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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 Anthony)

  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not so much on the mic or in the ring, but his backstage promos with Colin occasionally run into this. In one promo, Colin takes over the speaking after a short intro by Enzo. For the rest of the promo, Enzo ponders over something Colin said before having an epiphany in the last 20 seconds and insistently trying to get Colin's attention to point out the fact that he understood the joke.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Miles Gloriosus
    "If me and Cass had a dime for every time we got beat up as a kid, we'd have ZERO DIMES!"
  • Put on a Bus: Due to breaking his leg.
  • 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!"
  • Those Two Guys: With Colin Cassady

Sasha Banks (Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado)

Bayley (Pamela Martinez)

  • Adorkable: Quite possibly one of the biggest factors for why she got over with the crowd. As with the other popular divas in NXT (Paige, Emma), she's pushed not as a diva but as an actual character with gimmick (in this case, a fangirl of wrestling). It helps that like the other two, she also can wrestle.
  • Audience Surrogate: She acts very much like one would expect a casual young WWE fan to.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Huge fan of WWE, if her reaction to meeting Ric Flair is anything to go by.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sweet and innocent but once she's been sufficiently pushed around...
    • To put it another way, compared to the vast majority of Divas, her move set tends to include moves typically used by power/technical wrestlers.
    • As of 2014, she's essentially been billed/treated as a power wrestler, bringing raw strength to the table against other Divas.
  • Cuddle Bug: Wants to hug everyone she meets.
  • Cute Bruiser: Has a noticeably more power-based moveset compared to most Divas including picking up an opponent and ramming them into the corner, the Polish Hammer and her finisher: a belly-to-belly suplex called the Belly-to-Bayley.
    • The Glomp: If that person happens to be a Heel.
    • And during her matches, she occasionally does a corner splash which is very hug-like and a belly-to-belly suplex which the commentators called (joking) the Hugplex. Suffice to say, if a move involves a hug, she'll probably do it.
    • As of late, the "Belly-to-Bayley" (The above belly to belly) is now considered her finisher. She has officially taken The Glomp and weaponized it.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Eugene arguably.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: She made several appearances as a heelish Jobber for weeks before finally getting her character.
  • Fanservice: Compared to the majority of Divas, she among the few that aren't heavily sexualized in any way. In fact, her ring outfit is downright modest by comparison.
  • Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: Now that Charlotte has turned on her.
  • Fountain of Memes
  • Friend to All Children: It goes with her gimmick. Like Rey Mysterio, she spends a decent amount of time interacting with young fans during her entrance.
  • Good Is Dumb: Bayley is the most unambiguously good Diva on the NXT roster. As such she's not the brightest bulb...
  • Hair Decorations: Her Alice Band with a bow.
  • The Ingenue
  • Hidden Depths: Although treated as a power wrestler, she's capable of pulling off some impressive lucha style moves.
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: You really didn't have to say to AJ "I don't know why people call you crazy"
    • Pretty much all her feuds seem to boil down to "Squee! I'm so happy to meet you!" at a heel to which the response is to beat Bayley up and break her things.
  • The Pollyanna: Doesn't seem too phased by the fact that the BFFs tried to make things very difficult for her.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: Inverted. As she climbs the top rope, she usually tightens her ponytail.
  • Slasher Smile: Rarely, but it happens when she's trying to be nice but also take jabs at heels.
  • Squee: Her reaction to meeting Ric Flair and him Wooing at her. And pretty much everyone she meets.
  • Token Wholesome: As said above, she provides essentially no Fanservice.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Charlotte, for all of about a month.
  • X Meets Y: Essentially Eugene (Dinsmore) meets Tammy Jones from GLOW.

Alexa Bliss (Lexi Kaufman)

  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Bishie Sparkle: Her entrance is meant to evoke this.
  • Catch Phrase: "Bliss your heart"
  • 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 blonde girl type gimmicks, 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).
  • I Have the High Ground: Can do a somersault off the top for the hell of it. Her finisher is also a 450 splash.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: And majored in bedazzling, apparently.
  • Parts Unknown: From "The University of Bliss"
  • 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 emphasised in her first match by Renee Young comparing her to Thumbelina.
  • 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 purple tips.

Tyler Breeze (Mattias Clement)

  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Camp Straight
  • 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.
  • 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.

Colin 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
  • 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.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After her Face-Heel Turn her hair had been two toned but became fully blonde and a little shorter.
  • 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 Meaningful Name below.
  • Meaningful Name: She's from Charlotte, North Carolina that has recently changed to being billed as from Queen's country. Charlotte is the feminine form of Charles which means royalty.
  • Parts Unknown: From Queen's County.
  • Pet the Dog: Upon winning the NXT Woman's Championship, she thanks Natalya profusely.
  • 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?
  • Wrestling Family: Daughter of Ric Flair.

Baron Corbin (Tom Pestock)

Solomon Crowe (Sam Johnston)

  • Animal Motifs: Crows, obviously.
  • Catch Phrase: Calls himself 'infected' and talks about infecting others on Twitter.
  • The Cracker: Recently debuted a malicious hacker gimmick.
    • Everything Is Online: Can apparently use a tablet or smartphone to control NXT's lights, regardless of the actual venue.
  • Genius Bruiser: His character's a computer hacker that apparently Minored in Asskicking.
  • Looks Like Cesare
  • Put on a Bus: After he debuted his hacker gimmick. He hasn't appeared since; however, he's still active on Twitter and has been dropping hints of a reappearance for some months.
    • That being said, he recently took part in a dark match, so he may reappear soon.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: He and Dean Ambrose were a tag team in the indies called Switchblade Conspiracy, back when Solomon was Sami Callihan and Dean was Jon Moxley. Since Solomon signed to WWE, there have been a huge number of fans who want them to reunite.
  • What Could Have Been: His hacker character was a tweaked version of a gimmick that was originally slated to go to Paige. Then, for reasons unexplained, NXT pulled the plug on it.
  • You Look Familiar: Known as indie standout Sami Callihan of CZW, Dragon Gate USA, and many other promotions.

Angelo Dawkins

Scott Dawson (David Charwood)

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

Judas Devlin (Austin Matelson)

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 strong man 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 Vaudevillians.
  • The Cast Showoff: His entrance theme is him singing as he walks to the ring. He's quite good at it.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He's a stage actor 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

Corey Graves (Matt Polinsky)

  • Expy: Of CM Punk, or at least a more debaucherous version anyway. His 2014 re-work of his gimmick takes pages from Paige 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 says "Stay Down!"
  • Hollywood Homely: He's billed as being this grungy, dirty, street guy that doesn't have the handsome, clean cut quality of other Superstars. That said, while he may not be a male model, he's certainly not unattractive.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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).
  • Memetic Mutation: His tendency to yell "YAH!" when performing moves has led to it becoming a chant during the Ascension's matches.
  • 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)

Becky Lynch (Rebecca Quin)

  • Early-Bird Cameo: She'd been appearing regularly on NXT as one of Adam Rose's Rosebuds for months before her debut.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Fighting Irish: She even does an Irish jig.
  • Genki Girl
  • Oireland: Hmm, red hair? Check. Lots of green? Check. Ceili music? Check, it's her entrance theme. Jig? You bet that's a check.

Troy McLain (Alexander Jones)

Adam Mercer (Evan Singleton)

Adrian Neville (Ben Satterly)

CJ Parker (Joe Robinson)

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Name's the Same: CJ Parker is the name of Pamela Anderson's character on Baywatch.
  • 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)

Kendall Skye (Kendra Smith)

Travis Tyler (Sam Udell)

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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