NXT Women's Championship

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NXT Women's Championship
NXT Womens Championship.jpg
The current NXT Women's Championship belt
Details
Current champion(s) Sasha Banks
Date won February 11, 2015
Date established April 5, 2013
Promotion WWE
Brand NXT

The NXT Women's Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned by WWE and is competed for exclusively in NXT, WWE's developmental territory. The championship is contested in professional wrestling matches.

History[edit]

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 WWE NXT, by Stephanie McMahon that there would be a tournament, featuring four developmental female talents and four female talents from the main roster competing to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Women's Champion in a knockout system format.[1][2][3] The first NXT Women's Champion was crowned on June 20, 2013, with Paige defeating Emma in the tournament finals.[4]

Paige successfully defended her title at NXT Arrival against Emma using her new Scorpion Cross-Lock, but John Layfield stripped Paige of the title on the April 24 edition of NXT in order to give the girls on NXT a chance, as Paige had been brought up to the main roster upon defeating AJ Lee for WWE's Divas Championship.

A new tournament was started the following week, which saw Sasha Banks qualify over Bayley, Natalya qualify over Layla, Alexa Bliss qualify over Alicia Fox and Charlotte qualify over former number-one contender, Emma. In the semifinals, Natalya defeated Sasha Banks, and Charlotte defeated Alexa Bliss. At NXT TakeOver, Charlotte defeated Natalya to win the vacant NXT Women's Championship. At NXT TakeOver: Rival, Sasha Banks won the championship in a Fatal 4-Way match against Charlotte, Bayley and Becky Lynch.

Inaugural championship tournament[edit]

Current champion Sasha Banks with the championship in March 2015
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
Tamina Snuka
Paige Pin
Paige Pin
Alicia Fox
Bayley
Alicia Fox Pin
Paige Pin
Emma
Sasha Banks
Summer Rae Pin
Summer Rae
Emma Pin
Emma Sub
Aksana

Reigns[edit]

As of May 6, 2015, there have been three title holders; two of which won tournaments to become the champion. The title has only had one vacancy so far. The inaugural champion was Paige, whose reign is also the longest at 308 days and Charlotte the shortest reigning NXT Women's Champion at 258 days. The current champion is Sasha Banks, who won the title at NXT TakeOver: Rival on February 11, 2015.

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.
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Paige 1 June 20, 2013 308 Winter Park, FL NXT Paige defeated Emma in the finals of an eight woman tournament to become the inaugural champion. This episode aired on tape delay on July 24, 2013. [4]
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 main roster's Divas Championship. [5]
2 Charlotte 1 May 29, 2014 258 Winter Park, FL NXT TakeOver Charlotte defeated Natalya in the finals of an eight woman tournament to win the vacant championship. [6]
3 Sasha Banks 1 February 11, 2015 84+ Winter Park, FL NXT TakeOver: Rival This was a fatal four-way match also involving Bayley and Becky Lynch. [7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Caldwell, James. "WWE NEWS: McMahon's Friday tweet - anti-smoking, Stephanie introduces NXT Women's Title (w/Pic), Cena check-in, Ross new blog, Dupree wins title". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Namako, Jason. "WWE NXT Results - 5/30/13 (#1 Contender Battle Royal)". Wrestleview. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT results 5/29 & 6/5: Wyatts defend Tag Titles, NXT Women's Title introduced, #1 contender battle royal, Parade of released NXT wrestlers in matches". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Caldwell, James (July 21, 2013). "WWE News: NXT spoilers summer episodes - first NXT Women's champ, Flair, more, plus NXT TV in the U.S.?". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Paige Relinquishes the NXT Women's Championship: WWE NXT". WWE. April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Charlotte's first reign". WWE. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ James, Justin (February 11, 2015). "James' WWE NXT TakeOver Report 2/11". Retrieved February 12, 2015.