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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 developmental brand, NXT. It is the seventh overall male tag team championship to have existed in the WWE. Introduced on January 23, 2013, the inaugural champions were the British Ambition (Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey). The current champions are The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, Adam Cole, and Roderick Strong) who are in their first reign, and are defending the titles under the Freebird Rule.[1][2]

NXT Tag Team Championship
NXT Tag Team Championship 2017.png
The NXT Tag Team Championship belt with default side plates
(2017–present)
Details
Promotion WWE
Brand NXT
Date established January 23, 2013
Current champion(s) The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, Roderick Strong)
Date won November 29, 2017
Past design(s) NXT Tag Team Championship.jpg

Contents

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5][6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Inaugural tournamentEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
The Wyatt Family
(Luke Harper and Erick Rowan)
Pin[9]
Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu
The Wyatt Family
(Luke Harper and Erick Rowan)
Pin[9]
Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty
Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty Pin[9]
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[9]
3MB
(Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater)
British Ambition
(Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey)
Pin[9]
Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger
Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger Sub[9]
Alex Riley and Derrick Bateman

ReignsEdit

 
The current NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish (left) and Kyle O'Reilly (right))

As of April 22, 2018, there have been 13 different championship teams, and 26 individual champions with the team of The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) holding the most reigns at two. Individually, Adrian Neville, Dawson, and Wilder have the most reigns, also at two.[7] 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) at 364 days (WWE recognizes it as 344 days, but still the longest),[10][11] while the shortest reign is The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) at 49 days.[7] However, due to tape delays, which are the dates that WWE recognizes for the NXT Tag Team Championship's title history, they recognize The Wyatt Family's reign as 70 days, with American Alpha (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan) having the shortest reign at 68 days. Rezar holds the record as the youngest champion when he won it at 22, while the oldest is Bobby Fish when he won it at 38.

The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, Adam Cole, and Roderick Strong) are the current champions in their first reign, both as a team and individually, and defend the titles under the Freebird Rule. Fish and O'Reilly originally defeated SAnitY (represented by Eric Young and Killian Dain) on the November 29, 2017 taping of NXT, which aired on tape delay on December 20, 2017, the date WWE officially begins their reign. On March 4, Fish suffered a torn ACL and torn MCL in his left knee at an NXT live event that required surgery. Thus, at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, the Freebird Rule was invoked to recognize Cole as champion and to continue the title reign with O'Reilly; also, on April 11, Strong was also given a share of the titles.[12][2]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ WWE officially recognizes it as 344 days
  2. ^ WWE officially recognizes The Wyatt Family's reign as lasting 70 days with American Alpha having the shortest reign at 68 days.

ReferencesEdit

GeneralEdit

SpecificEdit

  1. ^ "NXT Tampa, FL, live results: McIntyre and SAnitY defend their titles". 26 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b NXT spoilers 4-11-18 - 411 Mania.com
  3. ^ Bishop, Matt. "WWE NXT: HBK kicks off tag title tournament". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Santiago, Andres (3 May 2013). "WWE NXT spoilers from Winter Park, FL: John Cena and more". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ a b c 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 10/2: New NXT Tag champions". PWTorch. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/nxt-tag-team-championship