WWE NXT, often referred to simply as NXT, is a professional wrestling promotion and a division of the American professional wrestling company WWE based in Winter Park, Florida.

While its primary purpose is to serve as a developmental division for WWE, NXT has come to be viewed by wrestling writers and fans as its own distinct entity—effectively serving as a third brand complementing Raw and SmackDown.[2] 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[3][4] and captivating storylines.[6]

History

Beginnings

In June 2012, WWE ceased operating Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida, instead running all of its developmental events and operations at Full Sail University under the "WWE NXT" banner. WWE had been using the NXT name for a television program featuring rookies from FCW competing to become WWE main roster members, though the reality television aspects of the show had been dropped earlier in 2012—NXT now serves as the primary television program for the promotion.[62]

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.[8][9][10] Eventually, WWE scheduled more live two-hour special events, which have since become a regular fixture on WWE Network.[2]

Expansion

In 2015, NXT promoted its first live events outside of Florida with an event that was held in March in Columbus, Ohio.[2] 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.[2]

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.[25][26] Meanwhile, other ex trainees like Briley Pierce, Derrick Bateman and independent wrestler Terra Calaway also made allegations in 2015,[25][26][22][2] while previous allegations made in 2013 by Chad Baxter and Chase Donovan were also noted.[27] They accused DeMott of making trainees perform dangerous drills,[25] physically assaulting and bullying trainees,[25][26] using homophobic and racial slurs amongst other derogatory terms[26][27] and condoning sexual harassment.[22] 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.[25][27] On March 6, 2015, DeMott denied the allegations, but resigned from WWE "to avoid any embarrassment or damage" to the company.[22]

Championships and accomplishments

Current championships

NXT
ChampionshipCurrent champion(s)ReignDate wonDays heldLocationNotes
NXT ChampionshipAndrade “Cien” Almas1November 18, 201712Houston, Texas, United StatesDefeated Drew McIntyre at NXT TakeOver: WarGames
NXT Women's ChampionshipEmber Moon1November 18, 201712Houston, Texas, United StatesDefeated Kairi Sane, Peyton Royce and Nikki Cross in a fatal four-way match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames to win the vacant title
NXT Tag Team ChampionshipThe Undisputed Era
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
1November 29, 20171+Winter Park, Florida, United StatesDefeated Sanity on NXT (will air on December 20 due to tape delay)
WWE United Kingdom ChampionshipPete Dunne1May 20, 2017194Chicago, Illinois, United StatesDefeated Tyler Bate at NXT TakeOver: Chicago

Other accomplishment(s)

ChampionshipLatest winner(s)Date wonLocationNotesPrevious winners
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team ClassicThe Authors of Pain
(Akam and Rezar)
November 19, 2016Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDefeated TM-61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) in the tournament final to winFinn Bálor and Samoa Joe

Roster

Television show

The WWE Network broadcasts NXT's eponymous television program in the United States. The show features 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.[2] Tickets are available free for Full Sail students and general admission for non-students costs $10.[2]

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.

NXT WWE Network events

In addition to the NXT TakeOver series, NXT has had the NXT Arrival as a WWE Network event.

EventDateVenueLocationMain eventRef.
NXT TakeOverMay 29, 2014Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaAdrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship[117]
NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-WaySeptember 11, 2014Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship[118]
NXT TakeOver: R EvolutionDecember 11, 2014Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship[119]
NXT TakeOver: RivalFebruary 11, 2015Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship[3]
NXT TakeOver: UnstoppableMay 20, 2015Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship[121]
NXT TakeOver: BrooklynAugust 22, 2015Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New YorkFinn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship[122]
NXT TakeOver: RespectOctober 7, 2015Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaBayley vs. Sasha Banks for the NXT Women's Championship[3]
NXT TakeOver: LondonDecember 16, 2015SSE ArenaWembley, London, EnglandFinn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship[3]
NXT TakeOver: DallasApril 1, 2016Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention CenterDallas, TexasFinn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship[3]
NXT TakeOver: The EndJune 8, 2016Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaSamoa Joe vs. Finn Bálor for the NXT Championship[3]
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IIAugust 20, 2016Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New YorkSamoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship[127]
NXT TakeOver: TorontoNovember 19, 2016Air Canada CentreToronto, Ontario, CanadaShinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship[4]
NXT TakeOver: San AntonioJanuary 28, 2017Freeman ColiseumSan Antonio, TexasShinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship[4]
NXT TakeOver: OrlandoApril 1, 2017Amway CenterOrlando, FloridaBobby Roode vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship[4][4]
NXT TakeOver: ChicagoMay 20, 2017Allstate ArenaRosemont, IllinoisThe Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) vs. DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) for the NXT Tag Team Championship[4]
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IIIAugust 19, 2017Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New YorkBobby Roode vs. Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship[127][4]
NXT TakeOver: WarGamesNovember 18, 2017Toyota CenterHouston, TexasWarGames match: 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)[4][4]
NXT TakeOver: PhiladelphiaJanuary 27, 2018Wells Fargo CenterPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaTBD[4]
NXT TakeOverApril 7, 2018Smoothie King CenterNew Orleans, LouisianaTBD
NXT TakeOverAugust 18, 2018Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New YorkTBD
NXT TakeOverNovember 17, 2018Staples CenterLos Angeles, CaliforniaTBD[137]


See also