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Piterpicher on Nov 10th 2017 at 11:53:11 PM
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TLP Note: Doing this because The New '10s is getting too long yet again... this will hopefully shorten it. Also, this is an index, not a trope.


  • Abyss: Joined Immortal in 2010.
  • Brooke Adams: Came to TNA in 2010 and peaked during her tenure there.
  • Aksana: Made her WWE debut in 2010, left in 2014.
  • Dean Ambrose: Debuted for FCW in 2010. Member of The Shield and has had runs with the WWE, Intercontinental and US Championships.
  • Karl Anderson: Won the IWGP Tag Team Championship in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2010, became one of the founding members of Bullet Club in 2013, debuted for WWE in 2016.
  • Ken Anderson: Joined TNA in 2010.
  • Kurt Angle: Inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.
  • Austin Aries: Returned in TNA in 2011. Greatest moment is winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in 2012. Debuted for WWE NXT in 2016.
  • Sasha Banks: Debuted in 2010, got a mega push in 2014.
  • Travis Banks: Debuted in 2009, but became famous in the UK scene for his appereances in WhatCulture Pro Wrestling, Revolution Pro Wrestling, and Progress Wrestling since 2016.
  • Wade Barrett: Debuted in WWE in 2010. The most memorable part of his career was his time as the leader of The Nexus.
  • Batista: Retired in 2010. Made a brief, and failed, comeback in 2014.
  • Bayley: Debuted for NXT in 2012, becoming it's top female babyface in 2014.
  • Shelton Benjamin: Left WWE in 2010, debuted for ROH that same year and for NJPW in 2012, returned to WWE in 2017.
  • Big E. Langston: Debuted for WWE in 2012. Member of The New Day.
  • The Big Show: He plans on retiring from WWE in 2018.
  • Alexa Bliss: Debuted in 2013.
  • Matt Bloom: Left NJPW in 2012 to return to WWE as Lord Tensai, later shortened to Tensai. Retired in 2014 to become a trainer.
  • Booker T: Returned to WWE in 2011, wrestling on a semi-regular basis until 2014.
  • Tyler Breeze: Debuted in WWE's developmental territory FCW in 2010 as Mike Dalton, then spent a record five years in it and its sucessor, NXT, before finally debuting on the main roster in 2015.
  • Dana Brooke: Debuted in 2014.
  • Daniel Bryan: After a brief suspension from WWE, returned in 2010; peaked in 2012 during his reign as World Heavyweight Champion, where he was best known for his YES! YES! YES! catchphrase. Has re-peaked in 2013. Forced to retire in 2016 fue to suffering from several concussions.
  • Cameron: Debuted (both in WWE and overall) in 2011.
  • Carmella: Debuted in WWE in 2013.
  • John Cena: Wrestled a 5 star match in 2011 against CM Punk, feuded with a returning The Rock from 2012-2013 and was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap by returning to the midcard in 2015.
  • Cesaro: Debuted for WWE in 2012.
  • Charlotte: Debuted in 2013. Debuted on the main roster in 2015 and was the final Diva's Champion and currently a four-time (Raw) Women's Champion.
  • Cheerleader Melissa
  • Christian: After 14 years in the wrestling business, his greatest moment came in in 2011 when he won the World Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match. He is considered retired as of 2014.
  • Brodus Clay: Debuted in 2010 as a part of WWE NXT, Made his official re-debut as "The Funkasaurus" in January 2012.
  • Adam Cole: Debuted in 2007, but first came to greater prominence through championship success in both Pro Wrestling Guerilla and Ring of Honor starting in 2012. Later debuted in WWE NXT in 2017.
  • Rob Conway: Known mainly as the non-French member of the Tag Team La Resistance in WWE, he Took a Level in Badass by winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 2013. He is now a solid main-eventer in the National Wrestling Alliance and competes in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
  • Baron Corbin: Debuted in 2012; He won the Andre the giant battle royal at Wrestlemania 32
  • Christopher Daniels: Returned to ROH in 2010.
  • Sara Del Rey: Head female trainer for NXT.
  • Alberto Del Rio: Debuted in 2010; he won the WWE Championship just a little less than a year after he debuted.
  • Fergal Devitt: Founded the Bullet Club in 2013. Joined NXT as Finn Taylor in 2014; he then became the longest NXT champion in history and the inaugural WWE Universal champion.
  • Ted DiBiase Jr.: Retired in 2013.
  • Tommy Dreamer: Returned to RAW in 2015.
  • EC3: Became the Grand Champion in 2017.
  • Edge: Retired in 2011.
  • Emma: Debuted for WWE in 2012.
  • Fandango: Made his WWE TV debut in 2010 as Johnny Curtis on WWE NXT. The peak of his career was when he and his entrance theme spawned a small dance craze called "Fandangoing."
  • Ric Flair: Retired for real in 2012 after Jerry Lawler's heart attack.
  • Alicia Fox: Peaked in 2010 after winning the Divas Championship for the first time.
  • Justin Gabriel: Made his WWE TV debut in 2010.
  • Goldberg Returned to wrestling in 2016 after twelve years of retirement.
  • Goldust
  • Chavo Guerrero Jr.: Left WWE in 2011, debuted in TNA in 2012.
  • Billy Gunn: Reunited with Road Dogg to reform the New Age Outlaws and won their sixth world tag team championship in WWE by winning the WWE Tag Team Championship in 2014.
  • Jillian Hall: Left WWE in 2010, retired in 2014.
  • Drew Hankinson: Left WWE in 2010, debuted in TNA in 2012, debuted in NJPW in 2013, won the IWGP Tag Team Championship three times, returned to WWE in 2016.
  • Jeff Hardy: Returned to TNA in 2010, which led to one of the most infamous moments in modern wrestling in which Hardy arrived to the main event of Victory Road 2011 doped to the gills. He's cleaned up his image since however.
  • Matt Hardy
  • Luke Harper: Member of The Wyatt Family.
  • Bret Hart: Briefly came out of retirement in 2010.
  • Katey Harvey: Debuted in 2011.
  • Mark Henry: After over 15 years of wrestling, he finally established himself as a main-eventer in 2011 during his World Heavyweight Championship reign.
  • Paul Heyman: Returned to the WWE in 2012.
  • Hulk Hogan: Had a failed run in TNA from 2010-2013, before returning to WWE in 2014. He was fired and near-Unpersoned the next year after recordings of him calling one of his daughter's boyfriends the N-word surfaced.
  • Mickie James: Left WWE and returned to TNA in 2010. Left TNA in 2013 and made a brief comeback in 2015. Returned to WWE in 2016 through NXT until officially joining the main roster in 2017.
  • Jeff Jarrett: Left TNA in 2014 to start a new promotion, Global Force Wrestling (GFW).
  • Chris Jericho: Began working a reduced schedule as of 2012.
  • Samoa Joe: Joined NXT in 2015 after leaving TNA.
  • Jason Jordan: Debuted (both overall and in WWE) in 2011.
  • Kaitlyn: Debuted (both overall and in WWE) in 2010, retired in 2014.
  • Kana/Asuka: Joined NXT in 2015.
  • Kane: Returned to masked Kane in 2011.
  • Maria Kanellis: Gained major success managing her boyfriend (later husband) Mike Bennett in the indies.
  • Billie Kay: Signed with WWE NXT in 2015.
  • Kelly Kelly: Peaked in 2011, retiring the next year.
  • Tyson Kidd
  • Ron Killings
  • Kofi Kingston: Member of The New Day.
  • Gail Kim: Returned to TNA in 2011. Retired in 2017.
  • Satoshi Kojima: In 2010, he returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling and proceeded to win the G1 Climax, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (again) and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in three years time.
  • Bobby Lashley
  • John "Bradshaw" Layfield: Returned to commentary in 2012.
  • Layla: Peaked as a member of LayCool, was the final WWE Women's Champion. Retired in 2015.
  • Lei'D Tapa: In-ring debut in 2011, TNA debut in 2013.
  • AJ Lee: Peaked from 2010-2013, retired in 2015.
  • Candice LeRae. Peaked from 2013 onwards, having a one-off appereance in TNA facing TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim, forming her World's Cutest Tag Team with Joey Ryan that year, and also making appereances in Ring of Honor and WWE (in the latter's Mae Young Classic).
  • Brock Lesnar: Returned to WWE in 2012, and proved himself a force to be reckoned with.
  • Jay Lethal
  • Low Ki: His entire run in WWE took place in 2010.
  • Angelina Love
  • Becky Lynch: Returned to wrestling as a manager after five years of retirement in 2011, until finally returning to action the following year. She debuted in the WWE through NXT in 2013, until she finally joins the main roster in 2015.
  • Jerry Lynn: Retired in 2013.
  • Brad Maddox
  • Magnus
  • Jinder Mahal: Made his WWE TV debut in 2011. Got a main event push in 2017, complete with a WWE World title run
  • Santino Marella: Retired in 2014.
  • Eva Marie: Debuted in 2013.
  • Maryse: Retired in 2011, before returning to WWE five years later as a valet for her husband, The Miz.
  • Michelle McCool: Peaked in 2010 as a member of LayCool, retiring one year later.
  • Drew McIntyre/Galloway
  • Shane McMahon: Left WWE in 2009, made his triumphant return in 2016.
  • Stephanie McMahon
  • Vince McMahon
  • Melina: Left WWE in 2011. Semi-retired.
  • Rosa Mendes
  • Shawn Michaels: Retired in 2010.
  • TAKA Michinoku
  • The Miz: Peaked in 2010 when he won his first (and, to date, only) WWE championship.
  • Matt Morgan: Almost retired in 2013.
  • John Morrison: Left WWE in 2011, is currently having success in the indies and Lucha Underground.
  • Rey Mysterio Jr.
  • Yuji Nagata: Won the GHC Heavyweight Championship.
  • Tetsuya Naito: After a tour through CMLL and TNA in 2009, made his return to New Japan Pro Wrestling in January 2010, and went on to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship, NEVER Openweight Championship, the G1 Climax in 2013, the New Japan Cup in 2016, and eventually the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura: Became a megastar with his new "King of Strong Style" gimmick. Then debuted in NXT in 2016.
  • Naomi: Made her WWE debut in 2010.
  • Kevin Nash: Entered semi-retirement in 2011.
  • Natalya Neidhart
  • Adrian Neville: Debuted for NXT in 2012 and joined WWE's main roster in 2015.
  • New Jack: Retired in 2013.
  • Kazuchika Okada: After being sent on a developmental tour to TNA, Okada returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling in January 2012, repackaged as "The Rainmaker", and defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win NJPW's top title, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, making headlines and helping gather interest in New Japan as it experienced a major influx of interest not only in Japan but from other places in the world.
  • Kenny Omega: Debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2010, winning the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, and Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship.
  • Randy Orton: Had a succesful face run from 2010-2013 before joining The Authority.
  • Diamond Dallas Page: Returned to WWE in 2012, and wrestled once in 2015 and again in 2016.
  • Paige: Debuted for FCW in 2011. Peaked in 2014 after joining WWE's main roster.
  • Karlee Prez: Had a WWE run from 2010-2012. She joined Lucha Underground in 2014 as Catrina.
  • Beth Phoenix: Retired in 2012.
  • CM Punk: Peaked in 2011 when he won the WWE championship and "left" WWE afterwards. He established himself as a true main-eventer afterwards, before controversially quitting the company in 2014.
  • Summer Rae: Debuted in 2011.
  • Madison Rayne
  • Roman Reigns: Debuted in 2010. The breakout member of The Shield and the new top babyface of WWE, despite heavy fan outcry.
  • Cody Rhodes: Established himself as a singles start in 2010 during his "Dashing" phase. He also had one of the longest Intercontinental championship reigns during this period. Became Stardust in 2014.
  • Rhyno: After returning to WWE in 2015, he became one half of the inaugural SmackDown tag team champions with Heath Slater.
  • Matt Riddle: Debuted in pro wrestling in 2015 after a career in mixed martial arts.
  • The Rock: Returned to WWE in 2011 and wrestled for the first time in seven years.
  • Road Dogg: Reunited with Billy Gunn to reform the New Age Outlaws and won their sixth world tag team championship in WWE by winning the WWE Tag Team Championship in 2014.
  • Seth Rollins. Member of The Shield. Became WWE's top heel in 2014 and won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2015.
  • Bobby Roode: Peaked from 2011-2013 and was the longest reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion. In 2016, he joined WWE and captured the NXT championship.
  • Adam Rose: Had been wrestling as far as 1998, but didn't gain prominence until appearing in NXT in 2012 (and before that, in its predecessor, FCW) as Leo Kruger.
  • Rosemary: Member of Decay that debuted in TNA in 2016, won the Knockouts title at the end of the year.
  • Erick Rowan: In February 2011, Ruud signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling under the ring name Erick Rowan, where he debuted as a member of the Wyatt Family.
  • Rusev and Lana: Two of WWE's top heels.
  • Ryback: Debuted in WWE in 2010 as Skip Sheffield, from WWE NXT and The Nexus, though that run pales in comparison to his time spent as Ryback.
  • Zack Ryder: After three years of being stuck in the mid-card with Curt Hawkins and later as a solo competitor, he became a huge internet favorite, leading him to the United States Championship.
  • Zack Sabre Jr.: Became famous in the middle of the decade for his technical wrestling in Pro Wrestling Noah, Progress Wrestling, Revolution Pro Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
  • Damien Sandow: Gimmick debuted in WWE in 2012. His "Idol Stevens" run of 2006 doesn't come close to what he's done now.
  • Marty Scurll: Gained sucess in Progress Wrestling and Ring of Honor during this decade with his "The Villain" gimmick.
  • Sheamus: Won his first WWE Championship at the very end of the previous decade, so most of his accomplishments were in this decade.
  • Katsuyori Shibata: Rejoined New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2012 after having left in 2005 to become a freelancer, had matches that earned a five star rating from Dave Meltzer in both 2013 and 2014, won NJPW's Openweight Championship in 2016.
  • Velvet Sky: Took a Level in Badass in 2012 and eventually became TNA's most popular Knockout.
  • Heath Slater: Became one half of the inaugural Smackdown Tag team champions with Rhyno
  • Tamina Snuka: Made her WWE debut in 2010.
  • Richie Steamboat: Joined WWE in 2010, released from WWE in 2013.
  • Kevin Steen: Joined WWE in 2014 as Kevin Owens.
  • Scott Steiner
  • Kia Stevens: Left TNA in 2010, had a run in WWE from 2011-2012 as Kharma before returning to TNA as Awesome Kong.
  • Sting: After finishing up his TNA run, he made his much overdue WWE debut in 2014, unfortunately retiring two years later due to cervical spinal stenosis.
  • Trish Stratus: Has came out of retirement a few times, one of them in 2011.
  • AJ Styles: Left TNA in 2013, reached his in-ring peak in 2014, debuted for WWE in 2016.
  • Sarah Stock: Trainer for NXT.
  • James Storm
  • Toni Storm: Debuted in 2016.
  • Braun Strowman: He debut as a member of The Wyatt Family before being split up in the 2016 draft.
  • Jack Swagger: Won the World Heavyweight title in 2011.
  • Yoshihiro Tajiri
  • Hiromu Takahashi: Debuted in 2010.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Masato Tanaka: Continued his success into the current decade.
  • Yoshi Tatsu
  • Tazz: Commentator for TNA until 2013.
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan
  • Taryn Terrell: Left WWE in 2010. Was in TNA from 2012-2015.
  • Eve Torres: Peaked in 2012 after turning heel, retired the next year.
  • Thea Trinidad: Debuted in 2010.
  • Triple H: Stopped wrestling full-time in 2011 to become the on-screen COO and offscreen Executive of Talent Relations.
  • The Undertaker: His WrestleMania streak was beaten by Brock Lesnar in 2014. Retired in 2017 after losing to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33.
  • Lisa Marie Varon: Had a fairly successful run in TNA from 2009-2013.
  • Ivelisse Vlez
  • Sean Waltman: Still working indie matches.
  • Katarina Waters
  • Taylor Wilde: Retired in 2011.
  • Xavier Woods: Debuted for WWE in 2013. Member of The New Day.
  • Bray Wyatt: Debuted for WWE in 2010 as Nexus member Husky Harris before being repackaged as leader of The Wyatt Family.
  • Eric Young
  • Mae Young: Had her last ever match in 2010, thus becoming the first person ever to wrestle over the age of 80, and the first person to wrestle in nine different decades.
  • Sami Zayn: Joined NXT in 2013.
  • Dolph Ziggler: Peaked in 2013 when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to win his second World Heavyweight Championship (his first reign in 2011 lasted less than an hour).
  • 3MB. A group of three midcard heels who got together in 2012 in hopes of more success. All of the members except for Drew McIntyre have debuted in this decade.
  • Aces & Eights. Debuted in TNA on June 14, 2012.
  • American Alpha. Former amateur wrestlers Jason Jordan and Chad Gable form a team in July 2015 that sends a love letter to Kurt Angle and The World's Greatest Tag Team.
  • The Ascension. Originally starting out as a stable in August 2011 consisting of Ricardo Rodriguez, Conor O'Brian, Kenneth Cameron, Tito Cole, and Raquel Di­az; after several membership changes, it became a tag team of O'Brian and Rick Victor in 2013 that captured the NXT Tag Team Championships and had the longest reign in the title's history to date, while having their ring names shortened and tweaked to Konnor and Viktor, respectively. They were quickly promoted to the main roster afterwards, grabbing a new gimmick calling back on the teams of the 1980s like The Road Warriors.
  • The Authority. The McMahons, Triple H and Randy Orton join forces to screw over Daniel Bryan, Big Show and anyone else they don't like.
  • Bella Twins: After taking a one-year hiatus in 2012, both twins returned with a vengeance. Brie peaked in 2013 and Nikki peaked from 2014-2015.
  • The Beautiful People
  • Breezango. Both Breeze and Fandango debuted in 2010, teamed up in 2016.
  • ChickBusters. AJ debuted in 2007. Kaitlyn in 2010 (that year also marked both of their debuts in WWE). The team in 2011.
  • Enzo and Cass: Cass debuted in 2011, Enzo in 2012, the same year they teamed up.
  • Fortune. A band of TNA Originals united together by Ric Flair. Flair debuted in TNA on January 4, set the seeds on January 17 when he formed a partnership with AJ Styles, announced the group's formation on June 17, and declared the lineup complete on July 22, all 2010. All the other members had been in TNA for years beforehand, which played into the stable's mission statement.
  • The Nexus: A group of rookie wrestlers from WWE NXT who got together to take over WWE in the summer of 2010. All but two of its members (well-established second leader CM Punk and temporary "slave" John Cena) made their individual debuts in this decade. Spin off group "The Corre" debuted in 2011. Ezekiel Jackson, the only member who did not come from the Nexus, debuted in WWE in 2008.
  • Prime Time Players: Debuted in 2010 as individuals; 2012 as a team.
  • SAnitY: Debuted in 2016.
  • The Shield: Debuted in 2012. Peaked in 2013 when they won the WWE United States and Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules before disbanding in 2014. All three members joined WWE in 2010, and Roman Reigns was virtually unknown until this decade.
  • Team Hell No. Debuted in 2012. Daniel Bryan, one-half of the team, was also new to the decade.
  • The New Day: A group of Baptist preachers/motivational speakers.
  • The Wyatt Family: A Deep South Cult trio led by Bray Wyatt, formerly Husky Harris of WWE NXT and The Nexus. Wyatt/Harris debuted on WWE TV in 2010, but was with the company for a few years prior. Luke Harper joined WWE in 2012, but Brodie Lee was well-known prior to the decade's start. Erick Rowan was completely unknown in the 2000s.
  • The Usos: Debuted for WWE in 2010.

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Feedback: 7 replies

Nov 16th 2017 at 7:22:51 AM

Bálor in 2014; he then became the longest NXT champion in history and the inaugural WWE Universal champion.

I'm pretty sure that is caused by trying to add line breaks (with the backslash markup). Just don't bother with that until the page is launched. TLP has a problem with that markup for some strange reason.

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Okay, obviously that's not working. Just use the letters without accent marks until the page is launched.

Nov 16th 2017 at 7:28:12 AM

Alright, fixed. Can I finally get some hats? Like I said, this is urgent, or we'll probably have to lock The New Tens!

Nov 16th 2017 at 7:48:27 AM

This will NOT work as a trope either,

Nov 16th 2017 at 8:17:03 AM

This is part of the "too-long page repair" effort, isn't it? I don't think this was meant to be a "trope" so much as an "index."

While not all sections are necessary to split off, I think this is a long enough list to justify it being split from the main index.

That said, I'm reluctant to add a hat until everything is good. There are a few items on this list that don't have a description attached, which is weird compared to 99% of the rest of the list. Can they get a description or something to fit?

Nov 17th 2017 at 1:44:42 PM

Most by-decade indexes don't have descriptions for most of the works. Random examples: Films Of The1980s, Anime Of The1990s, Literature Of The2000s. In my experience, indexes which get too description-y tend to start accidentally indexing all sorts of unrelated things, because a lot of people have trouble grasping how indexing works. Descriptions are required for tropes, but very much optional for indexes.

Nov 17th 2017 at 4:45:00 PM

Okay, that doesn't change my point. I said it was weird that a few items on the list don't have descriptions compared to the rest of those on the page. I didn't say that it was weird that this page does or doesn't follow a pattern found on another page.

It isn't nearly as big a deal as you seem to be making it out to be.

Nov 17th 2017 at 10:57:19 PM

Launching now! Thanks for help, everybody.