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.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sylvester Lefort.
  • 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.
    • "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'?"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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 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.
    • He's also refusing to accept that Carmella is not interested in him at all, despite all his advances being rebuffed (sometimes violently).

Finn Bálor (Fergal Devitt)

  • Awesome McMeaningful Name: Kayfabe has GM William Regal claiming that it's Gaelic for "demon king", which is really a shorthand allusion to an actual origin that's at least as coolnote . It may also be a subtle nod to his advancement from his past as Prince Devitt.
  • Badass Establishing Character Moment: In his debut, he and Hideo Itami demolished The Ascension. And that was only the beginning.
  • Bash Brothers: With Hideo Itami.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Has been proudly doing this to the Ascension for over a month, not only overmatching their physical aggression, but thoroughly freaking them out with his epic entrance at Takeover 3: R-Evolution.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Pretty firmly a face at this point, despite the fact that his new entrance makes him look and act like something spawned from the deepest depths of Hell.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: "Stupid Sexy Balor!"
  • Fighting Irish: Although the Irish is very downplayed in favor of the fighting—or better yet, if his name is indication, the Irish is used to accentuate the fighting.
  • Finishing Stomp: A huge diving foot stomp from the top turnbuckle…and, man, does he get up.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Oh, he can be a gentleman when he's not fighting, but that hellish face paint job? It's on purpose. He's deliberately tapping into the darkest depths of his mind to be as battle-minded as possible in big matches.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Get a load of those abs.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: For awhile, announcers couldn't seem to figure out whether his last name rhymes with "valor", or "sailor", or "collar." Even people that would know their Gaelic aren't exactly sure. Eventually Balor's own pronunciation caught on: it rhymes with 'valor'.
  • Remember the New Guy: Unlike what happened to Hideo Itami (FKA KENTA), the announcers at NXT talked at length about Prince Devitt's indy credentials without ever recognizing that he had once been known as Prince Devitt.
  • You Look Familiar: Former indy standout and New Japan Pro Wrestling star/top heel Prince Devitt.

Sasha Banks (Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado)

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
  • 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)

  • Badass Adorable
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be tiny, cute and adorable, 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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. 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.

Tyler Breeze (Mattias Clement)

  • 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.
  • "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- Zayn launched a kick at Breeze, who threw his arms up to cover his face and accidentally hit Zayn in the groin.
  • 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.

Carmella (Leah Van Dale)

  • 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 into Enzo's stomach.
  • Big Applesauce
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Has started borrowing "How you doin'?" from the Realest Guys. Justified, as she's acting as 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.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Of the hoop earrings and golden necklace variety.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Charlotte (Ashley Fliehr-Latimer)

  • Alpha Bitch: Replaced Summer Rae as the head of the Beautiful Fierce Females when Summer got promoted to the main roster, before the BFFs disbanded and Charlotte made a face turn.
  • 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: To Ric Flair, as of the NXT ArRival event. Ric even helped her defeat Emma in a match.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Defeated Bayley in her debut match and the two somehow became friends afterwards. She ended up betraying Bayley thanks to Summer and Sasha's convincing, but after becoming NXT Women's Champion and defending the title against her, they ended up making friends again. Since it is Bayley, it's not that unreasonable.
  • Distaff Legacy Character: To her father, declaring herself 'The Dirtiest Diva In The Game'. She does share many traits with him, such as the pick-apart approach and use of the Figure Four, surprising athleticism (her moreso than him), the "Woo!" tic, the superior attitude to what they do in the ring, and the ability to be seamlessly face or heel as the plot demands.
  • 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, are more physically built for battle than the average Diva, and their character surnames were first treated as Canon Names rather than officially applied (time will tell if that part changes for Charlotte as it did for Tamina).
  • Face-Heel Turn: When she turned on Bayley and joined the BFFs.
  • Fun with Acronyms: She, Sasha Banks, and Summer Rae were BFFs, which actually stands for the "Beautiful Fierce Females," the name of their wrestling stable.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: She was billed from Charlotte, North Carolina, though that was recently changed to 'The Queen's City' so as to avoid redundancy with her ring name. Charlotte is the feminine form of Charles, which means royalty (and Charlotte, North Carolina was named after a queen consort). The Queen City billing could also be a reference to how North Carolina, and the southeastern United States in general, is often referred to as "Flair Country", effectively representing that Ric in kayfabe named his daughter after his capital city and has in effect entrusted it to her.
  • 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 has greatly softened her outlook on Bayley recently, treating with much more respect and kindness after defending the title against her in a couple of hard-fought battles. This eventually led to them reconciling their friendship and reforming their Tag Team against Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, effectively turning Charlotte face.
  • Power Stable / Power Trio: The BFFs became this when Charlotte joined Summer Rae and Sasha Banks.
  • 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—as well as her entrance.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Stands at 5'10". That's Michelle McCool territory.
  • Strong Family Resemblance / The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Manages to be both, as she looks like a female version of Ric himself without the deterioration of old age.
  • Tag Team: Currently has one with Bayley, who had teamed with her before—ironically, the team they are feuding with includes one of the people Charlotte once betrayed then-tag partner Bayley to ally with.
  • Waif-Fu: Inverted. She is normally the larger opponent yet she uses this type of wrestling. What do you expect from a former gymnast?
  • We Used to Be Friends: Formerly had this with Bayley, now does with Sasha Banks.
  • Wild Card: The resident tweener of the NXT women's division, at least since winning the title. She can easily feud with either heels or faces and can play either the heel or face in a particular situation without undergoing any real change in her character or personality.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Acknowledged Bayley as such after defending the title against her. When Bayley asked for another shot, Charlotte granted it and said, "Good luck, kid," with sincerity.
    • Tried to acknowledge former BFF Sasha Banks as this after Banks beat her to win the NXT Women's Championship. Somehow Sasha managed to both accept it and withhold her own respect from Charlotte.
  • Wrestling Family: Daughter of Ric Flair, older sister of the late Reid Flair, and younger half-sister of David Flair. Also married to TNA wrestler and former NXT trainee Tom Latimer (a.k.a Bram)

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".
  • 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: In his match with Adrian Neville, Neville easily dodged a lot of Corbin's moves, but when Corbin hit him, he hit him 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.
  • Squash Match: Every one of his matches have lasted less than a minute since he returned at Takeover 2 and he's won them all. 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)

Angelo Dawkins (Gary Gordon)

Scott Dawson (David Charwood)

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

Bull Dempsey (James Smith)

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.
  • 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)

  • 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)

Jason Jordan (Nathan Everhart)

Kalisto (Emanuel Rodriguez)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Becky Lynch (Rebecca Quin)

  • Arch-Enemy: Bayley.
  • 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.
  • Beta Bitch: To Sasha Banks after her heel turn. The sad part is she seems to believe that it's going to help her advance herself, but she's really been a glorified hanger-on.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Came to Bayley's aid... and attacked her a few seconds later.
  • Characterisation Marches On: The Oireland thing was gradually phased out into a background element of her character within a few weeks.
  • Composite Character: As a face, she had elements of Sasha Banks and Charlotte when they were first faces: Like Sasha, she was a face who lost a lot of matches, got corrupted by a heel who used the loss record as a lever, and turned heel by attacking an unsuspecting person after a match. And like Charlotte, she was friends with Bayley, got an offer from the BFFs (well, former BFF in Becky's case) and attacked Bayley as her way of joining them.
  • Continuity Nod: Perhaps enforced by real life, as despite dropping the Oireland gimmick her legitimate Irish heritage is still subtly referenced. Namely, she's kept the red hair, still incorporates some form of green into her attire, and eventually got a theme song called "Celtic Invasion".
  • 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's naturally blonde).
  • Fighting Irish: She even does an Irish jig.
  • Genki Girl: Especially with her rocker gimmick.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She explained in a backstage interview that Sasha was right: being a face who's over with the fans wasn't actually stopping her from losing all the time. Given that since she turned heel, she's been winning a lot more, it's hard not to see her point.
  • 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.
  • Spiritual Successor: She's already drawing Lita comparisons.
  • The Starscream: While Sasha clearly expects her to assist her to become the Women's Champion at Takeover 4, Becky's stated that she intends to win the Fatal Four-Way and become the champion herself.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Bayley.
  • You Look Familiar: Formerly known as Rebecca Knox in SHIMMER.

Buddy Murphy (Matthew Adams)

  • Bash Brothers: With Wesley Blake.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Adrian Neville (Ben Satterly)

  • Always Someone Better: He was this to Sami Zayn, until Takeover 3.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He and Zayn seemed to be good friends, but Neville had no problem with dicking Zayn over to retain his title at Takeover 2. Their friendship went downhill from there, although Neville seems to have been genuine in maintaining it, even doing so after losing the championship to Zayn and watching him celebrate with everyone.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He rescued an unconscious Zayn from Titus O'Neil when after beating Zayn, O'Neil was about to severely injure him.
  • Combat Pragmatist: One of the most important parts of his character is how determined he is to win, using any means necessary to do so.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: He spins a lot. This combined with his high-flying style means that rather uniquely, he wrestles with a mouthguard.
  • Finishing Move: The Red Arrow (A corkscrew shooting star press. Think "Air Bourne" with a 360 spin in the middle of the flip). He later adds a "imploding" 450 splash.
  • Fragile Speedster
  • Friendly Enemy / Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Sami Zayn feuded for the NXT Championship as this.
  • Genre Savvy: After Sami Zayn declared that he'd quit if he couldn't win at Takeover 3, Neville told him when they met a week later that he wouldn't let anyone (including Zayn) hold him responsible for Zayn leaving if he didn't win—though in the end, the point was moot.
  • Graceful Loser: He took Zayn's win at Takeover 3 quite well.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Once said that while he'd pulled some dirty tricks to win on various occasions, he wasn't proud of it and wished things had gone differently... but it won't stop him from doing similar things again, if it's to win.
  • I Have the High Ground: Let's just put it this way: he is known as "The Man That Gravity Forgot."
  • Meaningful Name: The Red Arrow is named after the RAF aerobatic display team.
    • 'Neville' refers to Neville Staple, the singer for The Specials.
  • North East England: Born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
  • Pet the Dog: When Sami declared that he'd quit if he couldn't beat Neville at Takeover 3, Neville seemed genuinely disturbed, insisting that Sami didn't need to prove anything and that he didn't need to end his career over not becoming the champion. It didn't work.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: At Takeover 2.
  • Red Baron: "The Man That Gravity Forgot".
  • Tag Team: With Oliver Grey, then Corey Graves.
  • Take That: Told Zayn to his face that everyone knows that despite his good in-ring skills, he's incapable of actually winning important matches.
  • Tweener: Has revealed himself as being a bit too pragmatic to be a pure babyface (although some would argue he's better off for it)... but still manages to come off as a decent guy next to the extreme vanity of Tyler Breeze and the dickery of Tyson Kidd, who's a blatant Jerkass even to his own wife.
  • Two First Names
  • We Used to Be Friends: Approaching there with Zayn, starting when Neville won at Takeover 2. Averted following Zayn's win over him for the NXT title at Takeover 3, as he would embrace Zayn and raise his hand despite feeling bitter from losing.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Infamously screwed Zayn over to retain his title at Takeover 2, a move that turned a lot of fans against him.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pulled one in a match with Zayn when he did a Red Arrow onto Zayn, who moved just in time. Neville injured his knee, and used said injury to take Zayn by surprise, rolling him up for the win.
  • You Look Familiar: Better known as PAC from Dragon Gate USA.
  • Your Mom: Hilariously invoked this trope while trading insults with Breeze, claiming that Breeze isn't the only member of his family who likes sending selfies. Breeze predictably flipped his shit, and Neville beat the hell out of him.

Kevin Owens (Kevin Steen)

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, but unfortunately for him, he should have been a tad more suspicious, because as it turned out, Regal was feeling quite 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.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As ridiculous as the hippie gimmick may seem, the guy once hit Kevin Owens with a palm strike so hard that he broke Owens' nose and split his hand open.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.

Sami Zayn (Rami Sebei)