The current NXT Championship belt
February 11, 2015
July 1, 2012
NXT Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned by WWE, and is contested exclusively in WWE NXT, WWE's developmental territory. The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute worked finishes, and is viewed as NXT's top championship.
History [ edit ]
The championship was first introduced on the August 1, 2012 edition of
NXT when NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes announced a "Gold Rush" tournament, featuring four developmental roster NXT Superstars and four main roster WWE Superstars competing to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Champion in a knockout system format replacing the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship that has now been retired in the same month since after the August 2012 merger of FCW. The first NXT Champion was crowned on July 26, 2012, with Seth Rollins defeating Jinder Mahal in the tournament finals. [1 ] [2 ]
Tournament [ edit ]
As of May 26, 2015, there have been six title holders with one reign each. The inaugural champion was
Seth Rollins. Adrian Neville's reign is the longest at 287 days. Sami Zayn's reign is the shortest at 62 days. Kevin Owens is the current champion. He defeated Sami Zayn at NXT TakeOver: Rival on February 11, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
The reign number for the wrestler listed
The city in which the title was won
The event in which the title was won
Indicates the current reign is changing daily
Seth Rollins 1
July 26, 2012
Jinder Mahal in the finals of an eight–man tournament to become the inaugural champion. Aired on tape delay on August 29, 2012.
Big E Langston 1
December 6, 2012
NXT This was a
no disqualification match. Aired on tape delay on January 9, 2013.
Bo Dallas 1
May 23, 2013
NXT Aired on
tape delay on June 12, 2013.
Adrian Neville 1
February 27, 2014
NXT Arrival This was a
Sami Zayn 1
December 11, 2014
NXT TakeOver: R Evolution This was a
title vs. career match. If Sami Zayn lost, he would voluntarily quit the NXT roster.
Kevin Owens 1
February 11, 2015
NXT TakeOver: Rival Owens defeated Zayn when the referee decided that Zayn was unable to continue.
Combined Reigns [ edit ]
As of May 26, 2015.
Indicates the current champion
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Parry, Josh (July 26, 2012). "NXT spoiler - first champion crowned". Pro Wrestling Torch . Retrieved . July 26, 2012
^ James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 8/29 - Week 11: First NXT champion crowned in big-match setting". Pro Wrestling Torch . Retrieved . 8 September 2012
^ "Seth Rollins' first reign". NXT Wrestling . Retrieved . 2012-07-26
^ "NXT spoilers: New champion, The Shield involved, Nash's role, Hall of Famer at next TV taping". Pro Wrestling Torch . Retrieved . 7 June 2013
^ Santiago, Andres. "5/23 NXT spoilers from Full Sail University". PWInsider . Retrieved . 24 May 2013
^ "JAMES' WWE NXT "ARRIVAL" REPORT 2/27 - Week 87: Live Network show coverage, plus Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch . Retrieved . February 27, 2014
^ Caldwell, James (December 11, 2014). "Caldwell's WWE NXT Takeover Results 12/11". Pro Wrestling Torch . Retrieved . December 11, 2014
^ James, Justin (February 11, 2015). "James' WWE NXT TakeOver Report 2/11". Pro Wrestling Torch . Retrieved . February 13, 2015
External links [ edit ]