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L-R: Kyle O Reilly, Adam Cole, Bobby Fish; Roderick Strong is on the bottom.

The Undisputed Era is a Professional Wrestling Power Stable composed of Adam Cole (Austin Jenkins), Bobby Fish (Robert Anthony Fish), Kyle O Reilly (Kyle Greenwood) and Roderick Strong (Christopher Lindsey). They are currently performing in the NXT brand of WWE.

The stable was formed in August 2017, after NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, where Cole joined forces with the Tag Team formerly known as reDRagon (Fish and O'Reilly). Since then, the trio had a mission: to take over NXT, smashing other competitors and teams in the process. The stable was completed with the arrival of Strong, who betrayed his partner Pete Dunne in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in NXT TakeOver: New Orleans on WrestleMania 34 weekend in 2018.

They are 3x NXT Tag Team Champions, the first team/stable in NXT history to do so, and Kyle O'Reilly the first 3x champ (Strong and Fish each have two reigns, Cole only has one). With the Era, Cole is also 1x NXT champion and the inaugural NXT North American champion, while Strong is 1x NXT North American champion.


However, eventually the End of an Era loomed, as Adam Cole turned heel on his friends with a series of Superkicks that left Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong feeling betrayed and the group in tatters. (Bobby Fish was out with an injury, so he missed this.)

As usual, you can find more information about them on that other wiki, Cagematch and WrestlingData.

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    The stable 
  • Aborted Arc: During their debut at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, the team attacked newly crowned NXT Champion Drew McIntyre, but the latter didn't retaliate in any way at all aside from briefly helping SAnitY fight them off during the build to WarGames. The only real followup was a house show NXT title defense against Cole, which NXT aired as a bonus during the final episode of 2017. Though Cole would go on to become the first ever NXT North American Champion, he wouldn't return to the proper NXT Championship scene until April 2019.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • SAnitY, Roderick Strong (before he joined them) and the Authors of Pain in the road to NXT TakeOver: WarGames.
    • In 2018, Pete Dunne, Moustache Mountain, Ricochet and the War Raiders, which eventually led to NXT TakeOver: WarGames II.
    • They continued to feud with the War Raiders early in 2019, which ended with the Modern Day Vikings snatching the Tag Team titles from Strong and O'Reilly. After the Raiders left NXT, they then feuded with the Street Profits (Fish and O'Reilly), Velveteen Dream (Strong), #DIY, Fergal Devitt, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle (Cole) and Dominik Dijakovic. While they never fought them in a tag team match, the Era also feuded with the OC prior to Survivor Series, which is rather ironic considering Adam Cole was also a member of the Bullet Club.
    • In 2020, they feuded against Pat McAfee's faction, cementing the group's collective Heel–Face Turn.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: They broke out the formal wear for a War Games IV promo (likely a The Four Horsemen Shout-Out), and tend to wear suits annually for the NXT Year-End Awards.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • They won the first WarGames match in WWE history at NXT TakeOver: WarGames.
    • Also, in NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, not only Adam Cole became the inaugural NXT North American Champion after winning a grueling ladder match, but also replaced an injured Fish to team with O'Reilly and defend their Tag Team titles with the aid of Roderick Strong's betrayal of challenging partner Pete Dunne. The latter also allowed them to both win the Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Classic despite not being formal participants in it, and turn their tag team title reign from a standard reign of Fish and O'Reilly into a Freebird reign involving all four members.
    • By August 2019, the Era had successfully captured all male titles on NXT.
  • Bash Brothers: Fish and O'Reilly, most often, but all four of them can and have teamed together.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: As he has done before, Cole can't stand anyone in his faction achieving more fame or respect than he has. Kyle O'Reilly's failed title run against Finn Balor apparently woke Cole up, and just after O'Reilly's attempt to join forces with Balor, Cole turned on O'Reilly, superkicking him. He made it clear that his focus is now only on himself in the following weeks, where he would cruelly taunt Roderick Strong before beating him down, then giving O'Reilly a brainbuster into the steel steps, injuring him.
  • Continuity Nod: The faction as a whole marks the reunion of various team combinations made by all four men during their time in the independent scene, including reDRagon (Fish and O'Reilly), Future Shock (Cole and O'Reilly), and Mount Rushmore (Cole and Strong).
  • Dawn of an Era: NXT's bookers finally fired the seemingly-inevitable "all the belts" bullet that tends to happen for a truly dominant Power Stable on the 9/18/19 edition of NXT, which not-so-coincidentally was the day NXT debuted on USA and went to live weekly two-hour tapings.
  • Dumb Jock: Not entirely stupid (Fish and Cole in particular are capable of cunning plans), but their humor very much runs on this.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Takeover Brooklyn III. First, Fish and O'Reilly beat down Sanity and AOP, holding up the tag team titles. Then, at the end of the show, when Drew McIntyre has just won the NXT championship, they show up again... to distract Drew from Cole's run-in and beating. This established their gang warfare tactics, strong personal connection, and quest for "all the gold".
  • Expy: Their mysterious personas, penchant for random out-of-nowhere gang beatings, and 'outsider' gimmick recall the early days of The Shield — or, if you want to go back even further, the original nWo. Even more appropriate would be Bullet Club, since Adam Cole was a member.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Cole, Fish, O'Reilly. CFO, the same acronym as Chief Financial Officer. Add Strong and you get CFO$, which goes further and references WWE's current music composer duo named after the original concept.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Adam is Sanguine, Roddy is Choleric, Kyle is Phlegmatic, Bobby is Melancholic.
  • The Gadfly: All of them are instigators, poking (occasionally literally) the teams they're facing or other wrestlers they're targeting, and they're incessant about it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While the group spent much of their NXT run as heels (albeit ones adored by the crowd), they made the shift to proper fan favorites in late 2020 following their rivalry with Pat McAfee and his faction.
  • Here We Go Again!: Adam Cole has a habit of turning on Kyle O'Reilly in pursuit of championship gold, destroying their friendship. It happened at Ring of Honor in 2012, PWG in 2013, Ring of Honor in 2016, and NXT in 2021. You'd think he'd be used to it by now.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The faction's interference in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Classic forced O'Reilly and Cole to defend their tag team championships against the tournament's finalists (Pete Dunne and Roderick Strong, and the Authors of Pain) at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans in a match also meant to determine the Classic's winner. Despite Cole forced into double duty after going through a brutal Ladder match to win the NXT North American Championship, they won when Strong betrayed Dunne. This not only allowed the group to win a tournament which they did not participate in, but, since Strong was made part of the tag team champions afterwards by using the Freebird Rule, it allowed Strong to technically become a champion by intentionally throwing a match.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Their go-to tactic. They appear out of nowhere to beat up other wrestlers and either gloat around for a bit or swiftly disappear.
  • I Gave My Word: Josiah Williams debuted the Wrestle and Flow series with his Undisputed Era theme remix. Said remix includes the line: "I am Roddy with the flow. I am Bobby when I'm bold. I'm O'Reilly with the gold. Every title Imma hold." This would go on to become a plot point with the Undisputed Era promising to fulfill a prophecy where they would collectively hold all the male-based titles on NXT. After Josiah was brought into WWE, his first live entrance performance was rapping Adam Cole to the ring for the Takeover XXV main event NXT Championship match against Johnny Gargano, including the line referencing the prophecy. Adam Cole would win the match, capture the title, and kick the chase for the prophecy into high gear; shortly thereafter, Fish and O'Reilly would recapture the NXT Tag Team titles and Strong would become North American Champion, completing exactly what they (and Josiah) said they were going to do.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Ricochet accused Cole of being a coward. Cole responded by orchestrating a 4-on-1 attack.
  • Oh, Crap!: They've participated in every War Games match since NXT revived the concept in 2017, often with this reaction due to all the carnage the match entails. Inverted with their inclusion in the 2020 iteration due to being faces, as all four of them now audibly demanded William Regal put them in to finally deal with Pat McAfee—who himself would be the only one to wear this face.
  • Once a Season: The Undisputed Era are 4-4 in War Games participation. In said match, expect each member to do the following:
  • Power Stable: Initially a Power Trio, they initially seemed like they would go from Power Trio to this when pictures of them alongside Taynara Conti surfaced. Turns out Cole deceived her about something, and she later linked up with two of her countrymen in the developmental system, so that wasn't to be, but after Roderick Strong threw in his lot with them, they have become a four-man army.
  • Running Gag: Strong's inability to do the stable hand sign with the other three in interviews and promo videos. He eventually got the hang of it.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: They refer to themselves as an era all of their own, ever since their debut.
  • Take Over the World: Their goal is to usher in a new era in NXT, heralded by them. They fulfilled the prophecy with all four of them holding NXT titles.
  • True Companions: Both in Kayfabe and in real life. Cole and O'Reilly used to team in Ring of Honor as Future Shock, with Strong having been there since the formation of the company, and Fish joining them in 2012, forming ReDRagon with O'Reilly. The various friendships have evolved into a true brotherhood, each of them insistent that they're not just friends, they're brothers.
  • Wham Episode: Takeover: New Orleans was a double wham episode for the Era. First, Adam Cole wins the ladder match for the new North American championship. Then, he subs in as Kyle O'Reilly's partner in the finals of the Dusty Cup tag team tournament. He and O'Reilly win... because their opponent, Roderick Strong, turns on his partner Pete Dunne and joins the Undisputed Era.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After they convinced Taynara Conti to attack Nikki Cross, they abandoned her and backed out of whatever deal they struck with her, having succeeded in their plans to further screw with Nikki's stable SAnitY.

    Adam Cole 
See his individual tropes here.

    Bobby Fish 
  • Action Dad: Has two daughters.
  • Awesome McCoolname: If by 'awesome', you mean "tailor-made for a snappy, easily memorable ring name". As you can see above, his actual birth name is 'Robert Anthony Fish.'
  • Badass Beard: Bobby certainly has great facial hair.
  • Bash Brothers: With O'Reilly most of the time, but has also tagged with Strong.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As the eldest member, he's the one most often ready to throw down for messing with his brothers. EC3 definitely found this out the hard way.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Well, Albany Rage, but he's definitely short-tempered.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Spent a good chunk of 2018 inactive, owing to a knee injury, but still appeared with the stable in backstage segments.
  • Extremity Extremist: Proficient in Muay Thai and kickboxing (enough to have been a legit competitor in both sports), though he's more of a power wrestler.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: The best in wrestling aside from The Rock.
  • Glass Cannon: Has a tendency to be injury-prone; went down with a serious knee injury in 2018, a non-serious elbow injury in 2019, and a triceps tear in late-2020.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Like many former football players, Bobby employs the Spear in his arsenal.
  • Red Baron: The "Infamous" Bobby Fish.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Has always had a potty mouth, especially on the indies, but it's become an issue now. According to Adam Cole, Bobby's been told more than once to watch his mouth during NXT matches (which have mics built into the canvas and ring) and it got so bad during War Games 2019 that the production team yelled at him too.
  • Theme Naming: Fishes, of course.

    Kyle O'Reilly 
  • Air Guitar: One of his most consistent character quirks is him playing air guitar on his title, sometimes even tuning it like a real guitar.
  • Bash Brothers: With Fish, and occasionally Strong.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may be the kookiest member of the UE, but he is also a deceptively strong striker and technical wrestler.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often on the receiving end of hilarious yet painful moments such as hitting himself with a steel chair (it seems to be becoming a Running Gag in WarGames matches).
  • Canada, Eh?: He hails from Vancouver and occasionally exploits his accent for laughs.
  • Distressed Dude: The most frequent target for other wrestlers, despite being the tallest member of Undisputed Era.
  • Extremity Extremist: Like his partner Fish, he's a black belt in Brazilian ju-jitsu and does Muay Thai, and has been known for his striking and submission skills.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His signature style - quick but powerful strikes.
  • Mythology Gag: Kyle has mentioned squat thrusts a number of times, which reDRagon fans will know is a crippling addiction of his.
  • The Nicknamer: Nigh-incapable of calling his opponents by their actual names, Kyle tends toward goofy nicknames for them. Highlights include "Peter DOOOOONE"/"Peter Pumpkineater" (Pete Dunne), "Dijagorbachev" (Dominik Dijakovic), "Timofee Fatcher" (Timothy Thatcher), "Ol'Grimey" (Cameron Grimes), "One-ey and Two-ey" (Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch), "KushiDUH" (Kushida), "GUNTHER and the Imperi Oompa Loompas" (Walter and Imperium), "the Young Grizzly Veterinarians" (Grizzled Young Veterans), and "Bron Swanson" (Bronson Reed).
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: Stuck in Finn Balor's submission hold, his face was the closest body part to the ropes, so he bit them to force the break. It uh, backfired, as Balor would gain payback on O'Reilly for his jaw injury.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Stopped himself from playing Air Guitar at his entrance at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, since Bobby Fish was out injured and was replaced by Adam Cole, who was weakened from having wrestled a ladder match for the NXT North American Championship earlier that night, meaning that their title reign was in serious trouble.
    • Wasn't in the mood for the Era's usual antics during a promo to announce their choice of competitor to face Pete Dunne for the War Games Advantage. Kyle interrupted Adam to say he "needs" to face Pete Dunne to get some payback for Dunne's surprise chair-shot of the week prior.
  • Red Baron: He doesn't use it as frequently in NXT, but he's been called "the Violent Artist" for a while.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Did you hear that Kyle O'Reilly broke Finn Bálor's jaw in three places? NXT commentary will remind everyone of this fact every time either man is mentioned.
  • Shout-Out: Tends to follow an axe kick with a forearm smash.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With his unexpected #1 contender gauntlet match win and subsequent Takeover 31 match against Finn Bálor. Kyle put on back to back clinics in submission and chain wrestling, even reverting back to his New Japan strong style (and broke Balor's jaw in three places!).
  • Worthy Opponent: Is regarded as this by Finn Bálor, and seems to regard KUSHIDA as his own.

    Roderick Strong 
See his individual tropes here.


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