- "Here comes the Ax
And here comes the Smasher
The Demolition, walking disaster
Pain and destruction are our middle names"
"Tropes and destruction are our middle names!":
- Arch-Enemy: The Powers of Pain (the Warlord and The Barbarian), Tito Santana, the Hart Foundation (Bret "The Hitman" Hart and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart), the Legion of Doom.
- Badass Grandpas: Ax and Smash are definitely this today. See Holy Shit Quotient on the YMMV page.
- Bash Brothers
- Blood Knight: Even as faces, the original two were more interested in brawling than anything else. Best shown at the 1989 Royal Rumble where they were entrants #1 and #2, and spared no time beating eachother senseless.
- Breakup Breakout: Crush would go on to feud with Randy Savage, become a member of The Nation of Domination, go to WCW and join the New World Order (though admittedly as part of its B-Team), and then form the tag team KroniK with Bryan Clarke, with whom he won the WCW World Tag Team Championship twice. Of course, by the time Crush came into the picture, both Ax and Smash were already veterans in the field, and Demolition was basically their last hurrah.
- Cool Mask
- Defeating the Undefeatable: During their heyday, the team was pretty much unstoppable, and their first tag team reign, which lasted well over a year and will likely never be topped as the original World Tag Team Title is now defunct, beating the team was pretty much this. Until the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) knocked them off the mountain, very few had a victory over them.
- Demoted to Extra: When Demolition was at the height of their dominance of the WWF tag team scene in the late 1980s and very early 1990s, many fans who were aware of The Road Warriors were eagerly anticipating a series of matches between these two face-painted, muscle-bound, power brawling tag teams. Once the Road Warriors showed up in the WWF as the Legion of Doom, it never happened, and Demolition seemed to lose much of their prominence. Demolition was starting to lose their edge, in large part due to health problems Bill Eadie was suffering in 1990 (he was looking at retiring from the ring) and Crush – although talented – never quite meshed with Smash. The result, once the Demolition-LOD matches finally took place, was a laughable series of matches that Hawk and Animal easily won.
- Ax himself became this due to his illness. Crush basically replaced him and Ax functioned more as a manager and mentor by the end.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Aside from a different manager (Luscious Johnny V instead of Mr. Fuji), Smash was originally played by Randy "Moondog Spot" Colley, and their facepaint looked entirely different. See for yourself!
- Expy: The whole team were explies of the Road Warriors. This became an issue when the Roadwarriors eventually showed up in WWE in 1990, and Demolition accused them of ripping them off.
- Face–Heel Double-Turn: With the Powers of Pain at the 1988 Survivor Series. This came about as Demolition started getting cheered, to the point where, despite being pushed as heels, were the most popular tag team in the WWF, due to their charisma, fan interaction (Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow always enjoyed interacting with fans, even when pushed as monster heels) and legit in-ring abilities. The Powers of Pain — obstensibly brought in by Tito Santana to gain revenge over Demolition injuring Rick Martel earlier in the year — was only getting a lukewarm response from fans, despite being pushed as faces. So, a storyline was devised where Mr. Fuji was becoming frurstrated that Ax and Smash were no longer listening to him or taking his advice, and Fuji saw two rivals who not only needed expert guidance but might be willing to listen, and it unfolded at the Survivor Series.
- Facial Markings
- Finishing Move: The Demolition Decapitation, which is a backbreaker designed to hold the opponent so the teammate can hit an elbow drop onto the poor guy's throat. Crossed with The Artifact, since The Moondogs (Rex [Randy Colley] and Spot [Larry Latham, real name Larry Booker]) had been using that same move as their finisher.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Well, duh.
- Irony: Referred to the newly-arrived Legion of Doom as "second-rate imposters." Um...yeah.
- Malicious Misnaming: After their face turn, they began referring to their (then) former manager Mr. Fuji as "Fuj the Stooge".
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: It would be hard not to feel fear from a team named Demolition and whose members are named after violent actions; Ax, Smash, and Crush.
- No Indoor Voice: As was common during the era, Ax and Smash basically yelled every word they spoke.
- Parts Unknown: Where else would they be from?
- Power Stable: Became this with the addition of Crush. Somewhat of a subversion in that it was usually Smash and Crush in the role thanks to a real life illness from Bill Eadie, who eventually dropped out of sight entirely.
- Prepare to Die: From the theme song:"Better say your Act of Contrition"
- I Have Many Names:
- Barry Darsow in particular was this trope in spades. He's wrestled under his real name, Krusher Khrushchev, the aforementioned Repo Man, the Blacktop Bully (a trucker gimmick), and "Mr. Hole-in-One" Barry Darsow (an infamous golfer gimmick that was initially going to have him go by the name Stewart Pain, but due to Payne Stewart's [the golfer who inspired the name] death in a freak plane crash, he went by his real name instead).
- Crush would avert this by keeping the same name through various gimmicks, such as "Hawaiian" Crush, evil, face-painted Crush (managed by Mr. Fuji), ex-convict Nation of Domination member Crush, and biker leader of the Disciples of the Apocalypse Crush.
- Ax started as Bolo of the Mongols before starting his most successful non-Demolition gimmick as the Masked Superstar. He was also Super Machine, one of the original three Machines with Giant Machine (Andre, of course) and Big Machine (Blackjack Mulligan.)
- Wrestling Monster: Ax, Smash and Crush all fit this.