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Teams from the WWWF Era (1963-1984)
The Blackjacks - 1975
Blackjack Mulligan (Robert Deroy Windham) 1971, 1975, 1982, 1985-1987
Blackjack Lanza (John "Jack" Lanza) 1975
Graham and Tyler - 1971
Luke Graham (James Grady Johnson) 19641965,19661969,19711972,1978
Tarzan Tyler (Camille Tourville) 19651966,19711972
- Alliterative Name: Tarzan Tyler
- Follow the Leader: They were the first WWWF/WWF/World Tag Team Champions.
- Red Baron: "Crazy" Luke Graham
- Underwear of Power
- Unrelated Wrestling Family: Luke Graham to the Graham family of wrestlers.
The Moondogs - 1981-1985
Moondog King (Edward J. "Ed" White) 19801981
Moondog Rex (Randy Colley) 1980-1987
Moondog Spot (Larry Booker) 19811985
Parisi and Cerdan - 1975-1976
Tony Parisi (Antonio Pugliese) 19661969, 19751976, 1982, 1985
Louis Cerdan (Louis Gino Acocella) 19641969, 19751976, 1982
- I Have Many Names: Cerdan also went by Gino Brito.
- Red Baron: "Tenor" Parisi.
- The Rival: Became each other's rival after they broke up and battled over the WWF International Heavyweight Championship.
- Underwear of Power
- Unrelated Cousins: Parisi to Bruno Sammartino.
The Valiant Brothers - 1974-1975, 1978-1980
Jimmy Valiant (James Harold Fanning) 1971-1972, 1973-1975, 1979
Johnny Valiant (Thomas Sullivan) 1969-1970, 1974-1975, 1979, 1985-1987
Jerry Valiant (John Steele Hill) 1979, 1984-1985
- Heel: Throughout their WWE and WWA runs.
- Red Baron: "Handsome" Jimmy Valiant, "Luscious" Johnny Valiant, and "Gentleman" Jerry Valiant.
- Unrelated Brothers: All three.
- Wrestling Family
The Wild Samoans - 1980, 1982-1984
Afa (Arthur "Afa" Anoa'i) 1979-1980, 1982-1984, 1992-1995
Sika (Leati "Sika" Anoa'i) 1979-1980, 1982-1984, 1986-1988
- Action Survivor: Afa became the manager of the Headshrinkers.
- Blood Brothers
- Cool Teacher: Well, who do you think started the Wild Samoan training center?
- Does Not Like Shoes
- Funny Afro
- Hard Head
- Heel: The prototype of the Polynesian heel.
- The Voiceless
- Wild Samoan: The Trope Namers.
- Wrestling Family
Teams from the Rock 'N' Wrestling Era (1984-1993)
The Bolsheviks - 1987-1990
Nikolai Volkoff (Josip Nikolai Peruzović) 1968, 1970-1971, 1974, 1976-1977, 1979, 1984-1990, 1991-1992, 1994-1995
Boris Zhukov (James Darrell) 1987-1991
- Bald of Evil: Both of them
- Bear Hug
- Beard of Evil: Zhukov
- Dirty Communists: Volkoff had escaped from Yugoslavia where he had suffered under Communist rule and hated the Communists. Blassie told him to get back at them by showing people how bad they were.
- Foreign Wrestling Heels
- Gratuitous Russian
- Husky Russkie
- Jobbers: The Hart Foundation flattened them in 19 seconds as Nikolai attempted to sing the anthem at WrestleMania VI.
The Beverly Brothers - 1991-1993
Blake Beverly (Michael "Mike" Enos) 1991-1993
Beau Beverly (Wayne Bloom) 1991-1993
- Camp Straight: Both wore flamboyant purple tights and capes to the ring.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
- Unrelated Bash Brothers
The Brain Busters - 1988-1989
Arn Anderson (Martin Anthony Lunde) 1988-1989, 2001-present
Tully Blanchard (Tully Arthur Blanchard) 1988-1989, 2006
- Alliterative Name: Both the team name and member Arn Anderson.
- Badass Crew
- Cool Shades: Tully
- Genius Bruisers: Their gimmick.
- Large Hams: But damn if they can't back it up.
- True Companions
- Underwear of Power
The Bushwhackers - 1988-1996, 2001
Bushwhacker Luke Williams (Brian Wickens) 1988-1996, 2001
Bushwhacker Butch Miller (Robert Miller) 1988-1996, 2001
Demolition - 1987-1991
Ax (Bill Eadie) 1973, 1983-1984, 1986-1990
Smash I (Randy Colley) 1980-1987
Smash II (Barry Darsow) 1987-1993, 2001, 2007
Crush (Brian Keith Adams) 1990-1995, 1996-1997, 2001
The Funks - 1985-1987
Terry Funk (Terrence Funk) 1972-1973, 1985-1986, 1997-1998, 2006
Dory "Hoss" Funk (Dory Ernest Funk, Jr.) 1986, 1996
Jimmy Jack Funk (Ferrin Charles Barr, Jr.) 1985-1987
- Badass Grandpa / Cool Old Guy / Ring Oldies: Terry, who is still wrestling, well into his 60s.
- Chainsaw Good: Terry Funk as Chainsaw Charlie
- Garbage Wrestler: Terry especially in the 1990s.
- I Have Many Names: Dory just went by "Hoss Funk" at first, then by his real name in the 1996 Royal Rumble, Terry briefly used "Chainsaw Charlie" when teaming up with Cactus Jack (Jack would lampshade this in a promo, saying, "If a legend like Terry Funk wants to run around with pantyhose on his head calling himself Chainsaw Charlie, that's his business!").
- Red Baron: Terry's nickname during his first WWF stint in 1985-1986 was "Terrible".
- Underwear of Power
- Unrelated Brothers: Jimmy Jack to Terry and Hoss.
- Wrestling Family: Obviously Terry and Dory, but Ferrin (Jimmy Jack) is the son to wrestler and promoter, Sandy Barr and older brother to WCW and AAA wrestler Art Barr.
The Legion of Doom/The Road Warriors - 1990-1992, 1997-1999, 2003, 2005-2006
Hawk (Michael James Hegstrand) 1990-1992, 1997-1999, 2003
Animal (Joseph Aaron "Joe" Laurinaitis) 1990-1992, 1997-1999, 2003, 2005-2006
Puke / Droz (Darren Drozdov) 1998-1999
Heidenreich (Jon Heidenreich) 2003-2006
The Nasty Boys - 1990-1993
Brian Knobbs (Brian Yandrisovitz) 1990-1993
Jerry Sags (Jerry Sagonovich) 1990-1993
The Natural Disasters - 1991-1993
Earthquake (John Anthony Tenta) 1989-1993, 1994, 1998-1999, 2001
Typhoon/Tugboat (Fred Ottman) 1989-1993, 1994, 2001
- Badass Beards
- The Big Guy: as faces
- The Brute: as Heels
- Cool Mask: Earthquake as Golga.
- Fat Bastards: as Heels
- I Have Many Names: Both; Earthquake was later Golga of the Oddities. Typhoon had previously been Tugboat before his heel turn.
The Orient Express - 1990-1992
Sato (佐藤 昭雄, Sato Akio) 1990-1991, 1995
Tanaka (Pat Tanaka) 19901992, 1993-1994
Kato (Thomas "Tom" Boric) 1990-1993
- Arm Cannon: Kato as Max Moon
- Cool Mask: Both of Boric's aliases Kato and Max Moon.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel
- I Have Many Names:
- Kato also goes by Max Moon for a short time in 1992-1993.
- Sato was the manager Shinja for the wrestler, Hakushi.
Power and Glory - 1990-1991
Hercules (Raymond Fernandez) 1985-1992
Paul Roma (Paul Centopani) 1985-1991
Teams from the New Generation Era (1993-1997)
The Bodydonnas - 1996
Skip (Chris Candido) 1995-1996
Zip (Thomas Prichard) 1993-2004
- Arch-Enemy: The Godwinns, the Smokin Gunns
- High School Sweethearts: Candido with Tammy Lynn "Sunny" Sytch
- Hot-Blooded: Skip
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Evil wrestling fitness trainers
The Godwinns/Southern Justice - 1996-1998
Henry O. Godwinn (Mark Canterbury) 1995-1998
Phineas I. Godwinn/Mideon (Dennis Knight) 1996-2000
- Arch-Enemy: The Bodydonnas, the Smokin Gunns, the New Blackjacks (Windham and Bradshaw, the Legion of Doom, the Headbangers
- Breakup Breakout: Phineas later became Mideon, of the Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness, while Henry disappeared after the Godwinns.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Phineas showed signs of this before he ever became Mideon. Once on Shotgun Saturday Night, he sat in on commentary with Vince McMahon and Sunny. Vince, dead serious, asked Phineas how things were back home on the farm, and Phineas told some weird story about Grandma Godwinn having been arrested for something.
- Farm Boys
- Finishing Move: Slop Drop (inverted DDT); Renamed Problem Solver when they were Southern Justice.
- Fun with Acronyms: Henry O. Godwinn and Phineas I. Godwinn
- Hired Guns: As Southern Justice, when they were switched back to their real names and improbably repackaged as "badasses" for Jeff Jarrett. It was as successful as you probably imagined it was.
- Sweet Home Alabama: As faces
- Deep South: As heels
- Parts Unknown: "Bitters, AR"
- Unrelated Cousins
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Wrestling hog farmers.
The Headbangers - 1996-1999, 2000, 2016
Mosh (Charles "Chaz" Warrington) 1996-2001, 2016
Thrasher (Glenn Ruth) 19911993, 1996-2000, 2016
- Bald of Awesome: (Face)
- Bald of Evil: (Heel)
- Facial Markings
- Freaky Is Cool
- Grunge: Their gimmick.
- I Have Many Names: Wrestled as the Sisters of Love for about two weeks in early 1997 before becoming the Headbangers.
- After the team was broken up in January 1999 due to Thrasher being legitimately injured, Chaz wrestled under the Leave It to Beaver gimmick Harry "Beaver" Cleavage, then under his real name, before Thrasher came back in October that same year and they reunited.
- Real Men Wear Skirts: And eventually breast cones.
- Mosh would go on to wear a turban when he teamed with D'Lo Brown under the management of Tiger Ali Singh in late 2000.
- Those Two Guys: The Headbangers loved to party hard to punk rock.
The Heavenly Bodies - 1993-1995
Tom Prichard (Thomas Prichard) 1993-2004, 2007-2012
Jimmy Del Ray (David Ferrier) 1993-1995
- Action Survivor: After his tag-team runs ended, Prichard became a trainer, commentator, referee, and co-host of Byte This until his eventual release from the company.
- Badass Longcoats
- Badass Mustache: Del Ray
- Breakup Breakout: Prichard has success as "Zip" of the Bodydonnas, while Del Ray vanished afterwards.
- Red Baron: "The Doctor of Desire" for Prichard and "Gigolo" for Del Ray.
- Underwear of Power
- Wrestling Family: Prichard is the brother of Brother Love.
Ricky Morton (Richard Morton) 1993-1994, 1998
Robert Gibson (Ruben Cain) 1993-1994, 1998
The Steiner Brothers - 1992-1994
Rick Steiner (Robert Rechsteiner) 1992-1994
Scott Steiner (Scott Carl Rechsteiner) 1992-1994, 2002-2004
- Badass Family: In real life, they are actually brothers.
- Badass Beard: Both men, though Scott had his in his second run with the company.
- Bash Brothers: They were this until 1994.
- Breakup Breakout: Scott returned to WWE many years later after his first run with the company. Rick hasn't done anything in WWE outside the context of the tag team, aside from being interview for many of WWE's documentaries.
- Hot-Blooded: Both, but Scott cranked it to 11 when he returned.
- Leotard of Power: Both, Scott changed to tights when he came back in 2002.
- Lightning Bruisers: In their prime.
- Nice Headgear: Rick
- Red Baron: Rick had "The Dog Faced Gremlin", while Scott in his second run had "Big Poppa Pump".
- Wrestling Family
- Unstoppable Rage: Scott's second run.
Tekno Team 2000 - 1995-1996
Troy (Erik Watts) 1995-1996
Travis (Chad Fortune) 1995-1996
- Alliterative Name: That's a lot of T's.
- Phrase Catcher: They were a tag-team "Ahead of its time".
- Space Clothes
- Trope 2000
- Wrestling Family: Troy is the son of "Cowboy" Bill Watts, who was part of the WWF's booking team in mid 1995.
Well Dunn - 1993-1995
Timothy Well (Timothy Smith) 1993-1995
Steven Dunn (Steve Doll) 1993-1995
Teams from the Attitude Era (1997-2001)
Los Boricuas - 1997-1998
Savio Vega (Juan Riviera) 1994-1998
Miguel Pérez (Jose Miguel Pérez, Jr.) 1997-1999
Jose Estrada (Jose Estrada, Jr.) 1997-1999
Jesús Castillo (Jesús Daniel Castillo Ortiz, Jr.) 1997-1999
- Foreign Language Theme: Their song's lyrics are sung entirely in Spanish
- Gang of Hats: A stable of Puerto Ricans.
- Jobbers: After Savio was injured from the Brawl For All tournament, Miguel, Jose, and Jesus rarely won matches and seldom appeared on Raw.
- Meaningful Name: Los Boricuas mean "The Puerto Ricans" in Spanish.
- Power Stable: Initally in the "Gang Wars".
- Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!: They were the first tag team to be from Puerto Rico.
The Disciples of Apocalypse - 1997-1999
Crush (Brian Keith Adams) 1990-1995, 1996-1997, 2001
Chainz (Brian Lee Harris) 1994, 1997-1998
Skull (Donald "Don" Harris) 1995-1996, 1996-1999
8-Ball (Ronald "Ron" Harris) 1995-1996, 1996-1999
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels
- Bald of Evil: Skull and 8-Ball
- Beard of Evil: All of them
- Breakup Breakout: 8-Ball and Skull by default after Crush quit after the Montreal Screwjob in protest and Chainz was let go months later.
- Fun with Acronyms: DOA, which is also the acronym for dead or alive.
- Gang of Hats: A stable of bikers
- I Have Many Names: 8-Ball and Skull first wrestled in the WWF as Jacob and Eli, the Blu Twins, in 1995.
- Power Stable: All three were very strong biker dudes.
- Sibling Team/Tag Team Twins: 8-Ball and Skull
- White Gangbangers
The Dudley Boys - 1999-2005, 2015-2016
Bubba Ray Dudley (Mark S. LoMonaco) 1999-2005, 2015-2016
D-Von Dudley (Devon E. Hughes) 1999-2005, 2015-2016
The New Age Outlaws - 1997-2000, 2012-2015
"The Road Dogg" Jesse James (Brian Gerard "B.G." James) 1994-2001, 2011-present
"Bad Ass" Billy Gunn (Monty "Kip" Sopp) 1993-2004, 2012-2015
- Badass Crew: Taken Up to Eleven when they joined Wrestling/D-Generation X.
- Badass Mustache: Billy Gunn, from 1993 to 1995, when he was in the Smoking Gunns.
- Breakup Breakout: Billy who wins one more Hardcore title, two more Tag Team titles (with Chuck Palumbo) and lasts two more years after the Road Dogg's gone. Also applies to him and Bart Gunn as well.
- Camp Straight: Billy Gunn.
- Catch Phrase: "YOUR ASS BETTER CAAAAAAAAALLLL SOMEBODY!"
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder:
- Roadie revealing that he, not Jeff Jarrett, had "sung" "With My Baby Tonight".
- The team formed after Flash Funk had defeated Rockabilly on Shotgun Saturday Night and the renamed Road Dogg had convinced Rockabilly to leave the Honky Tonk Man and team with him. Rockabilly agreed, nailing HTM with his guitar. Extra notable due to HTM having managed the two in recent tag matches, victories included, before this.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Oh, you didn't know?"
- Nice Hat: Both of them, when Billy was in the Smoking Gunns, and when Dogg was "The Real Double J" Jesse James.
- Odd Couple: One was a showman-esque wrestler and member of an illustrious wrestling family who wore street clothes to the ring and had a voice of velvet. The other had an unrelated brother who is a power wrestler who wore just wrestling shorts and boots and had average mic skills.
- Red Baron: The Road Dogg had "Roadie", "The Real Double J", and "Road Dogg", Billy had "Rockabilly", "Bad Ass", "Mr. Ass", and "The One"
- Underwear of Power: Billy Gunn.
- Unrelated Brothers: Billy Gunn with Bart Gunn.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Before teaming with each other, James was Jeff Jarrett's roadie, and Gunn was a cowboy with his "brother" in The Smoking Guns.
- Wrestling Family: Road Dogg is a member of the Armstrong wrestling family.
The Public Enemy - 1999
Johnny Grunge (Michael Durham) 1999
"Flyboy" Rocco (Theodore James "Ted" Petty) 1999
Too Much / Too Cool - 1998-2001, 2014
Brian Christopher/Grand Master Sexay (Brian Lawler) 1997-2001, 2004, 2011, 2014
Scott Taylor / Scotty 2 Hotty (Scott Ronald Garland) 1991-2007, 2014
- Ambiguously Gay/Camp Straight: As Too Much.
- Breakup Breakout: Scotty served as a Jobber long before Sexay got there and outlasted him six years after he was let go. Also, the fact that the fans loved the Worm helped.
- Combined Energy Attack: The Worm from Scotty is used this way, but not nearly as effective as the People's Elbow.
- Dance Battler: Both, although, the Worm by Scotty was the only dance move that was actually an attack.
- Evil Laugh: Brian Christopher in Too Much.
- Fun Personified: As Too Cool, they would dance after matches with Rikishi.
- The Goggles Do Nothing: Grandmaster Sexay.
- Gorgeous George: As Too Much.
- HeelFace Turn: The change from Too Much to Too Cool qualifies.
- Kid-Appeal Character: As Too Cool.
- Nice Hat: Scotty 2 Hotty.
- Power Stable: With Rikishi.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Both Scotty and Sexay.
- Red Baron: As Too Much, "Too Sexy" Brian Christopher and Scott "Too Hot" Taylor. These ended up transferring over into their new ring names as Too Cool.
- Two First Names
- Wrestling Family: Grand Master Sexay is the son of Jerry "The King" Lawler.
Teams from the In Vasion (2001-2002)
Palumbo and O'Haire - 2001
Chuck Palumbo (Charles Palumbo) 2001-2004, 2007-2008
Sean O'Haire (Sean Christopher O'Haire) 2001-2003
- Badass Biker: During Palumbo's final run with the WWE.
- Breakup Breakout: Neither, Palumbo had the longer career in the company and actually won titles. O'Haire's skills, corrupter gimmick and being managed by Roddy Piper got him over with fans, but nothing came of it (in part due to a motorcycle accident that derailed his push).
- Camp Straight: Chuck while teaming with Billy Gunn.
- The Corrupter: During O'Haire's final run with the WWE.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm not telling you anything you don't already know."
- The Family for the Whole Family: Palumbo as a member of the FBI.
- I Have the High Ground: O'Haire, a 6'6, 270 lb. man who did Senton Bombs.
- Lightning Bruiser: Both but mainly O'Haire.
- Smoking Is Cool: During Palumbo's FBI gimmick.
- Underwear of Power: Both, at least until Palumbo's biker gimmick.
- The Worf Effect: To The Brothersof Destruction.
Teams from the Ruthless Aggression Era (2002-2008)
The Basham Brothers - 2003-2005, 2006-2007
Doug Basham (Lyle Douglas "Doug" Basham, Jr.) 2002-2007
Danny Basham (Daniel R. "Danny" Holle) 2003-2007
- Bald of Evil
- Bash Brothers
- Psycho Supporter: When Shaniqua was their valet, she was the "center of their universe".
- Tag Team Twins
- Unrelated Brothers
- Wrestling Family: Doug is the nephew of Memphis legend "Nightmare" Danny Davisnote , who was one of the founders of OVW.
Cade and Murdoch - 2005-2007
Lance Cade (Lance Kurtis McNaught) 2003-2008
Trevor Murdoch (William Theodore Mueller) 2005-2008
- Breakup Breakout: Cade was put in a role as Chris Jericho's apprentice, but it was very short lived. Still, it's much more significant than anything Murdoch has done.
- Deep South
- Everything Is Big in Texas
- Odd Couple: Cade was a smooth-talking cowboy, and Murdoch an angry, Southern trucker who turned out to have a not-half-bad singing voice.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Murdoch red, Cade blue.
- Underwear of Power
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: See Odd Couple above.
Cryme Tyme - 2006-2007, 2008-2010
JTG (Jason Anthony Paul) 2006-2007, 2008-2014
Shad Gaspard (Shad Chad Javier Romane Chittick Gaspard) 2006-2007, 2008-2010
- Braids of Action: Both of them, though defied by Dolph Ziggler, who made a point of grabbing JTG's hair even though braiding made it harder to do. Shad would eventually drop his too.
- Breakup Breakout: Exaggeratedly downplayed. Shad was released 3 years ago, while JTG remained employed for four years as a Jobber Demoted to Extra.
- Delinquents: So, so very much.
- Demoted to Extra: Since Shad left, JTG was hardly ever seen on TV. He was mainly on Superstars or NXT.
- Expy: Of the Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa}, though Lighter and Softer/Played for Laughs.
- FaceHeel Turn: What dissolved their partnership in 2010, when Shad turned on JTG after a loss.
- Jive Turkey: In a skit with Shawn Michaels and Triple H, who were trying to get in the arena. Hilarity Ensued.
- Put on a Bus: Shad was sent back developmental and then released.
- Whip It Good: Shad Gaspard after they broke up.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: They were called Cryme Tyme.
Deuce 'n Domino - 2007-2008
Deuce (James William Reiher, Jr.) 2007-2009
Domino (Clifford "Cliff" Compton) 2007-2008
- Alliterative Name: The team name, Sim Snuka and Dice Domino.
- Ascended Extra: Domino was one of the security guards who carried a terrified Simon Dean to the ring for his match against the debuting Boogeyman on the December 2, 2005 SmackDown!.
- Breakup Breakout: Deuce lasted longer than Domino and had a short-lived stint as Sim Snuka.
- Cool Car: Their 50s era red convertible.
- Disco Dan: They were a pair of wrestling Greaser Delinquents
- I Have Many Names: Their full names in OVW were Deuce Shade and Dice Domino. Deuce also went by Sim Snuka when he joined Legacy.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Parts Unknown: "The Other Side of the Tracks"
- Unrelated Siblings: Domino and the team's valet Cherry.
- Wrestling Family: Deuce is part of the Anoa'i wrestling family. His father is Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka; his sister Sarona wrestles as Tamina; his uncles include the original Wild Samoans, Rikishi, and the late Umaga; and his cousins include The Usos, Roman Reigns, and, if unofficial blood brothers count, The Rock.
The Dicks - 2005-2006
Chad Dick (Charles "Chad" Wicks) 2005-2006
James Dick (John Michael Toland) 2005-2006
- Put on a Bus: Both lost to The Boogeyman on their final night with WWE, and were released shortly after.
Jesse and Festus - 20072009
Jesse/Slam Master J (Ray Gordy) 2005-2010
Festus/Luke Gallows (Drew Hankinson) 2006-2010, 2016-present.
- Ascended Extra: Gordy first appeared on WWE TV on the December 9, 2005 episode of SmackDown, where he got squashed by The Boogeyman, then became the (kaybabe) boyfriend of Trish Stratus.
- Bald of Awesome: Luke/Doc Gallows.
- Bald of Evil: Luke/Doc Gallows.
- Braids of Action: Slam Master J, copying Cryme Tyme.
- Breakup Breakout: While both Jesse & Festus appeared on TV long after they broke up, Luke Gallows got a lot more TV time than Slam Master J, due to his association with CM Punk's Straight Edge Society.
- After a run in TNA, Gallows then went on to join New Japan Pro Wrestling's Bullet Club Power Stable. For a worker with... humble beginnings, his association with the massively popular group meant that he became a major coup when he returned to WWE in 2016, along with Bullet Club partner Karl Anderson.
- The Brute: Again, Luke Gallows.
- Costume Copycat: In 2006, Hankinson was the masked Kane who briefly tormented the real one.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Festus would be catatonic most of the time, staring blankly into space with his tongue hanging out while Jesse dragged him around. But when the bell rang, Festus would wake up and kick some ass until that very same bell rang again to send him back into his gentle state.
- Drugs Are Bad: We found out later that Luke Gallows was Festus, and his far off look was because of a drug addiction, which CM Punk saved him from.
- Expy: With his similar tights and moveset, Jesse was one to Rob Van Dam of all people.
- Gentle Giant: Festus.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Luke had enough of CM Punk and left the Straight Edge Society.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Jesse, as Slam Master J.
- Put on a Bus: Slam Master J got released and then retired extraoficially from wrestling to work as a policeman. He is one of the few wrestling examples who is actually gone for good. He made one more appearance at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
- The Rainman: Festus, later we find out this was due to a drug addiction. Once he kicked the habit, he returned to normal as Luke Gallows.
- Red Baron: "Corn Fed Colossus" for Festus.
- The Smart Guy: Jesse.
- Underwear of Power: Festus.
- Unrelated Brothers: They were originally going to be brothers with their surname being "Dalton".
- Wrestling Family: Jesse is the son of the late great WWE Hall of Famer Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy.
La Résistance - 2003-2005
René Dupree (René Goguen) 2002-2007
Sylvain Grenier (Sylvain Grenier) 2002-2007
Robert Conway (Robert Thomas "Rob" Conway) 2000-2007
- Cheap Heat: They ran on this trope. On the April 14, 2003 Raw, there had been "The Great Debate" between Scott Steiner and Christopher Nowinski over the War in Iraq. Scott took the pro-war side, saying, "the Dixie Chicks can go to Hell, or France, same difference." The first vignette promoting La Résistance debuted on Raw two weeks later. They would sing the French national anthem. They interrupted Lillian Garcia's rendition of "America the Beautiful" on Memorial Day. It was basically created because of France's hostility to the War.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Conway, when Miss Jackie Gayda flashed him, with her back to the camera, during his match with Rico on the January 26, 2004 Raw.
- Dupree, when Stacy Keibler flashed her butt to him, with her face to the camera, during his match with Rico on the February 2, 2004 Raw.
- The Fighting Narcissist: When Grenier was repackaged as a male model.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: Duprée and Grenier were, Conway was an American liaison.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Duprée's dance was called the French tickler.
- It Is Pronounced Ro-Bear: How Conway wanted people to pronounce his first name.
- Jobber: After losing to Eugene and Jimmy Snuka at Taboo Tuesday 2005, Conway went on an 14-month losing streak, which ended with him losing to Jeff Hardy and getting fired by Vince McMahon on the New Year's 2007 edition of Raw.
- Mascot: Rene's French poodle, named, of course, Fifi.
- Misplaced Nationalism
- Nice Hat: Their Berets
- Patriotic Fervor
- Power Stable: Until René became... The Pete Best.
- Recycled IN FRANCE!: Conway's gimmick was basically the same as Barry Darsow's when he was Krusher Kruschchev, the traitorous American teammate for the Russians (Ivan and Nikita Koloff) in the NWA in the 1980s.
- Underwear of Power: All three when the group split.
London and Kendrick - 2003-2004, 2005-2007
Paul London (Paul Michael London) 2003-2008
Spanky/Brian Kendrick/"The" Brian Kendrick (Brian David Kendrick) 2002-2004, 2005-2009, 2015, 2016-present
Mexicools - 2005-2006
Super Crazy (Francisco Islas Rueda) 2005-2008
Psicosis (Dionicio Castellanos Torres) 2005-2006
Juventud (Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández) 2005-2006
- Acrofatic: Super Crazy who is more pudgy than fat.
- Breakup Breakout: Super Crazy lasted longer than his teammates.
- I Have the High Ground: All three.
- Jobber: Super Crazy became this from early 2007 onwards until his release at the end of 2008.
- Wearing a Flag as Wrestling Attire: Super Crazy after the others were released.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Wrestling groundskeepers, Super Crazy broke out of that later on.
The Spirit Squad - 2006
Kenny (Kenneth Lionel Doane) 2006-2008, 2016
Johnny (John "Johnny" Jeter) 2006
Mitch (Nicholas Cole "Nick" Mitchell) 2006
Nicky/Dolph Ziggler (Nicholas Theodore "Nick" Nemeth) 2005, 2006, 2008-present
Mikey (Michael "Mike" S. Brendli) 2006, 2016
- Arch-Enemy: D-Generation X.
- Breakup Breakout: After the disbandment; Nicky is the only one employed in WWE, as Dolph Ziggler. He has had a lot more success as Ziggler than he ever has as Nicky, having won the IC title and US Title one time respectively, and the World Heavyweight title twice, and remains the only member of the Spirit Squad with his own article on TV Tropes. Kenny had a short stint on Smackdown as Kenny Dykstra, but was released after a year. All the others was sent back to developmental, and then released.
- Butt Monkeys
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Put on a Bus: Back to OVW, which at the time was the developmental system for WWE.
- Shout-Out: Kenny Dykstra's last name was an homage to baseball player Lenny Dykstra.
- One Steve Limit: His real last name "Doane" was too close to that of referee Jack Doan.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: In the Vince McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels feud and the DX and McMahon feud.
- Underestimating Badassery: Mainly because they were Male Cheerleaders, that no one took seriously.
The World's Greatest Tag Team - 2002-2004, 2006-2007, 2009-2010
Charlie Haas (Charles "Charlie" Doyle Haas II) 2002-2005, 2006-2010
Shelton Benjamin (Shelton James Benjamin) 2002-2010
Teams from the WWE Universe Era (2008-2011)
The Usos - 2010-present
Jey Uso (Joshua Fatu) 2010-present
Jimmy Uso (Jonathan Fatu) 2010-present
Teams from the WWE, Inc. Era (2011-2014)
The Prime Time Players - 2012-2014, 2015
Titus O'Neil (Thaddeus Michael Bullard) 2012-present
Darren Young (Fred Rosser) 2010-present
Primo and Epico/ Los Matadores / The Shining Stars - 2011-present
Primo/Diego (Edwin "Eddie" Carlos Colón) 2008-present
Epico/Fernando (Orlando Colón) 2011-present
- Annoying Older Sibling: How Primo views his brother Carlito.
- Artistic License Geography: They were Puerto Ricans playing Mexican matadores.
- Backstabber: Their Finishing Move.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: They were complaining about not getting enough TV time as Champs. The next match they had on TV was the one where they lost the belts.
- Braids of Action: Epico until his haircut
- The Colons, obviously. They just switched out Carlito for Epico and added Rosa as a valet.
- Now, of Tito Santana's "El Matador" gimmick.
- Cool Masks: As Los Matadores.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: Averted. Even as heels, they're heels that happen to be Puerto Rican, not because they're Puerto Rican.
- Four is Death: When the team of Epico, Primo, & Rosa originally formed, they shot straight to the top of the revived tag team division, winning the tag titles in short order. However, they later lost the titles, and once they were signed to AW's agency in an attempt to regain their mojo (making their stable number four members), things only went downhill from there.
- Latin Lover: Primo.
- Mascot: El Torito.
- Meaningful Name: Didn't make much sense when he was teaming with Carlito, but "Primo" is Spanish for "cousin", so in the way the name of their team reads: "Epico & Cousin." Oh, and Rosa.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Primo was once in a relationship with uber-nerd AJ Lee.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Subverted. Won the Tag Team Championships at a live event, but the replay was shown on the following televised show, explaining what had happened.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Epico & Primo won the titles when they did and the way they did (see Offscreen Moment of Awesome above) because Evan Bourne (who was one half of the champions along with Kofi Kingston) got suspended for a second Wellness Violation. Ironically, they would later lose the titles back to Kofi, who found a new partner in R-Truth, who had just returned from a Wellness Vacation stemming from the exact same incident where Evan Bourne got busted.
- Sibling Team: Despite annoying him, teaming with his brother was a dream of Primo's and they were the first Unified Tag Team Champions.
- Sibling Triangle: Primo and Carlito to Brie Bella.
- Spicy Latina: Ever since beginning to manage Epico & Primo, Rosa's been playing this up for all it's worth.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Rosa Mendes.
- Villain Team-Up: Epico was with Hunico at first. He's now tagging with his cousin Primo.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Epico and Primo lost their championships to Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. In almost all cases where a competitor drops a title, they have a rematch clause. They're still yet to invoke it even several weeks later. This was later brought up at No Way Out; AW allowed their rematch clause to expire with him never telling them to use the clause, presumably on purpose, as later that night during a Four Way Match for the #1 contendership to the tag team titles he turned on Epico and Primo to side with the Primetime Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young).
- Happened again as Los Matadores. In the fall of 2015, Diego and Fernando turned heel and beat down El Torio before getting put through tables by the Dudley Boyz. None of this was followed up on, as the duo disappeared from TV for months before resurfacing as their original Primo/Epico names, talking up the beauty of Puerto Rico in video packages.
- Wrestling Family: The two are Real Life cousins from one of the well known Puerto Rican wrestling families - also add Carlos, Jr. (Primo's brother, known as Carlito in the WWE), Carlos Sr. (Carlito and Primo's father, who all three proceeded to induct into the Hall of Fame) as well.
Team Hell No - 2012-2013
Kane (Glenn Jacobs) - 1995-present
Daniel Bryan (Byran Danielson) - 2010-2016
The Shield - 2012-2014
Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) 2012-present
Roman Reigns (Joe Anoa'i) 2012-present
Seth Rollins (Colby Lopez) 2012-present
The Wyatt Family - 2013-2014, 2015-present
Luke Harper (Jon Huber) 2013-present
Erick Rowan (Joseph Ruud) 2013-present
Bray Wyatt (Windham Rotunda) 2010-2011, 2013-present
Braun Strowman (Adam Scherr) 2015-present
Randy Orton (Randall Keith "Randy" Orton) 2002-present
Teams from the Reality Era (2014-2016)
The Ascension - 2014-present
Konnor (Ryan Parmeter) 2014-present
Viktor (Eric Thompson) 2014-present
The Lucha Dragons - 2015-2016
Kalisto (Emanuel Rodriguez) 2015-present
The New Day - 2014-present
Big E (Ettore Ewen) 2012-present
Kofi Kingston (Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah) 2008-present
Xavier Woods (Austin Watson) 2013-present
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro - 2014-2015
Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli) 2012-present
Tyson Kidd (Theodore "T.J." Wilson) 2009-present
Teams from the New Era (2016-present)
American Alpha - 2015-present
Jason Jordan (Nathan Everhart) 2011-present
Chad Gable (Charles "Chas" Betts) 2013-present
Enzo and Cass - 2013-present
Enzo Amore (Eric Arndt) 2012-present
Colin "Big Cass" Cassady (Bill Morrissey) 2012-
Gallows and Anderson/The Club
Luke Gallows (Drew Hankinson) 2006-2010, 2016-present
Karl Anderson (Chad Allegra) 2016-present
The Revival - 2014-present
Scott Dawson (David K. Harwood) 2012-present
- Boring, but Practical: It's not said this way, of course, but this seems to be the general ethos of the Mechanics, who pointedly eschew flash and eeven technical window-dressing in favor of out-brawling opponents. Their mantra is "no flips - just fists."
- Can't Catch Up: Straight up invokes this toward the new Performance Center prospects in a WWE web video posted in February 2017. He tells them their goal should be as good as him and it'll never happen, then explains in an interview on the side that he worked harder than any of 'em to get here and he'll continue to work harder than any of 'em. Meaning he will continue improving and outworking everyone, so no matter how hard the new prospects try they will never reach his level.
- 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. They eventually became the first two-time champions in NXT, defeating American Alpha to get their tag titles back.
Dash Wilder (Daniel Wheeler) 2014-present
- 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 WWE.com 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.)
- Identical Stranger: He and Sami Zayn look like they could be brothers.
- 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. Nowadays they're crafting a resume as expert heels in highly-acclaimed top notch matches against teams like American Alpha, Gargano & Ciampa, and TM-61.
The Vaudevillains - 2013-2017
Simon Gotch (John Smith) 2013-2017
- Antiquated Linguistics: Just look at his Twitter.
- Arch-Enemy: The Lucha Dragons. Later on, BAMF.
- Badass Mustache: And don't you forget it.
- Born in the Wrong Century
- Catch Phrase: "Quite manly", to the point that one has to wonder if he's a bit insecure.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Oh, boy.
- Dastardly Whiplash
- Informed Ability: He calls himself a strongman, although he's actually on the smaller-to-average side as far as wrestler size goes.
- Non-Indicative Name: His tag team is called the Vaudevillains, but so far they haven't really done anything heelish (excepting English kicking the shit out of Big Cass because he's a sore loser). Although Gotch does sport the stereotypical mustache of a vaudeville villain.
- Rated QM For Quite Manly
- Shout-Out: His ring name was chosen in tribute to old-school wrestler Frank Gotch (1877-1917).
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He's a wrestling strongman.
Aiden English (Matt Rehwoldt) 2012-present
- 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 Family: English married into one. He's married to Shaul Guerrero, which makes him the son-in-law to Eddie Guerrero.
- Badass Mustache
- Berserk Button: He did not take losing the sing-off to Cassady well.
- Dastardly Whiplash
- 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 smart move because Gotch wasn't the legal man, a fact that the Vaudevillains successfully used to get a rematch.
- Put on a Bus: The Vaudevillains disappeared from the tag team scene for several months, and then returned after Unstoppable.
- The team was broken up in 2017 when Gotch got released by WWE, with English going back to singles competition.
- Red Baron: "The Artiste" and "The Drama King".
- Sore Loser: Boy howdy.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He's a stage actor/singer turned wrestler.