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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

Kato (Thomas "Tom" Boric) 1990-1993

Power and Glory - 1990-1991

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Hercules (Raymond Fernandez) 1985-1992

Paul Roma (Paul Centopani) 1985-1991

     Teams from the New Generation Era (1993-1997) 

The Bodydonnas - 1996

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Skip (Chris Candido) 1995-1996

Zip (Thomas Prichard) 1993-2004

The Godwinns/Southern Justice - 1996-1998

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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

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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

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Rick Steiner (Robert Rechsteiner) 1992-1994

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

Tekno Team 2000 - 1995-1996

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See also: D-Generation X
  • Badass Crew: Taken Up to Eleven when they joined Wrestling/D-Generation X.
  • Badass Mustache: Billy Gunn, from 1993 to 1995, when he was in the Smoking Gunns.
  • Camp Straight: Billy Gunn.
  • Catchphrase: "YOUR ASS BETTER CAAAAAAAAALLLL SOMEBODY!"
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder:
    • Roadie revealing that he, not Jeff Jarrett, had "sung" "With My Baby Tonight".
    • The team formed after Flash Funk had defeated Rockabilly on Shotgun Saturday Night and the renamed Road Dogg had convinced Rockabilly to leave the Honky Tonk Man and team with him. Rockabilly agreed, nailing HTM with his guitar. Extra notable due to HTM having managed the two in recent tag matches, victories included, before this.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Oh, you didn't know?"
  • Jerkasses
  • Nice Hat: Both of them, when Billy was in the Smoking Gunns, and when Dogg was "The Real Double J" Jesse James.
  • Odd Couple: One was a showman-esque wrestler and member of an illustrious wrestling family who wore street clothes to the ring and had a voice of velvet. The other had an unrelated brother who is a power wrestler who wore just wrestling shorts and boots and had average mic skills.
  • Red Baron: The Road Dogg had "Roadie", "The Real Double J", and "Road Dogg", Billy had "Rockabilly", "Bad Ass", "Mr. Ass", and "The One"
  • Underwear of Power: Billy Gunn.
  • Unrelated Brothers: Billy Gunn with Bart Gunn.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Before teaming with each other, James was Jeff Jarrett's roadie, and Gunn was a cowboy with his "brother" in The Smoking Guns.
  • Wrestling Family: Road Dogg is a member of the Armstrong wrestling family.

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

Too Much / Too Cool - 1998-2001, 2014

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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.
  • 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) - 1999-2007,2008-2018

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

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     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

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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-Present

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

Zack Ryder (Matthew Cardona) 2007-present

Cryme Tyme - 2006-2007, 2008-2010

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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

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

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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.
  • The Rain Man: Festus, later we find out this was due to a drug addiction. Once he kicked the habit, he returned to normal as Luke Gallows.
  • 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

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René Dupree (René Goguen) 2002-2007

Sylvain Grenier (Sylvain Grenier) 2002-2007

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

  • Cheap Heat: They ran on this trope. On the April 14, 2003 Raw, there had been "The Great Debate" between Scott Steiner and Christopher Nowinski over the War in Iraq. Scott took the pro-war side, saying, "the Dixie Chicks can go to Hell, or France, same difference." The first vignette promoting La Résistance debuted on Raw two weeks later. They would sing the French national anthem. They interrupted Lillian Garcia's rendition of "America the Beautiful" on Memorial Day. It was basically created because of France's hostility to the War.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Conway, when Miss Jackie Gayda flashed him, with her back to the camera, during his match with Rico on the January 26, 2004 Raw.
    • Dupree, when Stacy Keibler flashed her butt to him, with her face to the camera, during his match with Rico on the February 2, 2004 Raw.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: When Grenier was repackaged as a male model.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Duprée and Grenier were, Conway was an American liaison.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Duprée's dance was called the French tickler.
  • It Is Pronounced Ro-Bear: How Conway wanted people to pronounce his first name.
  • Jobber: After losing to Eugene and Jimmy Snuka at Taboo Tuesday 2005, Conway went on an 14-month losing streak, which ended with him losing to Jeff Hardy and getting fired by Vince McMahon on the New Year's 2007 edition of Raw.
  • Mascot: Rene's French poodle, named, of course, Fifi.
  • Misplaced Nationalism
  • Nice Hat: Their Berets
  • Patriotic Fervor
  • Power Stable: Until René became... The Pete Best.
  • Recycled IN FRANCE!: Conway's gimmick was basically the same as Barry Darsow's when he was Krusher Kruschchev, the traitorous American teammate for the Russians (Ivan and Nikita Koloff) in the NWA in the 1980s.
  • Underwear of Power: All three when the group split.

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.

The Spirit Squad - 2006, 2016

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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-present

Ezekiel Jackson (Rycklon Stephens) 2008-2014

See also: The Nexus

The Hart Dynasty - 2009-2010

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

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-present

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

     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-present

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

Epico/Fernando (Orlando Colón) 2011-present

  • 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-present

Erick Rowan (Joseph Ruud) 2013-present

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

Braun Strowman (Adam Scherr) 2015-present

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

Three MB - 2012-2014

Heath Slater (Heath Miller) - 2010-Present

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-present

Konnor (Ryan Parmeter) 2014-present

Viktor (Eric Thompson) 2014-present

The Lucha Dragons - 2015-2016

Kalisto (Emanuel Rodriguez) 2015-present

Hunico/Sin Cara (Jorge Arias) 2011-present

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) 

American Alpha - 2015-2017

Jason Jordan (Nathan Everhart) 2011-present

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

The Authors of Pain/AOP - 2016-Present

Akam (Sunny Dhinsa) 2014-present

Rezar (Gzim Selmani) 2015-present

  • 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).
  • 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 Precious 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-Present

Bo Dallas (Taylor Rotunda) 2013, 2014-present

Curtis Axel (Joseph Hennig) 2010-present

The Bar - 2016-Present

Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli) 2012-present

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

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-Present

Luke Harper (Jon Huber) 2013-present

Erick Rowan (Joseph Ruud) 2013-present

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-Present

Fandango (Curtis James Hussey) 2010-Present

Tyler Breeze (Mattias Clement) 2010-Present

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-Present

Bray Wyatt (Windham Laurence Rotunda) 2010-Present

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

Enzo and Cass - 2013-2017

Enzo Amore (Eric Arndt) 2012-2018

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

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

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

Karl Anderson (Chad Allegra) 2016-present

AJ Styles (Allen Jones) 2016-present

Finn Bálor (Fergal Devitt) 2014-present

Heath Slater & Rhyno - 2016-2019

Heath Slater (Heath Miller) 2010-present

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-Present

  • 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 powergamer.

Otis Dozovic/Otis (Nikola Bogojevic) 2016-present

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  • Acrofatic: Otis is a lot more nimble than he looks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: While Tucker can also be quite energetic, Dozovic 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-present

  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He watches out for Otis, whose relationship with reality is seemingly growing more unstable every week.
  • The Straight Man: While he can be a little silly, Tucker is much more grounded (and intelligible) than Otis.

Lucha House Party - 2018-present

Kalisto (Emanuel Rodriguez) 2013-present

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

  • Arch-Enemy: The Bar
  • Badass Family: Shane is The McMahon.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Defeated The Bar at Royal Rumble (2019) to become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The victory marked McMahon's first title win in nearly 19 years, while also marking the longest gap between title reigns in WWE history.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After their loss to The Usos at Fastlane 2019, Shane attacked Miz from behind while Miz's father was ringside.
  • Wrestling Family: Shane was having none of it, and reminded them that they might be third-generation Superstars, but he's fourth-generation.

The Revival - 2014-present

Scott Dawson (David K. Harwood) 2012-present

Dash Wilder (Daniel Wheeler) 2014-present

SAnitY - 2016-2019

Killian Dain (Damian Mackle) 2016-present

Alexander Wolfe (Axel Tischer) 2015-present

Eric Young (Jeremy Fritz) 2016-present

Titus Worldwide - 2016-2018

Titus O'Neill (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

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Aiden English (Matt Rehwoldt) 2012-present

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  • 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/Viking Raiders - 2018-present

  • Arch-Enemy: The Undisputed Era and The OC.
  • Acrofatic: You would not expect guys this size to move like lucha libre wrestlers, but they do it!
  • Beard of Barbarism: Hanson's gimmick, invoking the Celtic tribes with gear reminiscent of a kilt and a "war beard". Rowe's facial hair caught up in due time.
  • Heel–Face Turn: On the September 9th episode of WWE Raw, in Madison Square Garden they turn face after saved Cedric Alexander from The OC.
  • I Have Many Names: The team as a whole has gone by War Machine, War Raiders, The Viking Experience, and The Viking Raiders.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Hanson/Ivar (Todd Smith) 2018-present

Rowe/Erik (Raymond Rowe) 2018-present

  • Bald of Awesome: Rowe rarely has more hair on the top of his head than that he hasn't had time to shave off.
  • Happily Married: To fellow wrestler Sarah Logan.

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