When we say 'Uce', y'all say 'OH!'
L-R: Jimmy, JeyJonathan Solofa Fatu
and Joshua Samuel Fatu
are a Samoan-American Tag Team
know to WWE
viewers as The Usos
(Jonathan) and Jey
(Joshua). They debuted in 2007 under their real names for the World Xtreme Wrestling promotion, run by their uncle, Afa. They named their team The Samoan Soldiers
and also made appearances in Texas based Xtreme Championship Wrestling, Anarchy Wrestling in Georgia and NWA
Prime Time before they jumped to WWE. They became the Uso Brothers, Jimmy and Jules, in WWE's developmental program FCW, where they were 1x FCW Florida Tag Team Champions
. They debuted in WWE in 2010 as heels, feuding with the Hart Dynasty. They turned face via their feud with the Corre
on WWE NXT
in 2011 and have remained faces ever since. As of December 29, 2014, they are now the Tag Team Champions.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"Had the weight of the wiki on my shoulders, felt like a trope list on a page full of folders":
- Alliterative Name: Samoan Soldiers
- The Artifact: For a while, they were the only real serious Tag Team in WWE.
- Ass Kicks You: They both use running corner hip splashes in homage to their father (Rikishi) and their late uncle (Umaga), the latter of whom goes unmentioned on TV. It should also be noted that this is not because of Umaga's early passing—he's been mentioned on-air in other contexts, but the commentators seem to think that Rikishi was the one who utilized the corner hip splash, when it was actually Umaga.
- Badass Wrestling Family / It Runs In the Blood: Members of the large Anoa'i family, specifically the sons of Rikishi, and the nephews of Umaga and Tonga Kid. Also cousins of one of their archenemies, Roman Reigns. If you were to count the Anoa'i family's "blood brothers", you could throw the Maivia family (and therefore one Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) in there as well. And those are just the most notable ones. Don't try to count on your fingers exactly how many of their family members have been involved with professional wrestling. You will run out of fingers. Let's just say that Jimmy and Jey boast a very strong pro wrestling gene pool◊.
- Big Damn Heroes: At Money In The Bank 2013, saving the titular match up from Shield interference.
- Braids of Action: They had them when they debuted on Raw and put them back in on occasions.
- Chef of Iron: They are the good cooks who happen to be wrestlers variety, and once offered to show anyone who wanted to know how they barbeque chicken and other dishes.
- Cool Big Sis: Although she was referred to in passing as their 'cousin' at the time of their partnership, Tamina Snuka played this role to the Usos during the early parts of their WWE career. She has actually addressed Jimmy and Jey with "brother" in promos but this falls under Bilingual Bonus.
- Dance Battler: Well, they dance before they battle and when they No Sell. This was what started their feud with the Prime Time Players, who mocked the Siva Tau to which the Usos mocked the "million dollar dance" along everything else about Titus and Daren.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Uso" means "brother". Which is why the official name was shortened to just "the Usos" after they got called up to the main roster.
- Establishing Character Moment: Their Raw debut, jumping, slamming and splashing the Hart Dynasty in tandem with Tamina.
- Facial Markings: Started putting on face paint in 2013.
- Finishing Move: The Superfly Splash
- Generation Xerox: Averted. While they did adopt a couple of moves in homage to their father, Rikishi, neither brother is anywhere near as big, and a close examination of their movesets reveals that they actually owe more of their wrestling style to Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and their late uncle Umaga.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Tamina berates them on NXT for using some non PG Samoan, in reference to her then boyfriend JTG.
- Green-Eyed Monster: With Tamina toward the Hart Dynasty. They felt their families weren't respected by the fans the way the Harts are and attacked the Dynasty during their Raw debut.
- Hard Head: Discussed by Jerry Lawler in a match where one of their opponents thought it would be a good idea to exchange headbutts with them: "Don't ever try to headbutt an Uso."
- Identical Twin ID Tag: They aren't identical, but at the beginning, they looked similar enough that it was near impossible to tell them apart. For a while only Jey had a tattoo on one of his pecs, now they both do (a tribal one). Jey has a cross incorporated in his right arm sleeve tattoo, while Jimmy has a tattoo with the words "Fatu" on his right upper arm. Jay's pec tat was discussed In-Universe to help viewers who were having a hard time telling the two apart. Also, now that they've started wearing face paint, each wears it on the opposite side. Jimmy's is on the right side of his face (the camera's left), and Jey on the left side of his face (camera's right). Left to right, Jimmy and Jey.◊
- I Have the High Ground: Do they ever. Keep in mind, also that these guys are not cruiserweights, with Jey at about 230 and Jimmy at 251. (For point of reference, this makes Jimmy about the same weight as John Cena.)
- Keet: They can be pretty hyper at times.
- Large Ham: They're pretty average by wrestling standards, not particularly prone extended scenery chewing or giant cow milking but they're first promo on Raw revealed they are dripping with charisma and can be very forceful when making a point. All the same, their subdued moments have worked very well, such a when they mocked the Shield's video packets.
- Lightning Bruiser: They're known as high flyers (and can back it up with the Superfly Splash and their top-rope clearing suicide dives) but are quite a bit larger than average for that type of wrestler (Jey at 228 pound, Jimmy at 251) and incorporate a lot of hard striking attacks into their arsenal.
- No Indoor Voice: Especially before their matches. The mic that's meant to pick up their Siva Tau chant often comes in a couple of seconds late. You can always still hear at least one of them.
- Playing with Fire: Probably the best pyro in WWE today next to Kane and perhaps Batista.
- Power Stable: Both of them were in Polynesian Power Package in WWE's FCW revival with Donny Marlow, Tamina and Brodus Clay
- Real Song Theme Tune
- They started out with Xzibit's Pimp My Ride theme in WWE.
- "Never Make It Without You" by Fifth Floor was their next theme, which was about as dissonant as you'd expect a love song to be after the fiery Siva Tau and pyrotechnics...though fans seemed to like it anyway. Fortunately it was only the instrumental version, so the dissonance was kinda kept to a minimum.
- Say My Name: The crowd will do this when they are on a face turn.
- Screaming Warriors: Starting with their Siva Tau chant as well as shouting "UCE!" (and for the audience to reply with "OH!") in the middle of their matches.
- Signature Move
- Umaga-esque hip smash, diving headbutt, assisted Samoan drop (alley-uce), double back elbow to double elbow drop, savate kick trust in the gut transitioned to an uppercut, suicide plancha (we got us a flying Uso), Irish whip into a waiting uppercut
- Jimmy favors a full nelson bomb and a top rope corkscrew senton, Jey favors a northern lights suplex and a running corkscrew elbow. Both brothers also pack a mean superkick.
- Unrelated Brothers: Averted, played straight, and inverted in different situations. Obviously averted in the case of their own tag team. Played straight in their initial relationship with Tamina, who's called their cousin on screen, despite the fact that that the Anoa'i and Snuka families aren't even from the same country. note Inverted as far as their relationship with Roman Reigns goes. By blood, Reigns is the Usos' first cousin once removed, but this is never brought up. Also, Jimmy's wife Naomi of the Funkadactyls - which is also never referenced despite the fact that she (and by extension, Jimmy) is a heavy feature on Total Divas along with Brie Bella, whose Real Life engagement and subsequent marriage to Daniel Bryan has featured in storylines at times. WWE TV finally recognized the marriage in April 2014, after the Total Divas episode that focused on them - of course, that wedding took place back in January. Naturally, not long after the marriage was acknowledged on screen, Naomi started to manage her husband and brother-in-law.
- Tag Team Twins: Subverted at first, where they noted not long after their WWE debut that the fans probably could not tell them apart but that would change. Later played a straight in an attempt to turn around a losing streak on Superstars, then subverted again when Jimmy became noticeably the bigger of the two and they got started wearing face paint.
- Took a Level in Badass
- After a slow crawl toward respectability for most of their careers, right around June 2013 (notably, when they started wearing face paint as part of their attire), they made the jump not only to a feature tag team (they appear on TV nearly as much as the current champions nowadays) but a serious threat in the ring. They also teamed up with Christian as one of the first units to beat The Shield in a televised match and have quickly gone from jobbers to having a mostly winning TV record.
- Every Month Or Two They Fizzle Out/Blessed with Suck: However, this has coincided with a pattern of the Usos going on a hot streak and winning a right to challenge for the Tag Team Titles before losing the title match itself.
- They finally achieved Tag Team Championship on March 3rd, 2014 and have since firmly entrenched themselves at the top of the division.
- Two Guys and a Girl: After Jimmy's marriage to Naomi became recognized by programming, it seemed almost inevitable that she would start accompanying her husband and brother-in-law to ringside for their matches. It finally started happening in 2015.
- Wild Samoan: Subverted, from the start they claimed not to be your stereotypical Samoans. They don't dress the part, and the few aspects they do use, such as performing Polynesian wardances, are used to both intimidate their opponents and pay homage to their Samoan heritage. Although it's worth noting that the Trope Namers are relatives of theirs, and they've adopted face paint and looser, more island-esque (though still urban) wrestling attire.
- The Worf Effect: After their hot feud with the Hart Dynasty, they lost a lot of momentum when Jey jobbed to Randy Orton. They were also used to set up Triple H's Authority and the reunited Evolution.