NXT Women's Championship
The NXT Women's Championship is a women's professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on their developmental brand, NXT. Introduced on April 5, 2013, the inaugural champion was Paige. All wrestlers who have held the NXT Women's Championship have only one reign each, as after losing the title, they were soon promoted to WWE's main roster where each have won at least one main roster women's championship. The current NXT Women's Champion is Asuka, who is the longest reigning champion.
|NXT Women's Championship|
The NXT Women's Championship belt
|Date established||April 5, 2013|
|Date won||April 1, 2016|
The championship was first introduced on April 5, 2013, at WrestleMania Axxess. It was announced at the May 30, 2013 tapings (broadcast on the June 5 episode) of NXT, by Stephanie McMahon that there would be a tournament, featuring four developmental Divas and four Divas from the main roster competing to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Women's Champion in a knockout system format. The first NXT Women's Champion was crowned on June 20, 2013 (aired on tape delay on July 24, 2013), with Paige defeating Emma in the tournament finals.
Paige successfully defended her title at NXT Arrival against Emma using her new Scorpion Cross-Lock, but General Manager John "Bradshaw" Layfield stripped Paige of the title on the April 24, 2014 episode of NXT in order to give the Divas on NXT a chance, as Paige had been brought up to the main roster upon defeating AJ Lee for the WWE Divas Championship.
A new tournament was started the following week. The finals occurred at NXT TakeOver and Charlotte defeated Natalya to win the vacant NXT Women's Championship. On the September 16, 2015 episode of NXT, General Manager William Regal announced that Bayley would defend her title against Sasha Banks in the main event at NXT TakeOver: Respect on October 7 in the first ever 30-minute Iron Woman match in WWE history. At the event, Bayley defeated Banks to retain the championship, scoring the win with 3 falls to 2.
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. The newly introduced NXT Women's Championship was designed by WWE and created by Peter Ellis of Leather Rebels.
Inaugural championship tournament (2013)
Second championship tournament (2014)
As of May 24, 2017, there have been five champions; two of which won tournaments to become the champion — Paige and Charlotte. The title has only had one vacancy so far. Paige was the inaugural champion, who defeated Emma in a tournament final on June 20, 2013, during the NXT tapings, which aired on tape delay on July 24, 2013. Asuka is the longest reigning champion at 418+ days. Sasha Banks holds the shortest reign at 192 days.
|Reign||The reign number for the specific wrestler listed|
|Location||The city in which the title was won|
|Event||The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won|
|+||Indicates the current reign is changing daily.|
|1||Paige||1||June 20, 2013||308||Winter Park, FL||NXT||Defeated Emma in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.
WWE recognizes Paige's reign as lasting 274 days, beginning on July 24, 2013, when the episode aired on tape delay.
|—||Vacated||—||April 24, 2014||—||Baltimore, MD||NXT||NXT General Manager John "Bradshaw" Layfield stripped Paige of the title when she moved on to the main roster after winning the WWE Divas Championship.|||
|2||Charlotte||1||May 29, 2014||258||Winter Park, FL||NXT TakeOver||Defeated Natalya in the tournament final to win the vacant championship.
|3||Sasha Banks||1||February 11, 2015||192||Winter Park, FL||NXT TakeOver: Rival||This was a fatal four-way match, also involving Bayley and Becky Lynch.|||
|4||Bayley||1||August 22, 2015||223||Brooklyn, NY||NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn||WWE recognizes Bayley's reign as lasting 224 days.|||
|5||Asuka||1||April 1, 2016||418+||Dallas, TX||NXT TakeOver: Dallas|||
As of May 24, 2017.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|Combined days||Combined days
recognized by WWE
|5||Banks, SashaSasha Banks||1||192|
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