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The NXT Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE for their NXT brand. It is the seventh overall male tag team championship to have existed in the WWE. Introduced on January 23, 2013, the inaugural champions were British Ambition (Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey).

NXT Tag Team Championship
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The current NXT Tag Team Championship belt with default side plates
(2017–present)
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandNXT
Date establishedJanuary 23, 2013
Current champion(s)The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
Date wonAugust 15, 2019

The current champions are The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish), who are in their second reign as a team. This also marks the third reign for the Undisputed Era as a stable (as members Adam Cole and Roderick Strong have also mixed and matched with O'Reilly in title defenses under the Freebird Rule), and record third reign for O'Reilly individually.

HistoryEdit

The inaugural NXT Tag Team Champions, the British Ambition: Adrian Neville (top) and Oliver Grey (bottom)

The championship was introduced on the January 23, 2013, episode of NXT where it was announced by special guest Shawn Michaels that there would be a tournament to crown the inaugural champions.[1] On the January 31, 2013 taping of NXT (aired on February 13), the British Ambition (Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey) defeated The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) to become the inaugural champions.[2] However, in the first defense of the title, Neville and Bo Dallas defended the NXT Tag Team Championship against The Wyatt Family due to Grey being injured, where they lost. Dallas was not recognized as champion.[3][4] On the June 20 taping (aired July 17), Neville and Corey Graves defeated The Wyatt Family for the titles, making Neville the first person to hold the title on more than one occasion.[5] On June 8, 2016, The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) became the first team to hold the championship on more than one occasion when they defeated American Alpha (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan) at NXT TakeOver: The End.

On April 1, 2017, at WrestleMania Axxess, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that all of the NXT title belts would be redesigned. The new title belts were unveiled at NXT TakeOver: Orlando that same night and given to the winners of their respective matches. As a result, the NXT Tag Team Championship's updated design are the first-ever tag team title belts in WWE with removable side plates; the default side plates feature the WWE logo, which are customized with the current champion's logos as a similarity of the name plate feature.[6]

Inaugural tournamentEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
The Wyatt Family
(Luke Harper and Erick Rowan)
Pin[7]
Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu
The Wyatt Family
(Luke Harper and Erick Rowan)
Pin[7]
Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty
Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty Pin[7]
Primo & Epico
The Wyatt Family
(Luke Harper and Erick Rowan)
British Ambition
(Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey)
Pin
British Ambition
(Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey)
Pin[7]
3MB
(Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater)
British Ambition
(Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey)
Pin[7]
Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger
Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger Sub[7]
Alex Riley and Derrick Bateman

ReignsEdit

As of September 17, 2019, there have been 16 different championship teams, and 33 individual champions with the team of The Undisputed Era holding the most reigns with three. The inaugural champions were the British Ambition (Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey). The team with the longest reign is The Ascension (Conor O'Brian/Konnor and Rick Victor/Viktor), who held the titles for 364 days (WWE recognizes it as 343 days)[8][9] while the shortest reign belongs to Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven), who held the titles for 2 days. However, due to tape delays, which are the dates that WWE recognizes for the NXT Tag Team Championship's history, they recognize Moustache Mountain's reign as 22 days (beginning on June 19, 2018 and ending on July 11, 2018), which is still the shortest. Tyler Bate holds the record as the youngest champion when he won it at 21, while the oldest is Bobby Fish when he won it at 39.

The current champions are The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) who are in their second reign as a team. Individually, this is the second reign for Fish, and the record third for O'Reilly. They won the titles on August 15, 2019 during the NXT TV tapings in Winter Park, Florida defeating The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford).

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ WWE officially recognizes it as 343 days, but still the longest.
  2. ^ WWE officially recognizes it as 22 days, but still the shortest.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bishop, Matt. "WWE NXT: HBK kicks off tag title tournament". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  2. ^ James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT results 2/13 – Week 33: First NXT tag champions crowned, Paige vows to take over the show". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ Santiago, Andres (3 May 2013). "WWE NXT spoilers from Winter Park, FL: John Cena and more". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. ^ James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 5/8 Week 45: Wyatt Family captures Tag Titles, Ohno turning face?, Sandow in action, Paige vs. Summer Rae feud continues, Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Caldwell, James (21 June 2013). "WWE News: NXT spoilers for summer episodes – first NXT Women's champ, Flair, more, plus NXT TV in the U.S.?". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  6. ^ WWE (April 1, 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: WWE NXT General William Regal arrives at WrestleMania Axxess with a HUGE announcement regarding NXT TakeOver: Orlando!". Facebook. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Santiago, Andres (2013-01-11). "DX invades DX taping: Complete WWE NXT spoilers from Florida". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  8. ^ "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 10/2: New NXT Tag champions". PWTorch. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  9. ^ Caldwell, James. "NXT news: NXT Title match result, Kenta gets new ring name, new Tag Champs, main roster champ wrestles, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 13 September 2014.

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