NXT, which initially started as a reality show, turned into WWE’s developmental territory and is now the company’s third brand, being at par with RAW and SmackDown. NXT comprises some of the best wrestlers in the world, be it in their singles, women, or tag team division. In this article, we present to you the details about the NXT roster:
1. Adam Cole
(NXT Champion) BAYBAY! It is a tradition to say that after Adam Cole’s name after all! The Undisputed Era leader is currently in his first reign as the NXT Champion. Adam signed WWE NXT on 14 August 2017.
Real Name: Austin Jenkins
2. Angel Garza
Angel Garza is a supremely talented Latino star and a real-life cousin of RAW Superstar Humberto Carillo. Garza is a former NXT Cruiserweight champion and was recently on RAW as a part of the Carillo/Andrade feud. WWE management is high on Garza. So, don’t be surprised if he becomes the next Eddie Gurrero!
Real Name: Humberto Garza Solano
Boa, earlier known as Big Boa, was one of the seven Chinese wrestlers who were hired by WWE in 2016. His most notable feud in 2019 was a short one that involved Cameron Grimes and Killian Dain. We hope that Boa has a successful career ahead!
Real Name: Yanbo Wang
4. Bobby Fish
Bobby Fish is the co-founder of Undisputed Era. He is currently in his second reign as the NXT Tag Team Champion. Fish’s career has been on fire ever since he aligned himself with UE. His MMA background is just like a cherry on the cake.
Real Name: Robert Fish
5. Cameron Grimes
Grimes was able to make it to the finals of the NXT Breakout Tournament. His current gimmick as Cameron Grimes, as well as his finisher, has been loved by the fans. So, it will not be a surprise if the former Impact Wrestling star wins a title in 2020.
Real Name: Trevor Lee
6. Damian Priest
Don’t confuse him with the Baron Corbin of 2017! Damian Priest has been a prominent fixture of the black and gold brand in 2019. Though he hasn’t tasted championship gold yet, he has had incredible feuds with Pete Dunne and Killian Dain. As Punishment Martinez, Priest has worked in ROH, being a former ROH Television Champion. With so much potential, it is only a matter of time before Priest gets his breakout moment.
Real Name: Luis Martinez.
7. Danny Burch
The British professional wrestler signed with the WWE in 2011 and ever since his debut on the black and gold brand, he has been a part of a fan-favorite tag team named ‘One-Two’ alongside Oney Lorcan. The said team reunited on 205 Live in February 2020. Burch was also a part of NXT UK, before moving over to 205 Live in later 2019.
Real Name: Martin Harris
8. Dexter Lumis
He is known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Samuel Shaw, where he is a former TNA Gut Check winner. He is also known for his work in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he was a two time Southern Tag Team Champion.
Real Name: Samuel Shaw
9. Dominik Dijakovic
You cannot help but ‘FEAST YOUR EYES’ on this excellent wrestler. Being famous for his work in ROH, he was signed by WWE in 2017. Though people felt that the peak of his career had come and passed, it was his return in 2019, followed by his series of matches with Keith Lee that made him extremely popular.
Real Name: Christopher Dijak
10. Fabian Aichner
Aichner is an Italian professional wrestler, who co-founded the Imperium stable along with Marcel Barthel and WALTER. It is Imperium that is carrying the weight of NXT UK on their shoulders, so you can understand how integral a part of NXT UK Aichner is.
Real Name: Same as in-ring name
Fandango is an American Pro wrestler, who began his professional wrestling career in 1999. He has competed in several Independent promotions outside of WWE. He was also ranked no. 59 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2013. Moreover, he was the winner of Season four of NXT.
Real Name: Curtis Jonathan Hussey
12. Finn Balor
The Prince is a big name in the wrestling industry, being the founding leader of the Bullet Club. He was also the longest-reigning NXT champion until now, with Adam Cole surpassing his reign recently. He is also the inaugural Universal Champion, and his Demon King persona has lost only one match in WWE. These accomplishments are more than enough to prove Balor’s worth in the company. The former Intercontinental Champion shocked the fans by returning to NXT in his Prince persona and has been making waves in the Black and Gold brand since then.
Real Name: Fergal Devitt
13. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is best known for his work in Major League Wrestling (MLW), Evolve Wrestling and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), He also is well known for his time on Lucha Underground. He also worked for Evolve, WWE’s partner promotion, where he is a former Evolve Champion.
Real Name: Stephon Strickland
14. Johnny Gargano
Johnny Wrestling is perhaps one of the anchors of the Black and Gold brand. He is NXT’s first-ever triple crown champion, and his feud with Tommaso Ciampa is one that will go down in history as one of the most memorable rivalries of all time.
Real Name: Same as in-ring name
15. Keith Lee
(NXT North American Champion) Known for his work in the American independent circuit, and All American Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Lee signed for WWE in 2018. He even impressed Vince McMahon with his performance in the brand warfare storyline for 2019’s Survivor Series and was the last man to be eliminated from the match of the same name. Crowned NXT’s breakout star in 2019, the future is bright for the Limitless One, and we can be sure about NXT basking in his glory!
Real Name: Keith Lee
16. Killian Dain
He previously competed on the independent circuit under the ring name Big Damo, before signing with WWE in 2016. He was a part of SAnitY, a stable that was very popular with the fans back in the day. The stable was, however, disbanded after moving to SmackDown, with Killian making his return to NXT as a singles wrestler.
Real Name: Damian Mackle
17. Kona Reeves
Kona Reeves signed with WWE in 2014, but he began working the live events in 2015. Though he isn’t featured much, we expect him to get his long-overdue push soon.
Real Name: Noah Kekoa Pang-Potjes
Kushida is a former 6-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, 2-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, and a former ROH Television champion. He signed for WWE in 2019 and has been consistently featured on the show since then.
Real Name: Yujiro Kushida
19. Kyle O’Reilly
A wrestler of Canadian origin, Kyle is one-fourth of the Undisputed Era stable and has held the NXT Tag team championship a record three times with his stablemates.
Real Name: Kyle Greenwood
Mansoor is the first wrestler from Saudi Arabia to join WWE. He is a fix for all Saudi shows of WWE and has made a few appearances for the Black and Gold brand as well.
Real Name: Mansoor Al-Shehail
21. Matt Riddle
(NXT Tag Team Champion) A former Mixed Martial Artist, Riddle has been a regular on the NXT brand. Matt won the Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament with Pete Dunne earlier this year, leading to his alliance with Pete, popularly known as Broserweights, winning the tag team titles from Undisputed Era. With Dunne being unable to compete, Riddle currently holds the titles with Timothy Thatcher.
Real Name: Matthew Fredrick Riddle
22. Oney Lorcan
Signing for WWE in 2015, Lorcan works for both 205 Live and NXT, making a few appearances on RAW as well. He is currently serving as a one-half of a tag team with Danny Burch.
Real Name: Christopher Girard
23. Raul Mendoza
He is a Mexican professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on both NXT and 205 Live brands. He is 29 years old. Raul started his wrestling career in 2006.
Real Name: Raúl Mendoza
24. Rik Bugez
Hailing from Franklin, Wisconsin, USA. He is a bodybuilder, a Powerlifter from the USA. He is known for his comic nature.
Real Name: Eric Bugenhagen
25. Roderick Strong
Roderick Strong, a former NXT North American Champion, is a well-known member of the Undisputed Era. The Messiah of Backbreaker has worked for ROH as well, being their second-ever Triple Crown champion. The biggest possible win of his WWE career came at Survivor Series 2019 when he defeated the then-United States Champion AJ Styles and the then-Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a triple threat match.
Real Name: Christopher Lindsey
26. Shane Thorne
A wrestler of Australian origin, he is better known by the ring name Shane Haste. He signed for WWE in 2015 and has been making appearances for NXT since then.
Real Name: Shane Veryzer
27. Tommaso Ciampa
Tommaso Ciampa worked for WWE in 2005-07. After competing in Ring of Honor and TNA, Ciampa returned to WWE in 2015. Since then, he has been a former NXT Champion, former NXT Tag team champion, and has won three NXT year-end awards.
Real Name: Tommaso Whitney
28. Tyler Breeze
From 2010 to 2012, Breeze performed under the name Mike Dalton in WWE’s then-developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He then had a memorable run on the black and gold brand, before being called up (it was a thing back then) to the main roster. His NXT success didn’t transition well onto the main-roster, but his pairing with Fandango changed that. He returned to NXT in 2019 and has been making sporadic appearances for the brand since then.
Real Name: Mattias Clement
29. The Velveteen Dream
Just 25 years in age, Velveteen Dream has been redefining entertainment in the WWE. Be it his feud with Aleister Black, or Roderick Strong, the Dream has always impressed and entertained. With his career just getting started, we can only expect a bright future for the former NXT North American Champion.
Real Name: Patrick Clark Jr.
30. Pete Dunne
(NXT Tag Team Champion) It will not be wrong to say that we are talking about a future World Champion and WrestleMania main eventer. Being the longest-reigning United Kingdom champion was not enough for Dunne, who teamed up with Matt Riddle to win the NXT Tag team titles at 2020’s NXT Takeover: Portland, defeating the Undisputed Era for the same.
Real Name: Peter Thomas England
31. Timothy Thatcher
(Co-NXT Tag team champion) Timothy Thatcher has previously worked for Evolve wrestling, where he has been the longest reigning Evolve Champion. He is also a former (and final) Open the Freedom Gate champion, making him only the second man to hold both this and the Evolve championship at the same time. Signing for WWE in 2020, he made his debut as Matt Riddle’s surprise partner, replacing Dunne as the tag team champion till the latter returns.
Real Name: Timothy Thatcher
32. Karrion Kross
Better known by the name Killer Kross, he is best known for his work in IMPACT wrestling and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. His signing was announced on the February 4, 2020 edition of WWE Backstage, and he made his debut on the Black and Gold brand by attacking The Blackheart Tommaso Ciampa.
Real name: Kevin Kesar
Rinku recently made his debut alongside fellow Indian wrestler, attacking current NXT Tag team Champion Matt Riddle a few weeks back. Managed by Malcolm Bivens, the duo is known as the Indus Sher.
Real Name: Rinku Singh Rajput
Making up the other half of the Indus Sher is Saurav. A national Kickboxing Gold Medalist, he worked as Deadly Danda in Ring Ka King, TNA’s India Project. Post that, he transitioned to acting, best known for his work as Bheem in the TV show Mahabharat. He also played the role of Ravan in Sony’s Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman TV show and is playing a negative role in the upcoming Indian movie Brahmastra.
Real Name: Saurav Gurjar
NXT Female wrestlers
A Canadian professional wrestler. Aliyah is a regular feature on the Black and Gold brand.
Real Name: Nhooph Al-Arabi
2. Candice LeRae
Candice is best known for her work on the American independent circuit, most notably Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). Being Johnny Gargano’s wife, she has also been involved in the never-ending feud between Johnny and Tommaso Ciampa.
Real Name: Candice Gargano
3. Dakota Kai
Dakota is a New Zealand professional wrestler of Samoan and Irish descent. She has wrestled for Impact Pro Wrestling, Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance.
Real Name: Cheree Crowley
4. Chelsea Green
Chelsea Green is best known for her time in IMPACT wrestling under the ring name Laurel Van Ness, where she is a former IMPACT Knockouts Champion. She is Zack Ryder’s fiancee and is currently managed by Robert Stone on-screen.
Real Name: Chelsea Anne Green
5. Io Shirai
Born on 8 May 1990, Shirai is a Japanese professional wrestler, who made a name for herself in her native country, before making it to NXT.
Real Name: Masami Odate
6. Jessamyn Duke
Duke is a former mixed martial artist and has formerly competed for Invicta Fighting Championship and Ultimate Fighting Championship in the bantamweight division. She is also one-fourth of UFC’s four horsewomen.
Real Name: Jessamyn Laurel Duke
7. Kacy Catanzaro
Kacy has been a regular fixture on NXT and has also competed in the 2018 Mae Young Classic and the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble match.
Real Name: Kacy Esther Catanzaro
9. Marina Shafir
Shafir is a member of the UFC four horsewomen group and has been a regular fixture of NXT. She is married to Undisputed Era member Roderick Strong.
Real Name: Same as in-ring name
10. Mia Yim
A former TNA Knockouts Champion, Yim participated in both the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Mae Young Classic. However, it was only after the latter that she was awarded a WWE contract.
Real Name: Stephanie Yim Bell
11. Tegan Nox
Nox suffered a career-threatening injury but was able to make her comeback. She even participated in the first-ever Women’s War Games match in WWE in November 2019.
Real Name: Steffanie Rhiannon Newell
12. Rhea Ripley
Rhea Ripley was the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion and is a former NXT Women’s Champion. She defeated Shayna Basezler for the NXT Women’s Championship, making her the first woman to hold both the NXT and the NXT UK Women’s championships. She is also the first NXT champion who has defended her title at WrestleMania, losing the belt to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36.
Real name: Demi Bennett
13. Charlotte Flair
(NXT Women’s Champion) WOO! Charlotte Flair is possibly the most polarizing figure of the entire women’s division of WWE, and a member of WWE’s four horsewomen group. She holds the rare achievement of main-eventing a WrestleMania, with rivals Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey being the only other women to do so. She was the winner of the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble match, challenging and defeating Rhea Ripley for the latter’s NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36.
Real Name: Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr
14. Raquel González
Signing with WWE in May 2016, Raquel began training in WWE’s Performance Center, Raquel made many on-and-off appearances for NXT, with no consistent storylines. She, however, was paired with Dakota Kai, assisting the latter in her match against Tegan Nox at NXT Takeover: Portland.
Real Name: Victoria Gonzalez
15. Vanessa Borne
Borne is an American professional wrestler and actress. Trained by WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi, she has been a regular feature on NXT ever since she joined the company.
Real name: Danielle Kamela
16. Xia Li
Li Xia is a Chinese professional wrestler, currently signed to WWE performing on their NXT brand. Xia Li is the first-ever Chinese woman to have joined WWE as a wrestler.
Real Name: Zhao Xia
17. Shotzi Blackheart
Making her TV debut on the December 18, 2019, edition of NXT against Bianca Belair, Shotzi has been featured regularly on the black and gold brand.
Real Name: Ashley Urbanski
18. Scarlett Bordeaux
Scarlett Bordeaux has formerly worked for IMPACT wrestling, Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, Ring of Honor, Ohio Valley Wrestling, Chikara, and Combat Zone Wrestling. Scarlett’s first appearance on WWE TV was alongside husband Karrion Kross on April 8, 2020, edition of NXT.
Real Name: Elizabeth Chihara
Stables or Tag teams
- Breezango: Breeze and Fandango
- Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan
- The Broserweights: Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle (w/ Timothy Thatcher)
- The Indus Sher
- The Undisputed ERA: Adam Cole, Fish, O’Reilly & Strong
- Grizzled Young Veterans: James Drake and Zack Gibson
- Andrews Webster: Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan
Live events: Male wrestlers
- Arturo Ruas: Adrian Jaoude
- Babatunde: Babatunde Aiyegbusi
- Chase Parker
- Jeet Rama: Satender Dagar
- Jordan Omogbehin
- Matt Martel
- Ridge Holland: Luke Menzies
- Riddick Moss: Michael Rallis
- Rocky: Yifeng Yuxiang
- Taishan Dong: Dong Jianjun
- Shanky Singh aka Gurvinder Singh (Upcoming)
- Laxmi Kant Rajpoot (Upcoming wrestler)
- Sukhwinder Grewal (Upcoming wrestler)