[The numbers in parentheses following the wrestlers’ names represent height, weight, and years pro.]
Alberto Del Rio (6’5″, 210, 10)
The former Dos Caras Jr. debuted on WWE SmackDown brand as a heel claiming to be from the royal lineage of Ferdinand and Isabella. From fine tailored suits, a rolls royce, and his own personal Spanish ring announcer, Alberto Del Rio has the in-ring talent to match his bravado. Submitted Rey Mysterio Jr. with a Rolling Cross Armbar in SmackDown’s main-event.
The Motor City Machine Guns
Alex Shelley (5’10”, 207, 8 ) Chris Sabin (5’10”, 205, 10)
After a failed start in 2010 against GenerationMe (Young Bucks); absent from the majority of TNA’s Monday Night run; and unable to unseat The Kings of Wrestling for the ROH World Tag Team championships at Ring of Honor’s Supercard of Honor V, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin finally found their niche in TNA history. In the finals at Victory Road, Motor City defeated Beer Money, Inc. for the vacant TNA World Tag Team titles. Sabin and Shelley retained their titles in a 2-out of-3 Falls match to win the Best of Five Series against Beer Money. The Best of Five Series matches solidified Motor City as the rightful TNA World Tag Team champions, and recreated prestige in tag team competition. The two are also former TNA X-Division champions.
Roderick Strong (5’10”, 212, 9)
On July 12, Roderick Strong turned heel when he named Truth Martini as his manager. After failing to capture the ROH World title from Tyler Black at ROH’s Big Bang and Supercard of Honor V, Strong stated that he was tired of being lied to by Jim Cornette and wanted someone to tell him the truth. Since adding Truth Martini, Roderick Strong has rebuilt his confidence and secured wins over Christopher Daniels and Davey Richards. Strong is now the top contender for Tyler Black’s ROH World title after winning the Toronto Gauntlet match at Death Before Dishonor VIII.
Heath Slater (6’2″, 235, 5)
The self-proclaimed “one-man rock band” has earned a notable mean streak since forming The Nexus with his Season One NXT classmates. On the August 16 edition of Monday Night RAW, Heath Slater cut a compelling promo against Edge, the man he claimed to model his wrestling career after. Slater then outsmarted the Ultimate Opportunist in a count-out victory to retain his spot on The Nexus. Heath Slater was also the first NXT rookie to pin a WWE pro, then-WWE World champion Chris Jericho.
Kane (6’7″, 323, 16)
The Big Red Monster was not only victorious in his title defense at Summerslam, but laid waste to The Undertaker with The Phenom’s signature Tombstone Piledriver. For months, Kane had been on a man-hunt for the man responsible for putting his brother in a vegetative state. The hunt lead him to win SmackDown’s MITB briefcase at WWE’s Money in the Bank and cashed it in on the same night to become WWE World champion. From accusing C.M. Punk to Rey Mysterio, Kane was indeed Undertaker’s attacker.