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Lists the various female wrestlers and personalities throughout the history of WWE. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.


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     Debuted in the WWWF Era (1963-1984) 

The Fabulous Moolah (Mary Lillian Ellison) 1955-1987, 1998-2007

Winona Littleheart (Winona Barkley) late 1970s - mid 1980s

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Judy Martin (Judy Hardee) 1981, 1985-1990

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Velvet McIntyre 1982, 1984-1990

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Desiree Petersen 1984–1985, 1988

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Princess Victoria (Vicki Otis) 1983-1984

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Wendi Richter 1982, 1983-1985

     Debuted in the Rock 'N' Wrestling Era (1984-1993) 

Jumping Bomb Angels - Noriyo Tateno (立野 記代), Itsuki Yamazaki

Leilani Kai (Patricia Schroeder) 1985-1990, 1994

Miss Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ann Hulette) 1985-1992

Rockin' Robin (Robin Denise Smith) 1987-1990

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Sherri (Sherri Schrull, born Sherri Russell) 1987-1993

     Debuted in the New Generation Era (1993-1997) 

Alundra Blayze (Debra Ann Miceli) 1993-1995, 2018

Bertha Faye (Rhonda Ann Sing f.k.a. "Monster Ripper") 1995-1996

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  • Cute Bruiser
  • Fat Comic Relief: About all she was good for in Vince Russo's WCW. While in poor taste, she still decimated the waifish Nitro Girls.
  • Finishing Move: Powerbomb.
  • The Giant: She was not any taller than Alundra Blayze or Bull Nakano but was much heavier and very difficult to move
  • Plucky Comic Relief: When not beating up other wrestlers.
  • Stout Strength.
  • Villain Decay: Someone on the booking team decided that she should not be allowed to use the same power moves male wrestlers were using. She couldn't come up with enough not-taken moves to really command matches anymore, reducing Bertha from dominant villain into a Joke Character.

Marlena/Terri Runnels (Terri Lynne Boatright Runnels) 1996-2004

Bull Nakano (ブルなかの, Nakano Keiko) 1994-1995

Sable (Rena Mero Lesnar, born Rena Greek) 1996-1999, 2003-2004

Sunny (Tamara Lynn Sytch) 1994-1998, 2009

Luna Vachon 1993-1994, 1997-2000

     Debuted in the Attitude Era (1997-2001) 

Nicole Bass (Nicole Bass-Fuchs) 1999

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  • Amazon Chaser: A somewhat twisted Real Life case. She filed a lawsuit against WWF and claimed she was sexually harassed by Steve Lombardi backstage. The suit was eventually dismissed however.
  • Arch-Enemy: Debra.
  • Brawn Hilda: A female bodybuilder, though not one of the typical Amazonian Beauty,variety.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: As a female bodybuilder, she was pretty strong.
  • Fan Disservice: She and Chyna participated in a bikini contest. Whether or not the disservice was intentional or not is up for debate.
  • The Dragon: Became the bodyguard to Sable following her 1999 heel turn.
  • Finishing Move: A chokeslam or a powerbomb.
  • Put on a Bus: Disappeared only months after she debuted.

Barbara Bush/B.B. (Katherine Dingman) 1999-2000

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  • Alliterative Name: At first.
  • Arch-Enemy: For the short time she was there, Ivory.
  • Bigger Is Better: In hyping the Miss Royal Rumble Swimsuit Competition, she asked Lawler if he thought the fans might want to see a "bigger show."
  • Clothing Damage: This was part of her debut, though before she was officially named. Jacqueline had defeated Ivory in a "Gravy Bowl Match" with Miss Kitty as the referee on the 1999 Thanksgiving Episode of SmackDown!. Kitty had something lodged in her throat and BB came down to giver her the Heimlich maneuver. Ivory attacked BB, tore her top open, so she was there in her bra, and threw her into the gravy.
    • Ivory ripped BB's shirt off again that following Monday on Raw.
  • Emergency Services: Her gimmick was of an EMT.
  • Non-Action Girl: Other than her appearance in the Evening Gown in a Pool match at WWF Armageddon 99, she was not used in an in-ring capacity.
  • Only Known by Initials: She was first introduced as Barbara Bush, but from that point on she became known as BB.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Not her, but Bubba Ray Dudley used one to set up the above item. Edge and Christian had defeated the Dudleys, and Bubba acted like he was injured, which naturally brought out BB. Cue tablebomb.

Chyna (Chyna, born Joan Marie "Joanie" Laurer) 1997-2001

See also: D-Generation X

Debra (Debra Gale Marshall) 1998-2002

Molly Holly (Nora Kristina Greenwald) 2000-2005, 2009, 2018, 2022

Ivory (Lisa Mary Moretti) 1999-2005, 2018, 2022

See also: Right to Censor

Jacqueline (Jacqueline DeLois Moore) 1998-2004, 2018

Lita (Amy Christine Dumas) 2000-2006, 2018, 2022

Miss Kitty/The Kat (Stacy Carter) 1999-2001

Ryan Shamrock (Alicia Nicole Webb) 1999

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Trish Stratus (Patricia Anne Stratigias) 2000-2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2018, 2019

Tori (Terri Poch) 1998-2001

Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon, née Sole) 2000-2009, 2021

Mae Young (Johnnie Mae Young) 1999-2000, 2003-2014

     Debuted in the InVasion Era (2001-2002) 

Jazz (Carlene Denise Moore-Begnaud) 2001-2004, 2006-2007

Stacy Keibler (Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler) 2001-2006

Nidia (Nidia Guenard) 2001-2004

Sara (Sara Chirie Frank, formerly Calaway) 2001, 2002

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Queen Sharmell (Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman) 2001, 2005-2007, 2013

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Torrie Wilson (Torrie Anne Wilson) 2001-2008, 2009, 2018, 2021, 2022

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     Debuted in the Ruthless Aggression Era (2002-2008) 

Brooke Adams (Brooke Nichole Adams) 2006-2007

Ariel (Shelly Leonor Martinez) 2006-2007

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Ashley (Ashley Marie Massaro) 2005-2008

Cherry (Kara Elizabeth Drew) 2007-2008

Francine (Francine Fournier) 2006

Jackie Gayda (Jacquelyn Gayda-Haas) 2002-2005, 2009.

Joy Giovanni 2004-2005, 2009

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  • Arch-Enemy: Amy Weber would probably be the biggest. She also had brief feuds with Torrie Wilson, Dawn Marie and Melina.
  • Awesome McCoolname: You must admit, it's fun to say.
  • The Bus Came Back: Participated in the Miss WrestleMania Battle Royal at WrestleMania 25.
  • Cat Fight: Got into one with Amy Weber.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She served as Big Show's on-screen girlfriend and was the Tiny Girl to his Huge Guy.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Like most Diva Search participants. She participated in a bikini contest against Torrie Wilson and was fond of shaking her assets for the fans.
  • Put on a Bus: Released in 2005 due to "budget cuts".

Jillian Hall (Jillian Faye Hall, born Jillian Faye Fletcher) 2005-2010, 2021

Christy Hemme (Christina Lee "Christy" Hemme) 2004-2005

Mickie James (Mickie Laree James-Aldis) 2005-2010, 2016-2021, 2022

Maria Kanellis (Maria Louise Kanellis-Bennett) 2004-2010, 2017-2020

Kelly Kelly (Barbara Jean Blank-Souray) 2006-2012, 2018, 2022

Gail Kim (Gail Kim-Irvine) 2002-2004, 2009-2011

Layla (Layla El-Young) 2006-2015

Dawn Marie (Dawn Marie Psaltis) 2002-2005

Kristal Marshall 2005-2007

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  • Action Girl: She had some believable victories over Jillian(before her jobber period, that is) not long after coming in on Smackdown. On the other hand, this lead Kristal to feud with Ashley, whom she believed herself to be more talented than.
  • Beauty Contest: She was a beauty queen and a model before joining the company.
  • But Not Too Black: She had light hair and was fairly light-skinned.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She had blonde hair for a brief period.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Toward Ashley Massaro after she lost the diva search, setting up a Face–Heel Turn in the process.
  • May–December Romance: With Theodore Long, with the two set to have a Kayfabe wedding, only for Teddy to have a Kayfabe heart attack during it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She participated in many bikini contests and even the odd bra-and-panties match.
  • Put on a Bus: Kristal was quietly released after the Teddy Long incident.

Maryse (Maryse Mizanin, née Ouellet) 2006-2011, 2016-

Michelle McCool (Michelle Leigh Calaway, née McCool) 2004-2011, 2018, 2022

Beulah McGillicutty (Trisa Laughlin, née Hayes) 2006, 2007

Melina (Melina Nava Perez) 2004-2011, 2022

Candice Michelle (Candice Michelle Beckman-Ehrlich) 2004–2009

Beth Phoenix (Elizabeth Kocanski Copeland. neé Carolan) 2006-2012, 2018, 2019-

Shaniqua (Linda Miles) 2002-2004

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Teased with Benoit.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She was considered ugly by some but most, especially the wrestlers she managed and Tazz, thought she was fine.
  • Dominatrix: While managing the Bashams, she even had a whip (but not of the bullwhip variety).
  • The Giant: Though she's most known for managing Shelton Benjamin and the Basham Bros this was how she was in the ring when she started on SmackDown and was beating up Torrie Wilson, Dawn Marie, Nidia and Scotty 2 Hotty. Turned around on her against Rikishi.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She was the tallest woman on Smackdown and was the second tallest woman to be on the main roster after Nicole Bass.
  • Voodoo Shark: She was "mistaken" for Shelton Benjamin, attacked by Bradshaw and removed from WWE television. The logical conclusion was to sell the injury she got even though WWE really took her off to get a boob job. When she returned WWE insisted on drawing attention to them by claiming it was due to swelling caused by Bradshaw's attack, which was so unconvincing it killed all the heat fans gave to the APA/Basham feud and lead to Shaniqua's release not long after. Worse, the increase wasn't as drastic as others in the past, like General Manager Stephanie McMahon's!
  • We Used to Be Friends: To Shelton Benjamin when she moved on to the Bashams and he was in the world's greatest tag team and Jackie Gayda, who betrayed her for Ivory and Molly Holly.
  • Weapon of Choice: The "Magic Stick"

Eve Torres (Eve Torres Gracie, born Eve Marie Torres) 2007-2013

Trinity (Stephanie Finochio) 2006-2007

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  • Amazonian Beauty: Claimed to have the best biceps in the business, and they were pretty impressive.
  • I Have the High Ground: Relied on the turnbuckle for a good deal of her offense, particularly her finishing move, fall from grace.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She was "dressing" in police tape before Orlando Jordan made it (in)famous...though she never did it quite to the extent he did and mostly limited it to photo shoots. She even won a costume contest for it, and considering that she was against Kelly Kelly,note  that's saying something.
  • Power Stable: Managed The Full Blooded Italians.
  • Retired Badass: Retired to focus on her stunt work.
  • Signature Move: A standing shooting star press.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: A wrestling stunt woman, this was not just a gimmick either, she really worked in both professions at once, being a stunt double for the likes of Jennifer Garner.

Krissy Vaine (Kristin Eubanks) 2007

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Amy Weber (Amy Marie Weber) 2004-2005

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  • Arch-Enemy: Joy Giovanni.
  • Catfight: Got into one with Joy.
  • Heel: JBL's "Image Consultant."
  • Ms. Fanservice: Typical of Diva Search girls.
  • Non Action Girl: Managed JBL and only wrestled once, defeating Joy by forfeit.
  • Power Stable: The Cabinet, led by JBL.
  • Put on a Bus: She requested her release in February 2005 because she was unsatisfied with the pay and was allegedly sexually harassed backstage. She compared the locker room to a "frat house".
  • Sexy Secretary: Dressed as this while part of The Cabinet.

Lena Yada 2007-2008

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  • Alpha Bitch: Turned heel in ECW and joined forces with Layla to beat up Kelly Kelly.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A former model.
  • Neutral Female: The first and only match thst she did have was a tag match that she was never tagged in for.
  • Ninja: Dressed as one for a costume contest at Cyber Sunday 2008.
  • Non Action Girl: Competed in the 2007 Diva Search contest. Once hired, she mostly served as a backstage interviewer and valet. Once she finally did have a match (which was a tag match that she was never tagged in to), she was subsequently let go.
  • Put on a Bus: Was released at the end of 2008, shortly after her in-ring debut, which was a tag match that she was never tagged in to.

     Debuted in the WWE Universe Era (2008-2011) 

Aksana (Živilė Raudonienė) 2010-2014

Brie Bella (Brianna Monique Danielson; née Garcia-Colace) 2008-2012, 2013-2016, 2018-2019, 2022

Nikki Bella (Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace) 2008-2012, 2013-2019, 2022

Katie Lea Burchill (Katarina Leigh Waters) 2008-2010

Serena Mancini/Serena Deeb 2009-2010, 2017

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Alicia Fox (Victoria Elizabeth Crawford) 2008-2019, 2021, 2022

Kaitlyn (Celeste Beryl Bonin) 2010-2014, 2018-2019

AJ Lee (April Jeannette Brooks, née Mendez) 2010-2015

Maxine (Karlee Lelani Perez) 2010-2012

Rosa Mendes (Milena Leticia Roucka) 2008-2017

Naomi (Trinity Fatu, née McCray) 2010-

Natalya (Natalie "Nattie" Katherine Neidhart-Wilson) 2008-

Tamina Snuka (Sarona Polamalu, born Sarona Moana-Marie Reiher) 2010-

Tiffany (Taryn Nicole Dryden, née Terrell) 2008-2010

     Debuted in the WWE, Inc. Era (2011-2014) 

Cameron (Ariane Nicole Andrew) 2011-2016, 2022

Kharma (Kia Stevens) 2011-2012

Eva Marie (Natalie Marie Coyle; née Nelson) 2013-2017, 2021

Summer Rae (Danielle Moinet) 2013-2017, 2022

     Debuted in the Reality Era (2014-2016) 

Sasha Banks (Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado) 2015-

Charlotte Flair (Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr) 2015-

Emma (Tenille Dashwood) 2014-2017

Lana (Catherine Joy "C.J." Perry) 2014-2021

Becky Lynch (Rebecca Quin) 2015-

Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) 2014-2018

     Debuted in the New Era (2016-Present) 

Asuka (Kanako Urai) 2017-

Shayna Baszler (Shayna Andrea Baszler) 2020-

Bayley (Pamela Martinez) 2016-

Bianca BelAir (Bianca Crawford, née Blair) 2020-

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  • Alliterative Name: Bianca BelAir.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Look at those abs...
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Tough and badass you may be, but taking that braid across bare skin hurts like hell. And sounds like it does, too.
  • Braids of Action: Occasionally uses her very long hair to whip her opponents.
  • Catchphrase: "Girl. Uh-uh."
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ain't No Rule, apparently, that states that you can't use your hair as a weapon.
  • Finishing Move: Currently using an Argentine Rack dropped into a Facebuster dubbed the KOD (Kiss of Death) she previously used the Alley-Oop and the Spear.
  • Happily Married: to Montez Ford.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Belair may be one of the best pure athletes in WWE, regardless of gender. She's tall and lean but very well-muscled (again, look at those abs...) She's strong enough to perform her KOD finisher on multiple women at once, and carry the 300-pound+ Otis on her shoulders a considerable distance. She's also a former track sprinter that can bust out a 450 splash from the top rope.
  • Logical Weakness: Her braid makes a good weapon, but an even better weak spot for opponents to exploit. The sight of opponents yanking her around by her braid is not uncommon.
  • Older Than They Look: Her in-ring look, mannerisms, and relative inexperience in pro wrestling aren't quite indicative of a 30-year-old.
  • Red Baron: "The EST of NXT/WWE", as in fastest, strongest, etc.
  • Signature Move: The Spear, which she previously used as a finisher. And there is also her hair whip.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Since being called up to the main roster, Bianca has not lost any of her trademark confidence or trendsetting attitude, but it's portrayed as more cheerful rather than vain compared to how it was on NXT, in order to solidify her as a face. This is especially evident when comparing her to the Four Horsewomen, who the bulk of her championship feuds have been against. Sasha Banks, while also nominally a face after her falling out with Bayley, was far more arrogant and cutthroat against Bianca than the other way around, while Bayley had already completed her 180 into a proudly selfish troll by the time she became Belair's challenger. Becky Lynch's feud with Bianca, started by suckering The EST into an infamous quick defeat, was when Lynch fully succumbed to the darkness of her obsession with being the champion and top star of the women's division which had first appeared with her turn against Charlotte Flair years ago. Charlotte, who has had sparing interactions with Bianca post-NXT compared to the others, is well documented as being the haughtiest female competitor in the entire company.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Bianca typically competes separately from Montez Ford and doesn't manage him directly, but when Ford was poisoned by Zelina Vega in the lead-up to a championship match with Vega's team of Angel Garza and Andrade, Bianca inserted herself into the program, even going as far as to hunt Zelina down at her house and beat the crap out of her while she was in the middle of a Website/Twitch stream.
  • Whip It Good: Has a habit of using her hair to whip opponents in the face. It looks pretty badass. Downplayed more recently, as she relies more on her skill and athleticism than the hair gimmick as of late, saving the hair weapon for when it's time to get serious.
  • Wild Card/Tweener: Possesses the requisite heel nastiness and arrogance as well as a moveset, crowd-working ability, and Determinator attributes that lean more toward what is typical of WWE faces. As such, she's been able to serve as this to NXT's Women's Division. A perfect example of this is her interactions with Shayna Baszler, as she's both competed as a babyface against Shayna and served as a member of Shayna's heel team in a War Games match without really changing her character.

Shotzi Blackheart/Shotzi (Ashley Urbanski) 2021-

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Alexa Bliss (Alexis "Lexi" Kaufman) 2016-

Dana Brooke (Ashley Mae Sebera) 2016-

Carmella (Leah Van Dale) 2016-

Nikki Cross/Nikki A.S.H (Nicola Glencross) 2019-

See also: SAnitY

Sonya Deville (Daria Berenato) 2017-

Jessamyn Duke (2020-2021)

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  • Amazonian Beauty: A Statuesque Stunner and regarded as the most conventionally beautiful of the MMA Horsewomen.
  • Co-Dragons: She and Marina Shafir are Shayna Baszler's cronies.
  • Satellite Character: The only Horsewomen who isn't characterized outside of being a member of the group. Shayna is The Leader and most decorated member, as she is the first two-time NXT Women's Champion and the runner-up of the inaugural WWE Mae Young Classic beforehand. Meanwhile, Shafir is at least known for being Roderick Strong's wife and was involved in her husband's pre-Undisputed Era storylines.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Stands 5'11". That's an inch taller than Charlotte Flair, who easily towers over most of her contemporaries in the main roster's Women's Division.

Doudrop (Kimberly Benson) 2021-

Maxxine Dupri (Sydney Zmrzel) 2022-

Lacey Evans (Macey Estrella) 2019-

Raquel Gonzalez/Rodriguez (Victoria Gonzalez) 2022-

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  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her being a Perpetual Frowner was a telling sign that she wasn't approachable in the beginning unless someone earned her trust.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Tall, beautiful, and built and wrestles like a brute.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: With Dakota Kai.
  • The Brute: She has a brutal smashmouth style of wrestling and enjoys brutalizing other women.
  • Distaff Counterpart:
    • Her joining a smaller heel wrestler after helping her win a match because she empathized with her is very close to Erick Rowan joining Daniel Bryan.
    • She's also been compared to Diesel during his run as Shawn Michaels' heavy, with Mauro Ranallo even bestowing on her the nickname "Big Mama Cool" to reflect this. Other similarities include her height relative to the rest of her division and her usage of an elevated powerbomb as a finisher.
  • Finishing Move: The "Chingona Bomb", a one-handed powerbomb. It was renamed the "Texana Bomb" shortly after her move to the main roster.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Via Bilingual Bonus.
    • In Mexican Spanish, "chingón"/"chingona" roughly means "the greatest", but is also considered vulgar in Spanish to the point of being considered a curse word (akin to "badass"). WWE, while famously PG, has its programming in English, and as such has no problem using it.
    • During a promo where she was confronted by Franky Monet, Raquel threatened to shove Franky's poodle pet "up [Franky's] culo". "Culo" means "ass" or "asshole" in Spanish, but once again, no problem being used in English-speaking WWE.
    • Averted once she moved to the main roster. While "chingona" was uncensored in her first fight, it was censored for her second. Her finisher was renamed the "Texana Bomb" afterwards.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turned babyface just shortly after winning the NXT Women's Championship, when her former partner, Dakota Kai, turned her back on Raquel, eyeing up the championship for herself.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Like her former rival and WarGames 2021 partner Io Shirai, she's very fond of leather pants.
  • The Giant: She's 6 feet tall, causing her to tower over the rest of her division.
  • Red Baron: La Chingona, Big Mami Cool.
  • Sudden Name Change: Upon joining the main roster, her last name became Rodriguez. This is due to Chelsea Green and Keith Lee's legal disputes with WWE over merchandise money caused Vince McMahon to reharden his stance against newly called-up or signed talent using their real or preexisting names.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 6 feet tall and an Amazonian Beauty.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In 2020-2021, going from Dakota's heavy to a dominant singles star in her own right, culminating with her winning the NXT Women's Championship.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Dakota Kai. She views helping her as an act of solidarity with a kindred spirit downtrodden and abandoned by the rest of the NXT Women's Division.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Dakota Kai since Raquel's Heel–Face Turn after her winning the NXT Women's Championship.

Chelsea Green (Chelsea Anne Green) 2020-2021

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Xia Li (Zhao Xia) 2021-

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  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed, but Xia was one of several NXT wrestlers who showed up for the 2019 Women's Royal Rumble match, and since then has gradually moved up the card after primarily working house shows for most of her time with the company.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is respectful to both allies and opponents so long as they do not disrespect her. Notably, she opened her fights during the Mae Young Classic by bowing to her opponents. But insult or slap her and she'll remind you that she's a highly-trained martial artist whose kicks pack a punch.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has a short bob cut and throws a mean kick.
  • Combat Hand Fan: She walks to the ring with such a fan, although she's never used it as a weapon.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After a losing streak she snapped, went through Training from Hell with Boa, and came back a ruthless warrior who brutally dismantled her opponents in the ring and often continued to beat on them even after winning at the direction of Mei Ying.
  • Finishing Move: A cyclone kick.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Taynara Conti, another female NXT wrestler whose gimmick incorporates martial arts (judo, in her case). They have fought together and opposite each other, and gotten along fairly well each time.
  • I Know Karate: As the announcers never hesitate to remind you, she knows kung fu, taekwondo and other martial arts. She incorporates such moves into her fighting style.
  • Kick Chick: Uses kicks a lot in her moveset, with some variation of a kick usually functioning as her Finishing Move.
  • Minidress of Power: Generally wears one as part of her ring gear.

Nia Jax (Savelina Fanene) 2016-2021

Dakota Kai (Cheree Crowley) 2022-

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  • Arch-Enemy: Dakota has been tormented by Shayna Baszler since the start of 2018, being Shayna's first victim in her NXT debut match. Following encounters had Shayna intimidating Dakota to the point she couldn't do anything. During a title match against Shayna a few months later, Dakota was too scared to fight and lost the match without putting up much offense. The feud eventually has Dakota allying with fellow Shayna rivals Io Shirai and Kairi Sane, and Taking a Level in Badass by the time of their third match (she still lost, but put Baszler through a lot more punishment along the way).
  • Breaking the Fellowship: One of three ladies, the other two being her Team Kick partner Tegan Nox and Candice LeRae, who shared a friendship so close they likened it more to a sisterhood. When she chose to violently assault and betray Tegan and abandon Candice and Rhea Ripley to a 2-on-4 disadvantage in their WarGames match, Candice was in visible shock.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Dakota's entire ordeal of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Shayna Baszler, culminating in a spirited but unambiguous defeat at Baszler's hands. Bianca Belair seems to be stepping into the role of Kai's next tormentor.
    • After spending nearly the whole of 2019 recovering from a torn ACL, Dakota returns hoping to capture the NXT Women's Championship, only for her return to be overshadowed by her friend Tegan Nox, who also returned from a long injury. When the first women's WarGames was announced, Dakota was hoping to be one of Rhea Ripley's team only for Mia Yim to be called in instead, especially after she lost to Shayna for the fourth time. It took an attack on Mia Yim the night of the event for Ripley to finally insert Dakota into the match… but by that time she was already broken. See below…
  • Cavalry Betrayal: At NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019. She was drafted to Rhea Ripley's WarGames team after a mystery assailant took out Mia Yim before the PPV started. But after she was let out of the cage, she turned back and attacked her friend Tegan Nox, leaving her unable to compete, and left Ripley and Candice LeRae to face a four-on-two numbers disadvantage. And then she later revealed (confirmed, really) that she was the one who took out Mia so she could get herself into position for this.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Since becoming a heel she has taken to coming to the ring with Tegan Nox's knee brace, which she ripped off her leg at WarGames.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Her heel turn was motivated by being left out of Rhea Ripley's WarGames team, which is understandable but doesn't justify the lengths she went to for revenge, or what she did to Mia Yim and Tegan Nox.
  • Distaff Counterpart:
    • The suddenness and vicious physicality of her Face–Heel Turn, as well as her post-betrayal behavior (including said betrayal being symbolically represented in part by a knee brace), is taking some obvious cues from the now-infamous heel turn of Tommaso Ciampa on Johnny Gargano a couple years earlier.
    • Besides the sudden and vicious nature of her turn against a established teammate, the fact that she would afterwards take credit for the success of the team via putting a twist on a Red Baron she had during her run with said team ("The Captain of Team Kick"), recalls Seth Rollins's infamous turn on The Shield, and how afterwards he would use the nickname he was given during his run with the stable, "The Architect of the Shield", to take credit for its success.
    • Her use of a much larger wrestler as an enforcer after said larger wrestler helped her win a match recalls Daniel Bryan during his Planet's Champion phase.
    • Her being joined by a larger wrestler is also the latest in a long line of acts very reminiscent of Shawn Michaels during the time he adopted Diesel as his heavy. And going back to the Face–Heel Turn against a tag team partner, Michaels of course made the mother of all turns against Marty Jannetty.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: A key factor of her Face–Heel Turn in 2019. Despite the hype of her return, she immediately becomes The Chew Toy again which include getting her face sprayed by Asuka's green mist. Then, when Rhea Ripley is finding members for the upcoming WarGames match, both Tegan Nox and Candice LeRae were immediately chosen while she needs to compete in a match against Shayna Baszler in order to prove herself. Not only did she lose the match, but Rhea chose Mia Yim to be the final member of the team while Dakota was told straight to her face that "she's just not cut out for it".
  • Evil Costume Switch: Went from very colorful outfits to wearing a lot more black after her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Evil Wears Black: Her Evil Costume Switch above saw her ditch her colorful wrestling gears in favor of darker and muted colors.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Perhaps not coincidentally, her hair is styled very differently during the night of her Face–Heel Turn, and has kept it that way since.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Viciously attacking her friend Tegan for seemingly no reason, including removing her knee brace to attack her surgically-repaired leg. The commentary team were aghast. And that was after she hospitalized Mia Yim so she could take her place on Team Ripley, specifically to set herself up for the attack on Tegan.
  • Finishing Move: The Kairopractor (a sunset flip into a double knee backbreaker). She previously used a double foot stomp from the top rope. After returning from injury, she adopted a finisher called "Go To Kick" which is similar to the GTS but involves her kicking with her foot instead of her knee.
  • Hard Head: During her Progress Wrestling Chapter 71 match, Jinny delivered several headbutts to Dakota, only for them to hurt Jinny more. Dakota shouted "I'm Samoan!" before dropping Jinny with a headbutt of her own. She delivered one in a similar fashion to Vanessa Borne in NXT.
  • Jobber: Her first appearance in NXT was being squashed by Nia Jax in 2015 before signing in 2017.
  • Kick Chick: Her offense includes a ton of kicks, to the point where she is called the Captain of Team Kick.
    Corey Graves: You talk about superstars that have educated feet; Dakota Kai's got a PhD.
  • Oh, Crap!: She is clearly scared out of her mind whenever Shayna Baszler appears, as Shayna had previously attempted to break her arm during a match that kept her sidelined for weeks.
  • Precision F-Strike: After her Face–Heel Turn. Production truck cut that, but after viciously attacking Tegan Nox, Kai called Rhea Ripley and Candice LeRae "filthy cunts."
  • Red Baron: The Captain of Team Kick.
  • Signature Move: A pair of running Big Boots to a cornered opponent. One while the opponent is standing, followed by another while the opponent is sitting.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Debuted in the main roster in 2022 as part of an evil Power Trio with Bayley and IO SKY, despite being a Face in her last appearance in NXT months prior. Notably, she just pulled a Heel–Face Turn then after being a Heel for over two years.
  • Use Your Head: Even though the majority of her striking arsenal consists of kicks, she sometimes favors the use of headbutts in her matches.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Raquel Gonzalez. She views her as her only true friend in the division, until Dakota betrays her on July 27th, 2021.
  • Waif-Fu: As one of the smallest women in WWE, her opponents nearly always have a size advantage on her. Needless to say, that doesn't prevent Dakota from kicking the crap out of them.
  • Weapon of Choice: Starting at NXT: Halloween Havoc 2021, she started using a shovel as part of her deranged, banshee-like persona.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After a controversial ending for the Women's Tag Team Championship, William Regal introduces the NXT counterpart for the title and awards Dakota and Raqual as the inagural champions, finally giving Dakota her first title in six years. However, their reign is short lived as they lost the championship to Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart on the same night.

Billie Kay (Jessica McKay) 2018-2021

Sarah Logan (Sarah Rowe, née Bridges) 2017-2020, 2022

See The Riott Squad.

Mercedes Martinez/Retaliation (Jazmin Benitez) 2020-2021

Ember Moon (Adrienne Reese) 2018-2021

Liv Morgan (Gionna Daddio) 2017-

See also The Riott Squad.

Tegan Nox (Steffanie Newell) 2021

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  • Et Tu, Brute?: Was viciously beat down by her friend Dakota Kai and left unable to compete at WarGames. The sheer pain as a result of it left her screaming bloody murder and openly weeping, to the point she was unable to compete. And yet according to a tweet she made a day or two later, the emotional pain of it was worse than the physical.
  • Finishing Move: The Shiniest Wizard, a shining wizard attack using her leg with the titanium knee brace. This move is a holdover from her earlier identity as Nixon Newell at Fight Club: Pro.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Has had serious issues with her knees, where consecutive freak injuries in the Mae Young Classic kept her out of the ring for the better part of two years. (Invariably, this gets worked into Kayfabe where Heel opponents will always go after her knees.) Dakota Kai exploited this for huge heat during her Face–Heel Turn, which basically consisted of a few attacks followed by about 30 seconds of Kai rapid-fire-slamming a cage door onto Nox's knee in a frenzy. Unfortunately, 2020 would see her suffer yet another legitimate injury to her ACL, which would result in her missing most of that year.
  • A Shared Suffering: She and Dakota Kai had knee injuries within a few months of each other and did rehab training together, sparking up a friendship.
  • Tag Team: Returned as part of one with Dakota Kai in NXT before Dakota's Face–Heel Turn. On Smackdown she's teamed up with Shotzi.
  • Use Your Head: She is likely to do this at least once per match.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Has started modeling her ring gear on the outfit of Carol Danvers as seen in Captain Marvel (2019), complete with airforce bomber jacket.

Ruby Riott (Dori Prange) 2017-2021

See also The Riott Squad.

Rhea Ripley (Demi Bennett) 2021-

Mandy Rose (Amanda Saccomanno) 2017-

Ronda Rousey (Ronda Jean Rousey) 2018-2019, 2022-

Peyton Royce (Cassie McIntosh) 2018-2021

Kairi Sane (Kaori Housako) 2019-2020

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  • The Ace: According to Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer Newsletter, she, along with Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani, are three best female wrestlers in the world. Kairi does not boast a very wide arsenal or exceptional strength, but her charismatic persona has her captivating every audience she performs for, and what moves she does, she does so well it can be watched on repeat forever and looks as devastating as if a 300lb shredded man did it.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Kairi's been working on her legs and biceps for a while now, and she shows progress.
  • Arch-Enemy: Shayna Baszler, a rivalry that began since the Mae Young Classic in 2017 in which Kairi defeated Shayna in the Finals. When Baszler debuted at NXT, the first thing she did was attacked Kairi from behind. In February 2018, the two had a match in which Shayna won. Fast forward a few months later, Shayna is the reigning NXT Women's Championship and belittled Kairi for not accomplishing anything since the Mae Young Classic. For the latter half of 2018, the two continue their rivalry with the NXT Women's Championship on the line, with Kairi winning it on NXT TakeOver Brookyln IV but dropping it a few months later at Evolution and failing to reclaim it at TakeOver WarGames II. The feud intensified when Shayna brought in her MMA buddies to interfere in their matches while Kairi is aided by Io Shirai and Dakota Kai and ultimately ended when Kairi Sane was called up to the main roster, but not before getting brutalized by Baszler and the Horsewomen.
  • Badass Adorable: Her cute face belies a ferocious competitor who's not to be taken lightly. Applies in Real Life as well since she's no less amiable a person as is the character she portrays, and as any other wrestler, she's not the person you'd want to pick a fight with.
  • Bash Brothers: Or sister; on NXT she teamed up with Io Shirai as a tag team called the Sky Pirates, while on the main roster she's been paired with Asuka as a tag team called the Kabuki Warriors.
  • Break the Cutie: Quite literally, courtesy of Shayna Baszler and her squad, who injured Kairi's arm on various occasions. On the last NXT show before Kairi was called up to the main roster, not only did they beat Kairi up and kayfabe break her arm, but forced Io Shirai to watch it for bonus points.
  • Evil Makeover: After she and Asuka turned heel she began gradually changing up her appearance and gear, ditching her pirate garb for gear that resembled a Japanese noblewoman's and abandoning her wheel and telescope for a parasol. She also got whisker-like warpaint on her face, and a lot of her ring gear was turned black and gold.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At Hell in a Cell 2019 the Kabuki Warriors turned heel after Asuka sprayed green mist from her mouth into Nikki Cross's eyes (a long-standing traditional heel tactic in Japanese wrestling) and kicked her in the face. This allowed them to win the Women's Tag Team Championship belts.
  • Finishing Move: A diving elbow drop known as the "Insane Elbow". She also uses a Cross-Legged Boston Crab known as "The Anchor".
  • Giggling Villain: As a heel she spends a LOT of time chortling, guffawing or cackling. She practically doubles as Asuka's laugh track.
  • Happily Married: She's announced her marriage on her Twitter and Instagram.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After she's congratulating Becky Lynch and celebrate Asuka's championship victory before interrupt by Nia Jax.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Io Shirai and Asuka.
  • I Have the High Ground: The height she gets on her "Insane Elbow" has to be seen to be believed.
  • Meaningful Name: Her in-ring name 'Kairi' means "ocean village", derived from the Japanese 'kai' for "sea/ocean" - perfect for a Pirate Princess.
  • Older Than They Look: Look at that face. Would you believe for a second that she's 30?
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She may be a rather short woman, but her elbow drop is absolutely deadly.
  • Pirate Girl: Her longstanding entrance gear evoked a pirate captain's outfit. Subverted after she abandoned the pirate gimmick once she and Asuka were heels.
  • Precision F-Strike: In a PG show no less, she delivered one to Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair while interrupting a Miz TV session on the October 7, 2019 edition of Raw. Ironically, she and Asuka weren't speaking English so most people couldn't tell.
    Kairi: (in Japanese) You [Charlotte and Becky] look tired...so tonight, we're going to...BEAT THE SHIT...out of you.
  • Red Baron: "The Pirate Princess".
  • Signature Move: The Sliding D, a sliding elbow strike to a cornered opponent. The Interceptor, a striking Spear.
  • Sky Pirate: When teaming with the "Genius of the Sky" Io Shirai, they are called the "Sky Pirates".
  • Tournament Arc: Debuted during the inaugural Mae Young Classic (2017) and was its first winner.
  • Use Your Head: Whenever she is on the top rope or on the apron, chances are she is going to knock her opponent down with a headbutt. This is usually followed by her signature elbow drop.

Scarlett (Elizabeth Chihaia) 2022-

Marina Shafir (2020-2021)

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Io Shirai/IYO SKY (Masami Odate) 2022-

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  • The Ace: In Real Life. While she is heralded as being among the three best female wrestlers in the world alongside Kairi Sane and Mayu Iwatani by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, some magazines outright call her "arguably the best wrestler in the world regardless of gender" and a "treasure of female wrestling".
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Beautiful, dark-haired, and following her Heel–Face Turn, blunt and kind of a loner.
  • Arch-Enemy: Io had been helping out Kairi against her feud with Shayna Baszler and her fellow Horsewoman ever since her NXT debut. Even after Kairi moved to the main roster, Io continued to feud with them, as a revenge for Shayna almost breaking Kairi's arm on her last match at NXT.
  • Ax-Crazy: After her Face–Heel Turn, she sort of... well, lost it a little bit.
  • Badass Adorable: Outdone by Kairi Sane in the Adorable department, but still qualifies. As for the Badass... she's one of the only three women to have ever pinned Shayna Baszler, and as with any other wrestler, can kick a lot of ass in Real Life.
  • Bare Your Midriff: As per usual in women's wrestling.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At Takeover: Wargames II, running in to support Kairi Sane after a failed attempt to do so already by Dakota Kai. While Sane would eventually lose the match, Shirai succeeded in neutralizing Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir from their constant interference in the match.
  • Bored with Insanity: How her Heel–Face Turn is essentially presented. Considering the reason for her Sanity Slippage and Face–Heel Turn in the first place is her frustration over not winning the NXT Women's Title, Io calming down when she finally wins it makes sense.
  • Break the Cutie: Was forced to watch her best friend get her arm broken kayfabe-wise. Then her new ally, Candice LeRae, also was jumped and beaten by the Horsewomen. Then the Horsewomen interfered in her match at TakeOver XXV, allowing Shayna Baszler to pick up the win, thus denying her the opportunity to prove that she's the best and avenge Kairi and everyone else on the roster who's been tormented by Baszler. Let's just say Shayna's celebration didn't last long... Ultimately, one more loss to Baszler in a Steel Cage match proved to be the final straw as Io snapped on Candice.
  • Call-Back: During an interview, she mentions that she and Kairi Sane are good friends, referring to their on-off rivalry and friendship at World Wonder Ring Stardom.
  • Contralto of Danger: Hailed as perhaps the greatest women's wrestler in the world, Io has a low, rough voice to match, delivering most of her promos in a near-growl that contrasts her tiny frame.
  • Cool Mask: Io and her sister Mio were former Luchadors in Mexico, wearing cat-like masks. She continues to wear her mask in WWE during her entrances before removing it after posing at the turnbuckle.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She kept her black gear after returning as a Face.
  • Dark Reprise: Post Face–Heel Turn, her theme changed from the upbeat "Genius of the Sky" to the slower "Tokyo Shock".
  • Evil Costume Switch: Went from very colorful outfits to wearing a lot more black after her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Evil Is Petty: In her first match with Candice LeRae after her turn, she got mad about not being able to pin her and resorted to a modified Koji Clutch where she trapped Candice's arms so she couldn't tap out, forcing her to pass out.
  • Evil Wears Black: Her Evil Costume Switch above saw her ditch her colorful wrestling gears in favor of black leather.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Devastated after narrowly losing to Shayna Baszler in a cage match for the NXT Women's Championship, Shirai turned her wrath on friend Candice LeRae, suplexing her onto an open chair.
  • Finishing Move: As a Face, a very beautiful Moonsault in which she gets lots of hang time. As a Heel, her moonsault seems to have morphed - perhaps by design - to a lower-angle rotation that favors landing impact over height, more akin to Lita or Seiya Sanada.
  • The Glomp: Not as bad as Bayley, but since allying with Kairi Sane and Dakota Kai, she loves to hug them tightly.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At some indeterminate point in 2020 from vicious, slightly psychotic lone-wolf villain to laser-focused, enigmatic anti-heroine.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Ever since both her Face–Heel Turn and Heel–Face Turn, she's been rather fond of leather pants.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Rey Mysterio Jr. is her favorite wrestler and she even has his 619 Tiger Feint Kick as part of her moveset.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kairi Sane.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite becoming rather dark and unhinged since hitting her Rage-Breaking Point and Face–Heel Turn, Io still competed honorably far more often than not, and was still easily more likely to take flight in battle than to run away, especially in a match. She also continued to play to the crowd rather a lot, perhaps indicating that she missed their approval despite any assertions to the contrary, as well as continued to use the Tiger Feint Kick as a Signature Move, clearly still holding a soft spot for Rey Mysterio. Before long it became rather clear that Io Shirai wasn't souled out, but simply lost in the sky; beneath her gritty and callous exterior stood a devastated soul with a broken pride who couldn't accept that her failure to defeat Shayna Baszler was entirely her own fault. Naturally, around the time she did become NXT Champion, defeating Shayna's conqueror Rhea Ripley in a triple threat to dethrone no less than Charlotte Flair, Io had finally began to mellow out and put a more constructive focus to her solitary Tokyo dark approach.
  • I Have the High Ground: She is known as the "Genius of the Sky" and uses a Diving Moonsault as her finisher.
  • I Work Alone: This aspect of her character began as a central part of her initial heel turn and hasn't changed since. Unfortunately for her, she happened to score a win of the NXT Women's Tag Titles with Zoey Stark. Io's pride and honor as a competitor means she'll give her best effort at defending her titles like always, but she's stuck with Stark as a result - and visibly, vocally, and hilariously unhappy about it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: You wouldn't expect a high-flyer like Io to do jacknife suplexes and Piledrivers off the ring apron.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changes her surname to IO SKY upon joining the main roster in 2022. Sky, obviously comng from her Red Baron "Genius of the Sky" and for the fact that she has a Diving Moonsault as a Finishing Move.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Io did a lot of gravure photoshoots in Japan as a part of Stardom, but she never shied away from showing more skin than some of the other women, to the point where she did completely nude (but censored) shoots. She even appeared in a JAV at one point! (in a non-sexual role)
  • Mythology Gag: Her Heel attire is reminiscent of her Lucha Underground one.
  • Red Baron: The Genius of the Sky. After her Face–Heel Turn, Mauro Ranallo also gave ther the nickname "The Joshi Judas".
  • Red Is Heroic: Io's wrestling gear as a Face is dominantly red.
  • Silent Snarker: Since the 2.0 rebrand, she can often be found quietly rolling her eyes at the Denser and Wackier antics around her.
  • Slasher Smile: After turning heel.
  • Sky Pirate: When teaming with the "Pirate Princess" Kairi Sane, they are called the "Sky Pirates".
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Debuted in the main roster in 2022 as part of an evil Power Trio with Bayley and Dakota Kai, despite being a Face in her last appearance in NXT months prior.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Zoey Stark, whom she disliked but respected enough to team with to take the Women's tag team titles from The Way.
  • Villain Protagonist: Has a compelling reason for her Face–Heel Turn, a point to prove and a core drive for her actions, as well as some Hidden Depths, despite being a heel.
  • When She Smiles: After spending an entire year being mostly a Perpetual Frowner with few but definitely unsettling grins, Io gradually pulls a Heel–Face Turn once she finally wins the NXT Women's Championship. With it is the return of Io's famous beam.

Toni Storm (Toni Rossall) 2021

Zelina Vega (Thea Megan Trinidad) 2018-2020, 2021-

Mia Yim/Reckoning (Stephanie Bell) 2020-2021

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  • Anti-Hero: Her feud with Shayna Baszler saw her evolve into a Combat Pragmatist often seen using the same brutal sneak attack tactics employed by heels. In her case, though, it's partly out of necessity as Shayna's Girl Posse tends to get involved in her matches, and she was very concerned with standing up for the trainees and other wrestlers Shayna was bullying all the time.
  • Attack Hello: Has snuck up on Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke like this. In Duke's case, she didn't even see Mia until after the latter slammed her arm in a gym locker.
  • Battle Couple: Her Real Life relationship with Keith Lee made it to the screen in 2020, as an angle on NXT pitted them against the heel-turned Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae.
  • Cool Mask: As a part of Retribution.
  • The Dark Chick: As Reckoning
  • Finishing Move: An arm-trap variation of the Overdrive, she's dubbed "Protect Ya Neck."
    • Previously she used an inverted stomp facebreaker which has been called "Seoul Food" and "Eat Defeat." She's since used it as a signature move.
  • Precision F-Strike:
  • Red Baron: The HBIC, or "Head Baddie In Charge". Also Blasian Baddie.
  • Signature Move: Code Blue (a delayed sunset flip powerbomb).
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: Mia has a lot of urban, inner-city affect about her, such as her baseball cap and scarf entrance gear and speech manmerisms, and expresses pride in her background by calling herself "the rose that grew from concrete". On the flipside, some of the heels in the NXT women's locker room (namely Vanessa Borne and Aliyah and Shayna Baszler) look down on her for it and call her a street rat or some such.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: She debuted as a heel on the main roster in RAW as a member of Retribution and change ring name to Reckoning despite being face in NXT.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Wears one as part of her entrance.
  • Tournament Arc: Debuted in the 2017 Mae Young Classic. Came back in 2018 for a return tour shortly before signing to NXT as a full-time competitor.
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