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 WWE's Divas Championship.
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.
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