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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 on their developmental brand, NXT. Introduced on January 23, 2013, the inaugural champions were the British Ambition (Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey). The current champions are The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar), who are in their first reign, both as a team and individually.

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 Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar)
Date won January 28, 2017
Past design(s) NXT Tag Team Championship.jpg

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
The longest reigning NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension: Konnor (left) and Viktor (right)

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 January 31, 2013, 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 title against the Wyatt Family due to Grey being injured, where they lost. Dallas was not recognized as champion.[3][4] On June 20, 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 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.[6] The NXT Tag Team Championships that were introduced at TakeOver: Orlando were designed by WWE, but crafted by Peter Ellis of Leather Rebels.[7]

Inaugural tournamentEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
The Wyatt Family
(Luke Harper and Erick Rowan)
Pin[8]
Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu
The Wyatt Family
(Luke Harper and Erick Rowan)
Pin[8]
Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty
Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty Pin[8]
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[8]
3MB
(Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater)
British Ambition
(Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey)
Pin[8]
Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger
Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger Sub[8]
Alex Riley and Derrick Bateman

ReignsEdit

As of May 27, 2017, there have been 11 different championship teams, and 21 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.[5] 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),[9][10] while the shortest reign is The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) at 49 days.[5] 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 at 22, while the oldest is Luke Harper at 33.

The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) are the current champions in their first reign, both as a team and individually. They defeated #DIY at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio in San Antonio, TX on January 28, 2017.

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
No. Team Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 British Ambition
(Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey)
1 January 31, 2013 91 Winter Park, FL NXT Defeated The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) in the tournament final to become the inaugural champions. Bo Dallas replaced Grey when he was injured, but was not considered champion.
WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 84 days, beginning on February 13, 2013 and ending on May 8, 2013, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
[11]
2 The Wyatt Family
(Erick Rowan and Luke Harper)
1 May 2, 2013 49 Winter Park, FL NXT Bo Dallas filled in for an injured Oliver Grey.
WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 70 days, beginning on May 8, 2013 and ending on July 17, 2013, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
[12]
3 Adrian Neville (2) and Corey Graves 1 June 20, 2013 84 Winter Park, FL NXT WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 77 days, beginning on July 17, 2013 and ending on October 2, 2013, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [13]
4 The Ascension
(Conor O'Brian/Konnor and Rick Victor/Viktor)
1 September 12, 2013 364 Winter Park, FL NXT During their reign, their ring names were shortened to Konnor and Viktor, respectively.[14][15]
WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 344 days, beginning on October 2, 2013, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[16]
5 The Lucha Dragons
(Kalisto and Sin Cara)
1 September 11, 2014 126 Winter Park, FL NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 140 days, ending on January 28, 2015, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [17]
6 Blake and Murphy
(Wesley Blake/Blake and Buddy Murphy/Murphy)
1 January 15, 2015 219 Winter Park, FL NXT During their reign, their ring names were shortened to Blake and Murphy, respectively.
WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 206 days, beginning on January 28, 2015, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[18]
7 The Vaudevillains
(Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
1 August 22, 2015 61 Brooklyn, NY NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 82 days, ending on November 11, 2015, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [19]
8 The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
1 October 22, 2015 162 Winter Park, FL NXT During their reign, Dash and Dawson were renamed to The Revival.
WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 143 days, beginning on November 11, 2015, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[20]
9 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
1 April 1, 2016 68 Dallas, TX NXT TakeOver: Dallas [21]
10 The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
2 June 8, 2016 164 Winter Park, FL NXT TakeOver: The End WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 165 days. [22]
11 #DIY
(Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa)
1 November 19, 2016 70 Toronto, ON, Canada NXT TakeOver: Toronto This was a two-out-of-three falls match. [23]
12 The Authors of Pain
(Akam and Rezar)
1 January 28, 2017 119+ San Antonio, TX NXT TakeOver: San Antonio [24]

Combined reignsEdit

As of May 27, 2017.

Indicates the current champion

By teamEdit

Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 The Ascension
(Conor O'Brian/Konnor and Rick Victor/Viktor)
1 364 344
2 The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
2 326 308
3 Blake and Murphy
(Buddy Murphy/Murphy and Wesley Blake/Blake)
1 219 206
4 The Lucha Dragons
(Kalisto and Sin Cara)
1 126 140
5 The Authors of Pain
(Akam and Rezar)
1 119+
6 British Ambition
(Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey)
1 91 84
7 Adrian Neville and Corey Graves 1 84 77
8 #DIY
(Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa)
1 70
9 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
1 68
10 The Vaudevillains
(Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
1 61 82
11 The Wyatt Family
(Erick Rowan and Luke Harper)
1 49 70

By wrestlerEdit

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Conor O'Brian/Konnor 1 364 344
Rick Victor/Viktor 1 364 344
3 Dash Wilder 2 326 308
Scott Dawson 2 326 308
5 Buddy Murphy/Murphy 1 219 206
Wesley Blake/Blake 1 219 206
7 Neville, AdrianAdrian Neville 2 175 161
8 Kalisto 1 126 140
Sin Cara 1 126 140
10 Akam 1 119+
Rezar 1 119+
12 Grey, OliverOliver Grey 1 91 84
13 Graves, CoreyCorey Graves 1 84 77
14 Gargano, JohnnyJohnny Gargano 1 70
Ciampa, TommasoTommaso Ciampa 1 70
16 Gable, ChadChad Gable 1 68
Jordan, JasonJason Jordan 1 68
18 English, AidenAiden English 1 61 82
Gotch, SimonSimon Gotch 1 61 82
20 Rowan, ErickErick Rowan 1 49 70
Harper, LukeLuke Harper 1 49 70

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

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