Trivia / WWE NXT

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  • Fan Nickname:
    • The "realest guys" part of Enzo Amore's weekly description of himself and Big Cass caught on to the point of becoming their unofficial team name.
    • After Carmella became a part of the team, some fans use 'Port Authority' as a name for the three of them (short for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which includes Staten Island).
    • The team of Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake is called the 'Dubstep Cowboys' by some due to their theme.
    • Similarly to the above, the team of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder got the nickname of "The Mechanics" from fans.
    • Devin Taylor's lack of emotion (beyond nodding and smiling) has led to her being called 'Devinbot' by some fans.
    • Simon Miller or Johnny Sins for Dan Matha.
    • Alexa Bliss got a Parts Unknown assigned to her, courtesy of a few people mishearing a joke on commentary during her debut. The joke was that she came from the University of Glitz - but fans now joke that she comes from the University of Bliss.
  • Follow the Leader: With the success of The Nexus, WWE planned on doing something similar at the end of season 2. It didn't go well. At all.
  • Name's the Same: Enzo and Cass's "Staten Island Princess" Carmella shares her name with a contestant from the 2004 Diva Search—an Elimination Houdini that received large amounts of X-Pac Heat both from fans and her fellow contestants.
  • Playing Against Type: Happens surprisingly often with the women when they debut on NXT:
    • Paige feels she's best suited to being a heel, and played one almost all the time on the indies (save for the occasional Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal storyline with her mother). She was so popular that she appeared entirely as a Wild Card Face on NXT and has never been able to make a heel run work in WWE.
    • Becky Lynch likewise worked as a heel more often than not on the indies - and an Oireland gimmick was her main schtick. Not only did one match doing that gimmick result in a huge Internet Backdraft, she has never been able to play a heel too long at NXT. She's held up as one of the more natural face females of the new era.
    • Sasha Banks was usually a face on the indies but didn't enjoy her boost in popularity until she turned heel and developed the ruthless Alpha Bitch character she's famous for.
    • Billie Kay was famed for playing a Girl Next Door on the indies, with the Red Baron "Everyone's Favourite Girlfriend". On NXT she has been pushed completely as a heel with a Femme Fatale look.
    • Ember Moon plays with this. She began her career wrestling entirely as a heel - an arrogant Smug Snake called Athena who dubbed herself "The Wrestling Goddess". Due to respect for her athleticism and wrestling talent, she found herself getting more bookings as a face. So it wasn't too surprising when she debuted as the Dark Magical Girl and played heroically.
    • Asuka was almost always booked as a heel in her native Japan. Even before she was signed to WWE, American promotions preferred her as a face. NXT merges the two - where she's a clear example of Good Is Not Nice.
  • Romance on the Set: Carmella and Colin Cassady are dating in real life.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The day before she was fired, Zahra "Seth Rollins' girlfriend" Schreiber debuted at a live show as Solomon Crowe's manager.
    • Alexa Bliss cycled through a few different possible gimmicks. The first of which was a Southern Belle, where she would debut as Scott Dawson's girlfriend (a la Nidia and Jamie Noble). She even worked some live events doing the gimmick. She later worked events teaming with Charlotte and Sasha Banks, many speculating that she would debut as a new member of the Beautiful Fierce Females. She ultimately debuted with her Everything's Better with Sparkles gimmick.
    • Becky Lynch was signed around the same time as fellow Irish wrestler Rachelle St Claire. But Rachelle suffered two serious ligament injuries and had to turn down her contract. She was also the girlfriend of other Irish signee Joe Cabray - who worked a few live events as Luther Ward before opting to leave WWE.
  • You Look Familiar: Before becoming Tye Dillinger, Ronnie Arnell had already made several appearances on WWE programming:
    • His first appearance was actually back in 2005 and he trained with quite a few guys that would become fairly big names on the main roster later:
      • He was a former singles and tag champion in OVW (read: two incarnations of developmental ago). He tagged with Cody Runnels and then feuded with Runnels, along with Boris Alexiev and Aaron Stevens. WWE knows those three men, respectively, as Cody Rhodes, Santino Marella (back before he became a Joke Character), and Damien Sandow.
      • He was in FCW as a Florida Tag Team Champion with Nick Nemeth - otherwise known as Dolph Ziggler.
    • He was Stan. Yep, that Stan - the guy that got his face superkicked by Shawn Michaels backstage that one time just so HBK could prove he could do it.
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