Characters / WWE NXT

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.

Cedric Alexander

Aliyah (Nhooph Al-Areebi)

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  • Ambiguously Brown: She's part Arab but this heritage has yet to be acknowledged, and she competes with light brown hair. Her ring name Aliyah is Middle-Eastern in origin but is popular among African, Hispanic and Jewish ethnicities too.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She was a babyface during her first few appearances, but became a heel following her proper debut.
  • Hair Decorations: A headband with cat ears.
  • Jobber Given her inexperience, it's hardly surprising.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: She received one from Asuka, who wanted to send a message to Bayley.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Inverted. She wore a purple outfit during her debut, and got her ass handed to her on a silver platter.
  • Woman in Black: Her attire is entirely black.

Andrade 'Cien' Almas (Manny Andrade)

Austin Aries (Dan Solwold, Jr.)

Asuka (Kanako Urai)

Daria Berenato

Wesley Blake (Cory Weston)

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  • Bash Brothers: With Murphy.
  • 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 have started being announced to the ring this way since winning the tag straps. He does have a canonical first name (Wesley), but it's almost never used.
  • 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 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.

Angelo Dawkins (Gary Gordon)

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  • 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 is even beginning to irritate his partner now.
  • 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 teases the possibility that we will see more of the serious athlete soon.
  • 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.
  • Red Baron: Adopted "The Curse of Greatness" as his moniker after splitting from Sawyer Fulton.

Scott Dawson (David K. Harwood)

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  • Boring but Practical: It's not said this way, of course, but this seems to be the general ethos of the Mechanics, who pointedly eschew flash and eeven technical window-dressing in favor of out-brawling opponents. Their mantra is "no flips - just fists."
  • Deep South: From Whiteville, North Carolina, and his Southern work ethic is heavily emphasized as a part of his character, having been part of various redneck/Southern boy tag teams. The latest and already most successful one was initially called the Mechanics (hinting at a clear willingness to get down and dirty) and their theme song can be best described as a Southern metal anthem.
  • House Husband: Dawson had to become the "man of the house" at a young age.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After he formed the Mechanics/Revival with Dash Wilder, the duo were mainly used as enhancement talent until the both took a huge leap in the mentioned trope and scored their first victory over the incredibly over Enzo and Cass.
    • They advanced to the semifinal round of the Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament, and although they were beaten by Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, they proved that they're here to stay in the tag division.
    • Their badass leveling was completed when they destroyed The Vaudevillains to win the NXT Tag Team Championship. They eventually became the first two-time champions in NXT, defeating American Alpha to get their tag titles back.

Tommaso Ciampa (Tommaso Whitney)

  • Fighting Your Friend: Fights against Johnny Gargano in the first round of the Cruiserweight Classic. Ciampa had the match all but won, but couldn't find it in himself to truly hurt Gargano, allowing the latter to steal the win with a crucifix pinning combination.
  • Tag Team: With Gargano.

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."

Sunny Dhinsa

Tye Dillinger (Ronnie Arneil)

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  • Arc Number: ...C'mon. Guess.
  • Canada, Eh?: From Ontario.
  • Catch Phrase: "TEN!!"
  • Small Name, Big Ego: According to his WWE.com bio, Dillinger claims that if you wanted to be considered the best, you have to defeat him…which if one remembers his win/loss ratio in the past, and even currently against NXT's higher tier guys, is not a very difficult thing to do. The irony is, this actually makes his claim true in a more mocking fashion—if you can't beat him, you certainly don't have any grounds calling yourself the best.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being re-packaged with the "Perfect 10" gimmick. Still got more room to go, though.
  • Wild Card: He initially worked as either face or heel as an episode's particular card demanded before solidifying himself as a face.

Sawyer Fulton (Jacob Southwick)

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  • Darker and Edgier: Slowly getting there as his frustration grows with continuously jobbing alongside a tag team partner who seems to be unflappable about it.
  • Expy: A large, young man raised in rural America that was a multiple-time collegiate wrestling award winner, recruited by Jim Ross out of college and has the real name of "Jacob"? Sounds a bit like Jack Swagger.
    • He and Angelo Dawkins could be seen as one to the Minnesota Stretching Crew, as they have a similar aesthetic and have adopted an amateur wrestling gimmick.
  • Farm Boy

Johnny Gargano (John Anthony Nichols)

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Nikki Glencross (Nicola Glencross)

  • Badass Boast: Declares herself to be "The Best in the Galaxy".
  • Violent Glaswegian: Born in Glasgow and proves to be extremely aggressive in taking the fight to her opponents.

Hideo Itami (Kenta Kobayashi)

Samoa Joe (Nuufolau Joel Seanoa)

No Way Jose (Levis Valenzuela Jr.)

Billie Kay (Jessica McKay)

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  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After having a match on Smackdown against Dana Brooke, Billie began acting more arrogant and prideful over her main roster appearance even though she lost.
  • Femme Fatale: Her entrance theme is titled as such, and she is somewhat seductive in her entrance.
  • Finishing Move: Currently using a Big Boot, putting her long and strong legs to work.
  • Jobber: Initially shown as this under the name Jessie, the derivative of her first name which she used on the indies.
  • Kick Chick: She uses lots of foot-chokes and stomps, as well as a Big Boot as her finisher.
  • Land Down Under: Where she and Peyton/Cassie both grew up, attended the same high school, as well as first trained together.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She immediately started getting more wins upon her return and costume change to purple outfits.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Took on this look in a match against Asuka as the debut of her Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome.
  • She's Got Legs: Perfect for playing basketball, which is exactly what she did prior to wrestling. It's also perfect for a tagline involving the "longest legs in NXT".
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: It's more like this than a straight-up Face–Heel Turn, if you consider Billie Kay to be like a "sequel identity" to Jessie. In her first televised NXT match since the contract and name change, she took a Darker and Edgier look and attitude against Asuka.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Although she lost her match on Smackdown, it gave her a confidence boost that led to her winning her first matches on NXT.

Oney Lorcan (Christopher Girard)

  • Face of a Thug: Has one of the nastiest looking scowls in WWE.
  • Glass Cannon: Relatively small in stature but can hit very hard.
  • Kiai: Usually followed with a vicious elbow.

Nick Miller (Michael "Mikey" Nicholls)

  • Tag Team: With Shane Thorne as TM-61, a combination of their last initials and Australia's country code.

Ember Moon (Adrienne Reese)

Liv Morgan (Gionna Daddio)

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  • Big Eater: She talks about food a lot on social media.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She's pretty tan.
  • Expy: She's already getting compared to Carmella, since both are urban DarkSkinnedBlondes who wear a Tomboyish Baseball Cap in their entrance and both hail from the New England area, Carmella from Staten Islandnote  and Liv from New Jersey. It also doesn't help that like Mandy Rose (see below), she made her official debut after Carmella was called up to the main roster. The main difference between the two is that Carmella was a Girly Girl despite the cap whereas Liv is more tomboyish.
  • Genki Girl: She has lots of energy in her entrance.
  • Hidden Depths: Although she's a tough NJ brawler type, she shows off some impressive athleticism and flexibility - using a few Matrix dodges and handsprings to set up moves.
  • Jobber: Served as one a few times before her official television debut.
  • Joisey: She is a proud New Jerseyan who has her area code of 201 (she is from Elmwood Park in Bergen County) featured prominently in her Titantron video and on her clothing. This is the same area code that gave us fellow Joisey-stereotype Enzo Amore and former female star AJ Lee (who are from Hackensack, also Bergen, and Union City, Hudson, respectively).
  • Kick Chick: She got her first win with a roundhouse kick to Aliyah.
  • Plucky Girl: She's got a lot of heart to fight, even if it doesn't translate into immediate victories. She even called out Asuka, knowing full well she will likely get her ass kicked, but wanted the opportunity anyway.
  • Punny Name: A few puns have been made using her first name like "Liv Life" and "Living Large", or her Twitter handle @YaOnlyLivvOnce.
  • She-Fu: As noted above, there's a few Matrixes, cartwheels and handsprings in there. She's a former competitive cheerleader.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: She wears one to the ring.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a Lad Ette who's also a beautiful blonde and former cheerleader.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza judging by her social media.

Buddy Murphy (Matthew Adams)

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  • Bash Brothers: With Blake.
  • 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 have started being billed this way ever since winning the Tag Team Titles. He does have a canonical first name (Buddy), but it's almost never used.
  • 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 either faces or 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.

Shinsuke Nakamura

Bobby Roode (Robert Roode)

Mandy Rose (Amanda Saccomanno)

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  • Amazonian Beauty: She's a former bodybuilder and fitness model.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: By way of tanning.
  • Identical Stranger: She has more than a passing resemblance to Trish Stratus, particularly during Trish's early years when she was more bulky. Both were also fitness models before becoming wrestlers.
  • Spiritual Successor: More than a few fans have called her "a better version of Eva Marie." Both women are former models who debuted through WWE reality shows, Eva through Total Divas and Mandy through WWE Tough Enough. The reason why Mandy is the "better" version is because unlike Eva, who was put on the main roster almost immediately with minimal training, she spent a year working NXT house shows before her TV debut and her wrestling skills are passable. The fact she debuted shortly after Eva was called up and Corey Graves' first reaction to her only heightens the comparison.
    Corey Graves: I'll tell you what, at this point Mandy Rose is runner up to only one thing in my life: Eva Marie. Beyond that, that's it.
    Tom Phillips: Oh no.

Peyton Royce (Cassie McIntosh)

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  • 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.
  • Identical Stranger: Facially very similar to Eva Marie.
  • Jobber: Was initially this under her real first name Cassie.
  • Kick Chick: Depending on how much offense she gets in, it's possible for her to go through a match doing nothing but kicks.
  • Land Down Under: Where she and Billie/Jessie both grew up, attended the same high school, as well as first trained together.

Elias Samson (Logan Shulo)

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  • The Drifter: It's his entire gimmick, even down to being his Red Baron.
  • "I Am" Song: In this video, he sings about the NXT title history and ends it by singing on how he will be the next champion.
  • Irony: The post-Takeover episode in Brooklyn had Bull Dempsey completing his repackaging by beating Samson in his new gimmick's infancy. Four months later, the post-Takeover episode in London had Samson completing his repackaging by decisively toppling Dempsey.
  • The Stoic: Not particularly expressive unless he's either singing and playing his guitar or beating on an opponent.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Was initially still a jobber in the Drifter gimmick's early stages.

Gzim Selmani

Shane Thorne (Shane Veryzer)

Dash Wilder (Daniel Wheeler)

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  • Deep South: He's from Old Fort, North Carolina, he's one-half of a hard-working, dirt and grime, smash-mouth tag team originally called the Mechanics, now the Revival, and he's got a Southern metal anthem called "Southern Proud" for a theme song; yep, he qualifies.
  • Flaw Exploitation: His WWE.com bio states he had to do this in order to survive up in the mountains of his hometown. Shown extensively during points in certain matches, such as crawling underneath across the ring to stop a hot tag from the other side during the Revival's tag team title defense against American Alpha at TakeOver: Dallas. (On that occasion it wasn't enough, as he and Dawson botched their finisher moments later and wound up losing their titles in the end, but it was still a notable stroke of brilliance on Dash's part.)
  • Took a Level in Badass: Both he and Dawson went through this and both went from barely being on TV let alone winning a match to after an upset victory over Enzo and Cass, becoming a major threat in the tag team division.
    • Took a further level when he and Dawson dominated the Vaudevillians to win the tag team titles.

     NXT House Show talent 
Contains Superstars who have yet to have their official on-screen debut on NXT and primarily work house shows. If they do show up on-screen it is mainly as a jobber.

Chris Atkins

Cezar Bononi

King Constantine (Radomir Petković)

Preston Cunningham Jr. (Joshua Woods)

Gabriel Ealy

Uriel Ealy

Dallas Harper

Peter Howard

Thomas Kingdon

Noah Kekoa (Noah Pang- Potjes)

Tucker Knight (Levi Cooper)

Hugo Knox (Stuart Tomlinson)

Sara Lee

Dan Matha

Bronson Mathews (Josh Bredhl)

Riddick Moss (Michael Rallis)

Dylan Miley

Jeet Rama (Satender Ved Pal)

Tino Sabatelli (Sabatino Piscitelli)

Rich Swann (Richard Swann)

Alexander Wolfe (Axel Tischer)

Eric Young (Jeremy Fritz)

     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 ramped up in recent years due to a partnership with EVOLVE and an upcoming global cruiserweight tournament.

Tessa Blanchard

  • Wrestling Family: The daughter of original Four Horseman member and WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard.

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.
  • 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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