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Lists the various WWE wrestlers active during the WWE Universe Era, from March 31, 2008 to April 3, 2011. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.
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Wade/Bad News/King Barrett (Stuart Alexander Bennett) 2010-2016, 2020-See also: The Nexus.
Trent Barreta (Gregory Marasciulo) 2009-2013
- Arch-Enemy: While on NXT, Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins.
- A Day in the Limelight: Being mainly used as a jobber, he only had one sort of program: It was when Kelly Kelly and Drew McIntyre were having a storyline together and Kelly showed concern for Barreta after a match.
- Demoted to Extra: He was mainly seen on Superstars or NXT.
- I Have the High Ground: Was mainly a highflyer.
- Jobber: Due to his small stature he was mainly this during his tenure.
- Put on a Bus: First due to an injury, then made some appearances on NXT, then released.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Well, Zack was wondering at least in his Youtube show in a segment called "Where is Trent".
Derrick Bateman/EC3 (Michael Hutter) 2010-2013, 2018-2020
Evan Bourne (Matthew Joseph "Matt" Korklan) 2008-2014
Daniel Bryan (Bryan Lloyd Danielson) 2010-2016, 2018-2021See also: The Nexus, Team Hell No.
Brodus Clay (George Murdoch), 2010-2014
Johnny Curtis/Fandango (Curtis James Hussey) 2010-2021See also: Breezango.
Alberto Del Rio (José Alberto Rodríguez) 2010-2014, 2015-2016
Ted DiBiase Jr (Theodore Marvin "Ted" DiBiase, Jr.) 2008-2013
Husky Harris/Bray Wyatt/The Fiend (Windham Lawrence Rotunda) 2010-2021See also: The Nexus and Wyatt Family
Ezekiel Jackson (Rycklon Stephens) 2008-2014
- The Big Guy: When he was a Face.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He once scoop-slammed The Big Show and put The Great Khali in the Torture Rack.
- Demoted to Extra: See Small Name, Big Ego below.
- Evil Versus Evil: Against Vladimir Kozlov in WWECW.
- Finishing Move: A modified uranage and a torture rack.
- Genius Bruiser
- Gentle Giant
- Beware of the Nice Ones: In his own words "Don't Mistake My Kindness For Weakness."
- Put on a Bus: Was out due to an injury, never returned to television, and was then released.
- Scary Black Man: They tried to push him as a force to reckon with, but some Badass Decay later and he was Demoted to Extra until an injury put him on the shelf before his release.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Was due for a renewed push in 2012, but before it even got started, he was bragging about it and annoyed others to the point where a fight nearly started in the locker-room. Vince McMahon got wind of the situation and thus the push was halted and his Badass Decay was part of his punishment.
- Squash Match: His first match on Smackdown saw him squash Super Crazy. He also competed against Vladimir Kozlov in a contest to see who could squash jobbers harder.
- Underwear of Power: As practiced by many other wrestlers.
- Villain Team-Up: William Regal convinced him and Vladimir to put aside their differences and help him win Christian's ECW championship. Kozlov got kicked out but Regal stuck around and helped Ezekiel win the title after he failed to win it.
Kaval (Brandon Silvestry) 2010
Tyson Kidd (Theodore James "T.J." Wilson) 2009-2015
Kofi Kingston (Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah) 2008-See also: The New Day
Kizarny (Nicholas Cvjetkovich) 2008-2009
Michael McGillicutty/Curtis Axel (Joseph Curtis "Joe" Hennig) 2010-2020
Bam Neely (Justin Bruce Rocheleau) 2008-2009
Atlas/Ricky Ortiz (Richard Young) 2008-2009
- The Big Guy: As a face.
- The Brute: As a heel.
- Jobber: Became this towards the end of his WWE stint.
- Put on a Bus: Got squished by The Great Khali on the August 7th 2009 episode of SmackDown before being released from his WWE contract.
David Otunga (David Daniel Otunga Sr) 2010-
Tyler Reks (Gabbi Along Tuft FKA. Gabriel Allan Tuft) 2009-2012
- Awesome McCool Name to Run Away From Really Fast: Invoked this for her ring name and said she one day wanted to hear the crowd chant "Reks Wrecks."
- The Brute: When she re-debuted on Smackdown which was alter toned down, but still played up.
- Demoted to Extra: She brute-forced her way onto the Smackdown Bragging Rights team by taking out Kaval in 2010, and also made the Survivor Series team on the same brand. Then she got drafted to RAW in the 2011 draft and promptly disappeared from television. She then showed up on NXT along with Curt Hawkins, until the two briefly appeared as members of John Laurinaitis' informal stable in 2012.
- Dreadlock Rasta -> Dreadlock Warrior
- Follow the Leader: Subverted. Like Zack Ryder, she and Curt Hawkins tried to capitalize on the internet by way of a Youtube series. WWE promptly shut it down.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Her wrestling style.
- Put on a Bus: Asked for her release so she could spend more time with her wife and daughter.
- Small Name, Big Ego: The ultimate undercard example, along with partner Curt Hawkins.
- Surfer Dude: In ECW. Then she re-appeared on Smackdown Dreadlocked Brute.
- Underwear of Power
- Villain Team-Up: Teamed up with Curt Hawkins. This was mainly seen on season 5 of NXT. Then they got a push on Raw, but Reks decided to retire, so nothing more came of it.
Alex Riley (Kevin Robert Kiley, Jr.) 2010-2016
- The Apprentice / Battle Butler: To Miz, for a time.
- Arch-Enemy: On NXT, it's Kevin Owens.
- Character Development: Probably unintentional, but Alex Riley's kayfabe history is actually very well done if you think about it. He goes from Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up in his NXT phase to getting his first big 'job' with the Miz, who turns out to be a Bad Boss and even bigger bully than Riley himself. Riley finally figures out what it's like to be on the wrong end of a Jerkass and eventually stands up to the bully, realizing the error of his own ways in the process. Again, probably unintentional, but pretty cool as well.
- Demoted to Extra: Had a toe-to-toe feud with the Miz. Pinned him clean on PPV at one point. After their feud was over, he promptly disappeared almost entirely from Raw. He's regularly seen on Superstars and NXT as a commentator.
- The Dog Bites Back: After The Miz had failed yet again to retake the title from John Cena on Over The Limit, he called Riley a useless bungler who has been actively responsible for his every failure over the past few months. After a few humiliating slaps, he then fires Riley, to which Riley responds by beating the everloving hell out of the Miz, destroying his suit, and leaving the ring to thunderous cheering.
- Finishing Move: A fireman's carry cutter that has gone through several different names - the most recent being the "Final Score", according to The Other Wiki.
- Green-Eyed Monster: His main reason for returning to NXT in 2016, jealous of the fact that guys like Apollo Crews and Finn Balor were getting so much attention instead of him.
- Jerk Jock: Dubbed himself "The Varsity Villain" on NXT, and ran around wearing a letterman jacket. Definitely played the part, as well.
- Put on a Bus: Busted his leg after participating in Wrestlemania 31's Andre The Giant Memorial Rumble.
- The Bus Came Back: Recently reappeared on NXT, taking on Bull Dempsey.
- Redemption Promotion: When he turned face. But then disappeared, see above for reason.
- The Runner-Up Takes It All: It looked like this would happen to Riley, as he was more successful than Kaval, who left the company by the end of 2010. First he was Miz's protégé before he turned face, and the two feuded for a short while with Riley getting the win over him at the 2011 Capitol Punishment PPV. Then he promptly disappeared and became a commentator on Superstars and NXT.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Was his gimmick as a heel. Was dropped once he turned face.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Seems to have picked up his mentor's gift for wearing a good suit.
- Small Name, Big Ego: As a heel.
- Underwear of Power
Mason Ryan (Barri Griffiths) 2011-2014See also: The Nexus
Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly) 2009-See also: The Bar
Heath Slater (Heath Miller) 2010-2020See also: The Nexus
Jack Swagger (Jacob "Jake" Hager) 2008-2017
Michael Tarver (Tyrone Evans) 2010-2011
See also: The Nexus
- The Brute: Dear lord yes. One wonder how this would have turned out if he hadn't been injured.
- Demoted to Extra: Was part of one the biggest faction in WWE, before he was injured, and then only seen in backstage segments before his release.
- FaceHeel Turn: When joining The Nexus, although he was never really a face to begin with on NXT.
- Put on a Bus: Injured his groin which lead to a beat down of Cena, who just had been inducted into Nexus, and thus left the Nexus. It was more of Cena venting his frustration than anything else, but Barrett would claim he wanted to get rid of Tarver anyway, so Cena did him a huge favour. He would return later on in backstage segments, but nothing came to it before he was released.
- Scary Black Man: His time in The Nexus really brought this out.
Yoshi Tatsu (山本 尚史 Yamamoto Naofumi) 2009-2014
Braden Walker (Christopher Eric Harris) 2008