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Lists the various WWE wrestlers active during the Ruthless Aggression Era, from March 25, 2002 to March 30, 2008. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.
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Akebono (Akebono Taro) 2005


Batista (David Michael Bautista, Jr.) 2002-2010, 2014, 2019

See also: Evolution.

Shelton Benjamin (Shelton James Benjamin) 2002-2010; 2017-2023

See also: The World's Greatest Tag Team and The Hurt Business

The Boogeyman (Martin "Marty" Wright) 2005-2009, 2015

Elijah Burke (Elijah Samuel Burke) 2004-2008


Carlito (Carlos Edwin "Carly" Colon, Jr.) 2004-2010, 2021, 2023-

John Cena (John Felix Anthony Cena, Jr.) 2002-Present

See also: The Nexus.

Rob/Robért Conway (Robert Thomas Conway Jr.) 2003-2007

See also: La Résistance (Tag Team)


Simon Dean/Nova (Michael "Mike" Bucci) 2002-2005

Rene Dupree (Rene Goguen) 2003-2007

See also: La Résistance (Tag Team)


Eugene (Nick Dinsmore) 2004-2007, 2009


Finlay (David Finlay) 2006-2011, 2012-2020


Goldberg (William Scott "Bill" Goldberg) 2003-2004, 2016-2017, 2019-2023

Zach Gowen 2003-2004

Sylvain Grenier 2003-2007

See also: La Résistance (Tag Team)

The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) 2006-2014, 2017


David Hart Smith (Harry Smith) 2007-2008, 2009-2011, 2021

Muhammad Hassan (Mark Copani) 2004-2005

Curt Hawkins (Brian Myers) 2007-2013, 2016-2020

Heidenreich (Jon Heidenreich) 2003-2006


Impostor Kane/Festus/Luke Gallows (Andrew "Drew" Hankinson) 2006-2010, 2016-2020, 2022-

See also: Bullet Club.


Jamal/Umaga (Edward Solofa "Eddie" Fatu) 2002-2003, 2005-2009

K.C. James/Kasey James/James Curtis (Kurt Sellers) 2006-2008

Jesus (Aaron Aguilera) 2004

Nathan Jones 2002-2003


Mr. Ken Kennedy (Kenneth "Ken" Anderson) 2005-2009

Mike Knox (Mike Knoxville Hettinga) 2006-2010

Vladimir Kozlov (Olyeg Olyeksandrovich Prudius) 2006, 2008-2011


Bobby Lashley (Franklin Roberto "Bobby" Lashley) 2005-2008, 2018-Present

See also: The Hurt Business

Brock Lesnar (Brock Edward Lesnar) 2002-2004, 2012-2020, 2021-


Drew McIntyre (Andrew McLean "Drew" Galloway IV) 2007, 2009-2014, 2017-Present

See also: 3MB

Balls Mahoney (Jonathan Rechner) 2005-2008

Tony Mamaluke (Charles John Spencer) 2006-2007

Santino Marella (Anthony Carelli) 2007-2016, 2020

Chris Masters (Christopher Todd Mordetzky) 2005-2007, 2009-2011
  • Testosterone Poisoning: During the mock Jerry Springer show, Eve claims to have dumped him in favor of somebody who was much more manly than him. His response? "That's impossible!"

Joey Mercury (Adam Birch) 2004–2007, 2010-2017
See also: The Authority

Ernest "The Cat" Miller 2002-2004

The Miz (Michael "Mike" Mizanin) 2004, 2006-Present

Matt Morgan 2003-2005

Johnny Nitro/John Morrison (John Randall Hennigan) 2004-2011, 2020-2021

Rey Mysterio (Oscar Gutierrez) 2002-2015, 2018-Present


Nicky/Dolph Ziggler (Nicholas Theodore "Nick" Nemeth) 2005, 2006, 2008-2023

Jamie Noble (James Howard Gibson) 2002-2004, 2005-Present
  • Butt-Monkey: Well he was on the losing end of a feud with Hornswoggle, a fact that always makes you one of these, and he was disliked by general manager Vickie Guerrero on top of it. Later became this to an extent as part of J&J Security with Joey Mercury.
  • Finishing Move: A tiger driver and a submission hold he called the trailer hitch.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Thanks to Sheamus Powerbombing him on the floor outside of the ring, which forced him to retire.
  • Just Hit Him: All of his elaborate schemes to do away with Hornswoggle, when all he needed to do was, well, you know.
  • Karma Houdini: Pretty much. Losing his girlfriend because of his mistreatment of her seems pretty fair at first, for example, but then gets to beat her in a match, technically broke the rules to do so, and there was no payoff for it. Aside from Nidia though, the faces Jamie feuded with were largely not the type who could give him a beating that would please fans without being completely out of character. This might be the reason for his aforementioned butt monkey status later, to make up for lost time (though it is more likely that Vince had decided to phase out the cruiserweight division, leaving a lot less for guys like Jamie Noble to do).
  • Lust: A flaw of his, he used the money he got from winning a lottery to try and bribe Torrie Wilson into sleeping with him. This was despite him having a girlfriend at the time, and strangely enough ended up in a foursome also involving Billy Gunn. His inability to ignore Miss Jackie ultimately results in him losing a match he probably should have won to Rico. His infatuation with Layla did end up working out, eventually, for a little while, but then William Regal stole her away.
  • Older Than They Think: Noble used a rope-assisted DDT years before Randy Orton would use it regularly.
  • Rags to Riches: Inherited a lot of money. Jury's still out on whether he didn't know what to do with it or simply chose not to use it to move beyond his roots.
  • Revenge: He feuded with Tajiri over the fact Tajiri made his girlfriend Nidia blind.
    • Human Shield: This is what Jamie ended up using Nidia since she could not see what was happening. He would then blame everything that happened to her on Rey Mysterio, giving her a deep seated fear of him.
  • Straw Misogynist: Not on purpose; he was just kind of ignorant and not good with his words. Nonetheless it earned him the wrath of Vickie.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He was willing to attack Dawn Marie to ensure Nidia got a win on Velocity. (Dawn of course focused her payback on Nidia rather than Jamie). Downplayed with Nidia herself, whom he would shove and use to save himself from other people's hits while blind, but when it came to an actual fight between them, he opted to make her tap out.
  • Underwear of Power: When he wasn't wearing denim shorts.

Christopher Nowinski (Christopher John Nowinski) 2002-2003, 2005

Nunzio (James Maritato) 2002–2008, 2010-2011


Randy Orton (Randal Keith "Randy" Orton) 2002-Present

See also: Evolution, The Authority and The Wyatt Family.


Johnny Parisi (Joseph Dorgan) 2005-2007

  • Finishing Move: The Long Island Legsweep.
  • Jobber: Was basically a mainstay on Sunday Night Heat, losing to the likes of Chavo Guerrero and Kane.
  • Wrestling Family: Nephew of Tony Parisi.

Montel Vontavious Porter/MVP (Hassan Hamin Assad FKA Alvin Burke, Jr.) 2006-2010, 2020-

See also: The Hurt Business

CM Punk (Phillip Jack Brooks) 2006-2014, 2023-

See also: The Nexus

Daniel Puder 2004-2005


Ryan Reeves/Skip Sheffield/Ryback (Ryback Alan Reeves FKA Ryan Alan Reeves) 2004, 2010-2016

See also: The Nexus.

Luther Reigns (Matt Weise) 2004-2005

Cody Rhodes/Stardust (Cody Garrett Runnels) 2007-2016, 2022-

Rosey (Matt Anoaʻi) 2002-2006

  • Tag Team: The Island Boys/Three-Minute Warning & The Hurricane & Rosey.
  • Wrestling Family: Part of the big Samoan, Anoa'i Family.

Rico (Amarico Sebastiano Constantino) 2002-2004

Zack Ryder (Matthew Cardona) 2007-2020


Sabu (Terry Brunk) 2005-2007

Sakoda (Ryan Sakoda) 2003-2004

The Sandman (James "Jim" Fullington) 2005-2007

Gunner Scott (Brent Albright) 2006

  • Jobber
  • The Load
  • Put on a Bus: Lost to Mr. Kennedy on the June 30th episode of SmackDown and was then put in a body bag by The Great Khali, before being released from his WWE contract on October 12th that same year.
  • Sidekick: To Chris Benoit.

Gene Snitsky (Eugene Alan "Gene" Snisky) 2004-2008

  • Bald of Evil: Shaved himself bald when he went to WWE's ECW, and this cemented his transformation into a rather feral Wrestling Monster.
  • Catchphrase: "It wasn't my fault!".
  • Gonk: Outside of causing Lita's miscarriage and punt kicking baby dolls, being a physically repugnant weirdo with a creepy foot fetish is primarily what he is remembered for.
  • Last-Name Basis: After a couple months.
  • Never My Fault: After accidentally causing Kane to bump into a (Kayfabe) pregnant Lita resulting in the baby’s miscarriage, he refused to accept any responsibility for it. Hence his catchphrase.
  • Wrestling Monster

Idol Stevens/Damien Sandow/Damien Mizdow (Aaron Haddad) 2006, 2012-2016


Último Dragón (浅井 嘉浩, Asai Yoshihiro) 2003-2004


Jimmy Wang Yang (James Carson Yun) 2003-2005, 2006-2010