi

Candice LeRae (Candice Gargano)

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.