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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

Derrick Bateman/EC3 (Michael Hutter) 2010-2013, 2018-2020

Evan Bourne (Matthew Joseph "Matt" Korklan) 2008-2014

Daniel Bryan (Bryan Lloyd Danielson) 2010-2016, 2018-2021

See also: The Nexus, Team Hell No and The Wyatt Family.


Brodus Clay (George Murdoch), 2010-2014

Johnny Curtis/Fandango (Curtis James Hussey) 2010-2021

See also: Breezango.


Alberto Del Rio (José Alberto Rodríguez) 2010-2014, 2015-2016

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


Justin Gabriel (Paul Lloyd Jr.) 2010-2015

See also: The Nexus


Husky Harris/Bray Wyatt/The Fiend (Windham Lawrence Rotunda) 2010-2021, 2022-2023

See also: The Nexus and Wyatt Family


Ezekiel Jackson (Rycklon Stephens) 2008-2014


Kaval (Brandon Silvestry) 2010

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

See also: TysonKiddAndCesaro.

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

See also: The Nexus.


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) 2010-2015

See also: The Nexus.


Tyler Reks (Gabbi Along Tuft FKA. Gabriel Allan Tuft) 2009-2012
  • 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.
    • Also briefly used a lifting DDT that would be immediately recognizable by E & C fans as the Implant/Impaler DDT.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: 6 foot 3 with an athletic build. Wearing tight denim pants and going shirtless, when beating the crap out of The Miz, when he turned on him in 2011, didn't help out the cause either.
  • Underwear of Power

Mason Ryan (Barri Griffiths) 2011-2014

See also: The Nexus


Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly) 2009-

See also: The Bar

Heath Slater (Heath Miller) 2010-2020

See also: The Nexus and 3MB

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.
  • Face–Heel 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


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

See also: The Nexus and Prime Time Players