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

Austin Aries (Dan Solwold, Jr.)

Asuka (Kanako Urai)

Finn Bálor (Fergal Devitt)

Bayley (Pamela Martinez)

Wesley Blake (Cory Weston)
  • Bash Brothers: With Murphy.
  • 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 have started being announced to the ring this way since winning the tag straps. He does have a canonical first name (Wesley), but it's almost never used.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Alexa Bliss (Alexis Kaufman)

Carmella (Leah Van Dale)

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 is even beginning to irritate his partner now.
  • 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 teases the possibility that we will see more of the serious athlete soon.
  • 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)
  • 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.

Tye Dillinger (Ronnie Arneil)
  • Arc Number: ...C'mon. Guess.
  • Canada, Eh?: From Ontario.
  • Catch Phrase: "TEN!!"
  • 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: Hasn't really worked a program under the new gimmick but seems to work as either face or heel as that episode's particular card demands.

Sawyer Fulton (Jacob Southwick)
  • Darker and Edgier: Slowly getting there as his frustration grows with continuously jobbing alongside a tag team partner who seems to be unflappable about it.
  • Expy: A large, young man raised in rural America that was a multiple-time collegiate wrestling award winner, recruited by Jim Ross out of college and has the real name of "Jacob"? Sounds a bit like Jack Swagger.
    • He and Angelo Dawkins could be seen as one to the Minnesota Stretching Crew, as they have a similar aesthetic and have adopted an amateur wrestling gimmick.
  • Farm Boy

Chad Gable (Chas Betts)
  • Ambiguously Gay: His pursuit of Jason Jordan as a tag team partner, and his insistence on Jordan saying his catchphrase carries more than a few undertones.
  • Captain Ersatz: American Alpha (his team with Jason Jordan) appears to be a two-man love letter to Kurt Angle, with Gable representing the younger Angle from the Attitude Era—the dorky arrogant guy who's also somehow endearing or funny and yet still dangerous because he can out-grapple anyone at will.
  • Catch Phrase: "Ready, willing, and Gable".
  • Composite Expy: Of Kurt Angle. He's a short, highly skilled amateur wrestler (and Olympic competitor) who wrestles in a singlet, and backstage is arrogant but with an air of goofiness about him. As the white teammate of black Angle/Shelton Benjamin-expy Jason Jordan, he can also be considered one of Charlie Haas for many of the same reasons—which is only fitting as Haas and Benjamin were first put together under Angle's tutelage. The latter's similarity was lampshaded in one promo where Jason Jordan almost called the two of them "The World's Greatest Tag Team" before Gable cut him off and asked him to stop, presumably out of respect for the original team.
    • It's quite possible that the NXT Audience picked up on this as some recent matches has seen the crowd chanting "GABLE!" in the same rhythm as Kurt Angle's WWE Entrance theme.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Stands at only 5'7, but grapples and tosses around foes with ease.

Corey Graves (Matt Polinsky)
  • Career-Ending Injury: Told to stop wrestling after receiving two serious concussions and now works backstage. He revealed at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution that he is officially retiring from wrestling and joined the NXT Announce Team soon after.
  • 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.
  • Downer Ending: His last match involved him eating the pin. Worse is that Sami Zayn's Helluva Kick gave him his second, career ending concussion.
  • 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 Seth 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.

Hideo Itami (Kenta Kobayashi)

Nia Jax (Savelina "Lina" Fanene)
  • Amazonian Beauty: She's noticeably larger than the rest of the female roster and wrestles a hoss style, using a bear hug as one of her signature moves.
  • Badass Boast: Her introductory vignettes were nothing but them.
  • Expy: She appears to be NXT's answer to Kharma, as a plus-sized woman who is pushed like a monster. This became even moreso not long after her debut, when she switched her ring attire from the purple bodysuit mentioned below to a style closely resembling Kharma's.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her debut attire was a deep purple bodysuit.
  • Wrestling Family: She's part of the Anoa'i family, and a cousin to The Rock.
  • Wrestling Monster: She's pushed as such, using moves like bear hugs and presented as an immovable giant.

Samoa Joe (Nuufolau Joel Seanoa)

Jason Jordan (Nathan Everhart)
  • Alliterative Name
  • Captain Ersatz: American Alpha (his team with Chad Gable) appears to be a two-man love letter to Kurt Angle, with Jordan representing the matured Angle of the Ruthless Aggression Era—the intense badass wrestling machine who's come to own just how good he is and is capable of going on nigh-unstoppable tears.
  • Composite Expy: As a black athletic prototypical wrestler, he hearkens back to Shelton Benjamin, but his moveset and intensity is more reminiscent of prime Kurt Angle. He also has the legitimate amateur wrestling background to match both men as well. Which makes it all the more fitting he's finally picked up momentum via a tag team with a composite expy of Angle and Benjamin's The World's Greatest Tag Team partner Charlie Haas.
  • Reality Ensues: After Tye Dillinger refused to tag him in not once, but three times during a match, Jordan got pissed off and left Dillinger to get hammered by the Lucha Dragons.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Having ditched former tag partner Tye Dillinger, he began a story line where he teamed with various WWE Superstars in an attempt to find a better tag partner. He eventually found one in Chad Gable.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After starting his team with Chad Gable, they've started winning and dominating opponents, with Jordan breaking out more of his amateur wrestling background. Completed at TakeOver: Dallas, where they beat The Revival for the tag team championship titles.

No Way Jose (Levis Valenzuela Jr.)

  • Dance Battler: Incorporates several dance moves into his offense.
  • Expy: Already drawing Fandango comparisons due to his salsa dancing gimmick.
  • Fun Personified: Is always smiling, dancing, and having a good time.

Billie Kay (Jessica McKay)

Buddy Murphy (Matthew Adams)
  • Bash Brothers: With Blake.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: After Carmella spurned his and Blake's advances and slapped Alexa Bliss, Blake and Murphy realised that continuing to try to get Carmella on their side would be pointless, and instead called a swerve and teamed up with Alexa to give Enzo, Cass and Carmella hell. It worked.
  • 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 have started being billed this way ever since winning the Tag Team Titles. He does have a canonical first name (Buddy), but it's almost never used.
  • 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 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.

Shinsuke Nakamura

Mojo Rawley (Dean Muhtadi)

Rhyno (Terry Gerin)

Peyton Royce (Cassie McIntosh)
  • Dance Battler: Her graceful movements give away that she was a dancer before becoming a wrestler.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Flowers have recently become a part of her motif.
  • Jobber: Was initially this under her real first name Cassie.
  • Kick Chick: Depending on how much offense she gets in, it's possible for her to go through a match doing nothing but kicks.
  • Land Down Under: Where she and Billie/Jessie both grew up, attended the same high school, as well as first trained together.

Zack Ryder (Matthew Brett Cardona)

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.
  • 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.

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.)
  • 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.

     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.

Aliyah (Nhooph Al-Areebi)

Andrade "Cien" Almas (Manuel Andrade)

Tessa Blanchard

  • Wrestling Family: The daughter of original Four Horseman member and WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard.

Preston Cunningham Jr. (Joshua Woods)

Steve Cutler (Tommy Maclin)

Liv Morgan (Gionna Daddio)

Christopher Girard (Biff Busick)

Peter Howard

Thomas Kingdon

Noah Kekoa (Noah Pang- Potjes)

Tucker Knight (Levi Cooper)

Hugo Knox (Stuart Tomlinson)

Bronson Matthews (Josh Bredhl)

Riddick Moss (Michael Rallis)

Dylan Miley

Adrien Reese (Adrienne Reese)

Tino Sabatelli (Sabatino Piscitelli)

Nikki Storm (Nicola Glencross)

Richard Swann

Alexander Wolfe (Axel Tischer)

ZZ Loupe (Zamariah Loupe)

     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.

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.

Tommaso Ciampa (Tommaso Whitney)

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.

Johnny Gargano (John Anthony Nichols)