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.

Enzo Amore (Eric Arndt)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Carmella, mainly because she's obviously not interested in him at all and he refuses to take the hint. The subplot eventually got dropped.
  • Arch-Enemy: It was Sylvester Lefort, but is now Blake and Murphy.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: One might think that while he was wheelchair-bound, he couldn't do anyone any damage... and yet he was perfectly capable of running over Aiden English's foot.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Abruptly returned after recovering from an injury to come to Big Cass' aid against the Legionnaires.
  • Boastful Rap: Pretty much the entirety of his current theme, "SAWFT Is a Sin".
  • Bullying a Dragon: Does this to Mason Ryan. Just a reminder, Mason Ryan is 6'3 and 295 pounds.
  • Catch Phrase: So many. The winner seems to be calling his opponents S-A-W-F-T, SAAAAWFT - although this particular phrase has been handed off to Cass, probably because his delivery of it is almost a meme in itself.
    • "How you doin'?"
    • "My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G, and a bona fide stud. And you can't. Teach. That. And this right here? This is Big Cass, and he's 7 foot tall. And you can't. Teach. That. Bada boom, realest guys in the room! HOW YOU DOIN'?"
      • With Carmella accompanying them, he adds "And this right here? This is Carmella, and she's hot as hell. And you can't. Teach. That." between Cass' introduction and the "Bada boom".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not so much on the mic or in the ring, but his backstage promos with Cass occasionally run into this. In one promo, Cass takes over the speaking after a short intro by Enzo. For the rest of the promo, Enzo ponders over something Cass said before having an epiphany in the last 20 seconds and insistently trying to get Cass' attention to point out the fact that he understood the joke.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite not being a great worker in a traditionally smark-heavy setting, Enzo's clear giftedness with a microphone has given him and his associates a very solid fan base in NXT.
  • Epic Fail: His actual attempts to wrestle. He has no real moveset, and his offense mostly consists of "get thrown at people by Cass and then run away"... although he has improved marginally to the point where Cass no longer does all the work.
  • Expy/Spiritual Successor: Enzo's basically a louder, hammier, more ridiculous version of Road Dogg. Introduce self in hammy manner, introduce partner in hammy manner, do so consistently enough that the audience can say your intro with you verbatim, and have the crowd finish off with your catchphrase. It's basically lifted straight out of New Age Outlaws.
  • Finishing Move: Famous in internet circles his finishing move on The Other Wiki was once listed as "Tag in Cass".
  • Hidden Depths: In one promo during the period when his leg was broken, he rants that a place he'd been to wasn't handicapped-accessible and thus were liable.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Turned face solely because everyone in the crowd cheered him for his comical Miles Gloriosus nature.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Recently started sporting huge blond muttonchops.
  • Insistent Terminology: More like insistent spelling: He refers to the opposition as soft, spelled "S-A-W-F-T... SAWWWWFT!" Also counts as Funetik Aksent.
  • Joisey: Billed from New Jersey.
  • Keet: Dear Lord, the man is hyper.
  • Large Ham: Oh, my GOD. It's like it's his default setting.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Limited, in that just about everything he wears will have leopard-print somewhere on it, as did his customised wheelchair. Hell, he's even shaved the design into his hair.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Mean is stretching it (a lawt), but nevertheless, during the month where WWE was promoting the Susan G. Komen foundation, instead of the normal ridiculous designs shaved into the side of his head, he had the Komen ribbon on one side and their slogan (Rise) on the other.
  • Meaningful Name: "Amore" is Italian for "love". Given how much he talks about being a stud...
  • Miles Gloriosus
    "If me and Cass had a dime for every time we got beat up as a kid, we'd have ZERO DIMES!"
  • NO INDOOR VOICE: Enzo has two volume settings: loud and louder.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Shut up, Enzo."
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Serves the role of bringing lighthearted comedy segments and hilarious promos (even comedy wrestling matches) to NXT. This role of being the humorous breather between other storylines and matches was particularly evident in NXT Takeover II.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's been pretty sexist in vignettes, though it should be noted that Big Cass immediately called him out for it and Enzo's been portrayed as an idiot every time he does something sexist.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: And you can't. Teach. That.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to breaking his leg, though he showed up in backstage segments.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
    "My name is Enzo Amore, and I'm a certified G, and a bona fide stud! Bada boom! Realest guy in da room!"
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: He once claimed that he's never had a girlfriend because he 'refuses to commit himself to failure', not because, by his own admission, he treats women like dirt.
  • Those Two Guys: With Colin Cassady.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The training vignettes show that he's refusing to take Carmella seriously as a potential superstar, even when she keeps handing him his arse.
    • He also refused to accept that Carmella is not interested in him at all, despite all his advances being rebuffed (sometimes violently).

Finn Bálor (Fergal Devitt)

Bayley (Pamela Martinez)

Wesley Blake (Cory Weston)

  • Bash Brothers: With Buddy Murphy.
  • Cowboy: From San Antonio, Texas at that.
  • Last Name Basis: He and Murphy have started being announced to the ring this way since winning the tag straps.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Alexa Bliss (Alexis Kaufman)

  • Arch-Enemy: It was previously Sasha Banks, but now seems to be Carmella.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be tiny, cute and sparkly, but don't take her lightly.
    • In one match against Banks, she looked visibly angry at Banks (who'd given her a nosebleed during the match) and got very aggressive.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Her entrance is meant to evoke this.
  • Catch Phrase: "Bliss your heart".
  • Cute Bruiser: Emphasised, as Renee Young described her as looking like a fairy. She's also a little more modest than the typical Diva.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was appearing on NXT for as early as a year before she debuted, she appeared at live events as the girlfriend of redneck Scott Dawson and filmed a couple of promos for it, she had a stint as a ring announcer, and she's also the girl in the often-used clip of Tyler Breeze asking a girl if she wanted to take a picture, only to clarify that he meant of him as opposed to with him. She also appeared at WrestleMania 30 as part of Triple H's entrance, along with Charlotte and Sasha Banks.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: As a face, her hair had blue tips. As a heel, she's got red tips.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Oh my, yes. Her ring gear is adorned with sparkles and she blows a stream of glitter to the fans.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After turning heel, she went from the fairy outfit (which had a long-sleeved blouse and shorts) to something resembling Blake and Murphy's outfit: red with white and black highlights (including the claw marking design) and a whole lot more exposed skin on both the top and the bottom (halter-top and almost a bikini).
  • Face-Heel Turn: At Unstoppable, when she helped Blake and Murphy.
  • Foil: To Charlotte, essentially. Both are gymnasts and their gimmicks invoke their blonde hair, but where Charlotte goes the Alpha Bitch route, Alexa is billed as the bubbly blonde. This goes down to their physiques too - Charlotte is more tall and lean compared to Alexa, who is more athletic and bigger in build (similar to Emma).
  • Girly Skirt Twirl
  • Good Is Dumb: She had a promo just before her rematch with Sasha Banks, where she said that she was sure to win because Sasha had lost even with the rest of the BFFs there to back her up, and the BFFs weren't around for the rematch... except that in the original match, Sasha flattened her, and the only reason Alexa won was because Charlotte and Summer Rae started fighting at ringside and Sasha got distracted. (She lost the rematch.)
  • I Have the High Ground: Can do a somersault off the top for the hell of it. Her finisher is also a 450 splash.
  • It's Personal: She became set on beating the crap out of Sasha Banks for all the painful losses Sasha inflicted on her in the past. She eventually did win a match by countout, but lost the title match.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: In the same vein as Rey Mysterio. She's short, colourful and also adorable.
  • Lady in Red: After turning heel, she switched to a red outfit and dyed the tips of her hair red.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: And majored in bedazzling, apparently.
  • Parts Unknown: From "The University of Bliss" (which is apparently somewhere in Columbus, Ohio).
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Although she is very small and athletic, she is also a former body builder.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She switched from her usual blue ring gear to a new set that's purple, but otherwise identical after returning in March 2015.
  • Put on a Bus: After Sasha Banks accidentally injured her nose, in November 2014. The Bus Came Back in March 2015.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: She didn't only drop her nice girl persona when she turned heel, she also left behind several square feet of clothing.
  • She-Fu /Waif-Fu: What do you expect from a former gymnast and cheerleader? The second was emphasized in her first match by Renee Young comparing her to Thumbelina.
  • Skip of Innocence
  • Slasher Smile
  • True Blue Femininity: As a face, all her outfits had varying shades of blue on them, as did her hair.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: After she teamed up with Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Her somersault off the top rope doesn't really seem to serve much of a purpose - but it sure is impressive.
  • Weak, but Skilled: A major point of her debut match. She was essentially overpowered by Alicia Fox, but caught her off-guard by thinking outside the box.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blonde hair with blue tips. She dyed it red after turning heel.

Tyler Breeze (Mattias Clement)

  • Arch-Enemy: For a period, it was Hideo Itami.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Break Them by Talking: Did this in brutal fashion to Marcus Louis before beating him in one move.
  • Camp Straight
  • Catch Phrase: He likes to insult people by calling them 'Uggos'.
  • Character Development: Went from being a Sissy Villain who was reluctant to let his face and hair get messed up to a legitimate contender for the NXT title who had no problem getting hit in the face, but continued to focus on his looks to throw his opponents off their games.
  • David Versus Goliath: He actually has a great record against the bigger wrestlers in NXT, sometimes squashing them flat, it's only when a guy similar in build that he has problems.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Sings" the lyrics to "#Mmmgorgeous", which basically amounts to Tyler talking about how really really really ridiculously good looking he is.
  • Even Narcissistic Heels Love Their Mamas: He flipped when Adrian Neville made a Your Mom joke.
  • Expy:
    • Of Zoolander - he practically emulates Zoolander's signature "Blue Steel" look as he walks to the ring.
    • Of post-Rockers Shawn Michaels - he's athletic, he's arrogant, his Finishing Move is a kick to the head, and he sings his own theme music, which is entirely about how good-looking he is.
  • The Fighting Narcissist
  • Gorgeous George
  • Groin Attack: Accidentally low-blowed Sami Zayn during their match at Takeover, when he raised his hands to protect his face and in the process hit Zayn (who was trying to kick him) in the balls.
  • Incoming Ham: He makes it a point in his entrance to turn around dramatically just as the music really gets going.
    • His original theme built up for 10 seconds, before the spotlights fell on Tyler as the main tune kicked in.
    • "#Mmmgorgeous" starts with a crowd of paparazzi calling for Tyler to look in their direction.
  • It's All About Me: He pretty much had a fit when he found out that the song '#selfie' by the Chainsmokers didn't have a single selfie of him in it. After starting a campaign, the Chainsmokers put one of his selfies in an updated version of the video.
  • Not in the Face!: Obviously his weak spot; he'd also prefer it if his hair didn't get messed up. CJ Parker made a point of targeting his face because of this, and as a a result he got better about it.
  • Pet the Dog: The only heel to congratulate Sami Zayn on finally winning the NXT title.
  • Pretty in Mink: It's become something of a Running Gag that all of his clothes are made out of the fur of extremely exotic animals.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave a very nasty one to Marcus Louis that had a very big hand in Louis' mental breakdown.
  • Red Baron: The King of Cuteville, the Sire of Selfies and Prince Pretty.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: Generally starts matches with his hair in a neat bun. Once the pace of the match picks up, he stops caring about his hair, and it usually ends up in a frazzled mess.
  • Sissy Villain: Perhaps because of this and the general silliness of the gimmick, even though he's a heel, he still gets cheers.
    • As his feud with CJ Parker escalated, he started to become afraid of the guy, with stunts like running out of the ring at the bell.
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: His feud with CJ Parker with Parker as the slob, himself as the snob.
  • Sore Loser: For all he pretended to not care about Hideo Itami beating him in the first round of the #1 Contenders' Tournament, he later attacked Itami in an interview, furiously berating him for winning only to lose to Finn Balor.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: He loves to take selfies of himself, something teenage girls are known for. He's also obsessed with his appearance so therefore we must hate him.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He's a model turned wrestler.
  • You Look Familiar: Oh hey there, Mike Dalton.

Dana Brooke (Ashley Sebera)

Carmella (Leah Van Dale)

  • Arch-Enemy: Alexa Bliss.
  • Berserk Button: She really didn't like Enzo and Big Cass throwing around sexist comments... by which we mean that she picked up a medicine ball and threw it at Enzo's stomach.
  • Big Applesauce
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Has started borrowing "How you doin'?" from the Realest Guys, since she's the third member of their stable.
  • But Not Too White: Look at that tan!
  • Catch Phrase: "Bada bing, hottest chick in the ring". (Adapted, of course, from Enzo's "Bada boom! Realest guys in the room!")
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First appeared in an online video with Enzo Amore and Big Cass as a friend of theirs that worked in a hair salon. She was recognized immediately from live events.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: At the gym, Enzo expects her to have no clue how to work out. Off-screen, she takes her tracksuit off - and she is ripped.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: By way of obvious fake tan, of course.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Enzo and Cass.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy tried to get her to leave the Realest Guys by buying her jewellery and generally sucking up to her. It seemed to be working until they brutally attacked the Realest Guys backstage in front of her, and then later interfered in her match, making her lose.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Of the hoop earrings and golden necklace variety.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Went from the heelish companion of the Realest Guys to a wholly supportive member of their trio.
    • Face-Heel Turn: Teased when Blake and Murphy tried to buy her loyalty with presents. It didn't work.
  • I Have Brothers: And claims to be tougher than all five of them.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: The leopard print tracksuit she wore to the gym.
    • Averted with her sensible training gear.
    • Her ring gear combines leopard print with lots of rhinestones.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Enzo and Cass criticised her for accepting presents from their rivals, Blake and Murphy. Carmella's response was to point out that Blake and Murphy were treating her better than Enzo and Cass were. Given that Enzo frequently refused to stop hitting on her even when she clearly told him she wasn't interested, she wasn't wrong.
  • Multicolored Hair: Honey blonde mixed with brown.
  • Phrase Catcher: "And this right here? This is Carmella, and she's hot as hell. And you can't. Teach. That."
  • Red Baron: "The Princess of Staten Island".
  • The Rival: An as-of-yet-unnamed girl that is simply known as "Blue Pants" (Leva Bates, from SHIMMER). What had been an introductory match with what was supposed to be a Jobber ended up becoming a short series that actually saw Carmella come off worse most recently.
    • Replaced by Alexa Bliss now, after Bliss' heel turn at Unstoppable.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To Enzo and Cass. They're friendly and endearing to fans and other faces even in their arrogance, while she's dismissive towards everyone except maybe Cass, gets jeered for it on NXT, and has played the heel role in recent matches against other ladies. With Enzo and Cass beginning to be pushed as serious contenders, she's now begun to change her tune, becoming more fan friendly and showing support for both of them.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Enzo and Big Cass.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Enzo and Cass called in a favor from her at her salon during their rivalry with the Legionnaires. The resulting fallout from her involvement ended with her in an NXT ring, the Legionnaires breaking up, and Marcus Louis losing his hair and his mind.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Inverted. She's a hairdresser turned wrestler.
  • You Go Girl: To a small extent. Enzo frequently underestimates her in training, only for her to get the better of him.

Colin "Big Cass" Cassady (Bill Morrissey)

  • Blatant Lies: He and Enzo made a number of videos about them training Carmella and getting her a tryout, all of which ended with Enzo looking like an idiot. Cass always promised to not post them online (and always did). It took Enzo a while to catch on, but he got there in the end.
  • The Brute / The Big Guy
  • Catch Phrase: "How you doin'?" and "SAWFT."
    • "I'm gonna..." *shakes like he can't get the word out* "SPELL IT OUT FOR YA!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: For Enzo.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Pulls one off on Aiden English, though how intentional it was is debatable.
  • The Giant: 7 foot tall, and you "can't teach that." Although, in a subversion of the usual trope, he's far and away the better wrestler of his pairing with Enzo, for what that's worth.
  • Hidden Depths: Gets into a sing off with Aiden English... and actually sings really well.
  • Large Ham: Not as much as Enzo, but it's there.
  • Non-Idle Rich
  • Not So Above It All: Sure, he looks like the more sensible one, but he's more than happy to participate in Enzo's weirdness.
  • Only Sane Man: He is this to Enzo.
  • Phrase Catcher: "And this right here? This is Big Cass. And he's 7 foot tall, and you can't. Teach. That."
  • Shout-Out: During NXT Takeover 2, Big Cass calls for the bucket in the same way the Dudley Boys would call for the table.
  • The Straight Man: Serves as this to Enzo Amore. That this applies shows just how over-the-top Enzo is.
  • Those Two Guys: With Enzo Amore.

Baron Corbin (Tom Pestock)

  • Animal Motifs: Wolves.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Baron Corbin.
  • Badass Biker
  • The Brute
  • The Bus Came Back: Having previously been a jobber, he officially debuted at Takeover 2 to squash CJ Parker, which instantly got most of the audience on his side.
  • Catch Phrase: On Twitter, and in his promo, it's "You can't fight fate" and "All hail".
  • Finishing Move: A Lifting Reverse STO he calls the End of Days.
  • The Giant: He's 6'8.
  • London England Syndrome: He's billed from Kansas City, but we haven't been told which Kansas City. For all we know he could be from the Kansas City border.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's been hinted that he's not actually human (having called himself a 'different breed' and alluded to 'my kind' in a promo), but there's no concrete evidence either way. Given the wolf motif, some fans think that he may be a werewolf.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Corbin' means 'raven-haired'.
  • Mighty Glacier: When he's not having a squash match, he moves slowly, but he hits his opponents hard.
  • Mysterious Past: According to the commentators, nobody knows anything about him, and even Regal couldn't— or wouldn't— say.
  • Phrase Catcher: He's one of the latest recipients of the 'X is gonna kill you' chant.
  • Psychotic Smirk: After he wins.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk a lot—he walks in, does his match, and usually leaves straight afterwards without so much as saying a single word. This changed when Bull Dempsey started to annoy him.
    • Since joining the commentary team, Corey Graves has claimed that they hang around the same circles, and while Corbin doesn't say much, when he does speak, people pay attention.
  • The Rival: Bull Dempsey, though Corbin seems to view Dempsey as less of a rival and more of a persistent annoyance.
    • With Bull demoted to Jobber status, Rhyno seems to have taken his place as Corbin's rival.
  • Squash Match: Most of his matches have lasted less than a minute since he returned at Takeover 2 and he's won them all (excepting his match with Adrian Neville). As of 10/30/14's episode, the audience counts how long the matches go for.
  • Two First Names: Possibly. 'Corbin' can be both a first name and a last name, and it's not clear which it is in this case.

Solomon Crowe (Sam Johnston)

  • Animal Motifs: Crows, obviously.
    • He's described himself as a honey badger/ratel.
  • Anime Hair: His initial hairdo is best described as... a Vegeta cosplay gone horribly wrong.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall/Interface Screw: Whenever he hacks the show, he doesn't just hack the Titantron, he hacks the show itself.
  • Catch Phrase: "This is not a test" comes up a lot in his videos.
    • (At the end of a promo or match) "We now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast/programming."
  • The Cracker
  • Cloudcuckoolander: There's something indeterminately... off about Solomon Crowe. The hair, the way he appears to be trying to ram the microphone into his own skull during promos, the unorthodox style and finishing move... oh, and the fact that he screws around with NXT's display setups for kicks and giggles.
  • Hollywood Hacking
  • Put on a Bus: He debuted the hacker gimmick at a live show... and that's all we heard from him (officially) for months, though he wrestled a lot of dark matches and house shows.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Signed to NXT, trained, debuted a malicious hacker gimmick that looked to be going somewhere... then promptly disappeared, reappearing over a year later.
  • You Look Familiar: Sami Callihan from Combat Zone Wrestling and a handful of other indy promotions.

Angelo Dawkins (Gary Gordon)

  • Hipster: Formerly. This was dropped in favor of an amateur wrestling gimmick when he started teaming with Sawyer Fulton.

Scott Dawson (David Charwood)

  • House Husband: Dawson had to become the "man of the house" at a young age.

Bull Dempsey (James Smith)

  • Acrofatic: After Unstoppable, it's become less acro and more fatic, sadly.
  • Animal Motif: BULL! Though in his case it's not done in an overt, cartoonish manner like an El Torito.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Engaged in a non-verbal case of this with Baron Corbin, each trying to outdo the other in the art of swiftly dominating jobber opponents. Culminated in a no-DQ match with Corbin at NXT Takeover: Rival, which he came out on the losing end of.
  • Big Eater: And it's become a serious issue for him, at least in storyline.
  • Brooklyn Rage
  • The Brute
  • I Have the High Ground: Though he usually just does diving headbutts.
  • Incoming Ham: BULL! BULL! BULL!
  • Last of His Kind: Calls himself the Last of a Dying Breed in reference to old school, smash-mouth style wrestlers.
  • The Rival: To Baron Corbin, at first. After several consecutive losses, though, now he's starting to enter Goddamned Bats territory.
  • Squash Match: The buildup to his eventual first battle with Corbin consisted of the two trying to top each other at this.

Aiden English (Matt Rehwoldt)

  • Arch-Enemy: The Lucha Dragons.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: With his moustache and his plain brown tights with built-in muscle belt, he looks like an old-fashioned vaudeville strongman. In June 2014, humorously and appropriately enough, he ended up tag-teaming with Simon Gotch, a vaudeville strongman wrestler, and their promos and entrance are done in the style of old black and white films. To top it all off, their tag team is called the Vaudevillains.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Berserk Button: He did not take losing the sing-off to Cassady well.
  • The Cast Showoff: His entrance theme is him singing as he walks to the ring. He's damn good at it.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Vaudevillains/Lucha Dragons match at Takeover 3, English pushed Gotch out of the way when the Lucha Dragons did a double suicide dive. It looked like a Senseless Sacrifice at first because Gotch got pinned within minutes, but it turned out to be a case of Dangerously Genre Savvy because Gotch wasn't the legal man, a fact that the Vaudevillains successfully used to get a rematch.
  • Put on a Bus: The Vaudevillains disappeared from the tag team scene for several months, and then returned after Unstoppable.
  • Red Baron: "The Artiste", "The Drama King".
  • Sore Loser: Boy howdy.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He's a stage actor/singer turned wrestler.

Sawyer Fulton (Jacob Southwick)

  • 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

Chad Gable (Chas Betts)

Simon Gotch (John Smith)

Corey Graves (Matt Polinsky)

  • Career-Ending Injury: Told to stop wrestling after receiving two serious concussions and now works backstage. He revealed at NXT Take Over: R Evolution that he is officially retiring from wrestling and is instead joining the NXT Announce Team.
  • Catch Phrase: "Stay down."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most notably since he joined the commentary team, though some in the know have known of his snarkery through Twitter for a lot longer.
  • Expy: Of CM Punk, or at least a more debauched version, anyway. His 2014 re-work of his gimmick takes pages from Paige (pun not intended) as a sort of anti-Superstar.
  • Identical Stranger: He looks somewhat like Jeff Hardy.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He has a wide variety of moves that he performs. He'll brawl, high fly, use technical moves, and his finisher is a submission.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: That say "Stay Down".
  • Life of the Party
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Christcontrol" by Cancer Killing Gemini. That he has a legitimate song as his theme as opposed to an in-house production stands out from the rest of the NXT roster.
  • Really Gets Around: Heavily implied.
  • Red Baron: "The Saviour Of Misbehaviour".
  • Tweener: Maybe. His face turn wasn't really marked by any particular change in character; the only difference was that instead of picking a fight with Rollins (a face at that time), he was picking fights with the Wyatt Family. Likewise, his heel turn after that was marked principally by attacking his tag team partner at the time.
  • You Look Familiar: Has had significant indy success under the name Sterling James Keenan.

Hideo Itami (Kenta Kobayashi)

Samoa Joe (Nuufolau Joel Seanoa)

Jason Jordan (Nathan Everhart)

  • Alliterative Name
  • Expy: Of Shelton Benjamin.
  • Reality Ensues: After Tye Dillinger refused to tag him in not once, but three times during a match, Jordan got pissed off and left Dillinger to get hammered by the Lucha Dragons.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Having ditched former tag partner Tye Dillinger, he began a story line where he teamed with various WWE Superstars in an attempt to find a better tag partner. He eventually found one in Chad Gable.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: See Reality Ensues.

Sylvester Lefort (Tom La Ruffa)

  • Arch-Enemy: Enzo Amore.
  • Catch Phrase: He's primarily motivated by making "MONAY!".
  • Dirty Coward
  • Evil Laugh: His theme starts with one.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Part of his gimmick with Marcus Louis, as the Legionnaires.
  • Gay Paree: Subverted, as he's from Nice.
  • Jerk Ass: After losing the Hair vs Hair match to Enzo Amore, he ran off and let Marcus Louis get the penalty instead.
  • Large Ham: And how!
  • Never My Fault: He tried to justify leaving Louis to get Lefort's penalty by saying that since Louis accepted the challenge to the match on Lefort's behalf, it was fair that Louis got the penalty, even though he hadn't competed in the match and had tried to intervene on Lefort's behalf. The commentators rightly pointed out that if he'd really felt that way, he could have just not shown up to the match, or officially refused the challenge.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite looking like a monster, he's only 5'9'' and weights 170 pounds. Averted, though, in that despite his muscular frame he's never won a match.
  • Put on a Bus: Hasn't been seen since Louis started losing his mind.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returned after Unstoppable as Jason Jordan's new tag partner, though it didn't work out.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Lampshaded by Renee: He came to the Takeover 2 fallout to challenge a triumphant Enzo Amore and Big Cass to a tag team match in response to their humiliation of Marcus Louis... by himself. To his credit, he very quickly realised his mistake (and managed to escape before they could actually attack him).

Marcus Louis (Pierre Marceau)

  • Ax-Crazy: In his match against Lefort, Louis seemed to have lost his mind, beating the hell out of Lefort while repeatedly screaming 'You did this to me!' A later promo shows that he's become a mental wreck as a result of losing his hair and being repeatedly publicly humiliated for it.
  • Badass Ambiguously Gay: Back in the training center he cut a promo (seen here but probably NSFW) to this effect. Whether he's still gay is unknown, but he was old friends and workout partners with LeFort (who had an obsession with his clients being attractive).
  • Bald of Evil: Not by choice, either.
  • Berserk Button: His baldness, and the humiliation that followed it.
  • The Big Guy: According to his official bio, he's a former rugby player, he was a riot police officer and he also worked in a psychiatric institution.
  • Butt Monkey: He accompanied Lefort to the Hair vs Hair match, which Lefort lost. However, Lefort ran away, and Enzo and Big Cass decided to give Louis the penalty instead (whether it was for trying to interfere with the match or because he was the closest thing they had to Lefort is unknown). He's now completely bald and has become the butt of many jokes.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: With Lefort, as the Legionnaires.
  • Gay Paree: Also subverted; he's from Bordeaux.
  • Heels Love Dogs: If you look at his Twitter, he seems to really like dogs.
  • Hidden Depths: He loves animals and philosophy.
  • Humiliation Conga: First, his teammate lost a Hair vs Hair match and fled the scene, leaving Louis to get beaten up by the Realest Guys, who then proceeded to throw a bucket of hair-removal cream on him. Then they dragged him out into the ring later on and publicly exposed his bald head so the crowd could mock him. Then he starts wearing a wig, gets mocked for that, and finally turns on Lefort when he knocks the wig off during a match. Then a few weeks later, Tyler Breeze publicly insults and humiliates him and beats him with one move. After that, Louis walked out the front doors of Full Sail and hasn't been seen since.
  • It Is Pronounced "Loo-ee": Just as you'd expect of a Frenchman.
  • Put on a Bus: Went missing after Tyler Breeze destroyed his sanity. It was hinted that he was stalking Breeze from afar, but nothing's come of it.
    • The Bus Came Back: Returned after Unstoppable in a tag match, though not with Lefort.
  • Sanity Slippage: Louis did not react well to getting a bucket of hair-removal cream thrown on him.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: Has been seen watching Tyler Breeze from afar before Breeze's matches.
  • With Friends Like These...: He kept teaming with Lefort for a couple of weeks after Takeover 2, even though Lefort ran away and left Louis to take the penalty for him. It ended after Lefort knocked Louis' wig off in the middle of a tag match, and Louis beat the hell out of him.

Buddy Murphy (Matthew Adams)

  • Bash Brothers: With Wesley Blake.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: After Carmella spurned his and Blake's advances and slapped Alexa Bliss, Blake and Murphy realised that continuing to try to get Carmella on their side would be pointless, and instead teamed up with Alexa to give Enzo, Cass and Carmella hell. It worked.
  • 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.
  • 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 Alexa and Wesley Blake.
  • 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.

Kevin Owens (Kevin Steen)

Mojo Rawley (Dean Muhtadi)

Devin Taylor (Brittany Fetkin)

  • Action Girl: Averted for now. She has appeared exclusively as a backstage interviewer. But she has wrestled on live events and said in an interview that her goal was to become a wrestler - so time will tell.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She's half Japanese but doesn't look it.
  • Brainy Brunette: Is an avid reader and is also working on a master's degree.
  • Dull Surprise: She rarely if ever shows any real emotion.
  • Nice Girl
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Seems to have one in Dana Brooke. Once an Episode, Dana pats her head condescendingly, and Devin always reacts with a wordless expression that suggests that she would like nothing better than to dropkick Dana in the throat.
  • Spiritual Successor: Model turned interviewer, hopefully becoming a wrestler, with both an athletic and education background. Seems remarkably similar to Eve Torres - they even look similar.
  • Tomboyish Name: Overlapping with Name's the Same, there's a football player also called Devin Taylor.

Sami Zayn (Rami Sebei)