The NXT Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on their developmental brand NXT. Introduced on July 1, 2012, it is the top championship of NXT. Seth Rollins was the inaugural champion. The current champion is Bobby Roode, who is in his first reign.
The NXT Championship belt with default side plates
|Date established||July 1, 2012|
|Current champion(s)||Bobby Roode|
|Date won||January 28, 2017|
The championship was first introduced on the July 1, 2012 edition of NXT when NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes announced a "Gold Rush" tournament, featuring four developmental roster NXT Superstars and four main roster WWE Superstars competing to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Champion in a knockout system format, replacing the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship that was retired in the same month after merger of FCW. The first NXT Champion was crowned on July 26, 2012, with Seth Rollins defeating Jinder Mahal in the tournament final. On November 19, 2016 at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, Samoa Joe became the first performer to hold the championship on more than one occasion.
On April 1, 2017, at WrestleMania Axxess, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that all of the NXT titles would be redesigned. The new titles were unveiled at NXT TakeOver: Orlando that same night and given to the winners of their respective matches. The original NXT Championship and the one introduced at TakeOver: Orlando were designed by WWE, but crafted by Peter Ellis of Leather Rebels.
As of May 29, 2017, there have been 12 championship reigns with 10 different champions. The inaugural champion was Seth Rollins. Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura has the most reigns with two. Finn Bálor's reign as champion is the longest at 292 days (although WWE recognizes it at 293), while Samoa Joe's second reign is the shortest at 14 days. Bo Dallas holds the record as the youngest champion, winning the title two days before his 23rd birthday, while Bobby Roode is the oldest champion at 40.
|Reign||The reign number for the wrestler listed|
|Location||The city in which the title was won|
|Event||The event in which the title was won|
|+||Indicates the current reign is changing daily|
|1||Seth Rollins||1||July 26, 2012||133||Winter Park, FL||NXT||Defeated Jinder Mahal in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.
WWE recognizes Rollins' reign as lasting 134 days, beginning on August 29, 2012 and ending on January 9, 2013, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
|2||Big E Langston||1||December 6, 2012||168||Winter Park, FL||NXT||This was a no disqualification match.
WWE recognizes Big E's reign as lasting 154 days, beginning on January 9, 2013 and ending on June 12, 2013, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
|3||Bo Dallas||1||May 23, 2013||280||Winter Park, FL||NXT||WWE recognizes Dallas' reign as lasting 261 days, beginning on June 12, 2013, when the episode aired on tape delay.|||
|4||Adrian Neville||1||February 27, 2014||287||Winter Park, FL||NXT Arrival||This was a ladder match.|||
|5||Sami Zayn||1||December 11, 2014||62||Winter Park, FL||NXT TakeOver: R Evolution||This was a title vs. career match. If Zayn lost, he would voluntarily quit NXT.
WWE recognizes Zayn's reign as lasting 63 days.
|6||Kevin Owens||1||February 11, 2015||143||Winter Park, FL||NXT TakeOver: Rival||Owens won when the referee decided that Sami Zayn was unable to continue.|||
|7||Finn Bálor||1||July 4, 2015||292||Tokyo, Japan||The Beast in the East||WWE recognizes Bálor's reign as lasting 293 days.|||
|8||Samoa Joe||1||April 21, 2016||121||Lowell, MA||Live event||WWE recognizes Joe's reign as lasting 122 days.|||
|9||Shinsuke Nakamura||1||August 20, 2016||91||Brooklyn, NY||NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II||WWE recognizes Nakamura's reign as lasting 92 days.|||
|10||Samoa Joe||2||November 19, 2016||14||Toronto, ON||NXT TakeOver: Toronto|||
|11||Shinsuke Nakamura||2||December 3, 2016||56||Osaka, Japan||Live event||An edited version of this match aired on the December 7, 2016 episode.
The full match aired on the December 28, 2016 episode.
WWE recognizes Nakamura's reign as lasting 57 days.
|12||Bobby Roode||1||January 28, 2017||121+||San Antonio, TX||NXT TakeOver: San Antonio|||
As of May 29, 2017.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|Combined days||Combined days
recognized by WWE
|1||Bálor, FinnFinn Bálor||1||292||293|
|2||Neville, AdrianAdrian Neville||1||287|
|3||Dallas, BoBo Dallas||1||280||261|
|4||Langston, Big EBig E Langston||1||168||154|
|5||Nakamura, ShinsukeShinsuke Nakamura||2||147||149|
|6||Owens, KevinKevin Owens||1||143|
|7||Joe, SamoaSamoa Joe||2||135||136|
|8||Rollins, SethSeth Rollins||1||133||134|
|9||Roode, BobbyBobby Roode †||1||121+|
|10||Zayn, SamiSami Zayn||1||62||63|
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