Fan Nickname: Professional Wrestling

     Wrestlers 
  • Ahmed Johnson
  • Alberto Del Rio
    • Juan Bradshaw Layfield - His initial gimmick is essentially the same as JBL's, complete with coming out to the ring in fancy car, as portrayed by a Mexican. Lampshaded by Christian shortly after Del Rio's debut.
  • Anthony Nese
    • Mini-Masters as he looks like he's a twin of Chris Masters' who was separated at birth.
  • Antonio Inoki
  • Batista
    • Basketball Jones: Because "basketballs don't hold grudges". Coined by a WrestleCrap induction, and was forced by Triple Kelly, one of the website's writers.
    • Bluetista - After his all-blue attire, which was doubly noticeable because it clashed with his tag team's gear, at Payback 2014.
    • Bootista - Frequently all but booed out of the arena during his 2014 run for winning the Royal Rumble, not being Daniel Bryan, being pushed as a face when Daniel Bryan fans desperately to boo him for the previous (he quickly got a Heel Turn and the boos became a bit more good-natured), and being out of ring shape.
    • Botchtista - Had a reputation for botching a lot.
    • Dapper Dave - His first name is Dave and he often wears sharp pinstripe suits.
    • More commonly, simply "Big Dave", although that's more an in-character nickname bestowed upon him by Ric Flair. This can be confirmed as having taken root among the fandom, as famed wrestling reporter "Big" Dave Meltzer has been known to receive…interesting…e-mails and radio show calls from sadly confused Batista fangirls.
    • Douchetista: Heel Batista from 2009-2010, when he started acting like a colossal douche. Not exactly a bad thing, as fans found it very entertaining and were heard to remark that "Douchetista is the Bestista."
  • Big Bossman
    • WORST PERSON EVER - After his feuds in 1999 with The Big Show and Al Snow.
  • Big E Langston
    • Ryblack - due to the similarities between him and Ryback.
    • Choc Lesnar - Langston's nickname coined by himself on his Twitter.
    • To a lesser extent, Soulberg, due to his similarity to... you know who...
  • The Big Show
    • Big Slow (or Pig Slow), whenever he is a heel, or particularly out of shape—Paul Wight's weight has fluctuated quite significantly over his career, and when he's at his heavier weights he tends to be noticeably slower; this has not been helped by his advancing age. Sometimes used in-canon by The Rock.
  • Bill DeMott
    • Flying Warthog - Owing to his use of the moonsault as a finish and, um, unique appearance.
  • Bobby Lashley
    • Blackberg, due to his physical similarities to Goldberg and usage of the Spear.
    • Similarly, Black Lesnar and Choc Lesnar, due to his physical similarities and oddly similar career path with Brock Lesnar. A less racially-charged variant was Brock Lashley or Brocky Lashley.
  • Darren Young
    • Black Cena, due to his physical resemblance to John Cena. Became an Ascended Meme when Young mentioned it on an episode of Raw.
  • Bobby Roode
    • Bobby Rooooooo - According to the ring announcers. Popularized by Botchamania.
  • Bret Hart
    • Bret Clarke - See, Michael Buffer didn't really prepare for his WCW announcing gigs....
  • Brian Lee
    • Though better known for his work in Tennessee and ECW as "Primetime"/"Bulldozer" Brian Lee, Lee might have achieved his highest level of exposure as "the Underfaker", for his portrayal of the fake Undertaker that The Undertaker fought at the 1994 ''SummerSlam.
  • Brock Lesnar
    • Bork Laser; this name was coined by Ebenezer Mittelsdorf (AKA sillySUPERPOP, kidlockdmh, or Grim) in GTS Wrestling as a parody of Brock Lesnar, complete with Western accent and a few catchphrases, now used to bypass copyrights on YouTube.
    • Brockberg, due to their similar physical abilities and that many fans felt he was being booked as just another Goldberg-style wrestler.
    • Vanilla Gorilla, particularly during his first few months in WWE since he never talked. Became ascended thanks to John Cena.
  • Hardcore Holly
    • Bobcore Holly. Why? Well, his first name is Bob, and he wasn't hardcore (though he was renowned for stiffing and sandbagging rookies)—until he proved otherwise.
    • Baldcore Holly - Coined by Chris Jericho, due to Holly's noticeably receding hairline.
  • Cesaro
    • King of Swing, for his freakish strength and duration when using the Giant Swing.
  • Cody Rhodes
  • Cody Von Doom, in his psycho gimmick where he felt his "dashing" face has been disfigured (despite that clearly not being the case) and wore a mask and hood to compensate. In other words, he became Doctor Doom. The mask even looked like Doom's, if Doom's were made of clear plastic.
  • Chris Benoit
    • Crispin WAH - A reference to the way Howard Finkel would pronounce Chris Benoit's name.
    • He Who Must Not Be Named, You-Know-Who, Lord Voldemort, Tioneb, Chr*s B*n**t, Chris [Redacted] - Referring to WWE's unwritten rule of avoiding naming or referencing him by any means possible since the Benoit tragedy.
      • As for the guy this nickname was originally for, oddly enough, he has his own, half-page entry in the recent WWE Encyclopedia. This became, by far, the most notable feature of the encyclopedia.
      • Further subverted when this statement appeared in a History of WWE magazine: "What about the Chris Benoit tragedy? We're two years removed - will there ever be a time when we can acknowledge him as part of WWE history?" Vince's response: "It's not right to pretend he didn't exist. It's one thing to include him as part of a historical perspective, which I believe is OK, and it's another thing to promote him, which is not OK. The situation is very similar to that of O.J. Simpson - despite his controversy, O.J. was still a part of the NFL scene. You can't deny that he existed."
      • Benoit footage can now be seen on WWE's streaming video service, the WWE Network, uncut... although it's preceded by a very prominent disclaimer.
  • Crash Holly
    • Elroy: After Chris Jericho repeatedly called him that due to his resemblance to Elroy Jetson. He was originally annoyed when fans chanted "El-Roy" at him, but he eventually embraced it.
  • Daniel Bryan
    • Daniel Bryan Danielson - A portmanteau of the American Dragon's real and current WWE ring name due to DBD's (the also-popular acronym for "Daniel Bryan Danielson", by the way) renaming ending up better than most.
    • Bryan Dancingson - DBD has some awesome dance moves, as he demonstrated on Raw one week.
    • Fred Fredburger - YES!
    • Dirk Dickbutt - Before Danielson debuted as Daniel Bryan, there was a host of speculation as to what WWE would rename him. Somebody suggested this, and it snowballed from there.
    • GoatFace - Due to an insult by CM Punk on the June 11, 2012 episode of Raw which became an instant meme on Twitter. WWE took this and ran with it to the max, to the point where goats have become Bryan's Animal Motif and his diving headbutt, for example, has been nicknamed "The Flying Goat."
    • Mr. Small Package - Due to his tendency to get the winning pin with a Small Package roll-up.
  • David Otunga
    • Carlton, due to his uncanny resemblance to a beefier Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
    • The Macchiato Mauler - A nickname given since he is often seen with a coffee thermos.
    • Also, "Attorney At Raw," and "Folgers Soldier".
    • Some have noted the connection with John Laurinaitis (formerly Johnny Ace) and deemed him Ace's Attorney.
  • Drew McIntyre
    • D-Mac.
  • Dusty Rhodes, "The American Dream"
    • Da Dweem / Duthhh-tay - Due to his speech impediment, if you weeel.
  • E-jects - The various wrestlers who departed WWE (sometimes against their will) for TNA, and who are, for the most part, very vocal and bitter about their time spent in the WWE (some of them justifiably so, some of them not).
  • Eric Bischoff
    • Easy-E: Also Sleazy-E, owing both to his slimy on-air character and the alleged incident where he and his wife picked up a stripper for a threesome.
  • Edge
  • Evan Bourne
    • Evan Braun - Ozzy Osbourne's uniquely muddled pronunciation of Evan's name was adopted by many fans.
  • Eve Torres
    • Hoeski - Eve Torres, coined by John Cena when calling her out on leading Zack Ryder to ruin and planning to do the same with him with her feminine wiles. It has become a popular crowd chant.
      John Cena: I lost a Broski for a Hoeski!
  • Heath Slater
    • The Ginger Ninja - Used by those who don't want to call him…
    • Wendy's Chick - A nickname coined by John Cena on an episode of Raw; a photoshop of Slater in the Wendy's logo accompanied it.
  • Hulk Hogan
    • Hoke Hogan/Hoak Hogan/Ho Kogan - From the Ultimate Warrior's odd pronunciation of the Hulkster's ring name during promos.
    • The Orange Goblin - Coined by Inside Pulse's Scott Keith, in reference to the odd tone his skin takes on when he tans (which is all the time).
  • Ivory
    • The Schoolmarm Of Doom, during her stint with Right To Censor.
  • Jack Swagger
  • Jack Thwagger hath a very notitheable lithp.
  • Jeff Hardy
    • Chef Hardy, due to ring announcer Justin Roberts, and his bad habit of dragging out the pronunciation of Hardy's name a little too long.
    • Meth Hardy - Inspired by his well-known drug abuse issues; possibly coined by GTS Wrestling (see Bork Laser, above).
    • Skittles - Owing to his usually multi-coloured hair (and, in recent years, body paint).
  • Jeff Jarrett
    • StupidStar, from an incident in WCW when he mispronounced "superstar" and described himself as "the StupidStar".
    • Triple J: A play on his self-given nickname of "Double J". This one became far more prevalent during his time in TNA, where he is often compared to WWE's Triple H. Not helped by the fact that he's been doing Triple H's finisher, The Pedigree, on a semi-regular basis since his in-ring return, and his father basically created the promotion as a starring vehicle for Jeff.
  • John Bradshaw Layfield
    • Jables, Jibbles - It helps to know he was most commonly and officially called JBL...and that he had gotten slightly out of shape during the end of his WWE run (when the JBL name started) and was quite jiggly in his ring attire.
  • John Cena
    • ABC: Anyone (or Anybody) But Cena, referring to when the fans (mainly the older male fans) were getting tired of John Cena, especially in late 2005-2006.
      • That nickname will pass once Cena's done with this feud.
    • Shawn Cena - Justin Roberts strikes again!
    • Cena Christ Superstar, what with his being all but unbeatable and being pushed like he's the Messiah of wrestling. Was also sort-of crucified during an I Quit match.
    • Stone Clone, during his Dr. of Thuganomics days for being a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin expy-of-sorts.
  • John Laurinaitis
  • John Morrison
    • JoMo. It seems this one might have ascended. If his Facebook is authentic, then he signs his post as JoMo.
      • Melina has used it as a nickname in Twitter posts, so ascension has been confirmed.
    • J-Mo - the original version which Morrison himself coined on his "Mizfits and MOFOs" rap video with The Miz when they were mocking Cryme Tyme.
    • JoMo in SloMo - his slow-motion entrance.
  • Justin Gabriel
    • The Dark Angel - Justin Gabriel as a member of The Nexus. It's a play of his last name Gabriel, which is a reference to the Archangel Gabriel.
    • And the fact that his original FCW name was Justin Angel, which is probably where his WWE TV name came from.
    • Before FCW he used to be called PJ Black. This may or may not also be relevant to the "Dark" part.
  • Justin King
    • The African-American referee that is responsible for most Diva matches in WWE is sometimes just called the Black Ref by fans.
  • Kane
    • Glenn the Libertarian/Libertarian Glenn - Kane's unmasked, sharp-dressed appearance from Oct. 2013-May 2014, due to him looking as he did in his personal life and at various political gatherings.
    • The Red-State Machine and Well-Read Machine are not terribly uncommon either. (Out of character, Glenn Jacobs is quite prolific in writing opinions on politics, mostly libertarian-leaning—making his long-running comedy tag-team with real-life liberal-leaning Daniel Bryan even funnier in hindsight) In any case, Corporate Kane or Korporate Kane ended up becoming Ascended Fanon.
    • After his re-masking in 2014, fans occasionally call him THEDEMONKANE because of the Authority and commentators' odd tendency to refer to him as "The Demon Kane" almost exclusively since then.
    • Another more hilarious nickname thrown around with Kane's metamorphosis to a slacks-wrestling lackey has been Angry Accountant.
  • Kevin Nash
    • Big Poochie (or Big Lazy) - Nash (nicknamed "Big Sexy" more officially), in his days as a WCW booker during the nWo era, wrote himself into a one-man Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Taken from the appropriate Simpsons episode, especially from Homer's suggestion that "when Poochie isn't around, the other characters should look sad and say, 'Where's Poochie?'" which is what many people thought WCW might as well be when he booked.
  • Kofi Kingston
    • Kobe Johnston, after two separate Raw guest hosts managed to mangle his first and last name. This one is a favorite of the Spoony One.
  • Kurt Angle
    • The Dumbest Man In Professional Wrestling - Though first earned by Sting (see below), was also applied to Kurt Angle in 2012/2013 after he unknowingly mentored two members of the Aces & Eights (and was responsible for one getting into TNA in the first place) and failed to reveal who the Vice President of the faction was in time for anyone to do anything.
  • LaceyVonErich
    • Lacey Von Botch for her apparent lack of any wrestling ability, despite her family pedigree.
  • Low Ki
    • The Belt Bitch: After NXT Rookie Kaval (indy star Low Ki) was stuck with WWE Divas Michelle McCool and Layla El (who proclaimed themselves "co-Women's Champions") as his Pros, he got stuck carrying around their belts a number of times, leading to him getting this nickname.
  • Mark Henry
    • The KoolAid Man, due to the bright red ring attire he wore for some time, considerable girth and very deep voice.
      • Used on Raw by Batista. "You'll be alright, KoolAid!"
      • Referenced by Henry himself sometime later. "My heart don't pump KoolAid!"
    • Rick Ross - After shaving his head. He also dressed as him for Halloween.
  • Masato Yoshino
    • Sexy Tarzan. Coined by female fans because he's very attractive and muscular, and he used to have a jungle-man gimmick.
    • Speed Star, since he's very, very fast. Has since become a Red Baron.
  • Mason Ryan
    • Batistwo: New recruit for The Nexus Mason Ryan due to his remarkable resemblance to former WWE superstar Batista. Coined by Chris Jericho.
    • Backtista: His similarities with Batista actually fooled some fans to believe Dave was back when Mason first appeared.
    • Also, Welshtista. (He's Welsh.)
  • Matt Hardy
  • Michael Cole
    • Cole Miners: His fans. Yes, he has fans. Ascended, as Cole himself has used the phrase at least once.
  • Michael Tarver
    • Terry Tate, due to his resemblance to the Reebok advertising character.
  • Michelle McCool
    • McRib for her extremely skinny figure.
    • Twiggy - Same reason.
  • Montel Vontavious Porter
    • The Power Ranger, owing to his unusual ring attire, which was designed to cover up a sizeable chest tattoo of Malcolm X. Coined by then-color commentator of Smackdown, John Bradshaw Layfield (at 2006's No Mercy PPV) and later adopted by the live crowds at Smackdown events:
      JBL: I wanna slap that smile right off his face. He hasn't busted a grape. He comes here, calling himself MVP, dressed like a Bud Light can, stole that outfit from a damn Power Ranger, and he walks around strutting IN A RING THAT I'VE BLED, SWEAT, AND BUSTED MY ASS IN!
      • The ironic thing is that the outfit's pretty clearly supposed to be based off the UnderArmor line of athletic apparel, making it literally the most practical wrestling costume in history.
  • Orlando Jordan
    • Buckwheat - In the WWE, due to his noticeable hairstyle.
    • Whoopi - Jordan grew out his hair prior to joining TNA. Coined by D'Angelo Dinero.
  • President Ramu, aka Kaicho Ramu
    • La hija del Undertaker - A little girl with superhuman strength (she is capable of chokeslamming and suplexing adults) and dark powers led some fans to joke that she was The Undertaker's long lost daughter. This became Ascended Fanon later.
  • Randy Savage
    • Similar to Chris Benoit (above), "You Know Who" and such, given how Vince McMahon had, for all intents and purposes, completely written him out of WWE history. (And let's not get started on an urban legend that turned into somewhat of a meme. Most IWC members know the one.) However, they are doing a little better including Savage on DVDs - he appeared on the Best of Saturday Night's Main Event and the Intercontinental Championship sets, and got a three-disc best-of collection called Macho Madness, and he appeared in an online promo for WWE All Stars. Also, Savage is to be inducted in the 2015 WWE HoF class.
  • Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
    • Arm-Dragon: Ricky Steamboat when, following an exaggerated lucha libre psychology, he would use arm drags constantly throughout a match.
  • The Rock
    • The Dwayne - His real name Dwayne Johnson, and recently, Johnson moved away from having "The Rock" being included in his name for his acting credits, inspiring the nickname.
  • Ryback
    • Ryberg or Goldback, due to his striking resemblance to Goldberg, as well as the early part of his run as Ryback featuring an "undefeated streak" gimmick very similar to Goldberg's.
  • Santino Marella
    • Mario, due to his outrageous-a stereotypical-a Italian-a accent-a (he's actually Canadian-born, with some Italian blood).
  • Sara Del Rey
    • Death Rey
  • Seth Rollins
    • Eater of Shit: He has the bad habit of being the member of The Shield to perform the highest spots and take the sickest bumps, a habit which even now, as a somewhat cowardly but skilled heel, he still can't get away from. (A play on Bray Wyatt's official nom de guerre of "Eater of Worlds".)
  • Shaniqua
    • Linda "Miss a Missile Dropkick By" Miles. Real name Linda Miles, Shaniqua once attempted a missile dropkick and aimed about four feet wide.
  • Sheamus
    • (The) Albino Warrior - Nickname for the... um... really, really pale WWE wrestler Sheamus, whose normal aka The Celtic Warrior.note  The nickname is also a swipe at the Ultimate Warrior, another performer that WWE fans felt was pushed far beyond his wrestling abilities.
    • Fans have also taken to calling him the Ginger Giant for obvious reasons.
    • Also Lobsterhead, taken from a Mondegreen of his entrance music: "It's a shameful thing, lobsterhead".
      • Being a ginger with spiky hair does not help his cause here either, and is why his finisher (more commonly called the Razor's Edge) is known to some as the Ginger's Edge.
    • Beaker, thanks to Edge. Later, this was canonized during a show featuring the Muppets, where it's revealed Beaker and Sheamus are cousins.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura
    • Swagsuke, due to his look, odd and spastic movements, Confusion Fu in-ring style, and overall "give no fucks" attitude.
  • Sin Cara
    • Botch Cara, due to his tendency to botch a lot.
  • Stephanie McMahon
    • Nipple H - Stacked like pancakes (to say nothing of when she was pregnant). Term coined by WrestleCrap... and if you look for "Stephanie McMahon" on a certain site that parodies The Other Wiki, the title changes before your eyes to "Nipple H".
  • Sting
    • The Dumbest Man in Professional Wrestling earned this nickname by literally being booked as the single most Stupid Good face ever.
    • Surfer Sting - Referring to Sting in his initial run in the NWA and WCW, where he had short bleached-blonde hair and colorful facepaint/trunks.
    • Crow Sting - Sting's nWo-inspired transformation, and the look he's retained ever since, which was obviously inspired by the film adaptation of The Crow (and allegedly suggested to Sting by Scott Hall). Also referred to as "Sad Mime Sting" by 411Mania's Arnold Furious.
      • Lobster Sting - an unfortunate side effect of the above, as after Sting joined the nWo Wolfpac, he changed the white on his outfit to red... including the scorpions, which now made him look like a mascot for a seafood restaurant.
    • Post-Crow Sting: Sting's character in TNA. Differs from Crow Sting in that, while Crow Sting was completely silent, Post-Crow Sting never shuts up.
      • Post-Lobster Sting: Sting's brief stint with The Band, in which he brought back his black-and-red getup.
    • AnderSting: Mr. Anderson's (May-June 2011) gimmick of dressing up like an odd combination of Surfer Sting and Post-Crow Sting.
    • Real Estate Steve: Nickname for Sting's suit-wearing, make-up less appearance in the Main Event Mafia. Coined by MMA fighter Frank Trigg due to Sting's numerous properties in Trigg's neighborhood. Introduced by Dave Meltzer after reporting Trigg's meeting of Sting at a TNA pay-per-view.
    • Steve: Nickname for Sting that came from a dirtsheet typo that referred to him as Steve "Steve" Borden and posted on 420chan's wrestling board, /wooo/, where it was popularized. When used, it's often accompanied by a picture of Sting sans facepaint.
  • Tazz - The Orange Midget: For being short and having orange in most of his outfits.
  • Teddy Long
    • Peanuthead - Fairly self-explanatory, almost always used affectionately.
  • Tommy Dreamer
    • Nommy Dreamer, because of his slightly overweight build. A cross of his name and the OM NOM NOM onomatopoeia for loud eating.
    • Similarly, "Fatty Dreamer", which came about because of a bit from a shoot interview with Scott "Raven" Levy where he out-and-out called Dreamer fat.
  • Triple H
    • Trips
    • Cripple H - Mainly used for the 2001-2005 period when he seemed to suffer a muscle tear every other week and was much less agile in the ring than he used to be.
    • (Triple) Haitch - Triple H, due to William Regal's very English pronunciation of the letter "H". Given that it's very similar to "Naitch," the nickname he coined for his idol Ric Flair, Hunter would probably be pretty happy with that one.
    • (HH)HGH - Triple H; spawned during his year-long injury hiatus, when it became known that his type of quad tear is almost never seen outside of heavy steroid users. The fact that he came back more buff than ever did nothing to quell this. (And, after coming back from the second of such quad tears, he looked considerably slimmed down and hasn't had such any injury since.)
    • The McMahon-in-Law, after his longtime real life relationship with and eventual marriage to Stephanie McMahon
    • Shao Kahn for his more recent entrance costumes for Wrestlemania, notably Wrestlemanias 27 and 30.
    • tHHHor - A nickname for Triple H, given for a combination of reasons: his preferred weapon of a sledgehammer, the way he's seen by other characters as a sort of minor god of wrestling, how he no-sells most attacks, etc.
    • Speaking of his WrestleMania 22 entrance, Triple H has also gained the nickname "Gonad The Barbarian" thanks to WrestleCrap.
    • The sledgehammer itself has correspondingly been referred to as "Mjolnir."
  • The Ultimate Warrior
  • Umaga
    • Youmanga - Much like the previous "Haitch" example, William Regal's very unique pronunciation of Umaga's name led to fans - especially smarks - embracing "Youmanga" wholeheartedly.
  • The Undertaker
    • BikerTaker, during his "American Badass" / "Big Evil" runs, where he was most known for riding a motorcycle out to the ring.
    • Sometimes, "Mean" Mark Callous, since he once wrestled under this name.
    • The Neverjobber, The Underseller, Nosell McNeverjob - Smark nicknames, particularly when he's gone a long time without jobbing cleanly (which is most of the time).
    • Undertaker's Dong: The tolling bell at the beginning of Undertaker's theme song. If you want to know why, check the link.

    Tag Teams, Stables, and Groups 
  • Air Boom: (Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston)
    • Altitude Era, Flight Club, Sonic Boom, and other speed and altitude puns were tossed around by fans; "Air Boom" itself became the offical name as a result of a naming contest on Twitter
  • AJ Lee & Tamina:
    • HBAJ and Shesel, as a reference to HBK and Diesel
  • America's Most Wanted: TNA actually adopted this fan nickname for the team of James Storm and Chris Harris.
  • The Authority
    • Sometimes as AuTHORity, an extension of Triple H's nickname of tHHHor.
  • Awesome Truth (R-Truth and The Miz)
    • Truth and Reality
    • Truthfully Awesome
    • The What-Busters
    • Awesome Truth was itself a fan nickname that was officially adopted.
  • The Big Show & Kane
    • The Local Men (specifically referring to their teaming up while part of The Authority), due to their status as Scrappies and a growing belief among fans that they ruin everything they're involved with.
  • Booker T & Goldust
    • Black Gold. Some people also used Book Dust.
  • Chris Jericho & Wrestling/Christian
    • Vitamin C; Jericho himself used the name at least once, though it was never made official
  • Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit
    • Canadian Violence Connection, a name coined by Scott Keith due to Keith referring to chops thrown by Canadians as Canadian violence.
  • The Class of 2002: The five major superstars who made their WWF/WWE debut in the aforementioned year, namely: Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Batista, John Cena and Rey Mysterio. Shelton Benjamin gets thrown in occasionally.
    • Of the five, four are either in-ring or in dark matches as of 2014.
  • The Corre
    • Againstus: As a splinter from from The Nexus after that group told John Cena that "You're either Nexus, or you're against us", well... This nickname was first given when Cena debuted the team of Raw superstars that he would lead into battle against Nexus at SummerSlam 2010.
    • The Nexus Wolfpac: A reference to when the nWo split, with the defectors who were known as the nWo Wolfpac.
  • Curtis Axel & David Otunga
    • After they got away from New Nexus association, Mike McGillicutty and David Otunga have become known in some circles as The Borre.
  • The Dashing Ones ("Dashing" Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre
    • Before the Dashing Ones was picked up, fans thought of Dashed Dreams, Broken Mirrors, Dashingly Sinister (as coined by Matt Striker)...
  • Disco Inferno, Alex Wright, & Tokyo Magnum
    • The Dancing Axis Powers - Disco Inferno was of Italian descent, Alex Wright was a German national, and Tokyo Magnum was Japanese. (Disco and Wright were referred to, on-screen, as "The Dancing Fools" and/or "The Boogie Knights". Or, based on a Tony Schiavone slip of the tongue, the "Dancing Dildos," when he supposedly meant to just say "Dodos")
  • Edge and Christian: "E & C", "Suicide Blondes" (they had actually used this name in the independents, as Sexton Hardcastle and Christian Cage, prior to coming to WWE.)
  • Evan Bourne & Mark Henry: "Bourne Strong"
  • Fourtune
    • SIXtune: TNA stable Fourtune, which at its peak consisted of Ric Flair, AJ Styles, Kazarian, Desmond Wolfe, and Beer Money (James Storm and Robert Roode).
    • Later on, the faction would consist of Styles, Kazarian, Storm, Roode, Matt Morgan, and Douglas Williams, with Flair managing, all while being part of a Super Power Stable with Immortal.
    • FIVEtune: Fortune would later drop Williams and Morgan and then Heel-Face Turn away from Immortal, bring the group down to the Four that the name and logo would indicate. This being TNA, they would add Christopher Daniels to the fold anyway just to ensure that Fortune can't actually have four people in it.
    • Fortunately, they tweaked the spelling from "Fourtune" to "Fortune" even before dropping Williams, Morgan, and Immortal so that it wouldn't be such a big elephant in the room.
  • "Genesis": The "group" that seemed to have formed on the final episode of season 2 of WWE NXT. After Kaval's victory, the other seven NXT rookies attacked Kaval and the pros. The attacked invoked similarities to The Nexus, so many people thought they would be forming another stable similar to the faction terrorizing Raw at the time. The name "Genesis" came from a promo by Michael McGillicutty, who was the runner-up that season and supposed leader of the new group.
  • The Godfather & Val Venis
  • The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy)
    • Though it comes years after they stop tagging as a regular team, "The Food and Drug Administration", given Matt's out-of-shape build and Jeff's numerous drug problems.
  • "Idiot and Doofus": Stephanie McMahon and Triple H respectively, following CM Punk's infamous Worked Shoot in the Summer of 2011.
  • JeriShow (Chris Jericho and The Big Show)
    • Though eventually used as the official team name, JeriShow started out as a fan nickname; it was first used by John Morrison in a web video as "The Big JeriShow"; Jericho used the shortened form shortly afterward.
  • The Kick-Me Squad, The B-Team: The gang of second-string wrestlers that joined the nWo after they'd been around for a while; the most "notable" ones included Stevie Ray (Booker T's brother), Scott Norton, Horace Hogan (Hulk Hogan's nephew), and Brian Adams.
  • Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase, Jr)
    • The Baby Oil Boy's Club, always used insultingly, and eventually used onscreen by Wrestling/John Cena.
    • Another one was "The Ambiguously Gay Trio" (named after a Batman parody on Saturday Night Live, due to the Ho Yay and constant inability to wear pants).
  • Miz & Jericho
    • Team Ex: Both are Big Show's ex-tag partners, and for those versed in subtext, both act suspiciously like ex-boyfriends.
    • An alternative fan nickname for the duo is "Jiz".
    • Also, "Jeri-Miz", from "Jeri-Show" and "Show-Miz."
  • Miz & Morrison
    • "MizMo", "The In Crowd", "The Dirt Sheet Duo" (a reference to their web show), "Mizorrison", and "M&M" (in reference to Morrison's previous tag team, MNM) were all fan names
  • "Moore Wang": The team of Jimmy Wang Yang (an Asian wrestler dressed up as a stereotpyical cowboy) and Shannon Moore. Supposedly, the E didn't just ignore this but actively discouraged fans from using it.
  • MVP & Mark Henry
    • Team KoolAid, due to their trademark red ring attire and Henry's KoolAid Man nickname (see abovE)
    • Team Blackronyms is also applicable to MVP and Henry aka the World's Strongest Man (WSM)
    • Also Ball Sweat, for MVP's "Ballin'!" taunt and Mark Henry being... well, sweaty.
    • World's Strongest Tag Team was occasionally used by the WWE to refer them.
  • Nexus
    • CeNexus - The Nexus after Cena was forced to join.
    • NexSES - After CM Punk took it over. A reference to Punk's old stable, the Straight Edge Society (SES).
  • nXt - Coined by members of the WrestleCrap forums as well as a Michael Tarver shirt, this nickname plays on the supposed similarities between the season one NXT rookies (now officially Nexus) and the New World Order (typeset as nWo).
    • (The) NXT Five - As a Shout-Out to the "Smackdown Six" of the Ruthless Aggression Era, this references a group of highly-touted independent and/or puroresu superstars that WWE stockpiled into NXT. The 'group' came into being when Adrian Neville (formerly PAC; British) and Sami Zayn] (the former El Generico; Canadian with Middle Eastern (Syrian?) ancestry) were joined in 2014 by Kevin Steen (renamed Kevin Owens; French-Canadian), Hideo Itami (formerly known as KENTA) and Finn Balor (formerly known as Prince Devitt, from Ireland). Occasionally Solomon Crowe, formerly known as Sami Callihan, is thrown in to make it six.
    • The FCW Four - The NXT Five's predecessor group back when it was Florida Championship Wrestling, which consisted of (Antonio) Cesaro, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Kassius Ohno. The group slowly evolved into the modern NXT Five/Six.
  • Orlando Jordan & Eric Young
    • The team of flamboyant omnisexual and brain-damaged funny man is fairly frequently referred to as Bi/Curious.
  • Paul London & Brian Kendrick: Sometimes nicknamed "Londrick" and "The Hooliganz". The team also had "The Hooliganz" printed on their ring attire, but were never officially referred by that name...
  • R-Truth & Kofi Kingston
    • R-Boom, a reference to Kingston's former team "Air Boom".
    • Two and a Half Men, for Truth's former gimmick that was based on him having an imaginary friend.
  • Rated RKO (Randy Orton and Edge): An ascended fan nickname.
    • Sometimes also called Ordge.
  • Rated Y2J (Chris Jericho and Edge)
    • Before being given their official name, sometimes referred to as "Team Ego"
  • Rey Mysterio Jr & Sin Cara
  • Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow)
    • The official name started as a fan name. Then they split up. But then they got back together. A resultant fan nickname for them is "It's Complicated."
  • Sara Del Rey & Daizee Haze
    • Though not a permanent tag team, the two of them frequently team together, and are often called Death Haze after Sara's nickname (Death Rey) and Daizee's last name.
  • Sarita & Taylor Wilde
    • "Las Luchas", hopefully a short for Las Luchadoras.
  • "Sexodus": The Season 3 rookies of NXT. With the Season 1 rookies forming The Nexus and the Season 2 rookies quite possibly forming a stable called Genesis, it seems likely that the all-Diva season could do the same. A Portmanteau of Sex and Exodus, the second book of The Bible (Genesis was the first)
  • ShoMiz (The Miz and The Big Show)
    • Similarly to JeriShow, this team was occasionally referred to as The Miz Show and Show-Miz by fans for a few weeks, and both were brought up by them as possible team names on Raw.
  • "The SmackDown Six"
  • Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan)
    • Though official, the team name was chosen by the WWE Universe.
    • Other options were FRIENDSHIP and Team Teamwork.
  • "Vanilla Midgets": Originally referring to Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, and Perry Saturn in WCW, because of their short stature (by wrestling standards) and their supposed lack of charisma. Coined by Kevin Nash.
  • Ron Killings ("R-Truth") & John Morrison
    • "Truth and Wisdom", for Morrison's Dirt Sheet Catch Phrase "We don't allow [x] in the Palace of Wisdom").

    Promotions and Companies 
  • All Japan Womens Pro Wrestling
    • Zenjo ("Zen Nihon Joshi Puroresu'')
  • "The Big Three": In the '80s, WWF, the NWA, and AWA; in the '90s, WWF, WCW, and ECW. These days, it refers to WWE, TNA, and ROH though some fans feel that the term grossly overstates the importance of the latter two.
  • ECW
    • "South Philly", where ECW grew up from.
  • TNA
    • WWE Lite (or Diet WWE) - TNA Wrestling, due to TNA's tendency to push former WWE (or WCW or ECW) wrestlers more and to recycle angles or gimmicks from the WWE ("Black Machismo" Jay Lethal, Stone Cold Shark Boy, etc.), despite their motto, "We Are Wrestling". (This motto has since been changed to "Cross the Line". )
    • "Orlando", after the Impact Zone, where the show is hot. Also "Down South", as the company itself is headquartered in Tennessee.
    • Total Nonstop Angle - When Kurt Angle was nearly-guaranteed to appear at least once per segment on their programs for a long stretch of their history.
    • Total Nonstop Angles - Referring to their (somewhat diminished since they've moved to two hours) tendency to fill their shows up with enough storyline and angles to take up three shows.
    • Total Nonstop Talking - Ripping on TNA's tendency to have very little wrestling on a show and concentrate on backstage promos and video packages.
    • Total Nonstop Aggravation - referring to the mental state of anyone unfortunate enough to try to sit through one of their shows.
    • TNMMA: Shown up a few times mid-2013, thanks to TNA hiring several current and former MMA fighters (King Mo, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz) and being forced to shill the hell out of Bellator MMA thanks to a deal between that company and Spike TV.
  • WCW
    • "Down South"; WCW was based in Atlanta. Contrasts with WWE's "Up North".
  • WWE
    • WSEF: World Sports Entertainment Federation. This was an insult (usually during the Attitude and InVasion time periods) from people who felt in-ring ability was being ignored in favor of charisma and showmanship.
    • WWECW - The WWE-owned and controlled Revival of ECW.
    • W/WWF/E: A way some fans to refer to WWE's entire existence. It's a portmanteau of WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation), WWF (World Wrestling Federation), and WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE, Inc.).
    • "Up North": WWE, which is based in Connecticut. Its opposite number in the '90s, WCW, was often referred to as "Down South". It's also sometimes called "New York" or "Stamford".
    • The 'E
    • Also known for a short time as "The Ent" by analogy with its nickname prior to its boneheaded lawsuit-induced name change, "The Fed." Or the "Wweeeee", as analogy to the "Whiff" (try to pronounce "WWF" as a word)
      • Notably, it's not the WWE. It's just WWE. Or 'E, I guess. The reason for this, if you don't know what the E stands for, was prominent in one reprint of Foley Is Good, where it seemed like Mick Foley had written "the World Wrestling Federation" a lot and an editor had hastily gone through the book with Find->Replace in a word processing program to substitute Entertainment for Federation. Hence, a lot of references to "the" World Wrestling Entertainment.

     Moves 
  • Double Underhook What-the-fuck-was-that?: The botched attempt at a double underhook suplex by Scott Steiner to Triple H at Royal Rumble 2003.
  • RELEASE THE DOVES! - Randy Orton's signature stance/taunt, which usually should be accompanied by Disturbed Doves.
    • Even funnier since WWE released a PPV poster that featured both him and a dove.
  • The Reign of Terror, the Reigns Supreme - The unofficial name for Luther Reigns' finishing move, a modified neckbreaker.
    • Many finishing moves that aren't named by the commentators pick up Fan Nicknames.
    • This particular move also picked up the name "The Indy Neckbreaker" after dozens upon dozens of independent wrestlers and WWE midcarders adopted it as a finisher.
  • Ambrosia - Dean Ambrose's headlock Driver got this name before WWE provided it with one.
  • Code Black - The Shield's three man Powerbomb.
  • Dead Man's Curse, Cemetery Gates - The Undertaker's Hell's Gate.
  • Game Over, The Burial - Triple H's Pedigree
  • The Hug of Death - Edge's Spear. Named by critics who mock it, saying it looks like he's just running up and hugging his opponent, and that it doesn't even look like it hurts.
  • Kryptonite Punch - Roman Reigns' Big Punch, in reference to one of the first victims, John "Super" Cena.
  • Neville's Red Arrow - Meteor Crash
  • The Ninja Spot - The moment at the Royal Rumble where William Regal pushed John Morrison off the apron and Morrison saved himself from elimination by hooking himself on the barricade surrounding the ring, tight-rope walked it to the steel steps and then jumped onto to the steps and then kicked William Regal (who just got eliminated himself) right in the head.
    • Sometimes called the "Spider-Man" spot because of a comment by Matt Striker.
    • Since then, at least one high-flyer (usually Kofi Kingston, since Morrison's release) does a similar improbable avoidance of elimination once per Royal Rumble.
  • Ponyride Of Doom - The Big Show's version of the Camel Clutch, where he is on one knee instead of sitting on the opponent's back. Needless to say, The Iron Sheik would not be amused.
    • He calls it the Colossal Clutch. At least the cobra clutch backbreaker only sounded bad...
  • Knee Plus - Daniel Bryan's running knee. This one sits in a gray area, as it's apparently the name Bryan picked for it via fan vote but has never been invoked by WWE announcers - or even Bryan himself - on television. So it's somewhere between Fan Nickname and Word of God.
    • It's alternatively called "The Move That Beat John Cena", in reference to Bryan first using said move on Cena at SummerSlam 2013. As of early 2015 it's only been kicked out of twice.
  • The Shooting StaRKO - named for Randy Orton's counter of Evan Bourne's Finishing Move, the Shooting Star Press, into Orton's Finishing Move, the RKO.
    • Also termed AiR-KO, which is also pretty badass.
  • Straitjacket - AJ Lee's Octopus Stretch
  • Si To Destiny - Alberto Del Rio's cross armbreaker.
  • WadeSlam: When WWE taped a few shows in Mexico, some badly translated spoilers came out with Wade Barrett's Wasteland finisher being Mondegreened into the WadeSlam.
  • Y/Yes Factor - Brie Bella's version of the X Factor. (Brie is married to Daniel Bryan, he of the Yes! movement.)
  • You Can't Powerbomb Kidman! - Billy Kidman's Sitout Facebuster to counter a Powerbomb attempt.

    Eras, Regions, and Recurring Events 
  • Bizarro World - The Canadian wrestling fans (and Canada in general), due to them frequently cheering for the heels and almost always for any Canadian wrestler, whether they're a face or a heel. Coined by WWE Raw color commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler when Edge, at the time a heel, got a massive ovation during a Canadian show.
  • ECW Sloppy Seconds, ECW So Are We Dating Or What - the second ECW One Night Stand Pay-Per-View.
  • Eddiesploitation - The period of time from his death to WrestleMania 22 that Eddie Guerrero's death was made such a big deal in the WWE that a wrestling manager who used to know him actually thought it might've been a work. Also applied to whenever Eddie is used as a posthumous plot point.
  • Playboy Push - For a number of years, WWE would heavily push a female wrestler who was set to appear nude on the pages of Playboy (especially if that issue's release happened to fall within a couple of months of WrestleMania).
    • Also applies to TNA, with Traci Brooks' return to television coinciding with her confirmation that she will be appearing in Playboy.
      • Until it was revealed that she wouldn't be in the magazine itself, but on the online version. After the reveal, her push died completely and she once again disappeared from TV.
    • Strangely, it might be said that there is also a Playboy Curse, because every woman who has done so thus far has either been future endeavoured or just left the company (since most of them attempt to use Playboy to get some mainstream recognition, this isn't exactly mysterious).
  • Reign Of Terror (or Reign of Terra), a nickname in reference to Triple H's seemingly-perpetual 2002-2004 title reigns, no-selling while his own moves were sold like death, burial of other stars, and never jobbing to anyone. (The alternate spelling is a play on his first gimmick, Terra Ryzing.)
  • Smark Central - The northeastern United States, particularly Philadelphia, PA and New York City, as the region has the highest concentration of Smarks.
    • Also, to some extent, southeastern Canada.
  • Spring Cleaning - The period in March and April right around Wrestlemania when there's usually a mass firing of lower and mid-card superstars.
  • Summer of Suck - WCW in the Summer of 1999 produced some of the worst shows in the history of the business on a weekly basis, courtesy of the Kevin Nash booking regime. To elaborate, Nash believed that the actual wrestling aspect of professional wrestling was passe and regularly presented shows consisting primarily of pre-taped skits. The low point was a particular Nitro where their opening uncontested hour was nothing but skits and segments.
    • As summer turned into fall, Eric Bischoff was sent home from the company and would essentially be replaced by Vince Russo and Ed Ferrera. Normally, this is where we'd say things went From Bad to Worse, but it is debatable that Russo's inaugural run with the company was better (or at least more fun to watch) than the extremely dull shows from the Summer of Suck.
  • Summerfest - SummerSlam, as Jeremy Piven called it while guest hosting Raw.

    Belts & Titles 
  • WWE Divas Championship
    • The Barbie Belt, due to it looking like a Barbie doll accessory.
    • Also called the Butterfly Belt, because of the large butterfly adorned on it. Also for this reason, the Tramp Stamp Title.
  • The redesigned WWE ECW Heavyweight Championship
    • The Platinum Phoenix, given the nickname due to its silver plating and the phoenix-like graphic shown prior to title matches.
  • The WWE WWE Tag Team Titles
    • The Pennies, since they're perfectly round, coppery, and have faces in profile on them...and because of the WWE's perceived low opinion of the Tag Team division as of late.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship
    • With the new belt being debuted in 2013, it's been called The Class Ring and The Super Bowl Ring due to its resemblance to such rings.
    • Big Logo has been used as well.

    Other 
  • Future Endeavored - What happens to someone in the WWE when they have been fired. Taken from WWE.com's boilerplate for reporting these events: "WWE has come to terms on the release of {Insert Name Here}. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."
  • Muta Scale - A ranking on how bloody a match gets. Named after puroresu legend The Great Muta, who was known for grievously bloody matches. Specifically, "1 Muta" is defined as the amount Muta bled during a 1992 match against Hiroshi Hase. Because very rarely is a match bloody enough to warrant a full point, the ratings are typically 0.x Muta.
  • The Mutants / the ECW Faithful - Fans of the pre-revival ECW. A term coined by Joey Styles, for the fans'...well, unusual behavioral traits. Since ECW's fall, it has become a nickname for Philadelphia fans in general, ECW's hometown. Also, individual fans also get nicknames, such as:
    • Hat Guy - A fan who always dressed in Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, and a large straw hat.
    • Kato - A fan who looks like Kato Kaelin, a man famous for being OJ Simpson's house guest.
    • Sign Guy - He had lots of signs. An homeage to him was later incorporated into The Dudley Boys' act as Sign Guy Dudley.
    • Faith No More Guy - He looked like Faith No More lead guitarist Jim Martin.
    • Tie Dye Guy - famous for his loud, tie-dye shirts.
  • ROHbots - The Fan Community Nickname for Ring of Honor fans. Also can be derogatory when said by an Anti-ROH fan.

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