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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)

  • Arch-Enemy: Sylvester Lefort.
  • Awesome Ego: Same ego, but now a face, and the crowd loves the schtick.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: One might think that while he was wheelchair-bound, he couldn't do much damage... and yet he was perfectly capable of running over Aiden English's foot.
  • 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.
    • "How you doin'?"
    • "And you can't. Teach. That."
  • 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.
  • Fan Nickname: The Realest Guys, for him and Big Cass.
  • Hidden Depths: In one promo during the period when his leg was broken, he offhandedly remarks 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.
  • 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 Koman 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."
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's pretty sexist, though it should be noted that Big Cass immediately calls him out for it and Enzo's been portrayed as an idiot every time he does something sexist.
  • 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 claims 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.

Finn Bálor (Fergal Devitt)

Sasha Banks (Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado)

Bayley (Pamela Martinez)

Alexa Bliss (Alexis Kaufman)

  • Badass Adorable
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be tiny, cute and adorable, but don't take her lightly.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Her entrance is meant to evoke this.
  • Catch Phrase: "Bliss your heart".
    • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It's a slight variation of 'bless your heart', which can be a compliment, but is also a G-rated way to say 'You're a moron'.
  • Cute Bruiser: Emphasised as Renee Young referred to 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 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.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Seems to be the only blonde Diva playing this straight.
  • 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.
  • 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: Sometimes. For instance, after beating Sasha Banks, she had a promo just before their rematch 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.
  • I Have the High Ground: Can do a somersault off the top for the hell of it. Her finisher is also a 450 splash.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: In the same vein as Rey Mysterio. She's short, colourful and also adorable.
  • 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.
  • 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: All her outfits have varying shades of blue on them, as does her hair.
  • 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. Was essentially overpowered by Alicia Fox - but able to catch her off guard by thinking outside the box.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blonde hair with blue tips.

Tyler Breeze (Mattias Clement)

  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • 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. Though to be fair, as Mike Dalton, he was FCW champion.
  • "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.
  • 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 features lyrics talking about how good looking he is.
  • The Fighting Narcissist
  • Gorgeous George
  • Groin Attack: Accidentally low-blowed Sami Zayn during their match at Takeover- Zayn launched a kick at Breeze, who threw his arms up to cover his face and accidentally hit Zayn in the groin.
  • Incoming Ham:
    • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Red Baron: The King of Cuteville, the Sire of Selfies and Prince Pretty.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Carmella (Leah Van Dale)

Colin "Big Cass" Cassady (Bill Morrissey)

Charlotte (Ashley Fliehr-Johnson)

  • Alpha Bitch: Seems to have replaced Summer Rae as the head of the Beautiful Fierce Females.
  • Amazonian Beauty
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Did so to Summer Rae, dissolving the Beautiful Fierce Females.
  • Canon Name: Being openly acknowledged as Ric Flair's daughter while using a one-name ring name tends to have that effect.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: As of the NXT Arrival event. Ric Flair even helped her defeat Emma in a match.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Defeated Bayley in her debut match and the two somehow became friends afterwards. Since it is Bayley, it's not that unreasonable.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To her father, declaring herself 'The Dirtiest Diva In The Game'.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After her Face-Heel Turn her hair had been two-toned but became fully blonde and a little shorter. Also when she won the Women's Championship, she added extensions and always wore her hair curly.
  • Expy: Remarkably similar to Tamina Snuka character-wise during her 2012 push in that she uses many of her father's signature moves, taunts and Catch Phrase. Not to mention they both started their careers in developmental a bit later than most Diva prospects.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Tends to wear a lot of purple on her ring gear. Makes sense if you look at her Meaningful Name below.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Appeared at Wrestlemania 30 as one of the three women accompanying Triple H (the others being Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks).
  • Kick the Dog: When she turned on Bayley and joined the BF Fs.
  • Meaningful Name: She was billed from Charlotte, North Carolina, though that was recently changed to 'The Queen's City'. Charlotte is the feminine form of Charles, which means royalty (and Charlotte, North Carolina was named after a queen consort).
  • Parts Unknown: From the Queen's City (aka Charlotte, North Carolina).
  • Pet the Dog: Upon winning the NXT Woman's Championship, she thanks Natalya profusely.
    • She also seems to have softened her outlook on Bayley recently.
  • Rearrange the Song: Her "Recognition" theme incorporates a similar guitar riff to her original theme song, and the iconic tune of her father's theme song.
  • She-Fu: As a former gymnast, a lot of cartwheels and handsprings are in her matches.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Stands at 5'10". That's Michelle McCool territory.
  • Waif-Fu: Inverted. She is normally the larger opponent yet she uses this type of wrestling. What do you expect from a former gymnast?
  • Worthy Opponent: Acknowledged Bayley as such after defending the title against her. When Bayley asked for another shot, Charlotte granted it and sincerely said "good luck, kid".
  • Wrestling Family: Daughter of Ric Flair.

Baron Corbin (Tom Pestock)

Solomon Crowe (Sam Johnston)

  • 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 did wrestle a lot of dark matches and house shows. It should also be noted that as of September 2014, he's recovering from a leg injury.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Signed to NXT, trained, got a few weeks on NXT with a malicious hacker gimmick that looked to be going somewhere... then promptly disappeared. Fans on social media are still asking questions (though it should be noted that he keeps an active social media presence and was hinting at a debut for months).
  • You Look Familiar: Sami Callahan from Combat Zone Wrestling and a handful of other indy promotions.

Angelo Dawkins (Gary Gordon)

Scott Dawson (David Charwood)

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

Aiden English (Matt Rehwoldt)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Farm Boy

Simon Gotch (John Smith)

Corey Graves (Matt Polinsky)

  • 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
  • Put on a Bus: Told to stop wrestling after receiving a serious concussion and now works backstage. His future in the ring is yet to be known.
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • Badass: During his introduction at Takeover 2, was interrupted by The Ascension, who earlier that night had lost their Tag Titles. He ended up taking them both out- while wearing formal clothes, including a tie.
  • Determinator: Has been booked like this; most of his early matches and combat encounters have seen Itami start out getting knocked around quite a bit but refusing to stay down.
  • Forced to Watch: Recently on NXT as his friend Funaki (yes, that Funaki promised to come to his aid against the Ascension. The following episode ended with Itami tied in the ropes as Konnor and Viktor proceeded to beat Funaki senseless.
  • Meaningful Rename: He claims that it's Japanese for "Hero of Pain".
  • You Look Familiar: Formerly known as KENTA, but this trope is averted, as he was introduced as KENTA and said he would be changing his ring name to Hideo Itami in tribute to one of his heroes, to mark his new beginning in WWE.

Jason Jordan (Nathan Everhart)

Kalisto (Emanuel Rodriguez)

Konnor (Ryan Parmeter)

  • Arch-Enemy: The Usos, when he was in a tag team with Kenneth Cameron in 2012.
  • Characterization Marches On: From a guy with a rather comical affinity for rats based on his face looking similar to them, to something more akin to a rat-humanoid demon warrior under the Ascension gimmick.
    • The Ascension stable themselves underwent this about a month or two into the team's formation at FCW. Originally they were clients of Ricardo Rodriguez's father's talent agency (Ricardo would claim that Alberto Del Rio was this as well), before ditching Rodriguez and being repackaged into demons.
    • Except Konnor and new partner Viktor would explain in a article interview that they're not demons or supernatural creatures, just guys with a certain philosophical understanding of what it takes to dominate in the ring.
  • Dark Is Evil Expy: The entire Ascension gimmick is like a self-formed Ministry of Darkness with screaming.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Four Is Death: The Ascension stable in the beginning of the darkness gimmick with O'Brian, Kenneth Cameron, Tito Colon (now Epico), and Raquel Diaz (also known as Eddie and Vickie's daughter Shaul Guerrero).
  • Red Baron: The Ascension name became this for him after Kenneth Cameron was released for an incident with police, leaving him on his own.
    • Cameron had done this first, back when O'Brian was injured, Epico had been called up to team with Hunico and Primo, and Raquel Diaz went her own way. This lasted until Conor returned and they became a tag team.
  • Screaming Warrior
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Kenneth Cameron in 2012, bordering on Evil Duo.
    • And again with the just returned Rick Victor in 2013.
  • You Look Familiar: He appeared on NXT seasons 4 and 5.

Sylvester Lefort (Tom La Ruffa)

  • Arch-Enemy: Enzo Amore.
  • Catch Phrase: Is primarily motivated by making "MONAY!".
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Part of his gimmick along 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!
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite looking like a monster, he's only 5'9'' and weights 170 pounds.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Lampshaded by Renee: He comes 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)

  • Bald of Evil: Not by choice, either.
  • 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.
  • It Is Pronounced "Loo-ee": Just as you'd expect of a Frenchman.
  • With Friends Like These...: See Butt Monkey, above- one has to wonder why he's still teaming with Lefort after that.
    • The Dog Bites Back: After Lefort pulled off his wig, Louis lost it and beat the crap out of him.

Becky Lynch (Rebecca Quin)

  • The Artifact: An Irish last name like Lynch fit when she was doing her Oireland gimmick. Now, though, it doesn't really seem to match that of a moshpit girl.
  • Characterisation Marches On: The Oireland thing was gradually phased out within a few weeks.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She'd been appearing regularly on NXT as one of Adam Rose's Rosebuds for months before her debut.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Sasha Banks convinced her to turn heel, which Becky did by attacking Bayley after seemingly coming to her aid.
  • Fiery Redhead: Though it is dyed to emphasize her nationality; she is naturally blonde.
  • Fighting Irish: She even does an Irish jig.
  • Genki Girl: Especially with her rocker gimmick.
  • Oireland: Hmm, red hair? Check. Lots of green? Check. Ceili music? Check, it's her entrance theme. Jig? You bet that's a check.
    • But averted when she was retooled into a rocker, wearing flannel. All that remains is the red hair.
  • Pungeon Master: Follow her on Twitter. You have been warned.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: As Rebecca Knox, she was the manager of the Knight Dynasty (aka Saraya and Britani Knight, the latter of whom is now known as Paige). Since Becky debuted, many fans have been calling for her and Paige to team up.
    • They did have a dark match at Takeover 2, though.
  • Spiritual Successor: She's already drawing Lita comparisons.

Adam Mercer (Evan Singleton)

Adrian Neville (Ben Satterly)

CJ Parker (Joe Robinson)

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He interrupted the Takeover 2 pre-show panel, demanding a match. Regal took this surprisingly well, granted the match without delay and gave Parker one condition: he wouldn't know who the match was against beforehand. Parker didn't care... unfortunately, he should have been a tad more suspicious, because as it turned out, Regal was feeling pretty damn vindictive: the match was against Baron Corbin, who squashed Parker like an ant.
  • Berserk Button: It turns out he really didn't appreciate having his hair cut by Tyler Breeze, as in their next meeting he was out for blood.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Though he's a pretty easy-going guy... at least, until Tyler Breeze messed with his dreadlocks. He also became angry and vicious after turning all eco-warrior, as noted below.
  • Face-Heel Turn: After the Hippie gimmick failed to connect with audiences, it was retooled into with more of an eco-warrior slant where he blamed the NXT Universe for all of Earth's issues with pollution. Some think that just made everything worse.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • At one point he started photobombing Tyler Breeze's selfies. This led to a heated feud once Breeze caught on.
    • Has taken to wandering around in the crowd with arrogant signs deriding the crowd for not recycling.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Seems to be his latest schtick.
  • Parts Unknown: Billed as being from 'The Moonchild Commune'
  • Red Baron:
    • "The Super-Duper King Kong Mega-Mega WWE Superstar Sensation"
    • "The Moonchild" since becoming a hippie.

Mojo Rawley (Dean Muhtadi)

Devin Taylor (Brittany Fetkin)

  • Action Girl: Averted for now. She has appeared exclusively as a backstage interview. 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 Masters Degree.
  • Nice Girl
  • 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.

Viktor (Eric Thompson)

  • Badass Beard: He had one in 2011, but he shaved it off a few months later.
    • Grew one back again during his time off with injury in 2012-2013.
    • Beard of Evil: He's been a heel almost the whole time and now he's with the Ascension.
  • Dark Is Evil: His developmental character has gotten increasingly darker over time, and his injured period did not stall this. Since returning, he teamed up with Conor O'Brian at NXT live events and appeared stoically at the end of one of Conor's matches on the Full Sail show itself. And since July 2013, he's officially Conor's new teammate in the Ascension. By November they've won the tag team titles and now their names have been made shorter and modified through Xtreme Kool Letterz to actually fit the gimmick.
  • Shout-Out:His Finishing Move is apparently called the Psycho Crusher.
    • Or at least used to be back in the indies as Apocalypse/APOC. In FCW it was called the Canadian Lifter, and it hasn't seen airtime on NXT.

Sami Zayn (Rami Sebei)

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