NXT (WWE brand)

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WWE NXT
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Logo for the brand and the NXT program
Product type Professional wrestling
Sports entertainment
Owner WWE
Produced by Paul "Triple H" Levesque
Introduced February 23, 2010
Related brands Raw
SmackDown
NXT UK
ECW
General Manager: William Regal
(July 31, 2014 – present)

WWE NXT, often referred to simply as NXT, is one of WWE's developmental brands. While its primary purpose is to serve as a farm system for WWE's main roster, NXT has come to be viewed by wrestling pundits and fans as its own distinct entity—and now serves as a third brand complementing Raw and SmackDown.[1] Originally holding its shows primarily in the Orlando, Florida area, NXT expanded its reach as time has gone on, having embarked on national and international tours, being praised for its high quality of wrestling[2][3] and captivating storylines.[4][5]

History

Beginnings

NXT was formed in 2010 following the dissolution of the ECW brand. Initially, the "NXT" trademark was disputed between WWE and Scotland's Scottish Wrestling Alliance (SWA), who's developmental division was also called "NXT".[6] WWE worked with SWA to secure the NXT trademark for their new series with SWA's developmental branch being renamed "SWA: Source."[7] In February 2010, WWE debuted the NXT television program, the program featured rookies from WWE's Tampa, Florida-based developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) competing to become WWE main roster members. In June 2012, WWE ceased operating FCW, instead running all of its developmental events and operations at Full Sail University under the WWE NXT banner.[8]

On February 27, 2014, NXT held its first live two hour special event called NXT Arrival, which was also the first live in-ring program broadcast on the WWE Network.[9][10][11] Eventually, WWE scheduled more live two-hour special events, which have since become a regular fixture on WWE Network.[12]

Expansion

In 2015, NXT promoted its first live events outside of Florida with an event that was held in March in Columbus, Ohio.[13] In August of that year, NXT held their first TakeOver show outside of Full Sail with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and in December, held their first international TakeOver event with NXT TakeOver: London. By 2016, NXT was running approximately 200 shows per year between the United States and overseas.[14]

Controversies

In late February and March 2015, several former NXT trainees previously working within WWE developmental system alleged misconduct by head trainer Bill DeMott, with Judas Devlin and Brandon Traven publicizing complaints which they claimed they had submitted to WWE management about DeMott back in March 2013 when they were still employed with WWE.[15][16] Meanwhile, other ex trainees like Briley Pierce, Derrick Bateman and independent wrestler Terra Calaway also made allegations in 2015,[15][16][17][18] while previous allegations made in 2013 by Chad Baxter and Chase Donovan were also noted.[19] They accused DeMott of making trainees perform dangerous drills,[15] physically assaulting and bullying trainees,[15][16] using homophobic and racial slurs amongst other derogatory terms[16][19] and condoning sexual harassment.[17] WWE released statements regarding some of the claims that came to light in 2013 and 2015 saying that investigations were done and no wrongdoing was found.[15][19] On March 6, 2015, DeMott denied the allegations, but resigned from WWE "to avoid any embarrassment or damage" to the company.[17]

Championships and accomplishments

Current championships

NXT
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Notes
NXT Championship Aleister Black 1 April 7, 2018 102+ New Orleans, Louisiana Defeated Andrade "Cien" Almas at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.
NXT North American Championship Adam Cole 1 April 7, 2018 102+ New Orleans, Louisiana Defeated EC3, Killian Dain, Lars Sullivan, Ricochet, and Velveteen Dream in a Ladder match at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans to become the inaugural champion.
NXT Women's Championship Shayna Baszler 1 April 7, 2018 102+ New Orleans, Louisiana Defeated Ember Moon at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.
NXT Tag Team Championship The Undisputed Era
(Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong)
2 June 21, 2018 27+ Winter Park, Florida Defeated Mustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) during the NXT tapings.

Other accomplishment(s)

Championship Latest winner(s) Date won Location Notes Previous winners
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic The Undisputed Era
(Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly)
April 7, 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana Defeated Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne and The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) in a triple threat tournament final to win (Their NXT Tag Team Championship were also on the line) Samoa Joe and Finn Bálor (2015)
The Authors of Pain
(Akam and Rezar) (2016)

Roster

Television show

The WWE Network broadcasts NXT's eponymous television program in the United States. The show featured wrestlers from NXT and WWE. From 2010 to 2012, WWE aired previous version of NXT which consisted of pairing "Rookies" with WWE main-roster members (known as "Pros"), with the pairs competing in challenges until one sole winner remained. The winners of the shows were Wade Barrett (Season 1), Kaval (Season 2), Kaitlyn (Season 3) and Johnny Curtis (Season 4). After NXT Redemption (Season 5), the current developmental program replaced the previous show.

Production

In its original format, NXT was taped in large venues before the SmackDown tapings from 2010–2012. When WWE revamped the show they moved the tapings to Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, with the venue known as "Full Sail Live". WWE started taping NXT in Florida on May 17, 2012.[20] Tickets are available free for Full Sail students and general admission for non-students costs $10.[21]

NXT began airing on the WWE Network on February 27, 2014 with a live event called NXT Arrival. Regular episodes are one-hour and are pre-taped. Live two-hour episodes are produced periodically as part of the NXT TakeOver series.

WWE Network events

In addition to the NXT TakeOver series, NXT has also held NXT Arrival and the NXT U.K. Championship as WWE Network events.

Event Date Venue Location Main event Ref.
NXT TakeOver May 29, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship [22]
NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way September 11, 2014 Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship [23]
NXT TakeOver: R Evolution December 11, 2014 Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn in a Title vs. Career match for the NXT Championship [24]
NXT TakeOver: Rival February 11, 2015 Sami Zayn (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship [25]
NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable May 20, 2015 Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship [26]
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn August 22, 2015 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kevin Owens in a Ladder match for the NXT Championship [27]
NXT TakeOver: Respect October 7, 2015 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks in a 30-minute Iron Man match for the NXT Women's Championship [28]
NXT TakeOver: London December 16, 2015 SSE Arena London, England Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship [29]
NXT TakeOver: Dallas April 1, 2016 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Texas Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship [30]
NXT TakeOver: The End June 8, 2016 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Samoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Bálor in a Steel Cage match for the NXT Championship [31]
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II August 20, 2016 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship [32]
NXT TakeOver: Toronto November 19, 2016 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship [33]
NXT TakeOver: San Antonio January 28, 2017 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio, Texas Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship [34]
NXT TakeOver: Orlando April 1, 2017 Amway Center Orlando, Florida Bobby Roode (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship [35][36]
NXT TakeOver: Chicago May 20, 2017 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (c) vs. DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) in a Ladder match for the NXT Tag Team Championship [37]
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III August 19, 2017 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Bobby Roode (c) vs. Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship [32][38]
NXT TakeOver: WarGames November 18, 2017 Toyota Center Houston, Texas SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, and Killian Dain) vs. The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) and Roderick Strong vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O'Reilly) in a WarGames match [39][40]
NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia January 27, 2018 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Andrade "Cien" Almas (c) vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship [41][42][43]
NXT TakeOver: New Orleans April 7, 2018 Smoothie King Center New Orleans, Louisiana Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in an unsanctioned match [44][45]
NXT TakeOver: Chicago II June 16, 2018 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in a Chicago Street Fight [46][47]
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn August 18, 2018 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York TBD [48][49]
NXT TakeOver: WarGames[50] November 17, 2018 Staples Center Los Angeles, California TBD [51][52]
NXT TakeOver January 26, 2019 Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix, Arizona TBD [53]
NXT TakeOver April 6, 2019 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York TBD [54]


See also

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External links

  • Official website
  • WWE NXT on IMDb
  • WWE NXT at TV.com
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