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NXT Tag Team Championship

The NXT Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE, defended on their NXT brand. It is one of three male tag team championships among WWE's three main brands, along with the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship on Raw and the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship on SmackDown. The current champions are The Undisputed Era's Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish, who are in their second reign as a team. This also marks the record 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), while individually, it is the second reign for Fish and record third for O'Reilly.

NXT Tag Team Championship
NXT Tag Team Championship 2017.png
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

Introduced on January 23, 2013, the title was established as the men's tag team championship for NXT, which at the time was a developmental territory for WWE. The inaugural champions were British Ambition (Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey). Over the years, NXT grew to become WWE's third major brand, which became official in September 2019 when NXT was moved to the USA Network.

HistoryEdit

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

In June 2012, the WWE established NXT as their developmental territory, replacing Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). The following year on the January 23 episode of NXT, special guest and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels announced that there would be an eight-team single-elimination tournament to crown the first NXT Tag Team Champions.[1] On the January 31 taping of NXT (aired February 13), British Ambition (Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey) defeated The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) in the tournament final to become the inaugural champions.[2] In the first title defense, however, Neville and Bo Dallas defended the title 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 of NXT (aired July 17), Neville and Corey Graves defeated The Wyatt Family for the title, making Neville the first two-time champion.[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.

Although NXT had been established as WWE's developmental territory, over the years it grew to establish itself as WWE's third major brand. This would become official in September 2019 when NXT was moved to the USA Network, thus making the NXT Tag Team Championship the third major tag team title for men in the WWE, along with the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship and WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.[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

Belt designEdit

 
One-time champions Blake and Murphy (right and left), shown here with the original NXT Tag Team Championship belts

The original NXT Tag Team Championship belts featured a simple design. The center plate was an irregular polygon. Prominently down the center of the plate was a vertical NXT logo in gold; to the left center side of the logo read "Tag" while the right center side read "Team". The two side plates contained the WWE logo. The plates were on a black leather strap. A unique feature of this original design was that the two belts were slightly different. On one belt, the left side of the center plate was black with "Tag" written in gold while the right side of the center plate was gold with "Team" written in black; the other belt was the opposite. The side plates also reflected this coloring; the side plate on the black side was dominated by a black background behind the WWE logo while the side plate on the gold side had a dominant gold background behind the WWE logo. When first introduced, the side plates had the WWE scratch logo but in August 2014, all of WWE's pre-existing championships at the time received a minor update, changing the scratch logo to WWE's new logo originally used for the WWE Network.

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. Both the center plate and side plates of the new NXT Tag Team Championship belts are the same shape as the previous design and are again on black leather straps. The differences are the design on the plates themselves. The center plate maintains the vertical NXT logo prominently in the center, but now in silver with the WWE logo affixed at the very center of the "X". At the top of the plate right above the vertical NXT logo is a banner that reads "Tag Team", while at the bottom of the plate below the logo is a banner that reads "Champions". Black, silver, and gold ornamentation fills in the rest of the plate. Unlike the previous design, both belts are exactly the same. Coming in line with the majority of WWE's other championship belts, the updated design features side plates with a removable center section that can be customized with the champion's logo; the default side plates feature the WWE logo. As a result, the championship was the first WWE tag team championships to feature customizable side plates.[8]

ReignsEdit

As of December 6, 2019, there have been 19 reigns between 16 teams composed of 33 individual champions, and one vacancy. The Undisputed Era as a stable have the most reigns at three, while individually, stable member Kyle O'Reilly has the most reigns, also at 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 title for 364 days,[9][10] while the shortest reign belongs to Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven), who held the title 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 that The Ascension's reign was 343 days and that Moustache Mountain's reign was 22 days, which are still the longest and shortest reigns regardless. 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's Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly, who are in their second reign as a team and record third reign for the stable. Individually, this is the second reign for Fish, and the record third for O'Reilly. They won the title during the August 15, 2019 tapings of NXT (aired August 28) in Winter Park, Florida, defeating The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)

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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. ^ "Triple H Discusses NXT as a Third Brand, Putting Talent in a Position to Succeed, More – 411MANIA". www.411mania.com.
  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. ^ 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. ^ "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 10/2: New NXT Tag champions". PWTorch. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  10. ^ 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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