Characters / WWE Tag Teams

Lists the notable Tag Team wrestlers throughout the history of the WWWF/WWF/WWE. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.


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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) 1964–1965,1966–1969,1971–1972,1978

Tarzan Tyler (Camille Tourville) 1965–1966,1971–1972

The Moondogs - 1981-1985

Moondog King (Edward J. "Ed" White) 1980–1981

Moondog Rex (Randy Colley) 1980-1987

Moondog Spot (Larry Booker) 1981–1985

Parisi and Cerdan - 1975-1976

Tony Parisi (Antonio Pugliese) 1966–1969, 1975–1976, 1982, 1985

Louis Cerdan (Louis Gino Acocella) 1964–1969, 1975–1976, 1982

The Valiant Brothers - 1974-1975, 1978-1980

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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

The Wild Samoans - 1980, 1982-1984

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Afa (Arthur "Afa" Anoa'i) 1979-1980, 1982-1984, 1992-1995

Sika (Leati "Sika" Anoa'i) 1979-1980, 1982-1984, 1986-1988

     Teams from the Rock 'N' Wrestling Era (1984-1993) 

The Bolsheviks - 1987-1990

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Nikolai Volkoff (Josip Nikolai Peruzović) 1968, 1970-1971, 1974, 1976-1977, 1979, 1984-1990, 1991-1992, 1994-1995

Boris Zhukov (James Darrell) 1987-1991

The Beverly Brothers - 1991-1993

Blake Beverly (Michael "Mike" Enos) 1991-1993

Beau Beverly (Wayne Bloom) 1991-1993

The Brain Busters - 1988-1989

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Arn Anderson (Martin Anthony Lunde) 1988-1989, 2001-present

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

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

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Earthquake (John Anthony Tenta) 1989-1993, 1994, 1998-1999, 2001

Typhoon/Tugboat (Fred Ottman) 1989-1993, 1994, 2001

The Orient Express - 1990-1992

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Sato (佐藤 昭雄, Sato Akio) 1990-1991, 1995

Tanaka (Pat Tanaka) 1990–1992, 1993-1994

Kato (Thomas "Tom" Boric) 1990-1993

Power and Glory - 1990-1991

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Hercules (Raymond Fernandez) 1985-1992

Paul Roma (Paul Centopani) 1985-1991

     Teams from the New Generation Era (1993-1997) 

The Bodydonnas - 1996

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Skip (Chris Candido) 1995-1996

Zip (Thomas Prichard) 1993-2004

The Godwinns/Southern Justice - 1996-1998

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Henry O. Godwinn (Mark Canterbury) 1995-1998

Phineas I. Godwinn/Mideon (Dennis Knight) 1996-2000

The Headbangers - 1996-1999, 2000

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Mosh (Charles "Chaz" Warrington) 1996-2001

Thrasher (Glenn Ruth) 1991–1993, 1996-2000

  • 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

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Tom Prichard (Thomas Prichard) 1993-2004, 2007-2012

Jimmy Del Ray (David Ferrier) 1993-1995

The Rock N Roll Express

Ricky Morton (Richard Morton) 1993-1994, 1998

Robert Gibson (Ruben Cain) 1993-1994, 1998

The Steiner Brothers - 1992-1994

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Rick Steiner (Robert Rechsteiner) 1992-1994

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

Tekno Team 2000 - 1995-1996

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Troy (Erik Watts) 1995-1996

Travis (Chad Fortune) 1995-1996

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

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

The Dudley Boys - 1999-2005, 2015-present

Bubba Ray Dudley (Mark S. LoMonaco) 1999-2005, 2015-present

D-Von Dudley (Devon E. Hughes) 1999-2005, 2015-present

The New Age Outlaws - 1997-2000, 2012-2015

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"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?"
  • Jerkasses
  • 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

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Brian Christopher/Grand Master Sexay (Brian Lawler) 1997-2001, 2004, 2011, 2014

Scott Taylor / Scotty 2 Hotty (Scott Ronald Garland) 1991-2007, 2014

     Teams from the In Vasion (2001) 

Palumbo and O'Haire - 2001

Chuck Palumbo (Charles Palumbo) 2001-2004, 2007-2008

Sean O'Haire (Sean Christopher O'Haire) 2001-2003

     Teams from the Brand Extension Era (2002-2011) 

The Basham Brothers - 2003-2005, 2006-2007

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Doug Basham (Lyle Douglas "Doug" Basham, Jr.) 2002-2007

Danny Basham (Daniel R. "Danny" Holle) 2003-2007

Cade and Murdoch - 2005-2007

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Lance Cade (Lance Kurtis McNaught) 2003-2008

Trevor Murdoch (William Theodore Mueller) 2005-2008

Cryme Tyme - 2006-2007, 2008-2010

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JTG (Jason Anthony Paul) 2006-2007, 2008-2014

Shad Gaspard (Shad Chad Javier Romane Chittick Gaspard) 2006-2007, 2008-2010

Deuce 'n Domino - 2007-2008

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Deuce (James William Reiher, Jr.) 2007-2009

Domino (Clifford "Cliff" Compton) 2007-2008

The Dicks - 2005-2006

Chad Dick (Charles "Chad" Wicks) 2005-2006

James Dick (John Michael Toland) 2005-2006

Jesse and Festus - 2007–2009

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Jesse/Slam Master J (Ray Gordy) 2005-2010

Festus/Luke Gallows/Doc Gallows (Drew Hankinson) 2006-2010, 2016

  • 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.
  • 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 Gordy.

La Résistance - 2003-2005

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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 (Brian David Kendrick) 2002-2004, 2005-2009, 2015

Mexicools - 2005-2006

Super Crazy (Francisco Islas Rueda) 2005-2008

Psicosis (Dionicio Castellanos Torres) 2005-2006

Juventud (Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández) 2005-2006

The Spirit Squad - 2006

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Kenny (Kenneth Lionel Doane) 2006-2008

Johnny (John "Johnny" Jeter) 2006

Mitch (Nicholas Cole "Nick" Mitchell) 2006

Nicky (Nicholas Theodore "Nick" Nemeth) 2005, 2006, 2008-present

Mikey (Michael "Mike" S. Brendli) 2006

  • 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
  • Jobbers
  • 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 Usos - 2010-present

Jey Uso (Joshua Fatu) 2010-present

Jimmy Uso (Jonathan Fatu) 2010-present

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) 2000-2010

     Teams from the WWE, Inc. Era (2011-2014) 

The Prime Time Players - 2012-2014, 2015

Titus O'Neil (Thaddeus Michael Bullard) 2010-present

Darren Young (Fred Rosser) 2010-present

Primo and Epico/ Los Matadores - 2011-present

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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 are 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.
  • Expy:
    • 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. And now they're faces, so this trope no longer applies.
  • 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) - 1997-present

Daniel Bryan (Byran Danielson) - 2009-present

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

Braun Strowman (Adam Scherr) 2015-present

Bray Wyatt (Windham Rotunda) 2010-2011, 2013-present

     Teams from the Reality Era (2014-present) 

The Ascension - 2014-present

Konnor (Ryan Parmeter) 2014-present

Viktor (Eric Thompson) 2014-present

The Lucha Dragons - 2015-present

Kalisto (Emanuel Rodriguez) 2015-present

Hunico/Sin Cara (Jorge Arias) 2011-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

Enzo and Cass - 2013-present

Enzo Amore (Eric Arndt) 2012-present

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Carmella, mainly because she's obviously not interested in him at all and he refuses to take the hint. The subplot eventually got dropped.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sylvester Lefort, Blake and Murphy, Dash and Dawson…he's had a few.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: One might think that while he was wheelchair-bound, he couldn't do anyone any damage... and yet he was perfectly capable of running over Aiden English's foot.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Abruptly returned after recovering from an injury to come to Big Cass' aid against the Legionnaires.
  • Boastful Rap: His current theme, "SAWFT Is a Sin", is one of these.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Does this to Mason Ryan. Just a reminder, Mason Ryan is 6'3 and 295 pounds.
  • Catch Phrase: So many. The winner seems to be calling his opponents S-A-W-F-T, SAAAAWFT - although this particular phrase has been handed off to Cass, probably because his delivery of it is almost a meme in itself.
    • "How you doin'?"
    • "My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G, and a bona fide stud. And you can't. Teach. That. And this right here? This is Big Cass, and he's 7 foot tall. And you can't. Teach. That. Bada boom, realest guys in the room! HOW YOU DOIN'?"
      • With Carmella accompanying them, he adds "And this right here? This is Carmella, and she's hot as hell. And you can't. Teach. That." between Cass' introduction and the "Bada boom".
  • Chew Toy: Enzo's role in tag matches with Big Cass is to take all of the offence from the opponents, and you can be sure that if Enzo & Cass are losing, it's Enzo taking the fall. Fans have begun joking that Enzo's finishing move is "Tag in Big Cass" because of this.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not so much on the mic or in the ring, but his backstage promos with Cass occasionally run into this. In one promo, Cass takes over the speaking after a short intro by Enzo. For the rest of the promo, Enzo ponders over something Cass said before having an epiphany in the last 20 seconds and insistently trying to get Cass' attention to point out the fact that he understood the joke.
  • Epic Fail: His actual attempts to wrestle. He has no real moveset, and his offense mostly consists of "get thrown at people by Cass and then run away"... although he has improved marginally to the point where Cass no longer does all the work.
  • Expy/Spiritual Successor: Enzo's basically a louder, hammier, more ridiculous version of Road Dogg. Introduce self in hammy manner, introduce partner in hammy manner, do so consistently enough that the audience can say your intro with you verbatim, and have the crowd finish off with your catchphrase. It's basically lifted straight out of New Age Outlaws.
  • Finishing Move: Famous in internet circles his finishing move on The Other Wiki was once listed as "Tag in Cass". His actual finishing move isn't much different: a Fastball Special done from the top rope that he and Cass call "Sky's the Limit" (Everyone else calls it the Rocket Launcher, since that's what its innovators, the Midnight Express, called it).
  • Hidden Depths: In one promo during the period when his leg was broken, he rants that a place he'd been to wasn't handicapped-accessible and thus were liable.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turned face solely because everyone in the crowd cheered him for his comical Miles Gloriosus nature.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: At one point, he sported some huge blond muttonchops.
  • Insistent Terminology: More like insistent spelling: He refers to the opposition as soft, spelled "S-A-W-F-T... SAWWWWFT!" Also counts as Funetik Aksent.
  • Joisey: His home state.
  • Keet: Dear Lord, the man is hyper.
  • Large Ham: ...is pretty much his default setting.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Limited, in that just about everything he wears will have leopard-print somewhere on it, as did his customised wheelchair. Hell, he's even shaved the design into his hair.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Mean is stretching it (a lawt), but nevertheless, during the month where WWE was promoting the Susan G. Komen foundation, instead of the normal ridiculous designs shaved into the side of his head, he had the Komen ribbon on one side and their slogan (Rise) on the other.
  • Meaningful Name: "Amore" is Italian for "love". Given how much he talks about being a stud...
  • Miles Gloriosus
    "If me and Cass had a dime for every time we got beat up as a kid, we'd have ZERO DIMES!"
  • NO INDOOR VOICE: Enzo has two volume settings: loud and louder.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Shut up, Enzo."
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Serves the role of bringing lighthearted comedy segments and hilarious promos (even comedy wrestling matches) to NXT. This role of being the humorous breather between other storylines and matches was particularly evident at Takeover 2.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's been pretty sexist in vignettes, though it should be noted that Big Cass immediately called him out for it and Enzo's been portrayed as an idiot every time he does something sexist.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: And you can't. Teach. That.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to breaking his leg, though he showed up in backstage segments.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
    "My name is Enzo Amore, and I'm a certified G, and a bona fide stud! Bada boom! Realest guy in da room!"
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: He once claimed that he's never had a girlfriend because he 'refuses to commit himself to failure', not because, by his own admission, he treats women like dirt.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: There's a million and one things he can think to say about The Ascension, but the absolute worst he can think of to say, is that they're The Ascension, in reference to their status as THE jobbers of WWE.
  • Those Two Guys: With Colin Cassady.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The training vignettes show that he's refusing to take Carmella seriously as a potential superstar, even when she keeps handing him his arse.
    • He also refused to accept that Carmella is not interested in him at all, despite all his advances being rebuffed (sometimes violently).
  • Truth in Television: Actually knew Colin Cassady from his teenage years; they first met on a basketball court in New York City.

Colin "Big Cass" Cassady (Bill Morrissey) 2012-

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  • Blatant Lies: He and Enzo made a number of videos about them training Carmella and getting her a tryout, all of which ended with Enzo looking like an idiot. Cass always promised to not post them online (and always did). It took Enzo a while to catch on, but he got there in the end.
  • The Brute / The Big Guy
  • Catch Phrase: "How you doin'?" and "SAWFT."
    • "I'm gonna..." *shakes like he can't get the word out* "SPELL IT OUT FOR YA!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: For Enzo.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Pulls one off on Aiden English, though how intentional it was is debatable.
  • Fastball Special: He throws Enzo off the top rope in their finisher the Rocket Launcher. He's also known to bodyslam Enzo on top of opponents.
  • The Giant: 7 foot tallnote , and you "can't teach that." Although, in a subversion of the usual trope, he's far and away the better wrestler of his pairing with Enzo, for what that's worth.
  • Hidden Depths: He once got into a sing off with Aiden English...and actually sang really well.
  • Large Ham: Not as much as Enzo, but he's still pretty hammy.
  • Non-Idle Rich
  • No Sell: Not so much in singles matches, but when he's teaming with Enzo, Cass will pull this.
  • Not So Above It All: Sure, he looks like the more sensible one, but he's more than happy to participate in Enzo's weirdness.
  • Only Sane Man: He is this to Enzo.
  • Phrase Catcher: "And this right here? This is Big Cass. And he's 7 foot tall, and you can't. Teach. That."
  • Romance on the Set: Currently dating Carmella in Real Life (ironic if you remember her character's introduction, which saw Enzo constantly - and unsuccessfully - trying to flirt with Carmella while Cass basically rolled his eyes in the background)
  • Shout-Out: During NXT Takeover 2, Big Cass called for the bucket in the same way The Dudley Boys would call for the table.
  • The Straight Man: Serves as this to Enzo Amore. The fact that someone as hammy as him qualifies shows just how over-the-top Enzo is.
  • Those Two Guys: With Enzo Amore.

The Vaudevillains - 2013-present

Simon Gotch (John Smith) 2013-present

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Aiden English (Matt Rehwoldt) 2012-present

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  • 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 case of Dangerously Genre Savvy 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.
  • Red Baron: "The Artiste" and "The Drama King".
  • Sore Loser: Boy howdy.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He's a stage actor/singer turned wrestler.

     Other Notable Tag Team Wrestlers 

The WWWF Era (1963-1984)

Spiros Arion (Andres Labrakis) 1966-1975, 1977-1978

Dominic DeNucci 1967-1972, 1974-1982

Tony Garea (Anthony Garcia) 1972-present

Ivan Putski (Josef Bednarski) 1976–1987

Mr. Saito/Masa Saito (斎藤 昌典, Saitō Masanori) 1981–1984

Mikel Scicluna 1965–1970, 1972, 1975–1983

Chief Jay Strongbow (Joseph Luke Scarpa) 1970–1977, 1979–1984, 1993–1994

Toru Tanaka (Charles "Charlie" J. Kalani, Jr.) 1967–1968,1969–1970,1971–1974,1977–1978

The Rock 'N' Wrestling Era (1984-1993)

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.

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

Jim Powers (James Manley) 1984-1994

Raymond "Ray" Rougeau 1986-2002

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

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The New Generation Era (1993-1997)

Bart Gunn (Michael Burton "Mike" Polchlopek, Jr.) 1993-1999, 2007

Mo (Robert Horne) 1993-1996

The Attitude Era (1997-2001)

Bull Buchanan (Barry Buchanan) 1997-2001, 2002-2003, 2011

InVasion (2001)

Johnny Stamboli (Jonathan "Jon" Hugger) 2001-2004

The Brand Extension Era (2002-2011)

Evan Bourne (Matthew Joseph Korklan) 2008-2014

Ted DiBiase Jr (Theodore Marvin "Ted" DiBiase, Jr.) 2008-2013

David Hart Smith (Harry Smith) 2007-2008, 2009-2011

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Curt Hawkins (Brian Myers) 2007-2013

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K.C. James (Kurt Sellers) 2006-2008

Vladimir Kozlov (Olyeg Olyeksandrovich Prudius) 2006, 2008-2011

Joey Mercury (Adam Birch) 2004–2007, 2010-

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Heath Slater (Heath Miller) 2010-

Michael Tarver (Tyrone Evans) 2010-2011

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  • The Brute: Dear lord yes. One wonder how this would have turned out if he hadn't been injured.
  • Demoted to Extra: Was part of one the biggest faction in WWE, before he was injured, and then only seen in backstage segments before his release.
  • Face–Heel Turn: When joining The Nexus, although he was never really a face to begin with on NXT.
  • Put on a Bus: Injured his groin which lead to a beat down of Cena, who just had been inducted into Nexus, and thus left the Nexus. It was more of Cena venting his frustration than anything else, but Barrett would claim he wanted to get rid of Tarver anyway, so Cena did him a huge favour. He would return later on in backstage segments, but nothing came to it before he was released.
  • Scary Black Man: His time in The Nexus really brought this out.

The WWE, Inc. Era (2011-2014)

The Reality Era (2014-Present)


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