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Lists the various WWE wrestlers active during the Rock 'N' Wrestling Era, from January 23, 1984 through April 4, 1993. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.
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Arn Anderson (Marty Lunde) 1988-1989, 2001-2019
The Barbarian/Headshrinker Sionne (Sionne Vailahi) 1988-1992, 1994-1995
Outlaw Ron Bass (Ronald Herd) 1987-1989
Brutus Beefcake (Edward Harrison Leslie) 1984-1993
The Berzerker (John Nord) 1991-1993
The Big Bossman (Raymond Walter "Ray" Traylor, Jr.) 1988-1993, 1998-2003
Bam Bam Bigelow (Scott Charles Bigelow) 1987-1988, 1992-1995
B. Brian Blair 1984-1988
Tully Blanchard (Tully Arthur Blanchard) 1988-1989, 2006
The British Bulldog (David "Davey" Boy Smith) 1984-1988, 1990-1992, 1994-1997, 1999-2000
"Jumpin'" Jim Brunzell 1984-1993
King Kong Bundy (Chris Pallies) 1985-1987, 1994-1995
Big Bully Busick (Nick Busick) 1991
- Alliterative Name
- Badass Mustache
- The Bully: Well, yeah.
- Cigar Chomper
- Finishing Move: The Stump Puller.
- Handicapped Badass: Unknowingly wrestled all of his matches during his WWF tenure with a condition that caused his heart to beat irregularly and rapidly.
- Jerkass: He'd antagonize kids at ringside and even got in the face of ring announcer Mike McGuirk until Sid Justice made the save.
- Nice Hat: A derby.
- The Roaring '20s: His gimmick was a throwback to that era.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He made his TV debut in August and left in November.
- Ur-Example: The first wrestler managed by Dr. Harvey Wippleman.
Cousin Junior (Lanny Kean) 1984-1985
- Farm Boy
- Finishing Move: Mule Kick
- Nice Hat
- Parts Unknown: "Pigeon Forge, KY"
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!/Real Life Writes the Plot: Walked out once he started making some money, although a variety of other theories have been floated as well. Hillbilly Jim has since said that Kean "went crazy." George "The Animal" Steele claimed that Kean felt that he had made enough money and so he retired.
- Unrelated Wrestling Family: With Uncle Elmer, Hillbilly Jim and Cousin Luke
Cousin Luke (Gene Petit) 1985-1987
- Arch-Enemy: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr.
- Farm Boy
- Finishing Move: Mule Kick
- Game-Breaking Injury: A broken ankle kept him out of the WrestleMania 2 battle royal.
- Parts Unknown: "Hogwaller, TN"
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Cousin Junior
- Unrelated Wrestling Family: With Uncle Elmer, Hillbilly Jim and Cousin Junior
- The Voiceless
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (James Edward Duggan) 1987-1993, 2005-2009
Dynamite Kid (Thomas "Tom" Billington) 1984-1988
Earthquake/Golga (John Anthony Tenta) 1989-1993, 1994, 1998-1999
Duane Gill/Gillberg (Duane Gill) 1991-1994, 1998-2000, 2003, 2007, 2017
Haku (Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita) 1985-1992, 2001
Bret Hart (Bret Sergeant Hart) 1984-1997, 2010
Owen Hart (Owen James Hart) 1988-1989, 1991-1999
Hercules Hernandez (Raymond "Ray" Fernandez) 1985-1992
Hillbilly Jim (Jim Morris) 1984-1997
The Honky Tonk Man (Roy Wayne Farris) 1986-1991, 19971998, 2001, 2008
Marty Jannetty (Frederick Marty Jannetty) 1987, 1988-1992, 1992-1994, 1995-1996, 2005-2007, 2009
Junkyard Dog (Sylvester Ritter) 1984-1988
Kamala the Ugandan Giant (James Harper Harris), 1984, 1986-1987, 1992-1993
Corporal Kirchner (Mike Kirchner) 1986-1987
- All-American Face
- Always Second Best: He couldn't be ranked higher than "Corporal" because of Sgt. Slaughter.
- Badass Beard
- Finishing Move: Airborne Slam
- Unnecessary Roughness: Other wrestlers didn't want to work with him because they thought he was too stiff.
- Yanks with Tanks: Did a U.S. Army gimmick.
Shawn Michaels (Michael Shawn Hickenbottom) 1988-2010, 2018-See also: D-Generation X and New World Order.
The Missing Link (Byron James John Robertson) 1985
Max Moon (Thomas Boric) 1992-1993
- Alliterative Name: Max Moon. The gimmick was originally named The Komet Kid.
- Awesome, but Impractical: He had an elaborate entrance, which did nothing to get him over.
- Cool Mask: Averted. Look at the picture.
- Jet Pack: He had one, didn't help him much.
- Jobber: The only guys he beat clean were people positioned lower than himself.
- Mythology Gag: He was in the opening match of the first ever WWE RAW against Shawn Michaels. They had been tag partners in San Antonio as The American Force.
- Parts Unknown: "Outer Space"
- Tag Team: He was previously Kato of The Orient Express with Pat Tanaka.
The Mountie (Jacques Rougeau Jr.) 1986-1994, 1998
Nailz (Kevin Wacholz) 1992
- Arch-Enemy: Big Bossman
- Cassandra Truth: His claims that Bossman was an evil, abusive prick based on how he treated him in his time behind bars fell completely on deaf ears at the time despite Bossman saying nothing to deny them. Years later, Bossman took part in the Attitude Era as Vince McMahon's corrupt SWAT enforcer and pretty much proved he was capable of everything Nailz claimed.
- Catchphrase: "Who's the boss now, Boss Man?!"
- Finishing Move: Strangle Sleeper
- Institutional Apparel: Despite being released from prison, Nailz still wore his prisoner uniform at all times.
- Large Ham: Even by wrestling standards. Nailz would scream/growl every line of dialogue while often frothing at the mouth.
Jim Neidhart 1985-1992, 1994-1997, 2007
The One Man Gang/Akeem (George Gray) 1987-1990
"Cowboy" Bob Orton 1981-1983, 1984-1987, 1989, 2005-2006
Outback Jack (Peter Stilsbury) 1986-1988
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper (Roderick George "Roddy" Toombs) 1984-1996, 2003, 2005-2015
"Leaping" Lanny Poffo/The Genius (Lanny Mark Poffo) 1985-1992
Jim Powers (James Manley) 1984-1993
Harley Race 1986-1989
Razor Ramon/Scott Hall (Scott Oliver Hall) 1992-1996, 2002, 2015See also: New World Order.
Dustin Rhodes/Goldust (Dustin Patrick Runnels) 1990-1991, 1995-1999, 2001-2003, 2005-2006, 2008-2012, 2013-2019
Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr.) 1989-1991, 2005-2007, 2009-2015
Jake "The Snake" Roberts (Aurelian Smith, Jr.) 1986-1992, 1996-1997
The Red Rooster/Terry Taylor (Paul William Taylor III) 1988-1990, 1992-1993
- Alliterative Name: Both of them
- Animal Motif: Take a guess.
- Arch-Enemy: The Brooklyn Brawler, after his face turn.
- Catchphrase: "Cock-a-doodle-doo!"
- Clucking Funny: A wrestling rooster.
- Finishing Move: Cock of the Walk (Scorpion Lock), Rooster Wing (Elevated belly to back hammerlock)
- Jobber/Joke Character: Bobby Heenan said that he was just a "little red rooster" and his name wasn't important.
- Power Stable: The Heenan Family
Mike Rotunda/Irwin R. Schyster (Lawrence Michael "Mike" Rotunda) 1984-1987, 1991-1995
Raymond "Ray" Rougeau 1986-2002, 2017-
- Action Survivor: Worked as both an interviewer and the play-by-play announcer for the French syndicated WWF programming distributed to Quebec, Europe, and Africa from 1991-2002, and as part of WWE's French announce team from 2017 onwards.
- Alliterative Name
- Badass Mustache
- Canada, Eh?
- Foreign Wrestling Heel
- Sibling Team: With his younger brother Jacques as the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers.
Rick Rude (Richard Erwin "Rick" Rood) 1987-1990, 1997See also: D-Generation X.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage (Randall Mario "Randy" Poffo) 1985-1994
Buzz Sawyer (Bruce Woyan) 1984
Sid Justice/Sycho Sid (Sidney Raymond "Sid" Eudy) 1991-1992, 1995-1997, 2012
Skinner (Stephen Paul "Steve" Keirn) 1991-1993, 2007-
- Improvised Weapon: Skinner's use of an alligator claw.
- Retired Badass: Now works as the President of NXT Wrestling (formally Florida Championship Wrestling), WWE's developmental league.
- Squash Match: Was on the wrong side of one against Owen Hart at WrestleMania VIII.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: A wrestling alligator hunter, then a wrestling clown as Doink.
- Wrestling Family: Well, almost. Keirn's son Cory had three matches in FCW in 2007 and left wrestling right after.
Dan Spivey/Waylon Mercy 1985-1988, 1995
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (Richard Henry Blood, Sr.) 1985-1988, 1991, 2009
Scott Steiner (Scott Carl Rechsteiner) 1992-1994, 2002-2004
The Tonga Kid/Islander Tama (Samuel Larry Anoa'i Fatu) 1984-1988
The Ultimate Warrior (Warrior FKA James Brian Hellwig) 1987-1992, 1996
Uncle Elmer (Stan Frazier) 1985-1986
The Undertaker (Mark William Callaway) 1990-
Mad Dog Vachon (Maurice Vachon) 1984-1985
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010.
- Bald of Awesome
- Canada, Eh?
- Carpet of Virility
- HeelFace Turn: After decades of being a Heel he was a Face for his short run with the company before he retired.
- Red Baron
- Ring Oldies: Was still wrestling at 55.
- Wrestling Family: Brother of wrestlers Paul and Vivian Vachon, and the uncle of wrestler Luna Vachon.
Virgil (Mike Jones) 1987-1994, 2010
Kerry Von Erich (Kerry Gene Adkisson) 1990-1992
Koko B. Ware (James Ware) 1986-1994
Barry Windham (Barry Clinton Windham) 19841985, 1989, 1996-1998
Yokozuna (Rodney Agatupu Anoa'i) 1992-1996