NXT North American Championship
The NXT North American Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE for their NXT brand. It is the brand's secondary title and was introduced at the NXT tapings on March 7, 2018 (aired March 28). Adam Cole was the inaugural champion. The current champion is Velveteen Dream, who is in his first reign.
|NXT North American Championship|
The NXT North American Championship belt with default side plates.
|Date established||March 7, 2018|
|Current champion(s)||Velveteen Dream|
|Date won||January 30, 2019|
(aired February 20, 2019)
The championship was first introduced at the March 7, 2018, tapings of NXT (aired on tape delay on March 28) when NXT general manager William Regal announced a ladder match at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans to determine the inaugural champion. Later that night, EC3, Killian Dain, Adam Cole, Ricochet, Lars Sullivan, and Velveteen Dream were announced as the participants in the match. The winner of the match was Adam Cole. The design of the belt was unveiled by Chief Operating Officer Triple H on April 3, 2018. Featuring three gold plates on a thick brown leather strap, the rounded center plate features a globe that only shows the continent of North America. The banner above the globe reads "North American" and above the banner is the NXT logo. The lower banner at the bottom of the globe reads "Champion". The two sideplates feature a removable center section which can be customized with the champion's logos; the default sideplates vertically read NXT on a globe, making it WWE's first secondary title to feature removable side plates.
As of August 21, 2019, there have been four reigns between four champions. The inaugural champion was Adam Cole. Velveteen Dream is the longest reigning champion at 203+ days and the youngest champion, winning the title at 23. Johnny Gargano has the shortest reign at 4 days (WWE recognizes it as 25 days due to tape delay, but still the shortest) and is the oldest champion, winning the title at 31.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|Days recog.||Number of days held recognized by the promotion|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Adam Cole||April 7, 2018||NXT TakeOver: New Orleans||New Orleans, LA||1||133||133||Cole defeated EC3, Killian Dain, Lars Sullivan, Ricochet, and Velveteen Dream in a six-man ladder match to become the inaugural champion.|||
|2||Ricochet||August 18, 2018||NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4||Brooklyn, NY||1||161||161|||
|3||Johnny Gargano||January 26, 2019||NXT TakeOver: Phoenix||Phoenix, AZ||1||4||25||WWE recognizes Gargano's reign as ending on February 20, 2019, when the following episode aired on tape delay.|||
|4||Velveteen Dream||January 30, 2019||NXT||Winter Park, FL||1||203+||182+||WWE taped two endings for the match, one with Gargano retaining and the other with Dream winning. The latter was revealed as the true result when the episode aired on tape delay on February 20, the date WWE recognizes for Dream's reign.|||
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