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WWE NXT
Founded August 2012
Style Professional wrestling
Headquarters Winter Park Orlando, Florida
Founder(s) Mehmet Bana
Parent WWE
Formerly NXT Wrestling
Florida Championship Wrestling
Website www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt

WWE NXT is the professional wrestling developmental branch for WWE, based in Orlando, Florida. From its inception in August 2012 to June 2013, it was a distinct but affiliated developmental territory for WWE under the name NXT Wrestling. In June 2013, the NXT Wrestling website was shut down and NXT content was moved to within WWE.com.

History[edit]

In August 2012, WWE disbanded ceased operating Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida, deactivated FCW titles, and began running all of its developmental events and operations at Full Sail University under the "NXT Wrestling" banner. WWE had been using the NXT name for a television program featuring rookies from FCW competing to become WWE Superstars, though the "reality television" aspects of the show had been dropped earlier in 2012; WWE NXT now serves as the primary television program for the promotion.[1]

In 2013, several wrestlers who had been released by WWE made allegations regarding wrongdoings in NXT. Trent Barreta and Briley Pierce accused the NXT strength coach of sexually harassing the female NXT wrestlers,[2] while Chase Donovan and Chad Baxter accused Bill DeMott of using homophobic slurs, breaking yardsticks over the backs of developmental wrestlers and pulling out a gun during training. In response, WWE released a statement in July, stating that "There have been no sexual harassment complaints filed against any employee at the WWE's training facility in Orlando. Instead there have been baseless allegations made by disgruntled talent recently released by WWE. Regardless, WWE takes these issues seriously and investigated this matter, concluding that there was no wrongdoing."[3]

On February 27, 2014, NXT held its first live two-hour special event called NXT Arrival, which was also the first live in-ring program broadcast on the WWE Network [4][5][6] Eventually, WWE scheduled more live two-hour special events.[7]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Date won Event Previous champion(s)
NXT Championship Adrian Neville February 27, 2014 NXT Arrival Bo Dallas
NXT Tag Team Championship The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) September 12, 2013 WWE NXT Adrian Neville and Corey Graves
NXT Women's Championship Charlotte May 29, 2014 NXT Takeover Vacated

Roster[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Neville, AdrianAdrian Neville[8] Benjamin Satterly[9] NXT Champion
English, AidenAiden English[10] Matt Rehwoldt[11]
Angelo Dawkins[12] Gary Gordon
Baron Corbin[13] Tom Pestock
Bull Dempsey[14] Smith James
CJ Parker[15] Joe Robinson[16]
Cassady, ColinColin Cassady[17] Bill Morrissey[18]
Graves, CoreyCorey Graves[19] Matt Polinsky[20] Inactive; concussion
Amore, EnzoEnzo Amore[21] Eric Arndt[22]
Garrett Dylan[23] Jody Kristofferson[24]
Jason Jordan[25] Nathan Everhart
Kalisto, Kalisto[26] Emanuel Rodriguez[27]
Kenta, Kenta[28] Kenta Kobayashi [29]
Konnor, Konnor[30] Ryan Parmeter[31] NXT Tag Team Champion
Marcus Louis[32] Pierre Marceau Inactive; leg injury
Rawley, MojoMojo Rawley[33] Dean Muhtadi
Zayn, SamiSami Zayn[34] Rami Sebei
Sawyer Fulton[35] Jacob Southwick
Scott Dawson[36] David Charwood[37] Inactive; torn ACL[38]
Simon Gotch[39] Ryan Drago[39]
Lefort, SylvesterSylvester Lefort[40] Tom La Ruffa[41] Also Manager of Scott Dawson
Travis Tyler[42] Sam Udell
Troy McClain[43] Alexander Jones[44]
Dillinger, TyeTye Dillinger[45] Ronnie Arneill
Breeze, TylerTyler Breeze[46] Mattias Clement[47] Inactive; broken finger
Viktor, Viktor[48] Eric Thompson[49] NXT Tag Team Champion
Wesley Blake[50] Cory Weston[51]

Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Alexa Bliss[52] Alexis Kaufman
Bayley[53] Pamela Martinez[54]
Becky Lynch Rebecca Knox[55]
Charlotte, Charlotte[56] Ashley Fliehr-Johnson NXT Women's Champion
Devin Taylor Brittany Fetkin Also works as NXT Backstage interviewer.
Eden Brandi Runnels NXT Ring announcer.
Also works on the main roster.
JoJo[57] Joseann Offerman[58] Yet to debut.
Kendall Skye[59] Kendra Smith Inactive, broken wrist
Banks, SashaSasha Banks[60] Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado[61]
Veronica Lane[62] Erika Hammond Inactive, leg injury

Administration staff[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Bill DeMott[63] DeMott II, WilliamWilliam DeMott II Head Trainer
Billy Gunn[64] Sopp, MontyMonty Sopp Trainer[65]
Canyon Ceman Ceman, CanyonCanyon Ceman Senior Director Of Talent Development[66]
Dusty Rhodes[67] Runnels, Jr., VirgilVirgil Runnels, Jr.[68] Creative Director
Gerald Brisco[69] Brisco, FloydFloyd Brisco Recruiter
Nick Dinsmore Dinsmore, NickNick Dinsmore Trainer
Norman Smiley[70][71] Smiley, NormanNorman Smiley Trainer
Max Pelham[72] Pelham, MaxMax Pelham[73] Creative Assistant
Robbie Brookside Brooks, RobertRobert Brooks Trainer[74]
Sara Amato Amato, SaraSara Amato Trainer
Steve Keirn[75] Keirn, StephenStephen Keirn President
Terry Taylor Taylor III, PaulPaul Taylor III Trainer

Referees[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Dan Engler Engler, DanDan Engler
Darrick Moore Darrick Moore
Jason Ayers Ayers, JasonJason Ayers
Shawn Bennett[76] Shawn Bennett
Ryan Tran[77] Brian Nguyen

On-air personalities[edit]

Authority figures[edit]

Authority figures Dates Position
Dusty Rhodes June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20) – present Interim General Manager
Commissioner**
John "Bradshaw" Layfield September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12) – present Commissioner
General Manager

(**) Dusty Rhodes was named Interim General Manager of NXT on June 20, 2012, which coincided with the rebranding of NXT into a full scale developmental promotion. On the August 29, 2012 episode (taped July 29, 2012) of NXT, Rhodes was noted as the NXT Commissioner.

Commentators[edit]

Commentators Dates
Jim Ross and Byron Saxton June 27, 2012 (2012-06-27) – July 4, 2012 (2012-07-04)
Byron Saxton, William Regal and Jim Ross7 July 11, 2012 (2012-07-11) – October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)
Jim Ross and William Regal June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)
October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) – October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31)
Tony Luftman and William Regal October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) – October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31)
Tony Dawson, William Regal, Tom Phillips and Brad Maddox8 November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07) – July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31)
Tony Dawson, William Regal, Tom Phillips and Alex Riley8 August 7, 2013 (2013-08-07) – September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) – April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young April 10, 2014 (2014-04-10) – July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03)
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley and Jason Albert July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03) - present
Notes
  1. ^ Jim Ross only called the main event.
  2. ^ The pairings of Dawson & Regal and Phillips & Maddox commentate on alternate shows. Riley replaced Maddox in August 2013. Scott Stanford serves as narrator.

Ring announcers[edit]

Ring announcer Dates
Caylee Turner, Summer Rae and Chris Russo June 20, 2012 - October 17, 2012
Howard Finkel Main Event, July 29, 2012 (aired August 29, 2012)
Summer Rae and Byron Saxton October 24, 2012 - February 14, 2013
Byron Saxton February 21, 2013 – April 4, 2013
Byron Saxton and Eden April 11, 2013 – present

Television show[edit]

Main article: WWE NXT (TV series)
WWE NXT
NXT Wrestling.png
Format Sports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Reality television (2010 (2010)–2011 (2011))
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring WWE/WWE NXT roster
Opening theme "Roar of the Crowd" by CFO$
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 224 (as of June 5, 2014 (2014-06-05))
Production
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel WWE Network (2014 (2014) – present)
Internationally syndicated (2012 (2012) – present)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23) – present
Chronology
Related shows WWE Raw
WWE SmackDown
WWE Main Event
WWE Superstars
External links
Website

WWE NXT is a professional wrestling television program produced by WWE that on the WWE Network in the United States. The show (which premiered February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)) features NXT Superstars and WWE Superstars. The show serves as the flagship program for the eponymous WWE NXT developmental system.

From 2010–2012, WWE aired a previous version of WWE NXT which consisted of pairing "Rookies" with WWE Superstars (known as "Pros"), with the pairs competing in challenges until there was one sole winner. The winners of the show were Wade Barrett (Season 1), Kaval (Season 2), Kaitlyn (Season 3) and Johnny Curtis (Season 4). After season 5, the show was replaced with a homonymous television show featuring the NXT roster.

Production[edit]

NXT was taped in large venues before the WWE Smackdown tapings and used the universal WWE HD set from 2010–2012. When WWE revamped the show, they moved the tapings to Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, with the venue known as Full Sail Live. WWE started taping NXT in Florida on May 17, 2012.[78] Tickets are available free for Full Sail students; general admission for non-students is $10.[79] NXT aired on Syfy from 2010-2011. In 2011, when SmackDown moved to Syfy, NXT moved to WWE.COM, and after Season 5, NXT stopped broadcasting in the US until September 2012 when WWE reached a deal with Hulu Plus, on which new episodes of NXT began airing September 26, 2012.[80] On August 22, 2013, Hulu announced that all episodes of "NXT" would no longer be exclusive to Hulu Plus subscribers, and would be available for viewing through both Hulu and Hulu Plus.[81]

NXT began airing on the WWE Network on February 27, 2014 with a live event called NXT Arrival.

International broadcasters[edit]

NXT is also televised on a number of channels in many different countries.

Country Network Ref
Arab world OSN [82][83][84]
Australia Fox8 [85]
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka TEN Sports [86][87][88]
Cambodia CTN [89]
Canada Sportsnet 360 [90]
France Action [91]
Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein
ProSieben Fun [92][93][94]
[95][96][97]
Italy Sky Italia [98]
Japan J Sports 1 [99]
Malaysia Astro SuperSport [100]
Mexico Viva Sports [101]
Philippines Fox Channel Asia [102]
Poland Extreme Sports Channel [103]
Portugal SportTV 3 [104]
Romania Sport.ro
Singapore SuperSports
South Africa e.tv [105]
Taiwan Videoland Max-TV [106]
Thailand TrueVisions
Ukraine QTV, Mega [107]
United Kingdom and Ireland Sky Sports 3 & Sky Sports 3 HD [108][109]

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