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

See also: Evolution.

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

See also: The World's Greatest Tag Team

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


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

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

See also: The Nexus.


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


Eugene (Nick Dinsmore) 2004-2007, 2009


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


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

Zach Gowen 2003-2004

The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) 2006-2014, 2017
  • Anti-Villain: He only worked with Jinder Mahal to protect his sister's honor.
  • Achilles' Heel / Real Life Writes the Plot: He started off a force to be reckoned with, however, in real life his knees began to deteriorate. Smaller wrestlers like CodyRhodes began to take advantage of this, being able to defeat Khali within minutes just by going after his knees.
  • Bollywood: He's from India.
  • The Brute: As a heel.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He eventually got tired of Jinder and punched him.
  • Demoted to Extra: He was a force to be reckoned with when he debuted, but these days he is more of a comic relief character.
  • Dumb Muscle: For Jinder Mahal. During his heel run in 2011, he was cured when he had enough of Jinder's bullshit.
  • Finishing Move: Khali Bomb/Punjabi Plunge (Two handed Chokedrop), Khali Vise Grip.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: When he debuted, he was a heel.
  • Funny Foreigner: After his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Gentle Giant: At least when he's a face.
  • The Giant: Dude is 7 feet tall and 400 pounds!
  • Gimmick Matches: Introduced the Punjabi Prison match.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door
  • A Hero to His Hometown: More popular in India than probably anywhere else by several magnitudes. He's absolutely despised everywhere else, regardless of whether he's a face or heel.
  • Put on a Bus: Courtesy of Mark Henry.
  • The Bus Came Back/Commuting on a Bus: Returned at Battleground in July 2017 after almost three years away.
  • The Quiet One/The Unintelligible: His speech is rather muddled, though his brother Ranjin could understand his Punjabi, and for some reason Natalya could understand him when she was his manager.
  • Sim Sim Salabim: He has the Mowgli haircut and his entrance video has been filled with all the requisite iconography.
  • Unrelated Brothers: with Ranjin Singh, his manager.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He got sick of Mahal's threats and bullying, broke away from him, and then kicked his ass. Between the sudden end to the feud, as well as either Mahal's inability or his unwillingness to speak English when on camera, we never found out whether Mahal was bluffing or whether he did indeed divorce Khali's sister. And looked like it wouldn't be addressed as he started a feud with Ted DiBiase Jr, and Khali was out with an injury thanks to Mark Henry. However, when Khali returned at the Royal Rumble, he was referred to as Mahal's brother-in-law.
    • Eventually, the entire angle was dropped, as when he reappeared in WWE in the summer of 2017, it was solely as Mahal's role model and friend.
  • The Worf Effect: For one reason or another, Khali frequently gets injured in-storyline to be prevented from participating in multi-man matches.


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

Muhammad Hassan (Mark Copani) 2004-2005

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

Heidenreich (Jon Heidenreich) 2003-2006


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

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

Brock Lesnar (Brock Edward Lesnar) 2002-2004, 2012-Present


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

For his time in 3MB, see this page.

Balls Mahoney (Jonathan Rechner) 2005-2008

Santino Marella (Anthony Carelli) 2007-2016

Chris Masters (Christopher Todd Mordetzky) 2005-2007, 2009-2011

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

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

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


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

Jamie Noble (James Howard Gibson) 2002-2004, 2005-Present
  • Beard of Evil
  • 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.
  • Corrupt Cop: As part of J&J Security.
  • Corrupt Hick
  • Deep South
  • 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.
  • Unrelated Cousins: To Nunzio.
  • Verbal Tic: "Jamie Noble boy".

Christopher Nowinski (Christopher John Nowinski) 2002-2003, 2005
  • Abhorrent Admirer: For Molly Holly for a time. William Regal would tell him to focus on wrestling and not on "rogering" her.
  • The Bus Came Back: Briefly so that he could help the Smackdown Your Vote campaign.
  • Finishing Move: The Honor Role (Swinging double underhook suplex), a reference to his Harvard Graduation.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: He is most famous not for any of his accomplishments but for retiring from wrestling after getting a concussion and doing extensive research on the injuries effect to athletes.
  • Genius Bruiser: He was the first Harvard graduate in WWE history. While in WWE Tough Enough, he was known as "Chris Harvard."
  • Improbable Weapon User: His metal face mask.
  • Jerk Jock
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He argued that a show of force or open warfare wouldn't solve any of the countries problems, back when the "War on terror" was still relatively popular.
  • Not in the Face!
  • Token White: Invoked: He actively sought Thuggin And Buggin membership despite Theodore Long's open contempt for white people, and is actually the reason Long no longer has any contempt for white people.

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) 2005-2006

  • 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 (Hassan Hamin Assad FKA Alvin Burke, Jr.) 2006-2010

CM Punk (Phillip Jack Brooks) 2006-2014

See also: The Nexus


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

See also: The Nexus.

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

Rosey (Matt Anoaʻi) 2002-2006

Rico (Amarico Sebastiano Constantino) 2002-2004

Zack Ryder (Matthew Cardona) 2007-Present


Sabu (Terry Brunk) 2005-2007

Sakoda (Ryan Sakoda) 2003-2004

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

Gunner Scott (Brent Albright) 2006

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

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


Ultimo Dragon (浅井 嘉浩, Asai Yoshihiro) 2003-2004


Jimmy Wang Yang (James Carson Yun) 2003-2005, 2006-2010
  • But Not Too Foreign: He's half-Korean descent, half-caucasian, all American.
  • I Have the High Ground:
  • Nice Hat: Had one on whenever he didn't wrestle.
  • Stereotype Flip: The entire Jimmy Wang Yang gimmick was based around this. His character (a down-home cowboy who also happened to be Korean) had him deliberately defying Asian stereotypes by being proud of his Southern heritage and wishing to be identified by his self-admitted love of being a redneck rather than being judged by his race.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: First as a wrestling bodyguard for Tajiri, then a wrestling movie star, then a wrestling cowboy.


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