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Lists the various Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestlers who are currently part of the Wrestling/{{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.

!!!Singles Wrestlers

[[folder:Andrade "Cien" Almas]]
!!! Andrade "Cien" Almas (Manuel Alfonso Andrade)
* AlliterativeName: His 'proper' ring name, Andrade Almas.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre and Johnny Gargano.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: "Cien Almas" is Spanish for "Hundred Souls." Given that his ''former'' ring name was ''La Sombra'' (The Shadow)... [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast make of that what you will.]]
* TheBully: He often picks on other wrestlers who are weaker or meeker than him. He tried that on Drew [=McIntyre=] and [[BullyingADragon was crushed by him in a match.]]
* {{Expy}}: His heel gimmick has a lot in common with Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito, even down to both having "Tranquilo" as a mantra, though this makes sense given that as La Sombra, he was a member of ''Los Ingobernables'', meaning that Almas is actually the one who pretty much taught Naito how to get over.
* FaceHeelTurn: After he and Cedric Alexander lost in the first round of the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Almas viciously attacked Cedric out of frustration and anger due to his losing streak and the crowd's consistent hostile reaction to him.
* IShallTauntYou: His in-ring antics are ''incredibly'' cocky. He'll even pass up opportunities to attack if it means he can mock his opponent.
* ManInWhite: After his heel turn, Almas starts wearing white suits extensively.
* MaskedLuchador: Formerly. And unlike some of his ilk that unmask, his past as a luchador was referenced and discussed on commentary. He even made his entrance to ''[=TakeOver=] Philidelphia'' being played in by a full masked mariachi band and wearing his old mask, which he removed before entering the ring.
* NiceHat: Wears a trilby down the ramp for his entrance.
* RedBaron: "''El Ídolo''", or "The Idol."
* TookALevelInBadass: Since Zelina Vega joined him as a manager, he started winning more, with Vega either psyching him up or cheating on his behalf.
* WorthyOpponent: After Cedric Alexander defeated him, Almas congratulated him and shook his hand. The next episode they were one of the first teams announced for the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Unfortunately this respect didn't last long, as noted above.
* YouAreNumberSix: Plus BilingualBonus. 'Cien' is Spanish for 100.

[[folder:Aleister Black]]
!!! Aleister Black (Thomas Budgen)
* AntiHero: Cast this way in NXT. Brutal, brooding, and frankly scary looking - yet pushed, at least nominally, as a babyface. (For bonus points, he has "Anti Hero" tattooed on his knuckles.)
* BadassBeard: It definitely is impressive.
* BoringButPractical: His Black Mass finisher isn't the ''most'' visually impressive thing you'll see in a wrestling ring. But, as one might expect, if someone eats a spinning heel kick to the face, they tend not to get up for a while.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite being a dark, brooding character who incorporates a lot of occult symbols into his appearance, he describes himself as being neither saint nor sinner, just someone who maintains the balance.
* DeathGlare: Black is fond of giving them to the camera.
* DissonantSerenity: Black's signature taunt, just sitting down and ''waiting''. He's capable of sliding into it from just about anything and once he starts he won't stop until his opponent bites the bait. The speed at which he can pull it off makes him feel like a snake, coiled and ready to ''strike''.
* DrawAggro: His first match on NXT's television proper was him sitting in the middle of the ring...and catching the poor fool that took the bait with the Black Mass kick.
* ExtremityExtremist: He has a ton of kicks and knees in his arsenal.
* HollywoodSatanism: Averted. Black isn't your usual screaming fanatic and takes Satanism very seriously.
** ActorSharedBackground: Tom Bugden is actually a Laveyan Satanist.
* [[IKnowKarate I Know Kickboxing]]: He is a trained martial artist who incorporates a lot of kickboxing moves into his arsenal.
* KnuckleTattoos: "Anti Hero".
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: As fitting for his name, his coolly menacing demeanor and seemingly complete disinterest in engaging friends or fans evokes this compared to his more arrogant and hostile heel rivals.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''Aleister Black'' definitely has some foreboding feeling to it.
* TheQuietOne: He's not very talkative, as it took several months after his debut to finally speak.
* ReligiousBruiser: Very apparent, although the specifics of his 'faith' are skated around somewhat.
* TattooAsCharacterType: Black's body is covered with various religious and occult symbols, indicating his interest in the supernatural.
* WrestlingMonster: A rare tweener variation. His OneHitKill finisher has beaten numerous wrestlers, while Black himself is yet to be pinned or submitted.

[[folder:Wesley Blake]]
!!! Wesley Blake (Cory Weston)
* BashBrothers: With Murphy until they went on a losing streak and broke up.
* {{Cowboy}}: From San Antonio, Texas at that.
* FunWithAcronyms: The sometimes-used team name of '''B'''lake-'''A'''lexa-'''M'''urphy '''F'''actor. Ironically this could have still fit anyway as '''Blake''' '''''A'''nd'' '''M'''urphy '''F'''actor if Alexa weren't involved.
* LastNameBasis: He and Murphy started being announced to the ring this way since winning the tag straps up until they split. His canonical first name Wesley was almost never used during this time.
* LevelGrinding: 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.
* RealMenWearPink: And they also put their hair in pigtails.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Buddy Murphy, before they became the Tag Team Champions.
* TookALevelInBadass: They went from jobbers to the Tag Team Champions in ''two weeks''.
* TookALevelInJerkass: After separating from Murphy and Bliss (the latter of whom was drafted to the Smackdown roster) and embarking on a singles career he suddenly became a ''lot'' more arrogant. And given the type of personalities BAMF had, this is saying quite a bit.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: With Murphy and Alexa Bliss.
* WildCard: 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.
* TheWorfBarrage: 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.

[[folder:Cezar Bononi]]
!!! Cezar Bononi

[[folder:Tommaso Ciampa]]
!!! Tommaso Ciampa (Tommaso Whitney)
* BadassBeard: His beard has steadily grown longer, wilder, and more badass during his time in NXT.
* BaldOfAwesome: He now shaves his head. Combined with his beard, it creates a suitably threatening and slightly crazy look.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: [[spoiler:The trigger for his heel turn. His injuries, and the quickness to which fans online started going through potential dream partners to replace him with, gave him an intense fear of being replaced and considered an afterthought. So after they lost the tag team title ladder match in Chicago and he knew he would have to take time off to recover, he decided to destroy #DIY himself rather than let that happen.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Turned on Johnny Gargano after their loss to the Authors of Pain at ''Takeover: Chicago'']].
* FinishingMove: A running knee to the head.
* IdenticalStranger: He looks like a slimmer version of Wrestling/{{Ryback}} with a thicker beard.
* IfICantHaveYou: Non-romantic version. [[spoiler:If he can't be Johnny Gargano's tag team partner, Johnny Gargano can't have a tag team partner. And if he can't wrestle, then neither can Johnny Gargano.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: He is also known as Psycho Killer, which comes from his theme in the independent circuit and which fans enjoy chanting.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Don't let the weathered face and scraggly, somewhat graying beard (that Ciampa doesn't always bother to dye) fool you - he's only 32. For perspective, he's only a couple weeks older than Wrestling/RomanReigns. (Born May 8, 1985; Reigns was born May 25 of the same year.)

[[folder:Johnny Gargano]]
!!! Johnny Gargano (John Anthony Nicholas Gargano)
* AffectionateNickname: Everybody calls him "Johnny Wrestling."
* BattleCouple: After his wife, Candice was officially signed in 2018.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Ended Elias Samson's undefeated streak.
* FinishingMove: For submission he uses an over the shoulder crossface chickenwing he dubs the "[[PunnyName Garga-No-Escape]]".
* SignatureMove: A slingshot spear through the top and middle rope. He often does it after being tagged in by Ciampa. However, it is somewhat predictable, and The Revival have countered it several times, including into a Shatter Machine.
* TraumaButton: Anything connected to DIY, ever since being betrayed by Ciampa.
* WrestlingPsychology[=/=]ContinuityNod: An interesting note here as he was one of NXT's representatives for the Wrestling/WWECruiserweightClassic as a singles competitor. In storyline, an injury to his knee that happened in NXT competition would [[GameBreakingInjury cost him a match in the CWC a few episodes after the one he had with Ciampa.]] But because the CWC episodes were taped a month or so before the ''NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II'' live PPV where he would be hurt, he was put in the unique position of having to sell a storyline injury in the CWC that, chronologically speaking, hadn't happened yet.

[[folder:No Way Jose]]
!!! No Way Jose (Levis Valenzuela Jr.)
* AfroAsskicker: His hair is reaching almost [[Wrestling/CarlitoColon Carlito]] levels of voluminous.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's a fun-loving guy, but make no mistake, he can and will bring the fight. Austin Aries found this out the hard way.
* DanceBattler: Incorporates several dance moves into his offense.
* {{Expy}}: Initially drew Wrestling/{{Fandango}} comparisons due to his salsa dancing gimmick... except you find out later that his gimmick wasn't meant so much to be (exclusively) a dancer as a partygoing reveler. In that way, his gimmick edges much closer to that of Wrestling/AdamRose - minus the weird cadre of costumed followers.
* FunPersonified: Is always smiling, dancing, and having a good time.
* [[LifeOfTheParty Life of the Fiesta:]] His ring gear even says "Fiesta" on it.
* LightningBruiser: He's very agile and fluid, as one would expect of a DanceBattler. He's also 245 pounds.
* MegatonPunch: Employs something of a pop-up KO punch in his arsenal. Think [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro]] [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] Wrestling/BigShow.

[[folder:Oney Lorcan]]
!!! Oney Lorcan (Christopher Girard)
* BloodKnight: He loves a good fight.
* BullyHunter: Went after Andrade 'Cien' Almas for pushing around Hoho Lun in the gym, and when Lars Sullivan began targeting No Way Jose, Oney got pissed off and challenged him to a match.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He looks scary and is a brutal fighter but he's actually cast as a good guy at heart, standing up for people that get picked on in the locker room.
* FaceOfAThug: Has one of the nastiest looking scowls in WWE.
* GlassCannon: Relatively small in stature but can hit very hard.
* SignatureMove: A running blockbuster and a blockbuster from the top rope. He also tends to grab people by the face and slap the shit out of them.
* {{Kiai}}: Usually followed with a ''vicious'' elbow.
* WorthyOpponent: After he beat Danny Burch and then Burch beat him, the two gained a lot of respect for each other and decided to try becoming a tag team.

[[folder:Drew [=McIntyre=]]]
!!! Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre (Drew Galloway)

[[folder:Buddy Murphy]]
!!! Buddy Murphy (Matthew Adams)
* BashBrothers: With Blake, until their break-up.
* TheBusCameBack: After a long absence from WWE programming, Murphy returned on the 2/13/18 episode of 205 Live to announce his entry into the tournament to crown a new Cruiserweight Champion.
* FunWithAcronyms: The sometimes-used team name of '''B'''lake-'''A'''lexa-'''M'''urphy '''F'''actor. Ironically this could have still fit anyway as '''Blake''' '''''A'''nd'' '''M'''urphy '''F'''actor if Alexa weren't involved.
* LandDownUnder: From Melbourne. (One has to wonder how an Australian wound up with a name [or nickname] like Buddy, though.)
* LastNameBasis: Blake and Murphy started being billed this way ever since winning the Tag Team Titles up until they split. His canonical first name Buddy was almost never used in that time.
* MeaningfulName: Turns out, Buddy is already the nickname of an Australian sports star, namely footballer Lance "Buddy" Franklin, whereas Murphy is Adams' middle name in real life.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Wesley Blake, before the following trope kicked inů
* TookALevelInBadass: He and Blake went from jobbers to the Tag Team Champions in ''two weeks''.
** LevelGrinding: A very low-key version preceded their seemingly sudden level-up, as they went from just straight jobbers to TheWorfBarrage-style competitive jobbers to breaking through the plateau and actually beating other teams.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: With Wesley Blake and Alexa Bliss.
* WildCard: By the time they began to solidify themselves as heels, Blake and Murphy were already solidified as the tag champs.
* TheWorfBarrage: 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.

[[folder:Kassius Ohno]]
!!! [[Wrestling/ChrisHero Kassius Ohno]] (Chris Spradlin)

[[folder:Roderick Strong]]
!!! Wrestling/RoderickStrong (Christopher Lindsey)

[[folder:Lars Sullivan]]
!!! Lars Sullivan (Dylan Miley)
* AffablyEvil: Despite being on a self-imposed quest to mold NXT into a rather violent place to be in, he's polite and rather friendly to people when they don't bother him.
* BerserkButton: Apparently, No Way Jose's music annoys him so much he destroyed Jose just to turn it off.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Has attacked every tag partner he has had due to them getting pinned.
** ApologeticAttacker: ...He's usually very remorseful about it, though. He often apologizes to them backstage and is well aware he has a temper problem. In these cases, he nearly borders on GentleGiant.
* GeniusBruiser: He may not seem like it, but Lars has quite a vocabulary and an astounding level of intelligence. He describes himself as having "the body of a gorilla and the mind of a professor".
* HairTriggerTemper: He has certain issues with anger management, judging by him beating down his tag team partner and feuding with No Way Jose just because his music is annoying.
* PutOnABus: Was being set up for a fued with Andrade Almas, and then vanished from television without any notification. Behind the scenes, he was apparently experiencing both knee problems and issues relating to the surgery to correct his acromegaly.
* WrestlingMonster: A 6'3 303 lbs truck of a man, he relentlessly and effortlessly demolishes his competition, plowing through them like a freight train.

[[folder:The Velveteen Dream]]
!!! The Velveteen Dream (Patrick Clark)
* AgentPeacock: The flamboyant and, at times, borderline androgynous mannerisms do little, if anything, to hide the fact that he's a well-put-together athlete that can kick your ass.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Lots of Music/{{Prince}} references abound as per his wardrobe and mannerisms (and the name of his finisher), but he's also been seen blowing kisses and licking his lips seductively in the direction of his opponents.
* BullyingADragon: Seems to have a bad habit of this. One of his first appearances in the 'Velveteen Dream' gimmick (although he was still known as Patrick Clark) was interrupting a ''very irritated'' Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura. Predictably, Nakamura used his face as a [[FinishingMove Kinshasa]] practice dummy. Later, he singles out Aleister Black, who by that time had already firmly established himself as a guy ''not'' to be messed with.
* {{Expy}}: Very early stages of Wrestling/{{Goldust}}. Does he actually swing that way, or is he just messing with opponents' heads? No one quite knows yet...
* TheFightingNarcissist: He's ''reeeeaaaaallly'' full of himself.
* FinishingMove: A [[DeathFromAbove extremely impressive and high elbow drop from top rope]] that he calls the Purple Rainmaker.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: An interview with Aleister Black reveals that his given name in this new persona is still Patrick (which makes sense as he appeared at one point with this gimmick before his ring name was changed.) This is perhaps an indication that 'The Velveteen Dream' is a manufactured alter-ego ''in universe'' as well.
* PurpleIsPowerful
* SayMyName: The entire basis of his feud with Black. He eventually gets what he wants - although he has to get a serious ass kicking on the way.
* ShoutOut: Wore a pair of Wrestling/RickRude inspired pants with his and Black's face on either side during Takeover: Wargames. Even the commentators keep calling it "Rick Rude Pants"
** Also, his ambiguous mannerisms and affinity for the color purple are one to Music/{{Prince}}. His finisher is even called the '''''Purple Rain'''maker.''


!!!Women's Division

!!! Wrestling/{{Aliyah}} (Nhooph Al-Areebi)

[[folder:Shayna Baszler]]
!!! Shayna Baszler
* BatmanGambit: Her bully persona is partially this. NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon had a particular strong sense of justice, so Shayna realized that offending that sense of justice was a great way to incite Ember to challenge her and in the process give Shayna a free title match.
* TheBully: Her main pastimes include picking on people weaker than her, looming over people smaller than her, and intentionally injuring her opponents.
* TheDreaded: Much like Wrestling/BrockLesnar, Baszler's accomplishments in the world of MMA give her an intimidating aura.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Viciously attacking Candice [=LeRae=] and Mercedes Martinez during the Mae Young Classic, establishing herself as a ruthless heel willing to do everything to win.
** Choking out Kairi Sane to make a statement and challenge Ember Moon.
* RedBaron: "The Queen of Spades".
* SlasherSmile: Prone to giving these a lot during promos.

[[folder:Bianca [=BelAir=]]]
!!! Bianca [=BelAir=] (Bianca Blair)
* CombatPragmatist: AintNoRule, apparently, that states that you can't use your hair as a weapon.
* FinishingMove: Currently using a spear.
* LightningBruiser: While lean and not a 'hoss' in the mold of Wrestling/NiaJax, for instance, she's typically taller and[=/=]or more muscled than her opponents, and her wrestling style edges closer to a 'power' wrestler than anything else. She's also a former track sprinter that can bust out a 450 splash from the top rope.
* RapunzelHair: A ''very'' long [[BraidsOfAction braid]] that hangs all the way down to her knees.
* RedBaron "The EST of NXT", as in fastest, strongest, etc.
* WhipItGood: Has a habit of using her hair to whip opponents in the face. It looks pretty badass.

[[folder:Nikki Cross]]
!!! [[Wrestling/{{Sanity}} Nikki Cross]] (Nicola Glencross)

[[folder:Lacey Evans]]
!!! Lacey Evans (Macey Estrella)
* AnachronismStew: The style of her attire is straight out of the 40's or 50's, and her theme song has a 90's sound to it.
* {{Eagleland}}: Her outfits and demeanor invokes Type 1, although in late 2017-2018 she turned heel and edged much closer to Type 2.
* RedBaron: "The Lady of NXT".
* SemperFi: Was a U.S. Marine in real life before becoming a professional wrestler.
* SouthernBelle: Billed from South Carolina and her ring gear and persona has elements of this.

[[folder:Billie Kay]]
!!! Wrestling/BillieKay (Jessica [=McKay=])

[[folder:Candice [=LeRae=]]]
!!! Wrestling/CandiceLeRae (Candice Gargano)

[[folder:Ember Moon]]
!!! Wrestling/EmberMoon (Adrienne Reese)

[[folder:Peyton Royce]]
!!! Peyton Royce (Cassie [=McIntosh=])
* AmazonianBeauty: Mostly in the abs.
* BetaBitch: To Billie Kay. She was however able to get a win in a #1 contender's match and challenge Asuka on her own - even if she didn't win.
* DanceBattler: Her graceful movements give away that she was a dancer before becoming a wrestler.
* FlowerInHerHair: Flowers have recently become a part of her [[FlowerMotif motif.]]
* GreenAndMean: She's taken to wearing green attires and she definitely has an attitude.
* IdenticalStranger: Very similar to Eva Marie in the face and body.
* {{Jobber}}: Was initially this under her real first name Cassie, but she's picked up a few wins since then.
* KickChick: Depending on how much offense she gets in, it's possible for her to go through a match doing nothing but kicks.
* KickTheDog: She and Billie taunted Liv Morgan following a CurbStompBattle she suffered at the hands of Asuka.
* LandDownUnder: Where she and Billie both grew up, attended the same high school, as well as first trained together.
* RedBaron: "The Venus Flytrap of NXT"
* RedheadInGreen: Well, more of a burgundy shade.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Although some fans think the heterosexual part is supposed to be [[AmbiguouslyGay ambiguous]], Peyton and Billie are 100% loyal to each other and have sworn never to betray the other even though they are heels. Even in a Fatal Four Way for the [=NXT=] Women's Championship they never turned on each other, instead trying to help the other get a pin or submission.
* SuplexFinisher: She's been using a Fisherman's Suplex as of late.
* VillainousBreakdown: Tends to go to pieces if an opponent starts kicking out or no selling her offense, despite this meaning she's still got the momentum. In one match [[TheDreaded Asuka]] kicking out after a two count reduced her to [[TooDumbToLive a screaming tantrum and some weak shoves]], after which Asuka predictably recovered and flattened her.
* WholeCostumeReference: The overall motif seems to be a reference of some portrayals of [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Poison Ivy.]] Liv lampshaded this on Twitter, referring to Peyton as "a chick who thinks she's Poison Ivy".
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: She has purple in her hair.

[[folder:Kairi Sane]]
!!! Kairi Sane (Kaori Housako)
* BadassAdorable: Her cute face belies a ferocious competitor who's not to be taken lightly.
* FinishingMove: A diving elbow drop known as the "Insane Elbow".
* NiceHat: A snazzy-looking tricorn.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: She may be a rather short woman, but her elbow drop is absolutely deadly.
* PirateGirl: Her entrance gear evokes a pirate captain's outfit.
* RedBaron: "The Pirate Princess".

[[folder:Zelina Vega]]
!!! [[Wrestling/TheaTrinidad Zelina Vega]] (Thea Megan Trinidad)

!!!Tag Teams and Stables

[[folder:The Authors of Pain]]
!!!As a Team
[[caption-width-right:350:L-R: Akam, Paul Ellering, and Rezar]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Akam is ethnically Punjabi Indian, and Rezar is from Albania. Somewhat surprisingly for WWE, which likes to play the ForeignWrestlingHeel thing to the hilt, this (aside from occasionally cutting promos in their native languages) doesn't factor into their gimmick at all.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: They came out after Wrestling/AmericanAlpha lost the NXT tag titles back to The Revival and utterly destroyed the ex-champions before being called to the back by legendary manager [[Wrestling/RoadWarriors Paul Ellering]].
* FinishingMove: Two of them:
** "The Last Chapter" is a Russian Legsweep and Lariat combination.
** "Super Collider" is stereo powerbombs after knocking their opponents together.
* SpiritualSuccessor TagTeam: In the same vein as old school big vicious bruiser tandems such as the Powers of Pain, Faces of Fear, Demolition Road Warriors/Legion of Doom, etc., they are known as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Authors of Pain]]. Given that the Legion of Doom's former manager is now guiding the Authors, this is most likely on purpose.
* ThemeNaming: The philosophical principle of ''Occam's razor'' goes that among competing hypotheses, select the simplest one with the least assumptions. What Akam and Rezar are here to do needs no assumptions made.
* WrestlingMonster: They are almost completely unstoppable in the ring. Sometimes one of them does not even bother tagging into the match, allowing the other to destroy both their opponents by themselves.

!!! Akam (Sunny Dhinsa)
* IdenticalStranger: He looks very similar to a heavier-set version of early-career Wrestling/DLoBrown.
* LightningBruiser: A 290-pound beast whose tandem offense with Rezar is surprisingly fast and appropriately painful.
* TattooedCrook: Has Polynesian ink on his right upper arm and chest.

!!! Rezar (Gzim Selmani)
* LightningBruiser: A 330-pound monster whose tandem offense with Akam is surprisingly fast and appropriately painful.

[[folder:Heavy Machinery]]
!!!As a Team
* CatchPhrase: "Steaks and weights"
* FinishingMove: "The Compactor", which has Otis hold one of their opponents in a set up for a bodyslam, with Tucker then running into him, crushing their poor victim between all 650 pounds of Heavy Machinery.

!!! Otis Dozovic (Nikola Bogojevic)
* BoisterousBruiser: He lives for three things: steaks and weights, and fighting.
* LargeHam: While Tucker can also be quite energetic, Dozovic is larger than life in every possible way.
* StoutStrength: He is fairly short for a wrestler and quite large, having one of the widest frames on the roster. The commentators note that his low center of gravity and strength make him near impossible to knock over, even for the Authors of Pain.

!!! Tucker Knight (Levi Cooper)
* TheStraightMan: While he can be a little silly, Tucker is much more grounded (and intelligible) than Otis.

!!! [[Wrestling/{{Sanity}} Nikki Cross]] (Nicola Glencross)

!!! [[Wrestling/{{Sanity}} Killian Dain]] (Damian Mackle)

!!! [[Wrestling/{{Sanity}} Alexander Wolfe]] (Axel Tischer)

!!! Wrestling/EricYoung (Jeremy Fritz)

[[folder:Street Profits]]
!!!As a Team
* {{Expy}}: Can be considered one to Cryme Tyme, only without obvious criminal tendencies. Also shows some traits of the original Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers.
* IconicItem: Red cups, as a reference to rappers who drink alcohol or lean from similar cups.
* LifeOfTheParty: They bring the party with them to the ring.
* RedOniBlueOni: Hyped-up Ford and chill Dawkins, respectively.

!!! Angelo Dawkins (Gary Gordon)
* BerserkButton: Messing with his headbands.
* CavalierCompetitor: Despite always jobbing, he calmly waits for the next opportunity. His WWE.com bio hints that he's more of a SpiritedCompetitor, but it's really not showing right now on NXT. This really irritated Sawyer Fulton while they were teaming.
* HiddenDepths: He's a former championship athlete in his college sports days. The way he calmly talks about waiting for another opportunity sounds similar to many a non-descript, sanitized post-game interview. Sawyer Fulton's growing fatigue with his sterile professionalism at all times eventually led to them breaking up.
* {{Hipster}}: Formerly. This was dropped in favor of an amateur wrestling gimmick when he started teaming with Sawyer Fulton.
* {{Jobber}}: Though he seems oddly cool about it. After teaming with Ford, he finally starts picking up victories as part of the Street Profits.
* RedBaron: Adopted "The Curse of Greatness" as his moniker after splitting from Sawyer Fulton.

!!! Montez Ford (Kenneth Crawford)
* CoolShades: He wears them to the ring.
* GenkiGuy: Apparently, he has unlimited energy, as he bounces around the arena to celebrate his victories.
* LargeHam: Compared to the more laid-back Dawkins, Ford is constantly hype.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Dated, and recently became engaged to, Women's division talent Bianca [=BelAir=].

[[folder:[=TM-61=][=/=]The Mighty]]
!!!As a Team
* CatchPhrase: "We are the mighty, and the mighty don't kneel." Ported over from TM-61's time together in Australia, where their tag team was actually called "The Mighty Don't Kneel" (TMDK for short).
* LandDownUnder: They are from Australia.
* MeaningfulName: [=TM-61=] is a combination of their last initials and Australia's country code.
** GeniusBonus: No way of telling if this was intentional or not, but typing "TM-61" into Wiki/TheOtherWiki leads you [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MGM-1_Matador here.]]
* PutOnABus: After Shane Thorne suffered a knee injury in early 2017, he was viciously attacked by The Revival post-match to explain his absence for surgery. Nick Miller also disappeared from TV despite still being able to compete.

!!! Nick Miller (Michael "Mikey" Nicholls)

!!! Shane Thorne (Shane Veryzer)

[[folder:The Undisputed Era]]
!!!As a Team
* {{Expy}}: Their mysterious personas, penchant for random out-of-nowhere gang beatings, and 'outsider' gimmick recall the early days of Wrestling/TheShield - or, if you want to go back even further, the original [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]. Even more appropriate would be Wrestling/BulletClub, since Adam Cole was a member.
* HostileShowTakeover: They appear out of nowhere to beat up other wrestlers and swiftly disappear.
* PowerTrio
* TakeOverTheWorld: Their goal is to usher in a new era in NXT, heralded by them.

!!! Wrestling/AdamCole (Austin Jenkins)

!!! Bobby Fish (Robert Anthony Fish)

!!! Kyle O'Reilly (Kyle Greenwood)
* CanadaEh: He hails from Vancouver.


!!NXT House Show talent
Contains Superstars who have yet to become full-time members of the NXT television roster and primarily work house shows. If they do show up on-screen it is mainly as a {{jobber}} or for short storylines.

[[folder:Singles Wrestlers]]
!!! Fabian Aichner
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Initially appeared as a participant in the Cruiserweight Classic (where the upper weight limit was 205 pounds), losing to (Gentleman) Jack Gallagher in the first round. About a year later, he makes his first NXT TV appearance and is significantly larger (now billed at 231). The bulk gain is even [[LampshadeHanging commented upon]] during his match.
* LightningBruiser: Still has some cruiserweight-type moves in his repertoire, despite now weighing ''at least'' 230 pounds and hitting like it.

!!! Babatunde Aiyegbusi

!!! Big Boa (Yanbo Wang)

!!! Marcel Barthel

!!! Tian Bing (Bin Wang)

!!! Demitrius Bronson

!!! Steve Cutler (Tommy Maclin)
* SemperFi: Maclin was a legit former Marine before becoming a professional wrestler. This carries over into Cutler's wrestling "character."

!!! Donovan Dijak (Christopher Dijak)

!!! Wrestling/{{EC3}} (Michael Hutter)

!!! Adrian Jaoude

!!! Dan Matha
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After several weeks of hype, he debuted on NXT only to get the crap kicked out of him by a rampaging Wrestling/SamoaJoe, and hasn't been seen since.
* {{Expy}}: From a background standpoint, Wrestling/BaronCorbin. Both men are about the same size, and both have the similar background of being fringe offensive linemen in the NFL before wrestling.
* IdenticalStranger: Take Simon Miller from WebVideo/WhatCultureWrestling, make him bigger (and Simon's already not a small lad) and you've basically got Dan Matha.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Whether or not it would've actually been "awesome" is anyone's guess - but NXT spent a good month or two airing vignettes hyping up his debut and having the commentary team put him over. When the day finally came, he came out to the ring only to [[CurbStompBattle get his ass kicked]] by Wrestling/SamoaJoe before whatever opponent he would have had could show up. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse He hasn't been seen on the show since.]]

!!! Wrestling/TrevorMann

!!! Raul Mendoza

!!! Jeet Rama (Satender Ved Pal)

!!! Kishan Raftar (Lovepreet Sangha)

!!! Kona Reeves (Noah Pang-Potjes)
* EnemyMine: When a match between him and Rich Swann is interrupted by Wrestling/{{Sanity}}, Reeves and Swann attempt to fight the psychotic group off together but are quickly beaten down.
* SlasherSmile: Tends to flash a very creepy and evil looking grin, which the announcers and the other wrestlers find unnerving.

!!! Wrestling/LioRush (Lionel Green)

!!! Brennan Williams
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Brennan's popularity online and his association with [[WebVideo/{{TwoBestFriendsPlay}} the Super Best Friends]] has lead to many fans who were introduced to him from there being excited to see him join the TV roster.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's an intimidatingly huge 6' 7" and he's a former football player.
* OneOfUs: HUGE anime fan to the point his ring gear sports shout-outs to Evangelion, and a (probably) former frequenter of the /wooo/ image board.

[[folder:Women's Division]]

!!! Sage Beckett ([=MaryKate=] Duignan Glidewell)
* FormerlyFat: Prior to WWE, her biggest break was a 2 month stint in TNA as the over 300lb "Rosie Lottalove". Aka the girl that ended [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Daffney]]'s career with a butt drop to the chest. A few years later and a health problem inspired retirement and weight loss, she is now billed at 190lbs.

!!! Vanessa Borne (Danielle Kamela)

!!! Taynara Conti (Taynara Melo de Carvalho)
* LightIsNotGood: Despite her relatively girlish appearance and bright outfits, there appears to be something sinister in her nature, which was hinted in the Mae Young Classic and culminated in her helping The Undisputed Era.
* OhCrap: Upon realizing just how bad of an idea it is to attack Nikki Cross and piss her off, Taynara panics and runs like death itself is chasing her.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: After the Undisputed Era convinces her to attack Nikki, they abandon Taynara and back out of whatever deal they struck with her, having succeeded in their plans to screw further with [=SAnitY=].

!!! Jessica Elaban
* GirlishPigtails: Styles her hair in pigtails to add to her "nerdy girl" image.
* NerdGlasses: Again, her gimmick is a nerdy girl, so glasses are a given.

!!! Reina Gonzalez (Victoria Gonzalez)

!!! Dakota Kai (Cheree Crowley)
* {{Jobber}}: Her first appearance in [=NXT=] was being squashed by Nia Jax in 2015 before signing in 2017.

!!! Abbey Laith (Kimberley Frankele)

!!! Nixon Newell (Steffanie Newell)
* YankTheDogsChain: After being one of the first people signed for the Mae Young Classic and standing by for half a year, Nixon blew out her knee in a match the day before the first round was taped.

!!! Rhea Ripley (Demi Bennett)

!!! Xia Li (Zhao Xia)

!!! Zeda (Julia Ho)

[[folder:Tag Teams and Stables]]
!!! Gabriel and Uriel Ealy - The Ealy Brothers
* CurbStompBattle: During Samoa Joe's rampage against the NXT roster to force William Regal into giving him a title rematch against an injured Nakamura he attacked the Ealy twins before their scheduled match against The Revival and completely dominated both of them at once.
* TagTeamTwins: They are identical brothers and a tag team.

!!! The Forgotten Sons - Wesley Blake, Chad Lail & Steve Cutler

!!! Riddick Moss (Michael Rallis) & Tino Sabatelli (Sabatino Piscitelli)
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Riddick Moss.
* FriendlyRivalry: With one another at the Performance Center.
* {{Jerkass}}: Nearly every appearance of theirs involve them antagonizing and mocking somebody for no reason other than that they enjoy it.
* JerkJock: Both are former college football defensive players, with Sabby having made it to the NFL, and are among the highest achievers in Performance Center workout/training drills.
* RichBitch: Your stock big money athlete with nice suits and fancy cars in tag team form.
* TheRival: Their first major rivals seem to be the Street Profits. Now if only they could actually beat themů

!!! War Machine - Hanson and Rowe

[[folder: 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 has ramped up in recent years, due to partnerships with both EVOLVE and Wrestling/ProgressWrestling, as well as the Wrestling/WWECruiserweightClassic and Mae Young Classic.

!!! Tessa Blanchard
* AscendedExtra: Or Ascended Stunt Double anyway. Her first job in WWE was as Florence Pugh's stunt double in a film about Wrestling/{{Paige}}, as Paige herself was out from neck surgery at the time.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Rachel Ellering given their similar backgrounds.
* WrestlingFamily: The daughter of original Four Horseman member and WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard.

!!! Danny Burch (Martin Harris)
* FaceOfAThug: He looks like a London gangster.
* TheRival: To Oney Lorcan.

!!! Kota Ibushi
* RedBaron: "The Golden Star".

!!! Blue Pants (Leva Bates)
* AscendedExtra: 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''.
* BigDamnHeroes: Showed up at the last minute to help the Vaudevillains deal with Alexa Bliss during their title match at ''Takeover: Brooklyn''.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Her entrance music is a recording of Big Cass singing the theme from ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: No one has even tried to ask if she has a name or identity outside the nickname Enzo and Cass gave her.
* HandicappedBadass: She's partially deaf.
* MauveShirt: Need to get someone quick heat? Bring Blue Pants in and have the heel destroy her.
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: Possibly. According to rumor, the reason she disappeared from shows was because she got drunk and mouthed off to WWE management. Leva herself has denied this, and appeared on NXT a few weeks after the "news" with a new theme. Either way, she hasn't appeared since mid 2015.
* WholeCostumeReference: Her outfit initially drew comparisons to old ComicBook/XMen uniforms, what with essentially being a ComicBook/KittyPryde cosplay with the X belt removed, but after the release of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'', it was slightly adjusted to match the vault boy outfit.

!!! Deonna Purazzo
* {{Determinator}}: As the commentators put it, she gets her ass kicked pillar to post, but each time she shows up she looks just a little bit better.