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

Akam (Sunny Dhinsa)
  • Establishing Character Moment: He and Rezar 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.
  • Identical Stranger: He looks very similar to a heavier-set version of early-career D'Lo Brown.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A 290-pound beast whose tandem offense with Rezar is surprisingly fast and appropriately painful.
  • 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., he and Rezar 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.
  • Tattooed Crook: Has Polynesian ink on his right upper arm and chest.
  • 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.

Cedric Alexander

Aliyah (Nhooph Al-Areebi)
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Seems to be a face again after Liv Morgan saved her from being screwed over by Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, with Aliyah returning the favor when the two turned to Liv.
  • 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 first on-screen match, and got her ass handed to her on a silver platter.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Her heel turn after her official debut came from out of nowhere.

Andrade 'Cien' Almas (Manny Andrade)
  • Alliterative Name: His 'proper' ring name, Andrade Almas.
  • Awesome McCool Name: "Cien Almas" is Spanish for "Hundred Souls." Given that his former ring name was La Sombra (The Shadow)... make of that what you will.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You Are Number 6: Plus Bilingual Bonus. 'Cien' is Spanish for 100.
  • 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.

Austin Aries (Dan Solwold, Jr.)

Asuka (Kanako Urai)

Daria Berenato

  • Blood Knight: Agrees to join Peyton Royce and Billie Key against Ember Moon, Liv Morgan, and Aliyah since it means she gets a chance to beat people up. Naturally, she's the one who ate the pinfall.
  • Braids of Action/Tomboyish Ponytail: Typically has her hair in either style or a combo, which goes with her professional MMA fighter gimmick. As she is fond of saying on twitter "put up your hair and square up".
  • I Know Karate: She's a trained MMA fighter.

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.

Tommaso Ciampa (Tommaso Whitney)
  • Badass Beard: His beard has steadily grown longer, wilder, and more badass during his time in NXT.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Bash Brothers: With Johnny Gargano. Although their friendship was tested when Gargano defeated Ciampa in the Cruiserweight Classic and a Face–Heel Turn was teased for Ciampa when Gargano tapped out to The Revival in their championship match at Takeover: Brooklyn II. However, Ciampa ultimately proved he valued their friendship more than winning and was simply determined that Gargano could recover so they could try again.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Fights against 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.
  • Identical Stranger: He looks like a slimmer version of Ryback with a thicker beard.
  • 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.
  • Tag Team: With Gargano as DIY.

Patrick Clark

  • Ambiguously Gay: Lots of Prince references abound as per his wardrobe and mannerisms, but he's also been seen blowing kisses and licking his lips seductively in the direction of his opponents.
  • 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...
  • Too Dumb to Live: ...What we do know, however, is that Patrick Clark caught the Idiot Ball and made possibly the dumbest decision imaginable when he, on a recent episode of NXT, walked down to the ring in the middle of a Shinsuke Nakamura promo and challenged him to a match. Now, given that Nakamura was the reigning NXT Champion, this is already a horrible idea. Now, add the fact that Shinsuke had been in a bad mood for about two months, he was in the middle of challenging Samoa Joe to a rematch, and a week prior he had just got done kicking Joe's ass all over Full Sail (not to mention laying waste to every security guard that tried to interfere). Predictably, Shinsuke used him for a couple of tune-up kicks before kneeing his face in with a Kinshasa.

Nikki Cross (Nicola Glencross)
  • Ax-Crazy: As of her reappearance as a member of SAnitY. While everybody in that stable is a bit off, she may be by far the least sane one of the group, which is really saying something. She's been seen (aside from mercilessly beating her opponents) punching, slapping and biting herself, crawling on the floor and snarling like an animal. And that was in and slightly after one five-minute match. Eric Young tried to calm her down (think about the implications of that for a second) and got an elbow to the face for his trouble.
  • Badass Boast: Declares herself to be "The Best in the Galaxy".
  • The Dark Chick: As a member of SAnitY.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's 5'1", but she's very solidly built and she hits hard.
  • Sanity Slippage: When she made her initial debut, Nikki was perfectly normal. When she reappeared with SAnitY, the commentators were stunned by the change in her personality.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Her first television match was as a cheerful face teaming with Carmella and Liv Morgan. The next time she appears, she was the most unhinged and violent member of SAnitY with no clue as to what happened to cause the shift.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Born in Glasgow and proves to be extremely aggressive in taking the fight to her opponents.

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."

Big Damo (Damian Mackle)

Angelo Dawkins (Gary Gordon)
  • 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.
  • Red Baron: Adopted "The Curse of Greatness" as his moniker after splitting from Sawyer Fulton.

Scott Dawson (David K. Harwood)
  • 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.

Tye Dillinger (Ronnie Arneil)
  • Arc Number: ...C'mon. Guess.
  • Canada, Eh?: From Ontario.
  • Catch Phrase: "TEN!!"
  • Didn't Think This Through: So, to take part in the tag team classic honoring the memory of the late Dusty Rhodes, you accept the offer to team with the arrogant money-centric ex-protégé of Ric Flair who you know has a history of turning against people? Bad move, Tye.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: After his loss to Bobby Roode at Takeover: Toronto, Dillinger begins to doubt his place in NXT and decides to test himself by challenging Samoa Joe to a match by slapping him the face backstage. While he loses, Dillinger puts up one hell of a fight.
  • Enemy Mine: Although he does not like or trust Bobby Roode, Dillinger agrees to team up with him for the second Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in order to have a chance to win and honor his late mentor.
  • Finishing Move: A Fireman's carry neckbreaker he calls the Tye Breaker.
  • Red Baron: "The Perfect 10"
  • Small Name, Big Ego: According to his 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)
  • The Brute: As the tallest and largest member of SAnitY, he fills this role.
  • Darker and Edgier: Slowly got there as his frustration grew with continuously jobbing alongside a tag team partner (Angelo Dawkins) who seemed to be unflappable about it.
    • Full tilt with his reappearance as a member of the sAnitY faction.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: As a member of SAnitY.
  • 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.
  • Farm Boy: Originally
  • No Doubt The Years Have Changed Me: Well, more like months, but just look at him now in the picture to the right as a member of sAnitY compared to his previous look. Even when the announcers told you that it was Sawyer Fulton, it was a bit hard to believe if you remembered him as the guy pictured on this page.
  • The Pete Best:invoked May be set up to be this for SAnitY, as a recent episode of NXT saw the stable come down to the ring without him, then had Eric Young make a point of stomping and spitting on his jacket before hurling it out of the ring. This indicates that Fulton may have left the group or been kicked out - possibly to be replaced by the massive Irishman known as "Big Damo."

Johnny Gargano (John Anthony Nichols)

Hideo Itami (Kenta Kobayashi)

Samoa Joe (Nuufolau Joel Seanoa)

No Way Jose (Levis Valenzuela Jr.)
  • Afro Asskicker: His hair is reaching almost Carlito levels of voluminous.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's 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.

Billie Kay (Jessica McKay)
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Petty: She and Peyton Royce started targeting Liv Morgan for having the nerve to challenge Asuka to a title match. This literally had nothing to do with her or Peyton - she just apparently felt threatened by the young upstart's confidence.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: She and Peyton taunted Liv Morgan following a Curb-Stomp Battle she suffered at the hands of Asuka.
  • Land Down Under: Where she and Peyton 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.

Dan Matha

  • 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.

Nick Miller (Michael "Mikey" Nicholls)

  • 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: He and Shane are from Australia
  • 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)
  • Big Eater: She talks about food a lot on social media.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Tapped out to Asuka in a matter of seconds.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She's pretty tan.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Enzo Amore, as they both come from the same Bergen County area and have similar appearances and mannerisms. The two are also seen interacting a lot on social media posts.
  • Fearless Fool: She called out Asuka, knowing full well she will likely get her ass kicked (which she did), but wanted the opportunity anyway.
  • 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. You can count the matches she has won on one finger.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: There are many similarities between her and Carmella. They're both urban Dark Skinned Blondes who wear similar outfits and a Tomboyish Baseball Cap in their entrance and both hail from the New England area, Carmella from Staten Islandnote  and Liv from New Jersey. Behind the scenes Liv seems pretty cozy with Enzo Amore while Carmella is confirmed to be dating Big Cass. It also doesn't help that like Mandy Rose (see below), she made her official debut right after Carmella was called up to the main roster, leaving her bordering on being a Replacement Scrappy to some. The main difference between the two is that Carmella was a Girly Girl despite the cap whereas Liv is more tomboyish.
  • 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)
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Shinsuke Nakamura

Rezar (Gzim Selmani)

  • Establishing Character Moment: He and Akam 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A 330-pound monster whose tandem offense with Akam is surprisingly fast and appropriately painful.
  • Spiritual Successor Tag Team: In the same vein as old school big vicious bruiser tandems such as the Powers of Pain, Faces of Fear, Legion of Doom, etc., he and Akam 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.

Bobby Roode (Robert Roode)

Mandy Rose (Amanda Saccomanno)
  • Amazonian Beauty: She's a former bodybuilder and fitness model.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: By way of tanning.
  • Identical Stranger: She bears 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.
  • Kick Chick: One of her Signature Moves is a running bicycle kick, though it looks more like a knee strike than a kick.
  • Spiritual Successor: More than a few fans have called her "a better version of Eva Marie." Both women are former models who came into WWE through reality shows (Eva through Total Divas, 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 and subsequently became one of the most hated wrestlers in the company, she spent a year training and working NXT house shows before her TV debut and her ring work is passable. The fact that she and Eva were quite friendly with each other on Total Divas, 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.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Mandy was the female runner-up on the 2015 version of Tough Enough. The winner, Sara Lee, was released before she could appear on TV.

Peyton Royce (Cassie McIntosh)

Elias Samson (Logan Shulo)
  • 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.
  • Identical Stranger: Bears a passing resemblance to a young Randy Savage.
  • 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.

Roderick Strong (Christopher Lindsey)

  • Combat by Champion: Sort of. Due to a (legit) injury suffered by Aries, their Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic match with TM-61 was re-booked into a singles match that pitted Strong against Thorne. Strong came out on the short end, and thus he and Aries were eliminated.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Was first brought into NXT as Austin Aries' tag team partner. This was not his debut as Austin Aries' tag team partner.
  • Unexpected Character: For weeks Austin Aries' tag team partner in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was shrouded in mystery, until it was revealed that it was Strong all along.

Rich Swann (Richard Swann)

  • Commonality Connection: Made friends relatively quickly with No Way Jose because of their shared love for dancing and partying.
  • Tournament Arc: Two. Introduced through the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, almost immediately joined up with No Way Jose to participate in the Dusty Rhodes Memorial Tag Team Classic on NXT.

Shane Thorne (Shane Veryzer)

  • 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: Both he and Nick are from Australia.
  • Tag Team: With Nick Miller as TM-61. Officially the name comes from their last initials and Australia's country code, but…

Dash Wilder (Daniel Wheeler)
  • 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 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.)
  • Identical Stranger: He and Sami Zayn look like they could be brothers.
  • 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. Nowadays they're crafting a resume as expert heels in highly-acclaimed top notch matches against teams like American Alpha, Gargano & Ciampa, and TM-61.

Alexander Wolfe (Axel Tischer)

  • Ascended Extra: Was a nondescript jobber under his real name when he started, his first match being against Samoa Joe.
  • The Brute: As a member of SAnitY.

Eric Young (Jeremy Fritz)

     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

Tian Bing (Bin Wang)

Cezar Bononi

King Constantine (Radomir Petković)

Preston Cunningham Jr. (Joshua Woods)

Otis Dozovic (Nikola Bogojevic)

Gabriel and Uriel Ealy

  • 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.

Tommy End (Tom Budgen)

Dallas Harper

Peter Howard

Adrian Jaoude

Danielle Kamela

Thomas Kingdon

Tucker Knight (Levi Cooper)

Bronson Mathews (Josh Bredhl)

Dylan Miley

Riddick Moss (Michael Rallis)

Jeet Rama (Satender Ved Pal)

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.

Tino Sabatelli (Sabatino Piscitelli)

Brennan Williams

     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.

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.
  • 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.

Thea Trinidad (Thea Megan Trinidad)