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Lists the various WWE wrestlers active during the New Era, starting from April 4, 2016. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.


Cedric Alexander (Cederick Johnson) 2016-

See also: The Hurt Business
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  • Action Dad: Has a young daughter.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Won the Cruiserweight Title at Wrestlemania 34.
  • Badass Beard: As a face.
  • Beard of Evil: As a heel.
  • Blessed with Suck: Geez, ever since he got his contract, the guy hasn't been able to catch a break. Trying to claw his way up in the Cruiserweight Division was already difficult enough with guys like Brian Kendrick, TJ Perkins, and the returning Neville in front of him, but then he has to deal with betrayals from tag team partners and even his own girlfriend throwing him under the bus. And then a Real Life injury took him out of the ring for several months. Eventually subverted by him winning the Cruiserweight Championship at Wrestlemania.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Downplayed, as nobody dies in wrestling. Hopefully. That said, if he (and others) start talking about the "Cedric Alexander Institute of Chiropractic Medicine", just know that it's not a place you want to go to get your back looked at. In a nutshell, the "Institute of Chiropractic Medicine" is to Cedric Alexander what "Suplex City" is to Brock Lesnar.
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  • Dyeing for Your Art:invoked During his stint in the Cruiserweight Classic, much was made of the fact that he had cut about fifteen pounds to make the 205-pound weight limit - and presumably to help his agility against a generally quicker weight division.
  • Face–Heel Turn: On the September 7 episode of Raw, Alexander attacked his tag team partners Ricochet and Apollo Crews during a six man tag team match against The Hurt Business and celebrated with the group, thus joining them and turning heel for the first time in WWE.
  • Happily Married: To wrestler Aerial Monroe, who has made a couple of appearances on WWE programming and is currently signed with All Elite Wrestling as Big Swole.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's one of the larger competitors in the Cruiserweight Division (barely clearing the max weight threshold as mentioned above) but doesn't give up much speed or agility to the rest of the field.
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  • Official Couple: With Alicia Fox; apparently (in storyline) they started seeing each other some time between the Cruiserweight Classic and the start of 205 Live. It didn't last long.
  • Spirited Competitor
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: After his Face–Heel Turn became this and also he's always mocking Shelton Benjamin.
  • Tournament Arc: Introduced to WWE in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic.

Mustafa Ali/Ali (Adeel Alam) 2016-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Andrade "Cien" Almas/Andrade (Manuel Alfonso Andrade) 2015-2021

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Karl Anderson (Chad Allegra) 2016-2020

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes. See also: Bullet Club.

Austin Aries (Dan Solwold, Jr.) 2016-2017

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Finn Bálor (Fergal Devitt) 2014-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes. See also: Bullet Club.

Tyler Bate 2017-

See British Strong Style.

Aleister Black (Thomas Budgen) 2016-2021

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Wesley Blake (Cory Weston) 2013-2021

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  • Bash Brothers: With Murphy until they went on a losing streak and broke up.
  • Cowboy: From San Antonio, Texas at that.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The sometimes-used team name of Blake-Alexa-Murphy Factor. Ironically this could have still fit anyway as Blake And Murphy Factor if Alexa weren't involved.
  • Last-Name Basis: He and Murphy started being announced to the ring this way since winning the tag straps up until they split. His canonical first name Wesley was almost never used during this time.
  • Level Grinding: Believe it or not, their progress as a jobber tag team saw them quietly edge ever closer to victory as time went on before they finally broke through and became more effective.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: And they also put their hair in pigtails.
  • Those Two Guys: With Buddy Murphy, before they became the Tag Team Champions.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They went from jobbers to the Tag Team Champions in two weeks.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After separating from Murphy and Bliss (the latter of whom was drafted to the Smackdown roster) and embarking on a singles career he suddenly became a lot more arrogant. And given the type of personalities BAMF had, this is saying quite a bit.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Murphy and Alexa Bliss.
  • Wild Card: He and Murphy both won and defended the tag titles before making anything close to a statement either way on the face and heel scale.
  • The Worf Barrage: How many of their matches came across when they were jobbers. They could hang with the Lucha Dragons and the Vaudevillains in the ring, they just could never put them down for three.

Humberto Carrillo 2018-

Apollo Crews/Apollo (Sesugh Uhaa) 2015-

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  • Accent Relapse: Spoke in clear American English as a face, but after his gimmick change to a heelish chieftain-type character, he suddenly picked up an African accent out of nowhere.
  • Bald of Awesome: As a face.
  • Bald of Evil: As a heel.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Uhaa's been mistaken a few times for Terry Crews, hence the ring name.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After his heel turn, he's wearing wrestling tights.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • His 2017 alliance with Titus O'Neil, though at this point he was more of a Punch-Clock Villain, as he didn't really do anything villainous and seemed to only barely tolerate Titus' antics.
    • In 2021, on the February 19 episode of Smackdown, Crews lost to Shinsuke Nakamura in a match. After the match, Crews attacked Nakamura and Big E, thus turning heel.
  • Giant Mook: Post-heel turn, has one in Commander Azeez, who stands at nearly 7' tall and makes Apollo (himself not the smallest guy by any stretch) look tiny.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Titus turned face.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's 6 foot 1, weighs 240 pounds, has a noticeably thick upper body that makes him look more like 260, but he moves scarily fast for someone his size. Best shown with his Finishing Move—he uses a gorilla press drop to show his strength, followed by a combination of moonsaults and shooting star presses to show his agility. Keep in mind, this is a standing moonsault.
  • Only One Name: The 'Crews' was dropped at some point in 2018, only to be brought back several months later.
  • Shout-Out: The name is a shoutout to Apollo Creed and Terry Crews, the latter of whom Uhaa very closely resembles. His name has caused a few verbal blunders with several people saying Apollo Creed on accident, while The Miz did it on purpose.
  • Spirited Competitor: His main character trait outside his remarkable athleticism is he's a good guy driven to be a champion.
  • Straight Man: Titus O'Neil can be... a bit over the top, which gives the very even-tempered Apollo Crews this vibe. It's not uncommon for Crews to wordlessly watch some of Titus's antics with a bemused "WTF?" look on his face.
  • Warrior Prince: Styles himself as this in his heel gimmick, citing his grandfather's status in Nigeria.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: His current wrestling gear features the colors of the Nigeria flag.

Steve Cutler (Tommy Maclin) 2014-2021

  • Semper Fi: Maclin was a legit former Marine before becoming a professional wrestler. This carried over into Cutler's wrestling "character."

Ariya Daivari 2016-2021

Noam Dar 2016-

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Dominik Dijakovic/T-Bar (Christopher Dijak) 2020-

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Tye Dillinger (Ronnie Arneil) 2008-2009; 2013-2019

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  • Arch-Enemy: Bobby Roode. He gave Roode a chance only to have the man betray him (by leaving him during a tag match to get the tar kicked out of him by SAnitY).
    • After debuting on the main roster, he seems to have made one in Baron Corbin.
  • Arc Number: ...C'mon. Guess.
    • Taken up to 10: It was his entry number in the Royal Rumble
  • Canada, Eh?: From Ontario.
  • Catchphrase: "TEN!!"
  • Cool Loser: Since the debut of his 'Perfect 10' gimmick, Dillinger has been over as hell. He's also come off worse nearly every high-profile feud he's been in.
  • Didn't Think This Through: So, to take part in the tag team classic honoring the memory of the late Dusty Rhodes, you accept the offer to team with the arrogant money-centric ex-protégé of Ric Flair who you know has a history of turning against people? Bad move, Tye.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: After his loss to Bobby Roode at Takeover: Toronto, Dillinger begins to doubt his place in NXT and decides to test himself by challenging Samoa Joe to a match by slapping him in the face backstage. While he loses, Dillinger puts up one hell of a fight.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He was previously known as Stan, the guy who was superkicked by Shawn Michaels a few weeks before Cyber Sunday 2006 on Raw. He also had a short run on ECW as jobber Gavin Spears.
  • Enemy Mine: Although he does not like or trust Bobby Roode, Dillinger agrees to team up with him for the second Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in order to have a chance to win and honor his late mentor. Dillinger was right not to trust Roode. It didn't end well.
  • Finishing Move: A Fireman's carry neckbreaker he calls the Tye Breaker.
  • Level Grinding: He had two separate stints with developmental and was in three separate incarnations of it as well (OVW, FCW, and the current NXT). All in total, it took almost a decade from his initial signing to debut on the main roster, but he did it - and not only showed up, but had screentime in a U.S. Title angle with AJ Styles and Baron Corbin, two of the bigger names on the Smackdown ledger.
  • Red Baron: "The Perfect 10"
  • Small Name, Big Ego: According to his WWE.com bio, Dillinger claims that if you wanted to be considered the best, you have to defeat him…which if one remembers his win/loss ratio in the past, and even currently against NXT's higher tier guys, is not a very difficult thing to do. The irony is, this actually makes his claim true in a more mocking fashion—if you can't beat him, you certainly don't have any grounds calling yourself the best.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being re-packaged with the "Perfect 10" gimmick. Still got more room to go, though.
  • Wild Card: He initially worked as either face or heel as an episode's particular card demanded before solidifying himself as a face.

Lince Dorado (José Cordero) 2016-

Pete Dunne (Peter England) 2017-

See British Strong Style.

James Ellsworth (James Ellsworth Morris) 2016-2017, 2018

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  • Ascended Extra: He was initially just the first jobber Braun Strowman destroyed on Raw. However, he endeared himself with the fans and management, who brought him back for a storyline on Smackdown before giving him a fulltime contract.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Face–Heel Turn: Turned on Dean at TLC 2016, dropping a ladder with Dean on it and allowing AJ Styles to take the title, reasoning he can beat AJ once again for the World Championship.
  • Gender Flip: His relationship with Carmella is a gender-inverted play on the traditional male wrestler/female valet pairing. This even goes as far as him trying to physically interfere in matches on Carmella's behalf. No one bats an eyelash at this because Ellsworth is so small and ratty and the girls can kick his ass easily.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Inverted and parodied. He's well-known for his lack of chin, which makes him look somewhat ratty.
  • Jobber: What he debuted as, and basically still is, with all his current wins coming from Dean Ambrose's interference.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Shades of this after becoming Carmella's manager. He even name-drops this trope in a WWE.com interview.
  • Reality Ensues: After betraying Dean Ambrose, Dean no longer helps him and he is easily defeated by AJ Styles in their fourth and final match.
  • Revenge: Got revenge upon Braun Strowman at Survivor Series 2016 by grabbing his leg from underneath the ring and preventing him from reentering before the referee finished his ten count.
    • Also fell victim to this from both Ambrose and AJ Styles in December. One SmackDown Live episode opened with a 15-minute segment of Styles beating the tar out of Ellsworth. Another saw Ambrose hit him with the Dirty Deeds for his role in screwing Ambrose out of the title.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: After defeating AJ Styles three times, he thinks he can do it again. Problem is, all the times he won was because of Ambrose.
  • Straw Misogynist: He sincerely believes that women aren't suited to wrestle, claiming that he lets Carmella compete "because it makes her happy".
  • Verbal Tic: Ellsworth often ends his remarks with a "duh". Duh.
  • Very Punchable Man: He was hired out of all of Braun's early jobbers specifically for being the one that looked nothing like a wrestler that wins matches should look. As of mid-2017, he's typically seen eating punches from the women's division.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Well, "hit" is a bit of an exaggeration, but he's willing to shove Becky Lynch.

(Gentleman) Jack Gallagher (Oliver Claffey) 2016-2020

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Angel Garza (Humberto Garza Solano) 2019-

  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Won the NXT Cruiserweight Championship in December 2019. (And successfully proposed to his Real Life girlfriend, to boot!)
  • Battle Strip: Hides the standard-issue wrestling briefs under a pair of long tear-away pants. Typically stops in the middle of a match after he's downed his opponent to show the goods. Hilariously, this is always treated by the announcers and audience as scandalous even though half the male wrestlers wrestle in briefs. Tends to garner a certain reaction from certain segments of the crowd, though.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Decided at one point to pick a fight with Tommaso Ciampa. For perspective, this was immediately after Ciampa went down to the ring and backed down the entire Undisputed Era. Now, Garza was new, and maybe he hadn't seen the sadism Ciampa was capable of in previous years. But if the dominant Power Stable with all the championship belts and a penchant for gang beatings won't fight a guy, that should be a giant red flag that he's not somebody you want to piss off.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Even as a villain - he's handsome and extremely charismatic.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Depicted as a playboy with a weakness for beautiful women, as seen when the presence of Demi Burnett (of The Bachelor fame) drove a wedge between himself and his tag team partner Andrade. Oddly, this didn't seem to extend to the quite beautiful Zelina Vega.
  • Finishing Move: An inverted Full Nelson Bomb he calls "The Wing Clipper". He has an alternate submission version where he holds his opponent in the Full Nelson instead of releasing them.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Nigel McGuinness theorizes that Angel is so disdainful of his cousin, Humberto Carillo, because he made it to WWE before him.
  • Masked Luchador: Started his wrestling career as one.
  • Tournament Arc: Debuted in the 2019 NXT Breakout Tournament
  • Wrestling Family: The Garza family has boasted several professional wrestlers that are famous both in America and their native Mexico. Humberto Carillo, who has wrestled in NXT and on 205 Live, is his second cousin.

Drew Gulak 2016-

  • Adrenaline Makeover: After Drake Maverick called him out on going from being one of the most rugged men in the ring to his more clean-cut image (See You Don't Look Like You) and challenged him to push himself. Throughout the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, he has grown a beard and developed a more ruthless submission style.
  • Archenemy: Mustafa Ali, who annoys Gulak by using high-flying moves in the ring. After the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, Tony Nese (see We Used to Be Friends).
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: His early 2020 push and Heel–Face Turn. Claimed to have spotted several weaknesses from watching Daniel Bryan, and while it echoed his old Powerpoint gimmick, those who listened to him actually did give Bryan some more trouble. Culminated in Bryan challenging Gulak to face him personally at Elimination Chamber, where Gulak countered everything for most of the match. Bryan had to push himself to another level to pull off the win, and asked to continue working with Gulak afterward, acknowledging that even he had more to learn— which in turn drew them into a feud with Sami Zayn and company, whose recruiting offer Bryan had turned down a while back.
  • Berserk Button: Seeing someone come off the top rope is enough to send Gulak into a rage. With 205 Live basically being the high-flying cruiserweight show, this means he spends most of his screen time pissed off.
  • Boring, but Practical: His intentionally dull wrestling style infuriates fans, and he wants the entire roster to follow suit.
  • Catchphrase: If you step to him, whether it would be by his Gulock or another way, You. Will. Tap. Out!
  • The Comically Serious: Whenever he says Enzo's Catchphrase, he specifically says "S-O-F-T" and "How are you doing?", making Enzo a Straight Man in that situation.
  • The Dragon: To Enzo Amore.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. After participating in Enzo's beatdown of Tony Nese, he tried to bury the hatchet, only to be rebuked.
  • Finishing Move: A scissored Dragon Sleeper hold he calls the Gulock.
  • Hypocrite: He dislikes cruiserweights who do high-flying moves, but when his buddy Tony Nese does the same, Gulak makes up excuses for him.
  • The Long List: Many of his Powerpoint presentations ("Slide 9 of 277"), though of course he never gets past the first few of those.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Occasionally goes so far as to use a high-flying move himself. On one occasion, it came up during a "I can do that style just as good as you" type storyline, only to be played for comedy as his legs wobbled and he failed to accomplish anything useful. Later played serious as he pulled off a superplex during the lead-up to his first championship run in 2019.
  • Red Baron: The Philadelphia Stretcher.
  • Running Gag: Whenever he tries to show his PowerPoint presentation, he gets interrupted by something.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: After losing a match to Cedric Alexander in which he happened to knock down Cedric's onscreen girlfriend, Alicia Fox (despite the fact that it was Cedric who got distracted, which theoretically should have made it easier for Gulak to pick up the win), he went on a rather misogynistic rant that was basically a drawn-out discussion of this trope.
  • Straw Character: His "No-Fly Zone" campaign is aimed against all high-flyers, which includes most of the face cruiserweights.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: invoked His gimmick has expanded to a variation of this.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: He and Tony Nese teamed up during the CWC and have been working together since.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Became this with Tony Nese after deliberately trying to injure him in the first round of the Cruiserweight Championship tournament and showed no remorse.
  • You Don't Look Like You: His look changed drastically from his original appearance in the Cruiserweight Classic to his PowerPoint gimmick, to the point that he barely even looks like the same person - then again during his mid-2019 push to the title. Compare phase 1, phase 2, phase 3.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: He has developed some sort of sadistic side that "activates" whenever he starts to lose.

Hideo Itami (Kenta Kobayashi) 2014-2019

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Samoa Joe (Nuufolau Joel Seanoa) 2015-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Jason Jordan (Nathan Everhart) 2011-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes. See also: American Alpha

No Way Jose (Levis Valenzuela Jr.) 2015-2020

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  • Afro Asskicker: His hair is reaching almost Carlito levels of voluminous.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a fun-loving guy, but make no mistake, he can and will bring the fight. Austin Aries found this out the hard way.
  • Dance Battler: Incorporates several dance moves into his offense.
  • Expy: Initially drew Fandango comparisons due to his salsa dancing gimmick... except you find out later that his gimmick wasn't meant so much to be (exclusively) a dancer as a partygoing reveler. In that way, his gimmick edges much closer to that of Adam Rose, complete with a weird cadre of costumed followers (in Jose's case doing a conga line with him).
  • Fun Personified: Is always smiling, dancing, and having a good time.
  • Life of the Fiesta: His ring gear even says "Fiesta" on it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's very agile and fluid, as one would expect of a Dance Battler. He's also 245 pounds.
  • Megaton Punch: Employs something of a pop-up KO punch in his arsenal. Think Cesaro meets Big Show.

Mike Kanellis (Michael Bennett) 2017-2020

  • Action Dad: He and Maria Kanellis welcomed a daughter in 2018.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sami Zayn
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Debuted with his returning wife Maria to much fanfare. Had a short program with Sami Zayn and then quickly disappeared, implicitly due to some personal issues and/or injuries. Then Maria got pregnant and Mike hasn't really been seen much if at all since.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Downplayed. Maria isn't physically abusive (at least on camera), but she is as emotionally/verbally abusive as someone can be, and it's generally Played for Laughs. When men in WWE treat their kayfabe wives/girlfriends the way Maria treats Mike, it's always portrayed as deplorable.
  • Henpecked Husband: Textbook example. Maria regularly berates him on national TV, orders him around, yells at him, and insults his manhood over the most minor transgressions.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: He is given his wife's name, which plays to his Henpecked Husband status.
  • Trust Password: After winning the 24/7 Championship on the July 27, 2019 episode of Raw, he hides behind a locked door backstage from the mob of superstars attempting to challenge for the title. When Maria implores them to let her see him, they clear out, but Mike thinks it's a trick by Carmella.
    Maria: [violently knocks on door] Michael, you let me in!
    Mike: Go away!
    Maria: Michael Kanellis, you let me in right now!
    Mike: Who is it?!
    Maria: It's your wife, Maria!
    Mike: How do I know it's not Carmella pretending to be my wife?!
    Maria: Because if you don't let me in right now, I am going to knock down this door and kick you in your vagina!
    Mike: [meekly opens door]

Keith Lee 2020-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

HoHo Lun (Wong Yuk Lun) 2016-2017

  • Start My Own: Holds the unique distinction of having founded a wrestling gym and promotion in his native Hong Kong.
  • Ur-Example: The first wrestler from Hong Kong to wrestle for WWE. In fact, he's the first well-known wrestler from Hong Kong period.

Dio Maddin/Mace (Brennan Williams) 2019-

Gran Metalik (Máscara Dorada) 2016-

Buddy Murphy (Matthew Adams) 2013-2021

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  • Age-Gap Romance: Murphy's age isn't mentioned outright but he's in his early 30s, making his relationship with the explicitly 19-year-old Aalyah Mysterio this. Strangely enough, her family is apparently less bothered by the relationship due to this than the fact that Murphy is (or at least was) The Dragon for the family's mortal nemesis Seth Rollins.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: Despite being a career heel in WWE, received the babyface pop when WWE went to Melbourne for WWE Super Showdown. His defeat of Cedric Alexander (a crowd favorite going back to the Cruiserweight Classic days) to win the Cruiserweight Title got one of the biggest reactions of the night.
  • Always Someone Better: Had a long series of matches with Aleister Black where the two fought hard but Murphy was unable to win despite coming close several times. Having a minor breakdown over this allowed Seth to bring him into his influence.
  • Bash Brothers: With Blake, until their break-up.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a long absence from WWE programming, Murphy returned on the 2/13/18 episode of 205 Live to announce his entry into the tournament to crown a new Cruiserweight Champion.
  • The Dragon: To Seth Rollins, until Murphy's Heel–Face Turn in November 2020.
  • Finishing Move: Called Murphy's Law (because how can you not?) it's apparently a pumphandle death valley driver.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The sometimes-used team name of Blake-Alexa-Murphy Factor. Ironically this could have still fit anyway as Blake And Murphy Factor if Alexa weren't involved.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Through Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal and Love Redeems. Seth berating and attacking Murphy for causing him to come up short against Rey Mysterio, combined with Rey's daughter Aalyah showing fondness and concern for him, finally pushed Murphy to turn against his so-called Messiah.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite Drake Maverick stating that there would be repercussions for his attack on Cedric Alexander on 205 Live, he was still going to be granted his title shot at The Greatest Royal Rumble. But since he was over the weight limit at a recent weigh-in note , his title shot has been postponed and a battle royal would take place to see who would face Alexander instead.
  • Land Down Under: From Melbourne. (One has to wonder how an Australian wound up with a name [or nickname] like Buddy, though.)
  • Last-Name Basis: Blake and Murphy started being billed this way ever since winning the Tag Team Titles up until they split. His canonical first name Buddy was almost never used in that time. Averted upon his rebranding as a Cruiserweight; he's known as Buddy Murphy again.
  • Meaningful Name: Turns out, Buddy Murphy is a shout-out to two Australian football stars, namely Sydney Swans key forward Lance "Buddy" Franklin and Carlton Football Club midfielder Marc Murphy.
  • Those Two Guys: With Wesley Blake, before the following trope kicked in…
  • Took a Level in Badass: He and Blake went from jobbers to the Tag Team Champions in two weeks.
    • Level Grinding: A very low-key version preceded their seemingly sudden level-up, as they went from just straight jobbers to The Worf Barrage-style competitive jobbers to breaking through the plateau and actually beating other teams.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Wesley Blake and Alexa Bliss.
  • Wild Card: By the time they began to solidify themselves as heels, Blake and Murphy were already solidified as the tag champs.
  • The Worf Barrage: For a while, Murphy and Blake got to the point where they could hang with a top NXT tag team and give good matches but could never actually get the job done. Then 2015 happened.

Dominik Mysterio (Dominick Gutiérrez) 2020-

  • Arch-Enemy: Seth Rollins after he injured his father's eye.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Before Payback 2020, it was downright ridiculous what Dominik had to deal with ever since going on his way to be a wrestler. When he wasn't forced to watch his father get beaten, he was beaten into a bloody mess himself with kendo sticks. He lost his first official match against Seth Rollins after a series of unfair events, and when he got the chance for a rematch in a tag team match with Rey against Seth and Murphy and was winning? Retribution charged in, with NO ONE STOPPING THEM (when Braun Strowman was under attack the entire locker room came to his rescue within minutes), to destroy both him and his dad with Seth and Murphy laughing at their misfortune. For all his talent, he just couldn't catch a break or even a decent win...
    • Throw the Dog a Bone: ... until the aforementioned Payback, where not only did he and his father win their match against Seth and Murphy, but he was the one who made the winning fall.
  • He's All Grown Up: His last appearance before 2019 was during his father's feud with Eddie Guerrero in 2005 when he was a little boy. Nowadays he's much larger than his father and just as agile.
  • Wrestling Family: He's a third-generation superstar, hailing from a well-known family of luchadors.

Shinsuke Nakamura 2016-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Tony Nese (Anthony Nese) 2016-2021

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  • Action Dad: He has 2 children.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He's extremely proud of his body and athletic ability.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After he won the tournament for the Cruiserweight Championship match at WrestleMania 35, he was attacked by Buddy Murphy and turned face.
  • Identical Stranger: Noted long before his WWE run to greatly resemble a smaller version of former WWE star Chris Masters. Masters and Nese have even acknowledged as much. Interestingly enough, Nese now has a gimmick extremely similar to that of Chris Masters when the latter was in WWE.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Quick and agile like most cruiserweights, but stood out because of his chiseled build and unusual power for his size. If you ask him, he's the personification of this trope in professional wrestling - he'll tell you he "moves like a cruiserweight" and "hits like a heavyweight."
  • Mr. Fanservice: He likes showing his abs.
  • Red Baron: "The Premier Athlete" and Tony Abs.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He had Drew Gulak beaten in the gauntlet match after hitting the Running Nese. However, wanting revenge on Gulak, instead of pinning him he wanted to attack him some more, giving Gulak the opportunity to lock on the Gulock for the win.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Tony loses his ribbon sometimes during the match, leading to this trope.
  • Spirited Competitor: As a face.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: He and Drew Gulak teamed up during the CWC and worked together for a good long while afterward.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Became this with Drew Gulak after Gulak deliberately tried to injure him in the first round of the Cruiserweight Championship tournament and showed no remorse.

TJP/TJ Perkins (Teddy James Perkins) 2009, 2016-2019

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  • Big Brother Mentor: Brian Kendrick is presented as one because of the pair's backstory - years ago, Kendrick took a teenaged Perkins under his wing and gave him rides to the wrestling school where Kendrick was training so T.J. could watch and learn as well.
  • Dawn of an Era: He won the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Classic and was the first to hold the revived Cruiserweight Title.note 
  • Face–Heel Turn: A week or two after WrestleMania 33.
  • Homeless Hero: At one point in his career, TJ didn't have a place to live, so he lived on the streets while training for his wrestling tryouts.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: One could make the argument that the Cruiserweights are a whole kid-appeal division, but Perkins stands out with his modern dance sensibilities and video game entrance motif.
  • Kid Hero All Grown Up: TJ started wrestling at the age of 13, and by the time of his arrival to WWE, he's got 18 years of pro wrestling experience.
  • Older Than They Look: Would you believe he's in his thirties?
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He's called by his initials - 'TJP' - for short. About the time of his heel turn, "TJP" became his ring name.
  • Red Baron: "The Fil-Amnote  Flash"
  • Retreaux: His entrance theme and TitanTron that debuted at Clash of Champions 2016 are based heavily on Mega Man and Street Fighter, respectively.
  • Smug Snake: His resting face is smug, even as a babyface, which might have been part of the reason he never really got over as a face. As a heel, he leans hard into his smugness.
  • Weak, but Skilled: While TJ lacks in size and strength, he compensates with his agility and mastery of submission techniques.

Damian Priest (Luis Martínez) 2021-

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  • Badass Baritone: Has a notably deep voice.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The Big Guy to rapper and fellow Puerto Rican Bad Bunny.
  • Big Applesauce: From New York City, but also lived in Puerto Rico. Vignettes of him living the high life are implied to be from here.
  • The Casanova: Often seen in the company of beautiful women. Also more likely than most to flirt with one of the female backstage interviewers during his promos. He's even outright invited them to his hot tub parties once or twice.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Post his Heel–Face Turn, Priest is shown to be in a better light despite changing almost nothing about his character.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • Due to previous interactions, he and fellow heel Killian Dain do not get along, to put it mildly.
    • There's also the strange three-way feud with Finn Bálor and Cameron Grimes whilst all of them were heels, resulting in Priest and Bálor both turning face in the end.
  • Expy: His gimmick bears a strong resemblance to the one Baron Corbin was using during his NXT run.
  • Fame Through Infamy: His whole gimmick.
  • Finishing Move: A rolling cutter he's dubbed "The Reckoning". Upon his main roster debut, it was renamed to "Hit The Lights" in order to prevent confusion with the wrestler known as "Reckoning."
  • Formerly Fat: Was at one point about 100 pounds heavier than he is currently, and lost the weight on the advice of Gerald Brisco, who told him his look might hold his career back.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Around the time of his 2020 match with Finn Bálor.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Cheaply won a match against Pete Dunne by kicking him in the balls while the ref was preoccupied with ducking out of the way from ending up a little too close to the action. The next time they fought and Priest found himself with a similar opportunity, he tried to repeat the trick, only for Dunne to block it and punt Priest below the belt as hard as humanly possible. Fingore ensued.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Strong enough to do the Razor's Edge (crucifix powerbomb) on many competitors. He's also deceptively quick and is capable of flying over the top rope with ease if the situation calls for it.
  • Red Baron: "The Archer of Infamy".
  • Signature Move: His previous finisher, South of Heaven (a release sit-out chokeslam) and a Release Falcon Arrow he calls "Broken Arrow".
  • Sinister Shades: Mostly wears them in his entrance.
  • Weapon of Choice: Has taken to attacking opponents with a collapsible nightstick.

Mojo Rawley (Dean Muhtadi) 2013-2021

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  • Ass Kicks You: Used to end matches by dropping his bum on downed opponents. Fortunately, he's expanded his moveset a bit since then.
  • Birds of a Feather: He's actually good friends with Rob Gronkowski - who even helped him win a match at WrestleMania once.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Catchphrase: "I don't GET hyped, I STAY HYPED!!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, for as deadpan as it is for a man who is hype personified to be. Usually to poke fun at his tag team partner.
  • Finishing Move: He's had several but seems to have settled on a Sit-out Alabama Slam.
    Zack Ryder: Bro. Remember that time that I was the WWE Intercontinental Champion?
    Mojo Rawley: ...For one day.
    Zack Ryder: ARE YOU SERIOUS, BRO?!
  • Face–Heel Turn: On the November 28 episode of WWE SmackDown Live after losing to the Bludgeon Brothers in a tag team match, Mojo attacked his tag team partner Zack Ryder, turning heel for the first time in his career.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Averted in terms of his wrestling career, but one of these brought him to WWE—he originally aspired to be an NFL defensive lineman before an injury cut his career short.
  • Genius Bruiser: Graduated from the University of Maryland with a master's degree in business at the age of 23.
  • Genki Guy: He is always hyper.
  • Incoming Ham: His theme song begins with one.
  • Large Ham: "So get hyped!!! But Mojo Rawley won't!!! Mojo doesn't GET hyped, because he STAYS hyped!!! OOOHHH YEEEAHHH!!! "
    • "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S HAMMER TIME!"
  • Lightning Bruiser: Moves way faster than a guy who almost weighs 300 pounds should.
  • Put on a Bus: Was out for a while from September 2014 to June 2015 as a result of a shoulder injury.
  • Wham Line: "THE HYPE BROS ARE DEAD, YOU HEAR ME!?"

Reginald/Reggie (Sidney Bateman) 2020-

Ricochet (Trevor Mann) 2018-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Matt Riddle (Matthew Riddle) 2020-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Bobby Roode/Robert Roode (Robert Francis Roode Jr.) 2016-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Lio Rush (Lionel Green) 2017-2020

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Jaxson Ryker (Chad Lail) 2017-

  • The Dragon: Afer the Forgotten Sons angle was terminated, he became this to Elias.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Not that Elias can't handle himself, but Ryker has already beaten one or two opponents not too long after or before seeing Elias lose to them. Reality Ensues here as Ryker is an ex-soldier who's now an active bodyguard, making him battle-ready at any given time, while Elias's draw is that he's a snarky musician whose mouth tends to get him drawn into fights he may not always be able to handle.
  • The Leader: Initially seemed to be set up to be this with the Forgotten Sons. He was the newest member of NXT out of the three, seemed to have been deliberately given an attempt at an Awesome Mc Coolname (Jaxson Ryker?). The other two often deferred to him for singles matches, and the storyline implications give the impression that Blake and Cutler were wandering aimlessly until Ryker showed up (which, when you look at their NXT careers, isn't exactly wrong).
  • Returning War Vet: A real-life point of emphasis in his career before he even got to WWE, this became the defining aspect of the Forgotten Sons gimmick, complete with the Stranger in a Familiar Land excuse for going heel.

Elias Samson/Elias (Jeffrey Sciullo) 2014-

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.

Trent Seven (Benjamin Webb) 2017-

See British Strong Style.

Samir Singh (Harvinder Sihra) 2016-2021

  • Alliterative Name: As Samir Singh.
  • Bash Brothers: With Sunil, as the Bollywood Boyz and later as the Singh Brothers.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In his 2017 alliance with Jinder Mahal.
  • Put on a Bus: Was missing from WWE TV for 8 months after tearing his ACL in January 2019.
  • Very Punchable Man: As a cruiserweight-sized minion of a heel champion, he predictably spends a lot of time getting the crap beaten out of him by Jinder's babyface adversaries.

Sunil Singh (Gurvinder Sihra) 2016-2021

Lars Sullivan (Dylan Miley) 2017-2021

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  • Affably Evil: Despite being on a self-imposed quest to mold NXT into a rather violent place to be in, he's polite and rather friendly to people when they don't bother him.
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, No Way Jose's music annoys him so much he destroyed Jose just to turn it off.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Has attacked every tag partner he has had due to them getting pinned.
    • Apologetic Attacker: ...He's usually very remorseful about it, though. He often apologizes to them backstage and is well aware he has a temper problem. In these cases, he nearly borders on Gentle Giant.
  • Finishing Move: An elevated side slam called "The Freak Accident".
  • Genius Bruiser: He may not seem like it, but Lars has quite a vocabulary and an astounding level of intelligence. He describes himself as having "the body of a gorilla and the mind of a professor".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He has certain issues with anger management, judging by him beating down his tag team partner and feuding with No Way Jose just because his music is annoying.
  • Put on a Bus: Was being set up for a feud with Andrade "Cien" Almas, and then vanished from television without any notification. Behind the scenes, he was apparently experiencing both knee problems and issues relating to the surgery to correct his acromegaly.
    • Again when he was set to debut on the main roster after a very long buildup of teaser vignettes, he disappeared suddenly. An anxiety attack, among other things, prompted him to no-show several events and he hasn't been seen on any WWE programming since.
      • The Bus Came Back: Finally made his main roster debut on the Raw after WrestleMania 35, appearing on both brands to wreak absolute havoc on vulnerable targets before being drafted onto SmackDown in the Superstar Shakeup.
      • As of 2021 he requested and was granted a final release citing ongoing anxiety issues, and in a February 2021 interview claimed he was probably done with professional wrestling for good.
  • Signature Move: A diving headbutt. Considering his size it looks very frightening. Upon his arrival to the main roster he began using a running sit-out powerbomb.
  • Wrestling Monster: A 6'3 303 lbs truck of a man, he relentlessly and effortlessly demolishes his competition, plowing through them like a freight train.

Rich Swann (Richard Swann) 2015-2018

Shane Thorne/Slapjack (Shane Veryzer) 2020-

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  • Cool Mask: As a part of Retribution.
  • Jerkass: Especially after his tag team split.
  • Land Down Under: He is from Australia.
  • Put on a Bus: After Shane Thorne suffered a knee injury in early 2017, he was viciously attacked by The Revival post-match to explain his absence for surgery. Nick Miller also disappeared from TV despite still being able to compete.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From a fairly anonymous half of Tag Team TM-61, Thorne (after an injury and his partner deciding to leave NXT) took some time off, got some tattoos, bulked up a bit, and returned as a singles wrestler capable of going toe-to-toe with Johnny Gargano.
    • The Bus Came Back: They returned in early 2018 and set out to show NXT what they are truly made of after their first run was cut short by Shane's injury. Again in 2019 after Nick Miller asked for and was granted his release - Shane showed up several months later as a singles competitor with a tweaked gimmick and a few new tattoos.

Akira Tozawa 2016-

Cain Velasquez 2019-2020


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