NXT (WWE brand)

NXT is a brand of the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, introduced on February 23, 2010, airing every Wednesday at 8pm ET on the USA Network in the United States.

NXT
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Logo for the brand and the NXT television program
Product typeProfessional wrestling
Sports entertainment
OwnerWWE
Produced byPaul "Triple H" Levesque
CountryUnited States
IntroducedFebruary 23, 2010[1]
Related brandsRaw
SmackDown
NXT UK
205 Live
ECW
Tagline8 NXT Rookies. 8 WWE Pros. 1 Dream.
(2010–2012)[2]
We Are NXT.
(2015–present)[3]
General Manager:
William Regal
(July 31, 2014 – present)

At its founding, NXT was intended to serve as a farm system (developmental territory) for WWE's main roster, but over time wrestling pundits and fans came to view it as its own distinct entity, and it eventually became a global brand in its own right, establishing itself as WWE's third major brand (alongside Raw and SmackDown).[4][5]

NXT's status was elevated when it moved to the cable network USA in September 2019,[5] and when it became included at that year's Survivor Series event.[6][7][8] Originally holding its shows primarily in the Orlando, Florida area, NXT expanded its reach over time, having embarked on national and international tours, being praised for its high quality of wrestling[9][10] and for captivating storylines.[11][12]

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

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), whose developmental division was also called NXT.[13] WWE worked with SWA to secure the NXT trademark for their new series with SWA's developmental branch being renamed "SWA: Source."[14] 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 members of WWE's main roster. 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.[15] The television show would also be revamped the same month to focus exclusively on developmental talent.

ExpansionEdit

 
WWE chairman Vince McMahon (left) with son-in-law and NXT founder/executive director Paul "Triple H" Levesque

On February 27, 2014, NXT held a live, two-hour event, NXT ArRIVAL, serving as the first live wrestling event for the newly-launched WWE Network service.[16][17] After the second live event in May 2014, NXT TakeOver, the "TakeOver" name would be used for future live NXT events airing on WWE Network. In March 2015, NXT promoted its first live event outside of Florida with an event in Columbus, Ohio.[18] On August 22, 2015, NXT held its first TakeOver event outside of Full Sail University, with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn at New York City's Barclays Center—acting as a support event for SummerSlam. In December of the same year, NXT held its first TakeOver event outside of the United States with NXT TakeOver: London. By 2016, NXT was running approximately 200 shows per year between the United States and overseas.[19]

On August 20, 2019, it was announced that the NXT television series would move to USA Network—the current broadcaster of WWE's flagship Monday Night Raw—and expand into a two-hour, live broadcast on Wednesday nights beginning September 18, 2019. The timing of the premiere coincided with SmackDown's move to FOX in October. As a result of the move, the show would compete with All Elite Wrestling (AEW)'s weekly show, Dynamite, on TNT; marking the beginning of the "Wednesday Night Wars".[20][21][7]

On October 18, 2019, Drake Maverick – who himself was drafted to SmackDown but remained the General Manager of the 205 Live brand – announced that following the 2019 WWE Draft, he had made a talent exchange agreement with NXT General Manager William Regal, whereby NXT wrestlers (who are within the 205 pound weight limit) could also wrestle on 205 Live.[22][23] NXT founder and executive producer Paul "Triple H" Levesque would then confirm that both 205 Live and NXT UK would essentially be subsidiary brands of NXT, considering wrestlers from those brands all as being under the NXT banner.[24]

On October 31, 2019 during the Crown Jewel pay-per-view, it was announced that at Survivor Series, NXT would be included, competing directly with Raw and SmackDown as part of that event's traditional brand competition theme, confirming NXT's place as WWE's third main brand.[25] On subsequent episodes of Raw and SmackDown, the NXT roster "invaded" both shows, engaging in matches and brawls with members of those respective rosters. During the main events of the November 1 and 4 episodes of SmackDown and Raw, respectively, the NXT Championship was defended, with champion Adam Cole defeating Daniel Bryan in the former, and losing by disqualification to Seth Rollins (the inaugural NXT Champion) in the latter. At Survivor Series, Cole successfully defended the NXT Championship against Pete Dunne, marking the first time the title was contested on a traditional WWE pay-per-view event. NXT also won four out of the seven interbrand matches at Survivor Series, thus winning brand supremacy.

In 2020, after winning that year's women's Royal Rumble match, Charlotte Flair chose to challenge Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women's Championship at WrestleMania 36, establishing that NXT Championships are now also options for Rumble winners to choose as they are guaranteed a championship match of their choice at WrestleMania.

Bill DeMott controversyEdit

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.[26][27] Meanwhile, other ex trainees like Briley Pierce, Derrick Bateman and independent wrestler Terra Calaway also made allegations in 2015,[26][27][28][29] while previous allegations made in 2013 by Chad Baxter and Chase Donovan were also noted.[30] They accused DeMott of making trainees perform dangerous drills,[26] physically assaulting and bullying trainees,[26][27] using homophobic and racial slurs amongst other derogatory terms[27][30] and condoning sexual harassment.[28] 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.[26][30] On March 6, 2015, DeMott denied the allegations, but resigned from WWE "to avoid any embarrassment or damage" to the company.[28]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Current championshipsEdit

NXT
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Notes
NXT Championship   Finn Bálor 2 September 8, 2020 129 Winter Park, Florida Defeated Adam Cole for the vacant title on NXT.
NXT North American Championship   Johnny Gargano 3 December 6, 2020 40 Orlando, Florida Defeated previous champion Leon Ruff and Damian Priest in a Triple Threat match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames.
NXT Tag Team Championship   Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch 1 October 21, 2020 86 Orlando, Florida Defeated Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) on NXT.
NXT Women's Championship   Io Shirai 1 June 7, 2020 222 Winter Park, Florida Defeated previous champion Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley in a Triple Threat match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
  • Notes
The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship and the WWE 24/7 Championship can also be defended on NXT as they are shared among the brands.[31][32]
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship is shared between NXT, NXT UK, and 205 Live.

Other accomplishment(s)Edit

Championship Latest winner(s) Date won Location Notes
Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic The BroserWeights
(Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne)
January 29, 2020 Winter Park, Florida Defeated Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake and Zack Gibson) in the finals to win the tournament

RosterEdit

Television showEdit

The WWE Network was the main broadcaster of NXT's eponymous television program in the United States from 2014 to 2019. Regular episodes ran for one-hour and aired on tape delay, while live NXT TakeOver events were produced periodically. Beginning on May 17, 2012, WWE began filming NXT at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, with the venue being billed on air as "Full Sail Live".[33] Tickets are available free for Full Sail students; general admission for non-students costs $10.[34]

In its original format from 2010 to 2012, the series was a seasonally-broadcast competition series that was filmed in large venues during the SmackDown tapings. The series saw "NXT Rookies" paired with "WWE Pros", with the pairs competing in challenges until one sole winner remained. As with WWE's main programming, the series followed scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters that built tension and culminated in a series of matches or challenges. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers, while storylines were produced on the weekly series.[35][36] Over the course of its five season run, the winners of each season were Wade Barrett (Season 1), Kaval (Season 2), Kaitlyn (Season 3) and Johnny Curtis (Season 4). After NXT Redemption, the show's seasonal format was dropped.

Pay-per-view and WWE Network eventsEdit

Event Date Venue Location Main event Ref.
NXT Arrival February 27, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Bo Dallas vs. Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship [37]
NXT TakeOver May 29, 2014 Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship [38]
NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way September 11, 2014 Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship [39]
NXT TakeOver: R Evolution December 11, 2014 Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn in a Title vs. Career match for the NXT Championship [40]
NXT TakeOver: Rival February 11, 2015 Sami Zayn (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship [41]
NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable May 20, 2015 Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship [42]
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 [43]
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 [44]
NXT TakeOver: London December 16, 2015 SSE Arena Wembley, London, England Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship [45]
NXT TakeOver: Dallas April 1, 2016 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Texas Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship [46]
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 [47]
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II August 20, 2016 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship [48]
NXT TakeOver: Toronto November 19, 2016 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship [49]
NXT TakeOver: San Antonio January 28, 2017 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio, Texas Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship [50]
NXT TakeOver: Orlando April 1, 2017 Amway Center Orlando, Florida Bobby Roode (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship [51][52]
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 [53]
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III August 19, 2017 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Bobby Roode (c) vs. Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship [48][54]
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 [55][56]
NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia January 27, 2018 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Andrade "Cien" Almas (c) vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship [57][58][59]
NXT TakeOver: New Orleans April 7, 2018 Smoothie King Center New Orleans, Louisiana Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in an unsanctioned match [60][61]
NXT TakeOver: Chicago II June 16, 2018 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in a Chicago Street Fight [62][63]
NXT U.K. Championship June 26, 2018 Royal Albert Hall Kensington, London, England Pete Dunne (c) vs. Zack Gibson for the WWE United Kingdom Championship [64]
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 August 18, 2018 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing match for the NXT Championship [65][66]
NXT TakeOver: WarGames November 17, 2018 Staples Center Los Angeles, California Pete Dunne, Ricochet, and War Raiders (Hanson and Rowe) vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) in a WarGames match [67][68][69]
NXT TakeOver: Phoenix January 26, 2019 Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix, Arizona Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Championship [70][71]
Halftime Heat February 3, 2019 WWE Performance Center Orlando, Florida Aleister Black, Ricochet and Velveteen Dream vs. Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa [72]
NXT TakeOver: New York April 5, 2019 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Johnny Gargano vs Adam Cole in a two-out-of-three falls match for the vacant NXT Championship [73]
NXT TakeOver: XXV June 1, 2019 Webster Bank Arena Bridgeport, Connecticut Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Adam Cole for the NXT Championship [74]
NXT TakeOver: Toronto August 10, 2019 Scotiabank Arena Toronto, Ontario Adam Cole (c) vs. Johnny Gargano in a two-out-of-three falls match for the NXT Championship [75]
NXT TakeOver: WarGames November 23, 2019 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and Kevin Owens vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, and Roderick Strong) in a WarGames match [76][77]
NXT TakeOver: Portland February 16, 2020 Moda Center Portland, Oregon Adam Cole (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship [78]
NXT TakeOver: In Your House June 7, 2020 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Charlotte Flair (c) vs Rhea Ripley vs Io Shirai for the NXT Women's Championship [79]
NXT TakeOver XXX August 22, 2020 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Keith Lee (c) vs. Karrion Kross for the NXT Championship [80]
NXT TakeOver 31 October 4, 2020 WWE Performance Center Orlando, Florida Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the NXT Championship [81]
NXT TakeOver: WarGames December 6, 2020 WWE Performance Center Orlando, Florida The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Roderick Strong, and Bobby Fish) vs. Team McAfee (Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Danny Burch, and Oney Lorcan) in a WarGames match [82]

See alsoEdit

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