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Lists the various WWE wrestlers active during the Rock 'N' Wrestling Era, from January 23, 1984 through April 4, 1993. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.

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Arn Anderson (Marty Lunde) 1988-1989, 2001-


The Barbarian/Headshrinker Sionne (Sionne Vailahi) 1988-1992, 1994-1995

Brutus Beefcake (Edward Harrison Leslie) 1984-1993

The Berzerker (John Nord) 1991-1993

The Big Bossman (Raymond Walter "Ray" Traylor, Jr.) 1988-1993, 1998-2003

Bam Bam Bigelow (Scott Charles Bigelow) 1987-1988, 1992-1995

B. Brian Blair 1984-1988

Tully Blanchard (Tully Arthur Blanchard) 1988-1989, 2006

The British Bulldog (David "Davey" Boy Smith) 1984-1988, 1990-1992, 1994-1997, 1999-2000

"Jumpin'" Jim Brunzell 1984-1993

King Kong Bundy (Chris Pallies) 1985-1987, 1994-1995

Big Bully Busick (Nick Busick) 1991


Cousin Junior (Lanny Kean) 1984-1985

Cousin Luke (Gene Petit) 1985-1987


"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (James Edward Duggan) 1987-1993, 2005-2009


Earthquake/Golga (John Anthony Tenta) 1989-1993, 1994, 1998-1999


Ric Flair (Richard Morgan "Ric" Fliehr) 1991-1993, 2001-2009, 2012-


Duane Gill/Gillberg (Duane Gill) 1991-1994, 1998-2000, 2017


Haku (Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita) 1985-1992, 2001

Bret Hart (Bret Sergeant Hart) 1984-1997, 2010

Owen Hart (Owen James Hart) 1988-1989, 1991-1999

Hillbilly Jim (Jim Morris) 1984-1997

The Honky Tonk Man (Roy Wayne Farris) 1986-1991, 1997–1998, 2001, 2008


Marty Jannetty (Frederick Marty Jannetty) 1987, 1988-1992, 1992-1994, 1995-1996, 2005-2007, 2009

  • The Bus Came Back: Every year and a half or so after WCW folded. He's usually on the wrong end of a match involving someone with a grudge against Shawn Michaels or a young superstar with a push or winning streak.
  • Butt-Monkey: Naming the least successful person of a Tag Team after they break up as the Jannetty.
  • The Jannetty: Unofficial Trope Namer. To Shawn Michaels, and one of the most famous wrestling examples of the trope.
  • Ring Oldies: Pushing 50 and still wrestling, and he's not half bad.

Junkyard Dog (Sylvester Ritter) 1984-1988


Kamala the Ugandan Giant (James Harper Harris), 1984, 1986-1987, 1992-1993

Dynamite Kid (Thomas "Tom" Billington) 1984-1988

Corporal Kirchner (Mike Kirchner) 1986-1987


Shawn Michaels (Michael Shawn Hickenbottom) 1988-2010

The Missing Link (Byron James John Robertson) 1985

The Mountie (Jacques Rougeau Jr.) 1986-1994, 1998


Nailz (Kevin Wacholz) 1992
  • Arch-Enemy: Big Bossman
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Cassandra Truth: His claims that Bossman was an evil, abusive prick based on how he treated him in his time behind bars fell completely on deaf ears at the time despite Bossman saying nothing to deny them. Years later, Bossman took part in the Attitude Era as Vince McMahon's corrupt SWAT enforcer and pretty much proved he was capable of everything Nailz claimed.
  • Finishing Move: Sleeper.
  • Institutional Apparel

Jim Neidhart (James Henry "Jim" Neidhart) 1985-1992, 1994-1997, 2007
  • Badass Beard: Eh, it's more of a goatee, but it still counts.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Commuting on a Bus: After the Hart Foundation split in 1991, he faded into the background until he left in March 1992. He returned at King of the Ring in June 1994 and was gone by the end of the year. He made one appearance under his own name in 1996 before his short-lived repackaging as "Who." He returned properly in 1997 for the Hart Foundation reunion and left in December. Returned in 2007 for the Raw 15th Anniversary Battle Royal.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Genius Bruiser
  • It Runs in the Family
  • The Jannetty: To Bret Hart.
  • Real Men Wear Pink
  • Red Baron: "The Anvil"
  • Tag Team: With Bret Hart as the Hart Foundation.
    • The New Foundation, with Owen in late 1991 to early 1992.
  • Who's on First?: It was the source of his short-lived masked "Who" gimmick in mid-1996.


The One Man Gang/Akeem (George Gray) 1987-1990

Outback Jack (Peter Stilsbury) 1986-1988


"Rowdy" Roddy Piper (Roderick George "Roddy" Toombs) 1984-1996, 2003, 2005-2015

"Leaping" Lanny Poffo/The Genius (Lanny Mark Poffo) 1985-1992

Jim Powers (James Manley) 1984-1994


Harley Race 1986-1989

Razor Ramon/Scott Hall (Scott Oliver Hall) 1992-1996, 2002

Dustin Rhodes/Goldust (Dustin Patrick Runnels) 1990-1991, 1995-1999, 2001-2003, 2005-2006, 2008-2012, 2013-

Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr.) 1989-1991, 2005-2007, 2009-2015

Jake "The Snake" Roberts (Aurelian Smith, Jr.) 1986-1992, 1996-1997

Mike Rotunda/Irwin R. Schyster (Lawrence Michael "Mike" Rotunda) 1984-1987, 1991-1995

Raymond "Ray" Rougeau 1986-2002, 2017-

Rick Rude (Richard Erwin "Rick" Rood) 1987-1990, 1997


"Macho Man" Randy Savage (Randall Mario "Randy" Poffo) 1985-1994

Buzz Sawyer (Bruce Woyan) 1984

Sid Justice/Sycho Sid (Sidney Raymond "Sid" Eudy) 1991-1992, 1995-1997, 2012

Skinner (Stephen Paul "Steve" Keirn) 1991-1993, 2007-

Dan Spivey/Waylon Mercy 1985-1988, 1995

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (Richard Henry Blood, Sr.) 1985-1988, 1991, 2009

Scott Steiner (Scott Carl Rechsteiner) 1992-1994, 2002-2004


The Tonga Kid/Islander Tama (Samuel Larry Anoa'i Fatu) 1984-1988


The Ultimate Warrior (Warrior FKA James Brian Hellwig) 1987-1992, 1996

Uncle Elmer (Stan Frazier) 1985-1986

The Undertaker (Mark William Callaway) 1990-2017


Mad Dog Vachon (Maurice Vachon) 1984-1985

Virgil (Mike Jones) 1987-1994, 2010

Kerry Von Erich (Kerry Gene Adkisson) 1990-1992


Koko B Ware (James Ware) 1986-1994

Barry Windham (Barry Clinton Windham) 1984–1985, 1989, 1996-1998


Yokozuna (Rodney Agatupu Anoa'i) 1992-1996