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)
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
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
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
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
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
Arn Anderson (Martin Anthony Lunde) 1988-1989, 2002-present
Tully Blanchard (Tully Arthur Blanchard) 1988-1989, 2006
Bushwhacker Luke Williams (Brian Wickens) 1988-1996, 2001
Bushwhacker Butch Miller (Robert Miller) 1988-1996, 2001
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, 1998-1999, 2006
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.
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
Brian Knobbs (Brian Yandrisovitz) 1990–1993
Jerry Sags (Jerry Sagonovich) 1990–1993
The Natural Disasters - 1991-1993
Typhoon (Fred Ottman) 1989–1993, 1994, 2001
The Orient Express - 1990-1992
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
Hercules (Raymond Fernandez) 1985-1992
Paul Roma (Paul Centopani) 1985-1991
Teams from the New Generation Era (1993-1997)
The Bodydonnas - 1996
Zip (Thomas Prichard) 1993-2004
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
- Parts Unknown: "Bitters, AR"
- Unrelated Cousins
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Wrestling hog farmers.
The Headbangers - 1996-1999, 2000
Mosh (Charles "Chaz" Warrington) 1996–2001
Thrasher (Glenn Ruth) 1991–1993, 1996–2000
The Heavenly Bodies - 1993-1995
Tom Prichard (Thomas Prichard) 1993-2004
Jimmy Del Ray (David Ferrier) 1993-1995
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
Tekno Team 2000 - 1995-1996
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
Bubba Ray Dudley (Mark S. LoMonaco) 1999-2005, 2015
D-Von Dudley (Devon E. Hughes) 1999-2005
The New Age Outlaws - 1997-2000, 2012-present
"The Road Dogg" Jesse James (Brian Gerard "B.G." James) 1994-2001, 2011-present
"Bad Ass" Billy Gunn (Monty "Kip" Sopp) 1993-2004, 2012-present
- 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.
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
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
Doug Basham (Lyle Douglas "Doug" Basham, Jr.) 2002-2007
Danny Basham (Daniel R. "Danny" Holle) 2003-2007
Cade and Murdoch - 2005-2007
Lance Cade (Lance Kurtis McNaught) 2003-2008
Trevor Murdoch (William Theodore Mueller) 2005-2008
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
Deuce 'n Domino - 2007-2008
Deuce (James William Reiher, Jr.) 2007-2009
Domino (Clifford "Cliff" Compton) 2007-2008
The Dicks - 2005-2006
Chad Dick (Charles "Chad" Wicks) 2004-2006
James Dick (John Michael Toland) 2003-2006
Jesse and Festus - 2007–2009
Jesse/Slam Master J (Ray Gordy) 2005-2010
Festus/Luke Gallows (Drew Hankinson) 2006-2010
- Bald of Awesome: Luke Gallows.
- Bald of Evil: Luke 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.
- 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.
- 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's bullshit 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.
- 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 Terry 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.
Paul London (Paul Michael London) 2003-2008
Spanky/Brian Kendrick (Brian David Kendrick) 2002-2004, 2005-2009
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
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
- 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.
Jey Uso (Joshua Fatu) 2010-present
Jimmy Uso (Jonathan Fatu) 2010-present
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)
Titus O'Neil (Thaddeus Michael Bullard) 2010-present
Darren Young (Fred Rosser) 2010-present
Primo and Epico/ Los Matadores - 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 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.
- 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).
- 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.
Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) 2012-present
Roman Reigns (Joe Anoa'i) 2012-present
Seth Rollins (Colby Lopez) 2012-present
Erick Rowan (Joseph Ruud) 2013-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
- Badass Beards of Evil: Viktor's stands out a bit more, though.
- Blasphemous Boast / Cheap Heat: Their claims to be the only good tag team ever, even disrespecting great teams of the past including teams with deceased members, definitely count as this.
- Boring but Practical: Their offensive style. They just punch, kick, stomp, slam, smack you around until you either can't take anymore (or you turn the tables).
- Catchphrase: "We are The Ascension! Welcome to the wasteland."
- Characterization Marches On: See You Look Familiar below for Konnor. And Viktor. But especially Konnor.
- Dark Is Evil Expy: They've been said to resemble a self-formed Ministry of Darkness with screaming. They openly admit they're not demons, though. Nowadays, they've become one of The Road Warriors, for better or worse.
- Evil Duo: Hands down.
- Evil Laugh: Konnor used to have this.
- Four Is Death: Once upon a time the Ascension was a stable with Conor O'Brian, Kenneth Cameron (now Bram in TNA), Tito Colon (now Epico), and Raquel Diaz (also known as Eddie and Vickie's daughter Shaul Guerrero). Then injuries and call-ups happened and the Ascension materialized as a tag team, first with Conor and Kenneth, then with Konnor and Viktor. This is the iteration you now see on TV.
- The Illuminati: The symbolism is all over their titantron video to the point where half the comments you see online about the Ascension will be regarding this. The other half will be about them being Road Warrior Captains Ersatz.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: They did not get the hint.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their attire since hitting the main roster.
- Red Baron: The Ascension name has been this for Konnor (as well as former teammate Kenneth Cameron) in the past. Nowadays Konnor is described as the "Bludgeon" and Viktor as the "Scalpel" of the team.
- Screaming Warriors
- Shout-Out: Viktor's part in the "Fall of Man" Finishing Move used to be called the Psycho Crusher. He still refers to it as such unofficially.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Konnor and Viktor. They weren't always this way: see You Look Familiar below.
- You Look Familiar: Conor O'Brian was previously seen on NXT seasons 4 and 5 as the weird rat-faced guy who acted like a mouse, while Rick Victor had a small degree of prominence in FCW.
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
Raymond "Ray" Rougeau 1986-2002
The Tonga Kid/Islander Tama (Samuel Larry Anoa'i Fatu)
The New Generation Era (1993-1997)
Bart Gunn (Michal Burton "Mike" Polchlopek, Jr.) 1993-1999, 2007
The Attitude Era (1997-2001)
Bull Buchanan (Barry Buchanan) 1997-2001, 2002-2003, 2011
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
Curt Hawkins (Brian Myers) 2007-2013
- Cane Fu
- The Janetty: Seems like this so far for Zack Ryder.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's grown very bitter and very jealous of Zack's success as of late.
- Odd Friendship: With the Rock, of all people, outside of wrestling. Yes, a rarely seen on TV jobber and one of the biggest stars (and current Hollywood star) in wrestling history. Presumably it stems from Hawkins helping Rock shake off ring rust for his comeback.
- Put on a Bus: Currently out due to a knee injury.
- Red Baron: "The Party Starter".
- Shout-Out: Him and Reks performed a Magic Mike-style routine one week before a match. And they probably would have continued with it, had not Tyler decided to leave WWE, and wrestling all together, so he could be with his family.
- Straight Man: To Zack Ryder just before they split up.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Zack Ryder, when they were associated with Edge, then with Vance Archer upon his return and with Tyler Reks.
- Underwear of Power
- Unrelated Brothers: With Zack Ryder when they were known as the Major Brothers.
Vladimir Kozlov (Olyeg Olyeksandrovich Prudius) 2006, 2008-2011
Joey Mercury (Adam Birch) 2004–2007, 2010-
Michael Tarver (Tyrone Evans) 2010-2011
- 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)