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. The first NXT Women's Champion was crowned on June 20, 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 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 the WWE 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. Charlotte defended the title on NXT TV against Summer Rae successfully, leaving the title without a No. 1 Contender. Bayley then defeated Sasha Banks in a No. 1 Contender match on NXT TV to earn a title shot at NXT Takeover: Fatal Four Way, where she unsuccessfully tried to win the title from Charlotte. She was given a rematch two weeks later, but was, again, unsuccessful.
As of December 19, 2014, there have been two title holders; both winning tournaments. The title has only had one vacancy so far. The inaugural champion was Paige, whose reign is also the longest at 308 days. The current champion is Charlotte, who won the vacant title at NXT Takeover on May 29, 2014 in Winter Park, FL.
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