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Lists the notable Tag Team wrestlers throughout the history of the WWWF/WWF/WWE. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.

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     Teams from the WWWF Era (1963-1984) 

The Blackjacks - 1975

Blackjack Mulligan (Robert Deroy Windham) 1971, 1975, 1982, 1985-1987

Blackjack Lanza (John "Jack" Lanza) 1975

Graham and Tyler - 1971

Luke Graham (James Grady Johnson) 1964–1965, 1966–1969, 1971–1972, 1978

Tarzan Tyler (Camille Tourville) 1965–1966, 1971–1972

The Moondogs - 1981-1985

Moondog King (Edward J. "Ed" White) 1980–1981

Moondog Rex (Randy Colley) 1980-1987

Moondog Spot (Larry Booker) 1981–1985

Parisi and Cerdan - 1975-1976

Tony Parisi (Antonio Pugliese) 1966–1969, 1975-1976, 1982, 1985

Louis Cerdan (Louis Gino Acocella) 1964–1969, 1975–1976, 1982

The Valiant Brothers - 1974-1975, 1978-1980

Jimmy Valiant (James Harold Fanning) 1971-1972, 1973-1975, 1979

Johnny Valiant (Thomas Sullivan) 1969-1970, 1974-1975, 1979, 1985-1987

Jerry Valiant (John Steele Hill) 1979, 1984-1985

The Wild Samoans - 1980, 1982-1984

     Teams from the Rock 'N' Wrestling Era (1984-1993) 

The Bolsheviks - 1987-1990

Nikolai Volkoff (Josip Nikolai Peruzović) 1968, 1970-1971, 1974, 1976-1977, 1979, 1984-1990, 1991-1992, 1994-1995, 2001

Boris Zhukov (James Darrell) 1987-1991

The Beverly Brothers - 1991-1993

Blake Beverly (Michael "Mike" Enos) 1991-1993

Beau Beverly (Wayne Bloom) 1991-1993

The Brain Busters - 1988-1989

Arn Anderson (Martin Anthony Lunde) 1988-1989, 2001-present

Tully Blanchard (Tully Arthur Blanchard) 1988-1989, 2006

The Bushwhackers - 1988-1996, 2001

Bushwhacker Luke Williams (Brian Wickens) 1988-1996, 2001

Bushwhacker Butch Miller (Robert Miller) 1988-1996, 2001

Demolition - 1987-1991

Ax (Bill Eadie) 1973, 1983-1984, 1986-1990

Smash I (Randy Colley) 1980-1987

Smash II (Barry Darsow) 1987-1993, 2001, 2007

Crush (Brian Keith Adams) 1990-1995, 1996-1997, 2001

The Funks - 1985-1987

Terry Funk (Terrence Funk) 1972-1973, 1985-1986, 1997-1998, 2006

Dory "Hoss" Funk (Dory Ernest Funk, Jr.) 1986, 1996

Jimmy Jack Funk (Ferrin Charles Barr, Jr.) 1985-1987

  • Chainsaw Good: Terry Funk as Chainsaw Charlie
  • Garbage Wrestler: Terry especially in the 1990s.
  • I Have Many Names: Dory just went by "Hoss Funk" at first, then by his real name in the 1996 Royal Rumble, Terry briefly used "Chainsaw Charlie" when teaming up with Cactus Jack (Jack would lampshade this in a promo, saying, "If a legend like Terry Funk wants to run around with pantyhose on his head calling himself Chainsaw Charlie, that's his business!").
  • Red Baron: Terry's nickname during his first WWF stint in 1985-1986 was "Terrible".
  • Ring Oldies: Terry, who is still wrestling, well into his 60s.
  • Unrelated Brothers: Jimmy Jack to Terry and Hoss.
  • Wrestling Family: Obviously Terry and Dory, but Ferrin (Jimmy Jack) is the son to wrestler and promoter, Sandy Barr and older brother to WCW and AAA wrestler Art Barr.

The Powers of Pain - 1988-1990

The Warlord (Terry Szopinski) 1988-1992

The Barbarian (Sionne Vailahi) 1988-1992, 1994-1995

The Legion of Doom/The Road Warriors - 1990-1992, 1997-1999, 2003, 2005-2006

Hawk (Michael James Hegstrand) 1990-1992, 1997-1999, 2003

Animal (Joseph Aaron "Joe" Laurinaitis) 1990-1992, 1997-1999, 2003, 2005-2006, 2012

Puke / Droz (Darren Drozdov) 1998-1999

Heidenreich (Jon Heidenreich) 2003-2006

The Nasty Boys - 1990-1993

Brian Knobbs (Brian Yandrisovitz) 1990-1993

Jerry Sags (Jerry Sagonovich) 1990-1993

The Natural Disasters - 1991-1993

Earthquake (John Tenta) 1989-1993, 1994, 1998-1999

Typhoon (Fred Ottman) 1990-1993, 1994

The Orient Express - 1990-1992

Sato (佐藤 昭雄, Sato Akio) 1990-1991, 1995

  • He Also Did: Sato was a major backstage figure in All Japan Pro Wrestling in the early 80s. He most notably was the promotion's booker after a network-mandated division of power, but he also reformed the backstage culture, worked as a co-interpreter, and mentored various young talent.

Tanaka (Pat Tanaka) 1990–1992, 1993-1994

Kato (Thomas "Tom" Boric) 1990-1993

Power and Glory - 1990-1991

Hercules (Raymond Fernandez) 1985-1992

Paul Roma (Paul Centopani) 1985-1991

     Teams from the New Generation Era (1993-1997) 

The Bodydonnas - 1996

Skip (Chris Candido) 1995-1996

Zip (Thomas Prichard) 1993-2004

The Godwinns/Southern Justice - 1996-1998

Henry O. Godwinn (Mark Canterbury) 1995-1998

Phineas I. Godwinn/Mideon (Dennis Knight) 1996-2000

The Headbangers - 1996-1999, 2000, 2016

The Headshrinkers - 1992-1995

Samu (Samula Anoa'i) 1992-1994

Fatu (Solofa F. Fatu Jr.) 1992-2004, 2012, 2014

Sionne (Sionne Vailahi) 1988-1992, 1994-1995

The Heavenly Bodies - 1993-1995

Tom Prichard (Thomas Prichard) 1993-2004, 2007-2012

Jimmy Del Ray (David Ferrier) 1993-1995

The Nation of Domination - 1996-1998

Faarooq (Ron Simmons) 1996-2010

The Rock (Dwayne Douglas Johnson) 1996-2004, 2011-

Owen Hart (Owen James Hart) 1988-1989, 1991-1999

D'Lo Brown (Accie Julius Conner) 1997-2003, 2008-2009

Kama (Charles Wright) 1992-1993, 1995-2002, 2013

Savio Vega (Juan Riviera) 1994-1998

Mark Henry (Mark Jerrold Henry) 1996-2018

Ahmed Johnson (Anthony Norris) 1995-1998

The Rock 'n' Roll Express

Ricky Morton (Richard Morton) 1993-1994, 1998

Robert Gibson (Ruben Cain) 1993-1994, 1998

The Steiner Brothers - 1992-1994

Rick Steiner (Robert Rechsteiner) 1992-1994

Scott Steiner (Scott Carl Rechsteiner) 1992-1994, 2002-2004

Tekno Team 2000 - 1995-1996

Troy (Erik Watts) 1995-1996

Travis (Chad Fortune) 1995-1996

Well Dunn - 1993-1995

Timothy Well (Timothy Smith) 1993-1995

Steven Dunn (Steve Doll) 1993-1995

     Teams from the Attitude Era (1997-2001) 

The Acolytes Protection Agency/APA - 1998-2004, 2007, 2012, 2015

Bradshaw (John Charles Layfield) 1996-2009

Faarooq (Ron Simmons) 1996-2010

D-Generation X - 1997-2000, 2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2012, 2015, 2018

Shawn Michaels (Michael Shawn Hickenbottom) 1988-2010, 2018

Triple H (Paul Michael Levesque) 1995-present

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

Rick Rude (Richard Erwin "Rick" Rood) 1987-1990, 1997

X-Pac (Sean Waltman) 1993-1996, 1998-2002, 2012-present

"The Road Dogg" Jesse James (Brian Gerard "B.G." James) 1994-2001, 2011-present

"Bad Ass" Billy Gunn (Monty "Kip" Sopp) 1993-2004, 2012-2015

Stephanie McMahon (Stephanie McMahon Levesque née Stephanie Marie McMahon) 1999-present

Edge and Christian/(E&C) 1998–2001, 2009–2011, 2014-2016

Edge (Adam Copeland) 1998-2011, 2020-

Christian (William Reso) 1998-2004, 2009-2014

The Hardy Boyz - 1998-2002, 2006-2009, 2017-2018, 2019-2020

Matt Hardy (Matthew Moore "Matt" Hardy) 1994-1996, 1998-2010, 2017-2020

Jeff Hardy (Jeffrey Nero "Jeff" Hardy) 1994-1997, 1998-2003, 2006-2009, 2017-present

Kai En Tai - 1998-2001

Taka Michinoku (Yoshida Takao) 1997-2001

Funaki (Funaki Shoichi) 1998-2010

Los Boricuas - 1997-1998

Savio Vega (Juan Riviera) 1994-1998

Miguel Pérez (Jose Miguel Pérez, Jr.) 1997-1999

Jose Estrada (Jose Estrada, Jr.) 1997-1999

Jesús Castillo (Jesús Daniel Castillo Ortiz, Jr.) 1997-1999

The Disciples of Apocalypse - 1997-1999

Crush (Brian Keith Adams) 1990-1995, 1996-1997, 2001

Chainz (Brian Lee Harris) 1994, 1997-1998

Skull (Donald "Don" Harris) 1995-1996, 1996-1999

8-Ball (Ronald "Ron" Harris) 1995-1996, 1996-1999

The Dudley Boys - 1999-2005, 2015-2016

Bubba Ray Dudley (Mark S. LoMonaco) 1999-2005, 2015-2016

D-Von Dudley (Devon E. Hughes) 1999-2005, 2015-2016

The New Age Outlaws - 1997-2000, 2012-2015

Road Dogg (Brian Gerard "B.G." James) 1994-2001, 2011-present

Billy Gunn (Monty "Kip" Sopp) 1993-2004, 2012-2015

See also: D-Generation X

The Oddities 1998-1999

Kurrgan (Robert Maillet) 1997-1999

Golga 1989-1993, 1994, 1998-1999

Giant Silva (Paulo Silva) 1998-1999

George "The Animal" Steele (William James Myers) 1968-1970, 1972, 1976, 1984-1988, 1998-1999

The Public Enemy - 1999

Johnny Grunge (Michael Durham) 1999

"Flyboy" Rocco (Theodore James "Ted" Petty) 1999

Right to Censor - 2000-2001

Stevie Richards (Michael Manna) 1999-2008

Bull Buchanan (Barry Buchanan) 1997-2001,2002-2003,2011

The Goodfather (Charles Wright) 1992-1993,1995-2002,2013

Val Venis (Sean Allan Morley) 1998-2009

Ivory (Lisa Marie Moretti) 1999-2005,2018

Too Much / Too Cool - 1998-2001, 2014

Brian Christopher/Grand Master Sexay (Brian Lawler) 1997-2001, 2004, 2011, 2014

Scott Taylor / Scotty 2 Hotty (Scott Ronald Garland) 1991-2007, 2014

Rikishi (Solofa F. Fatu Jr.) 1992-2004, 2012, 2014

     Teams from the In Vasion (2001-2002) 

Billy and Chuck - 2001-2002

"Bad Ass" Billy Gunn (Monty "Kip" Sopp) 1993-2004, 2012-2015

Chuck Palumbo (Charles Palumbo) 2001-2004, 2007-2008

  • Ambiguously Gay: As a heel.
  • Arch-Enemy: APA & 3-Minute Warning.
  • Faux Yay: Infamously posed as gay lovers in their original run.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Rico defected to Raw and managed 3-Minute Warning. Billy and Chuck remained a team, turning face and dropping all facets of their gay-sweetheart gimmick.

New World Order/nWo - 2002, 2015

Hulk Hogan (Terry Gene Bollea) - 1979-1980,1983-1993,2002-2003,2005-2007,2014-2015,2018-present

Scott Hall (Scott Oliver Hall) - 1992-1996,2002

Kevin Nash (Kevin Scott Nash) - 1993-1996,2002-2003,2011-present

X-Pac (Sean Waltman) - 1993-1996,1998-2002,2012-present

Big Show (Paul Randall Wright Jr) - 1999-2007,2008-2021

Booker T (Booker Tio Huffman) - 2001-2007,2011-present

Shawn Michaels (Michael Shawn Hickenbottom) - 1988-2010,2018-present

Palumbo and O'Haire - 2001

Chuck Palumbo (Charles Palumbo) 2001-2004, 2007-2008

Sean O'Haire (Sean Christopher O'Haire) 2001-2003


     Teams from the Ruthless Aggression Era (2002-2008) 

3-Minute Warning

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

Rosey (Matt Anoa'i) 2002-2006

The Basham Brothers - 2003-2005, 2006-2007

Doug Basham (Lyle Douglas "Doug" Basham, Jr.) 2002-2007

Danny Basham (Daniel R. "Danny" Holle) 2003-2007

Cade and Murdoch - 2005-2007

Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder - 2007-2009, 2019-2020

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

Zack Ryder (Matthew Cardona) 2007-2020

Cryme Tyme - 2006-2007, 2008-2010

JTG (Jason Anthony Paul) 2006-2007, 2008-2014

Shad Gaspard (Shad Chad Javier Romane Chittick Gaspard) 2006-2007, 2008-2010

Deuce 'n Domino - 2007-2008

Deuce (James Snuka) 2007-2009

Domino (Clifford Treiber) 2007-2008

The Dicks - 2005-2006

Chad Dick (Charles "Chad" Wicks) 2005-2006

James Dick (John Michael Toland) 2005-2006

Evolution - 2003-2005, 2007, 2014

Triple H (Paul Michael Levesque) 1995-present

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

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

Ric Flair (Richard Morgan "Ric" Fliehr) 1991-1993, 2001-2009, 2012-present

The Gymini - 2006

Jake (Mike Shane) 2006

Jesse (Todd Shane) 2006

The Heart Throbs - 2005-2006

Romeo Roselli (Giovanni "Johnny" Roselli) 2005-2006

Antonio Thomas (Thomas Matera) 2005-2006

The Highlanders - 2006-2008

Rory McAllister (Russell Murray) 2006-2008

Robbie McAllister (Derek Graham-Couch) 2006-2008

The Hurricane and Rosey - 2003-2005

The Hurricane (Gregory Shane Helms) 2001-2010

Rosey (Matt Anoaʻi) 2002-2006

Jesse and Festus - 2007–2009

Jesse/Slam Master J (Ray Gordy) 2005-2010

Festus/Luke Gallows (Drew Hankinson) 2006-2010, 2016-present

  • Ascended Extra: Gordy first appeared on WWE TV on the December 9, 2005 episode of SmackDown, where he got squashed by The Boogeyman, then became the (kaybabe) boyfriend of Trish Stratus.
  • Bald of Awesome: Luke/Doc Gallows.
  • Bald of Evil: Luke/Doc Gallows.
  • Braids of Action: Slam Master J, copying Cryme Tyme.
  • The Brute: Again, Luke Gallows.
  • Costume Copycat: In 2006, Hankinson was the masked Kane who briefly tormented the real one.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Festus would be catatonic most of the time, staring blankly into space with his tongue hanging out while Jesse dragged him around. But when the bell rang, Festus would wake up and kick some ass until that very same bell rang again to send him back into his gentle state.
  • Drugs Are Bad: We found out later that Luke Gallows was Festus, and his far off look was because of a drug addiction, which CM Punk saved him from.
  • Expy: With his similar tights and moveset, Jesse was one to Rob Van Dam of all people.
  • Gentle Giant: Festus.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Luke had enough of CM Punk and left the Straight Edge Society.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Jesse, as Slam Master J.
  • Put on a Bus: Slam Master J got released and then retired extraoficially from wrestling to work as a policeman. He is one of the few wrestling examples who is actually gone for good. He made one more appearance at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
  • Red Baron: "Corn Fed Colossus" for Festus.
  • The Smart Guy: Jesse.
  • Underwear of Power: Festus.
  • Unrelated Brothers: They were originally going to be brothers with their surname being "Dalton".
  • Wrestling Family: Jesse is the son of the late great WWE Hall of Famer Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy.

La Résistance - 2003-2005

René Dupree (René Goguen) 2002-2007

Sylvain Grenier (Sylvain Grenier) 2002-2007, 2019-present

Robert Conway (Robert Thomas "Rob" Conway) 2000-2007

London and Kendrick - 2003-2004, 2005-2007

Paul London (Paul Michael London) 2003-2008

Spanky/Brian Kendrick/"The" Brian Kendrick (Brian David Kendrick) 2002-2004, 2005-2009, 2015, 2016-present

Mexicools - 2005-2006

Super Crazy (Francisco Islas Rueda) 2005-2008

Psicosis (Dionicio Castellanos Torres) 2005-2006

Juventud (Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández) 2005-2006

  • Acrofatic: Super Crazy who is more pudgy than fat.

MNM - 2005–2006, 2006-2007

Melina (Melina Nava Perez) 2004-2011

Johnny Nitro (John Hennigan) 2004-2011, 2020-

Joey Mercury (Adam Birch) 2004-2007, 2010-2017

Miz & Morrison - 2007–2009, 2020-

The Miz (Michael Mizanin) 2004, 2006-

John Morrison (John Hennigan) 2004-2011, 2020-

The Spirit Squad - 2006, 2016

Kenny (Kenneth Lionel Doane) 2006-2008, 2016

Johnny (John "Johnny" Jeter) 2006

Mitch (Nicholas Cole "Nick" Mitchell) 2006

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

Mikey (Michael "Mike" S. Brendli) 2006, 2016

The World's Greatest Tag Team - 2002-2004, 2006-2007, 2009-2010

Charlie Haas (Charles "Charlie" Doyle Haas II) 2002-2005, 2006-2010

Shelton Benjamin (Shelton James Benjamin) 2002-2010, 2017-

     Teams from the WWE Universe Era (2008-2011) 

The Corre - 2011

Wade Barrett (Stuart Alexander Bennett) 2010-2016

Justin Gabriel (Paul Lloyd Jr) 2010-2015

Heath Slater (Heath Miller) 2010-2020

Ezekiel Jackson (Rycklon Stephens) 2008-2014

See also: The Nexus

The Hart Dynasty - 2009-2010

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

Tyson Kidd (Theodore "T.J." Wilson) 2009-2015

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

Bret Hart (Bret Sergeant Hart) 1984-1997, 2010

  • Arch-Enemy: The Usos
  • Canada, Eh?
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Natalya & Tyson Kidd.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Tyson Kidd. This culminated on the November 15 episode of Raw, when Kidd refused to tag in and attacked Smith during a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Nexus (Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater). Kidd became a heel once again as a result of this.
  • Heel
    • Heel–Face Turn: On March 28, 2010, The Hart Dynasty, (along with the rest of the Hart family), were in their uncle Bret's corner as he faced Mr. McMahon in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania XXVI, performing a Hart Attack on McMahon during the match and officially becoming fan favorites as a result.
  • Wrestling Family

The Legacy - 2008-2010

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

Cody Rhodes (Cody Garrett Runnels) 2007-2016

Ted DiBiase Jr. (Theodore Marvin "Ted" DiBiase, Jr.) 2008-2013

The Nexus/New Nexus - 2010-2011

Wade Barrett (Stuart Alexander Bennett) 2010-2016

David Otunga (David Daniel Otunga Sr) 2010-present

Justin Gabriel (Paul Lloyd Jr) 2010-2015

Heath Slater (Heath Miller) 2010-present

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

Darren Young (Frederick "Fred" Douglas Rosser III) 2010-2017

Michael Tarver (Tyrone Evans) 2010-2011

Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) 2010-2016, 2018-present

John Cena (John Felix Anthony Cena Jr) 2002-present

Michael McGillicutty (Joseph Curtis "Joe" Hennig) 2010-2020

Husky Harris (Windham Laurence Rotunda) 2010-present

CM Punk (Phillip Jack Brooks) 2006-2014

Mason Ryan (Barri Griffiths) 2011-2014

The Usos - 2010-present

Jey Uso (Joshua Fatu) 2010-present

Jimmy Uso (Jonathan Fatu) 2010-present

See also: Samoan Dynasty

     Teams from the WWE, Inc. Era (2011-2014) 

The Prime Time Players - 2012-2014, 2015

Titus O'Neil (Thaddeus Michael Bullard) 2012-present

Darren Young (Fred Rosser) 2010-2017

Primo and Epico/ Los Matadores / The Shining Stars - 2011-2020

Primo/Diego (Edwin "Eddie" Carlos Colón) 2008-2020

Epico/Fernando (Orlando Colón) 2011-2020

  • Annoying Older Sibling: How Primo views his brother Carlito.
  • Artistic License – Geography: They were Puerto Ricans playing Mexican matadores.
  • Backstabber: Their Finishing Move.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: They were complaining about not getting enough TV time as Champs. The next match they had on TV was the one where they lost the belts.
  • Braids of Action: Epico until his haircut
  • Expy:
    • The Colons, obviously. They just switched out Carlito for Epico and added Rosa as a valet.
    • Now, of Tito Santana's "El Matador" gimmick.
  • Cool Masks: As Los Matadores.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Averted. Even as heels, they're heels that happen to be Puerto Rican, not because they're Puerto Rican.
  • Four Is Death: When the team of Epico, Primo, & Rosa originally formed, they shot straight to the top of the revived tag team division, winning the tag titles in short order. However, they later lost the titles, and once they were signed to AW's agency in an attempt to regain their mojo (making their stable number four members), things only went downhill from there.
  • Latin Lover: Primo.
  • Mascot: El Torito.
  • Meaningful Name: Didn't make much sense when he was teaming with Carlito, but "Primo" is Spanish for "cousin", so in the way the name of their team reads: "Epico & Cousin." Oh, and Rosa.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Primo was once in a relationship with uber-nerd AJ Lee.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Subverted. Won the Tag Team Championships at a live event, but the replay was shown on the following televised show, explaining what had happened.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Epico & Primo won the titles when they did and the way they did (see Offscreen Moment of Awesome above) because Evan Bourne (who was one half of the champions along with Kofi Kingston) got suspended for a second Wellness Violation. Ironically, they would later lose the titles back to Kofi, who found a new partner in R-Truth, who had just returned from a Wellness Vacation stemming from the exact same incident where Evan Bourne got busted.
  • Sibling Team: Despite annoying him, teaming with his brother was a dream of Primo's and they were the first Unified Tag Team Champions.
  • Sibling Triangle: Primo and Carlito to Brie Bella.
  • Spicy Latina: Ever since beginning to manage Epico & Primo, Rosa's been playing this up for all it's worth.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Rosa Mendes.
  • Villain Team-Up: Epico was with Hunico at first. He's now tagging with his cousin Primo.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Epico and Primo lost their championships to Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. In almost all cases where a competitor drops a title, they have a rematch clause. They're still yet to invoke it even several weeks later. This was later brought up at No Way Out; AW allowed their rematch clause to expire with him never telling them to use the clause, presumably on purpose, as later that night during a Four Way Match for the #1 contendership to the tag team titles he turned on Epico and Primo to side with the Primetime Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young).
    • Happened again as Los Matadores. In the fall of 2015, Diego and Fernando turned heel and beat down El Torio before getting put through tables by the Dudley Boyz. None of this was followed up on, as the duo disappeared from TV for months before resurfacing as their original Primo/Epico names, talking up the beauty of Puerto Rico in video packages.
  • Wrestling Family: The two are Real Life cousins from one of the well known Puerto Rican wrestling families - also add Carlos, Jr. (Primo's brother, known as Carlito in the WWE), Carlos Sr. (Carlito and Primo's father, who all three proceeded to induct into the Hall of Fame) as well.

Team Hell No - 2012-2013, 2018

Kane (Glenn Jacobs) - 1995-present

Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) - 2010-2016, 2018-present

The Shield - 2012-2014, 2017-2018, 2019

Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) 2012-2019

Roman Reigns (Joe Anoa'i) 2012-present

Seth Rollins (Colby Lopez) 2012-present

The Wyatt Family - 2013-2014, 2015-2017

Luke Harper (Jon Huber) 2013-2019

Erick Rowan (Joseph Ruud) 2013-2020

Bray Wyatt (Windham Rotunda) 2010-2011, 2013-present

Braun Strowman (Adam Scherr) 2015-present

Randy Orton (Randall Keith "Randy" Orton) 2002-present

3MB - 2012-2014

Heath Slater (Heath Miller) - 2010-2020

Jinder Mahal (Yuvraj Dhesi) 2011-2014, 2016-Present

Drew McIntyre (Drew Galloway) 2007, 2009-2014, 2017-Present

     Teams from the Reality Era (2014-2016) 

The Ascension - 2014-2019

Konnor (Ryan Parmeter) 2014-2019

Viktor (Eric Thompson) 2014-2019

The Lucha Dragons - 2015-2016

Kalisto (Emanuel Rodriguez) 2015-2021

Hunico/Sin Cara (Jorge Arias) 2011-2019

The New Day - 2014-present

Big E (Ettore Ewen) 2012-present

Kofi Kingston (Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah) 2008-present

Xavier Woods (Austin Watson) 2013-present

Tyson Kidd and Cesaro - 2014-2015

Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli) 2012-present

Tyson Kidd (Theodore "T.J." Wilson) 2009-2015

     Teams from the New Era (2016-present) 

AJ Styles and Omos - 2021-Present

AJ Styles (Allen Neal Jones) 2016-present

See also: Bullet Club

Omos (Tolulope Jordan Omogbehin) 2021-present

  • Big Guy, Little Guy
  • The Dreaded: The New Day's reaction when he was finally tagged into their championship match said it all. The multiple-time Champions instantly knew they were screwed.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Omos is just make a wrestling debut at WrestleMania 37 and won the Raw Tag Team Champions and Styles became a Grand Slam Champion.
  • The Giant: Omos is 7'3".
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: In an environment where a complete repackaging while on the main roster isn't as common anymore, Omos stands out as having had three separate gimmicks within a year. Originally, he was a giant Ninja in the employ of Akira Tozawa. Then he was a bouncer for the short-lived RAW Underground. Most recently, he's been AJ Styles' enforcer and tag-team partner.
  • Salt and Pepper: He's the pepper to AJ's salt.
  • Wrestling Monster: Omos.

Alpha Academy 2021-

Chad Gable (Charles "Chas" Betts) 2013-present

See also: American Alpha

Otis Dozovic/Otis (Nikola Bogojevic) 2016-present

American Alpha - 2015-2017

Jason Jordan (Nathan Everhart) 2011-present

Chad Gable (Charles "Chas" Betts) 2013-present

The Authors of Pain/AOP - 2016-2020

Akam (Sunny Dhinsa) 2014-2020

Rezar (Gzim Selmani) 2015-2020

  • Aborted Arc: They were reportedly supposed to reunite with Paul Ellering, until the COVID pandemic and Rezar’s bicep injury delayed it and their subsequent release later made it impossible.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Akam is ethnically Punjabi Indian, and Rezar is from Albania. Somewhat surprisingly for WWE, which likes to play the Foreign Wrestling Heel thing to the hilt, this doesn't factor into their gimmick at all (aside from occasionally cutting promos in their native languages).
  • Co-Dragons: To Seth Rollins as of December 2019.
  • Establishing Character Moment: They came out after American Alpha lost the NXT tag titles back to The Revival and utterly destroyed the ex-champions before being called to the back by legendary manager Paul Ellering.
  • Finishing Move: Two of them:
    • "The Last Chapter" is a Russian Legsweep and Lariat combination.
    • "Super Collider" is stereo powerbombs after knocking their opponents together.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Two absolute beasts whose tandem offense is surprisingly fast and appropriately painful.
  • Spiritual Successor: In the same vein as old school big vicious bruiser tandems such as the Powers of Pain, Faces of Fear, Demolition Road Warriors/Legion of Doom, etc., they are known as the Authors of Pain. Given that the Legion of Doom's former manager used to guide the Authors, this is most likely on purpose.
  • Theme Naming: The philosophical principle of Occam's Razor goes that among competing hypotheses, select the simplest one with the least assumptions. What Akam and Rezar are here to do needs no assumptions made.
  • Wrestling Monster: They are almost completely unstoppable in the ring. Sometimes one of them does not even bother tagging into the match, allowing the other to destroy both their opponents by themselves.

The B-Team - 2018-2020

Bo Dallas (Taylor Rotunda) 2013, 2014-2021

Curtis Axel (Joseph Hennig) 2010-2020

The Bar - 2016-2019

Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli) 2012-present

See also: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly) 2009-present

Benjamin & Gable - 2017-2018

Shelton Benjamin (Shelton James Benjamin) 2002-2010, 2017-present

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

Chad Gable (Charles "Chas" Betts) 2013-present

See also: American Alpha
  • Face/Heel Double-Turn: The Usos cemented their face turn when they attempted to shake Benjamin and Gable's hand during a backstage segment, whereas Benjamin and Gable refused.

The Bludgeon Brothers/Luke Harper and Erick Rowan - 2017-2019

Luke Harper (Jon Huber) 2013-2019

Erick Rowan (Joseph Ruud) 2013-2020

See also: The Wyatt Family

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable - 2018-2019

Bobby Roode (Robert Roode) 2016-Present

Chad Gable (Charles "Chas" Betts) 2013-Present

Breezango - 2016-2021

Fandango (Curtis James Hussey) 2010-2021

Tyler Breeze (Mattias Clement) 2010-2021

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins - 2017-2018

Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) 2012-2019

Seth Rollins (Colby Lopez) 2012-present

See also: The Shield.

The Deleters Of World - 2018

Matt Hardy (Matthew Moore "Matt" Hardy) 1994-1996,1998-2010,2017-2018, 2019-2020

Bray Wyatt (Windham Laurence Rotunda) 2010-Present

See also: The Wyatt Family

Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre - 2018

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

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

Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode/The Dirty Dawgs - 2019-Present

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

Robert Roode (Robert Francis Roode) 2016-present

Enzo and Cass - 2013-2017

Enzo Amore (Eric Arndt) 2012-2018

Colin "Big Cass" Cassady (Bill Morrissey) 2012-2018

Forgotten Sons - 2016-2020

Wesley Blake (Cory Weston) 2013-2021

Steve Cutler (Tommy Maclin) 2014-2021

Jaxson Ryker (Chad Lail) 2017-

Gallows and Anderson/The Club/Balor Club/The OC - 2016-2020

Luke Gallows (Drew Hankinson) 2006-2010, 2016-2020

Karl Anderson (Chad Allegra) 2016-2020

AJ Styles (Allen Jones) 2016-present

Finn Bálor (Fergal Devitt) 2014-present

Heath Slater & Rhyno - 2016-2019

Heath Slater (Heath Miller) 2010-2020

Rhyno (Terrance "Terry" Gerin) 2001-2005,2015-2019

  • Action Dad: Slater. To daughter Snow. On Sept. 6, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live he introduce his family (kayfabe) to the WWE Universe.
  • Action Politician: Rhyno. He decided to run for the Republican House of Representatives in Michigan and later won the primary. Oh, and he Gored Heath Slater on the same night.
  • The Big Guy: Rhyno
  • Dumbass Has a Point: After losing their rematch for the tag team titles on the 12/6/16 edition of Smackdown Live, Rhyno pointed out how he'd always do the brunt of the work with Heath taking the win (which Heath pointed out, in a meta sense, that it was kinda the whole point of their team) and that Heath's heart hadn't really been in it for their rematch; Heath retorted that, as long as they were "keeping score", Rhyno lost the titles for them at TLC, which Rhyno responded to by walking off without a word.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Slater and Rhyno victory at Backlash 2016, Slater finally gained a contract with Smackdown after being overlooked for the Draft, in addition to being one of the two first Smackdown Tag Team Champions.
  • Jobbers: After Superstar Shake-up and not getting a opportunity for Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Red Baron: Beauty and Man Beast.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Slater Red and Rhyno Blue.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Rhyno.

Heavy Machinery - 2016-2020

  • The Big Guy: Practically half their gimmick.
  • Catchphrase: "Steaks and weights"
  • Finishing Move: "The Compactor", which has Otis hold one of their opponents in a set up for a bodyslam, with Tucker then running into him from behind, crushing their poor victim under all 650 pounds of Heavy Machinery. On the main roster, Tucker has started bouncing up and landing on the guy again while Otis rolls aside.
  • Stereotype Flip: Something Tucker himself pointed out. Despite consisting of a fat guy and a muscle man, Otis is the acrobatic high flyer while he's the power gamer.

Otis Dozovic/Otis (Nikola Bogojevic) 2016-present
  • Acrofatic: Otis is a lot more nimble than he looks.
  • Berserk Button: NEVER mock his girlfriend Mandy, otheriwse you're gonna get it.
  • Big Fun: Otis is the loud, hilarious, quote-worthy part of Heavy Machinery who adds hilarious theatrics to his moves.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He lives for three things: steaks and weights, and fighting.
  • Catchphrase: "OH YEAH!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He might not be all there, as during a meeting with William Regal during the investigation into who assaulted Aleister Black, Otis was convinced they were actually being questioned about the toilet he destroyed at the training center.
  • Face–Heel Turn: On the February 19th episode of SmackDown, Otis attacked Rey Mysterio at the orders of Chad Gable after their tag team match thus turning heel first time in WWE.
  • Fat Bastard: After his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Kavorka Man: While Otis isn't a conventionally attractive man, his kind and fun-loving personality managed to capture the attention of gorgeous Mandy Rose.
  • Large Ham: While Tucker can also be quite energetic, Otis is larger than life in every possible way.
  • One-Scene Wonder: In under 2 minutes, Otis and his Large Ham tendencies completely took over a Youtube segment based around the Gargano/Ciampa feud.
  • Stout Strength: He is fairly short for a wrestler and quite large, having one of the widest frames on the roster. The commentators note that his low center of gravity and strength make him near impossible to knock over, even for the Authors of Pain.

Tucker Knight/Tucker (Levi Cooper) 2015-2021

  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He watches out for Otis, whose relationship with reality is seemingly growing more unstable every week.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At Hell in a Cell (2020), Tucker betrayed Otis attacked him with Money In The Bank briefcase and allowed The Miz pin Otis and won the Money In The Bank briefcase thus turning heel.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Tucky!"
  • The Straight Man: While he can be a little silly, Tucker is much more grounded (and intelligible) than Otis.

Hit Row (2021-present)

  • Catchphrase: "If you didn't know... now you know!"
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Their entrance music is a rapping number where every member gets a verse.
  • Power Stable: Swerve is the Centerpiece, Adonis is the Heir Apparent, Top Dolla and B-Fab are the Muscles.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: All of them are capable rappers, able to humiliate their opponents with well-timed rhymes.

Isaiah "Swerve" Scott (Stephon Strickland) 2021-present

Ashante Adonis (Tehuti Miles) 2021-present
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's the most hot-headed member of the crew, often launching into angry rhyming.

Top Dolla (AJ Francis) 2021-present

B-FAB (Briana Brandy) 2021-present

The Hurt Business - 2020-

Montel Vontavious Porter (Hassan Hamin Assad) 2006-2010, 2020-

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

Shelton Benjamin (Shelton James Benjamin) 2002-2010, 2017-

Cedric Alexander (Cedric Alexander Johnson) 2016-

Lucha House Party - 2018-present

Kalisto (Emanuel Rodriguez) 2013-2021

Gran Metalik 2016-present

Lince Dorado (Jose Cordero) 2016-present

The Miz and Shane McMahon - 2019

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

Shane McMahon (Shane Brandon McMahon) 1990, 1998-2009, 2016-present

The Revival - 2014-2020

Scott Dawson (David K. Harwood) 2012-2020

Dash Wilder (Daniel Wheeler) 2014-2020

Rey & Dominik Mysterio/The Mysterios 2020-

Rey Mysterio (Óscar Gutiérrez) 2002-2015, 2018-

Dominik Mysterio (Dominik Gutiérrez) 2020-

RK-Bro - 2021-

Randy Orton (Randal Keith Orton) 2002-

Riddle (Matthew Riddle) 2021-

SAnitY - 2016-2019

Killian Dain (Damian Mackle) 2016-2021

Alexander Wolfe (Axel Tischer) 2015-2021

Eric Young (Jeremy Fritz) 2016-2020

Street Profits - 2016-Present

  • Expy: Can be considered one to Cryme Tyme, only without obvious criminal tendencies. They also share some traits with the original Prime Time Players.
  • Greek Chorus: WWE often use them in backstage segments on RAW to comment on the proceedings of the show.
  • Iconic Item: Red cups, as a reference to rappers who drink alcohol or lean from similar cups.
  • Life of the Party: They bring the party with them to the ring.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hyped-up Ford and chill Dawkins, respectively.

Angelo Dawkins (Gary Gordon) 2016-present
  • Berserk Button: Messing with his headbands.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Despite always jobbing, he calmly waits for the next opportunity. His bio hints that he's more of a Spirited Competitor, but it's really not showing right now on NXT. This really irritated Sawyer Fulton while they were teaming.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a former championship athlete in his college sports days. The way he calmly talks about waiting for another opportunity sounds similar to many a non-descript, sanitized post-game interview. Sawyer Fulton's growing fatigue with his sterile professionalism at all times eventually led to them breaking up.
  • Hipster: Formerly. This was dropped in favor of an amateur wrestling gimmick when he started teaming with Sawyer Fulton.
  • Jobber: Though he seems oddly cool about it. After teaming with Ford, he finally starts picking up victories as part of the Street Profits.
  • Red Baron: Adopted "The Curse of Greatness" as his moniker after splitting from Sawyer Fulton.

Montez Ford (Kenneth Crawford) 2016-present

  • Cool Crown: Seen wearing one sometimes.
  • Cool Shades: He wears them basically everywhere except during matches.
  • Finishing Move: A frog splash, which he gets some extreme height on due to his athleticism.
  • Genki Guy: Apparently, he has unlimited energy, as he bounces around the arena to celebrate his victories.
  • Happily Married: to Bianca Belair.
  • In a Single Bound: No, seriously, watch his frog splash or top rope dives. It's noted fairly often on commentary that Ford has one of the highest (if not the highest) vertical leaps on the NXT roster.
  • Large Ham: Compared to the more laid-back Dawkins, Ford is constantly hype.
  • Romance on the Set: Married to Bianca Belair, whom he met while training in NXT.

Titus Worldwide - 2016-2018

Titus O'Neil (Thaddeus Bullard Sr) 2012-present

See also: Prime Time Players

Apollo Crews (Sesugh Uhaa) 2015-present

Akira Tozawa 2016-present

Dana Brooke (Ashley Mae Sebera) 2016-present

The Vaudevillains - 2013-2017

  • Dastardly Whiplash: As a tag team, they sport some sinister-looking mustaches, and they're known as the Vaudevillains.

Simon Gotch (Seth Lesser) 2013-2017

Aiden English (Matt Rehwoldt) 2012-2020
  • Arch-Enemy: The Lucha Dragons.
    • Tye Dillinger after becoming singles competition.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: With his moustache and his plain brown tights with built-in muscle belt, he looks like an old-fashioned vaudeville strongman. In June 2014, humorously and appropriately enough, he ended up tag-teaming with Simon Gotch, a vaudeville strongman wrestler, and their promos and entrance are done in the style of old black and white films. To top it all off, their tag team is called the Vaudevillains.
  • Badass Family: English married into one. He's married to Shaul Guerrero, which makes him the son-in-law to Eddie Guerrero.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Berserk Button: He did not take losing the sing-off to Cassidy well.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Vaudevillains/Lucha Dragons match at Takeover 3, English pushed Gotch out of the way when the Lucha Dragons did a double suicide dive. It looked like a Senseless Sacrifice at first because Gotch got pinned within minutes, but it turned out to be a smart move because Gotch wasn't the legal man, a fact that the Vaudevillains successfully used to get a rematch.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • The Vaudevillains disappeared from the tag team scene for several months, and then returned after Unstoppable.
    • The team was broken up in 2017 when Gotch got released by WWE, with English going back to singles competition.
    • After breaking from his team with Rusev, he disappeared for a while before becoming part of the 205 Live commentary team.
  • Red Baron: "The Artiste" and "The Drama King".
  • Sore Loser: Boy howdy.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He's a stage actor/singer turned wrestler.
  • Wrestling Family: Believe it or not, to the Guerrero Family, as he's married to Eddie Guerrero's daughter.

War Raiders/The Viking Raiders - 2018-present

  • Anti-Hero: They're violent, bloodthirsty berserkers either way, but as faces they temper this by standing up for other faces, primarily targeting heels and showing genuine respect to other face teams who give them a genuine challenge.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • The Undisputed Era in NXT, whom they chased after for the Tag Team belts on that brand.
    • The OC on RAW. Gallows and Anderson are the tag team who have given them the most trouble since they moved to the main roster.
    • AJ Styles and Omos after becoming number one contender for the Raw Tag Team Champions.
  • Badass Baritone: Both of their voices are very deep.
  • Barbarian Hero: The pro wrestling equivalent.
  • Beard of Barbarism: Both of them have long, bushy beards.
  • Catchphrase: Chanting "War! War! War! War!" as part of their entrance, which supportive crowds imitate as well. Upon moving up to RAW, they adapted "It's time to join the raid!" as well.
  • Finishing Move: The Viking Experience (aka the War Machine Combo Slam, aka Thor's Hammer), a double-team powerslam.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: They're more than happy to use each other as weapons, with one dropping the other onto a prone opponent as a borderline Signature Move.
  • Heel–Face Turn: On the September 9th episode of WWE Raw, in Madison Square Garden they turned face after saving Cedric Alexander from The OC.
  • Horny Vikings: The entire point of their gimmick is to imitate the dress style and mindset of Viking marauders.
  • I Have Many Names: They've gone by War Machine, War Raiders, The Viking Experience, and The Viking Raiders.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Coming up to the main roster limited their ability to fight other upper/midcarders, since they spent most of their time squashing jobbers. Eventually they had enough and complained they'd come for challengers but found only victims. Their solution was to issue an open challenge for their championship belts, which the Street Profits answered.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: While the two were faces at NXT, they suddenly turned heel after WrestleMania 35 when they started making appearances on the main roster. When this didn't work out, they were eventually turned face again.
  • This Means War Paint: When they are especially angry they paint their faces before matches. This is a nod to the ancient Celtic tribes but has a side effect of making them look like The Legion of Doom to those unfamiliar with their gimmick.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Their ring gear always leaves their chests and torsos bare. Hanson/Ivar invokes the Celtic tribes with gear reminiscent of a kilt.

Hanson/Ivar (Todd Smith) 2018-present

Rowe/Erik (Raymond Rowe) 2018-present



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