WWE NXT

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

WWE NXT is WWE's developmental branch based in Orlando, Florida for professional wrestling. 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]

On March 20, 2012, it was reported that WWE would cease operation of Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida. This statement was later refuted after Steve Keirn as well as WWE Superstar and Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, Triple H, denied the claim.[1]

In August 2012, WWE disbanded FCW, deactivated the 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.[2]

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,[3] 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."[4]

On February 27, 2014, NXT had its first live event called NXT Arrival. This was also the first live event broadcast on the WWE Network. It was headlined by Bo Dallas vs Adrian Neville in a ladder match for the NXT Championship, which Neville won.

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 Paige June 20, 2013 WWE NXT Inaugural champion

Roster[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Adam Rose[5][6] Leppan, RayRay Leppan[7] [8]
Adrian Neville[9] Satterly, BenjaminBenjamin Satterly[10] NXT Champion[11]
Aiden English[12] Rehwoldt, MattMatt Rehwoldt[13] [14]
Alexander Rusev[15] Barnyashev, MiroslavMiroslav Barnyashev[16] [17]
Baron Corbin[18] Tom Pestock
Bo Dallas[19] Rotunda, TaylorTaylor Rotunda[20]
Braun Stowman Scherr, AdamAdam Scherr
Buddy Murphy Matt Silva
Bull Dempsey James Smith
Cal Bishop Clayton Jack
Chad Gable[21] Betts, ChasChas Betts[22]
CJ Parker[23] Joe Robinson[24] [25]
Cole Andrews Stephen Good
Colin Cassady[26] Bill Morrisey[27] [28]
Corey Graves[29] Polinsky, MattMatt Polinsky[30] [31]
Danilo Anfibio Anfibio, DaniloDanilo Anfibio
Danny Burch[32] Harris, MartinMartin Harris
Dylan Mile Mile, DylanDylan Mile
Enzo Amore[33] Eric Arndt
Gary Gordon[34] Gary Gordon
Jason Jordan[35] Nathan Everhart [36]
John Carton Carton, JohnJohn Carton
Judas Devlin[37] Austin Matelson
Kalisto Emanuel Rodriguez
Konnor Parmeter, RyanRyan Parmeter[38] NXT Tag Team Champion[39]
Marcus Louis Pierre Marceau
Mason Ryan Griffiths, BarriBarri Griffiths
Mojo Rawley[40] Muhtadi, DeanDean Muhtadi
Morkeith Brown Brown, MorkeithMorkeith Brown
Oliver Grey[41] Pettyfer, JoelJoel Pettyfer [42]
Sami Zayn Sebei, RamiRami Sebei [43]
Sawyer Fulton[44] Jacob Southwick
Scott Dawson[45] David Charwood[46]
Simon Gotch Ryan Drago
Slate Randall Ricker, ShaunShaun Ricker
Solomon Crowe Johnston, SamSam Johnston
Sylvester Lefort[47] Ruffa, Tom LaTom La Ruffa Manager of Scott Dawson[45]
Travis Tyler[48] Sam Udell
Troy McLain[49] Alexander Jones Yet to debut
Tye Dillinger Arneill, RonnieRonnie Arneill
Tyler Breeze[50] Clement, MattiasMattias Clement[51] [52]
Viktor[53] Thompson, EricEric Thompson[54] NXT Tag Team Champion[55]

Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Alexa Bliss[56] Alexis Kaufman
Bayley[57] Martinez, PamelaPamela Martinez[58]
Becky Lynch Quin, RebeccaRebecca Quin
Carmella Leah Van Dale
Charlotte[59] Fliehr-Johnson, AshleyAshley Fliehr-Johnson
Dana Brooke Ashley Sebera
Devin Taylor Brittany Fetkin NXT Backstage interviewer
Eden Brandi Runnels NXT Ring announcer
Emma[60] Dashwood, TenilleTenille Dashwood Also working on the main roster[61]
JoJo Offerman, JoseannJoseann Offerman
Kendall Skye Kendra Smith[62]
Lana C.J. Perry Valet of Alexander Rusev

Also works on main roster

Paige[63] Bevis, Saraya-JadeSaraya-Jade Bevis[64] NXT Women's Champion[65]
WWE Divas Champion

Also works on main roster

Raquel Diaz Shaul Guerrero
Sasha Banks[66] Kaestner-Varnado, MercedesMercedes Kaestner-Varnado[67] [68]
Shara , Sarah BackmanSarah Backman
Veronica Lane Erika Hammond Ring Announcer

Administration staff[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Bill DeMott[69] DeMott II, WilliamWilliam DeMott II Head Trainer
Billy Gunn[70] Sopp, MontyMonty Sopp Trainer[71]
Canyon Ceman Ceman, CanyonCanyon Ceman Senior Director Of Talent Development[72]
Dusty Rhodes[73] Runnels, Jr., VirgilVirgil Runnels, Jr.[74] Creative Director
Gerald Brisco[75] Brisco, FloydFloyd Brisco Recruiter
Nick Dinsmore Dinsmore, NickNick Dinsmore Trainer
Norman Smiley[76][77] Smiley, NormanNorman Smiley Trainer
Max Pelham[78] Pelham, MaxMax Pelham[79] Creative Assistant
Ricky Steamboat[80] Blood, Sr., RichardRichard Blood, Sr. Trainer
Robbie Brookside Brooks, RobertRobert Brooks Trainer[81]
Sara Del Rey Amato, SaraSara Amato Trainer
Steve Keirn[82] Keirn, StephenStephen Keirn President
Terry Taylor Taylor III, PaulPaul Taylor III Trainer

Referees[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Jason Ayers Ayers, JasonJason Ayers
Shawn Bennett Shawn Bennett
Dan Engler Engler, DanDan Engler
Darrick Moore Darrick Moore
Danilo Anfibio Danilo Anfibio

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

(**) 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) – 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, Kendall Skye, Alexa Bliss, Eden Stiles and Veronica Lane April 11, 2013 – present

Television show[edit]

WWE NXT
NXT current logo.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 211 (as of January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08))
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.[83] Tickets are available free for Full Sail students; general admission for non-students is $10.[84] 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.[85] 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.[86]

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 [87][88][89]
Australia Fox8 [90]
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka TEN Sports [91][92][93]
Cambodia CTN [94]
Canada Sportsnet 360 [95]
France Action [96]
Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein
ProSieben Fun [97][98][99]
[100][101][102]
Italy Sky Italia [103]
Japan J Sports 1 [104]
Malaysia Astro SuperSport [105]
Mexico Viva Sports [106]
Philippines ABS-CBN Sports+Action [107]
Poland Extreme Sports Channel [108]
Portugal SportTV 3 [109]
Romania Sport.ro
Singapore SuperSports
South Africa e.tv [110]
Taiwan Videoland Max-TV [111]
Thailand TrueVisions
Ukraine QTV, Mega [112]
United Kingdom and Ireland Sky Sports 3 & Sky Sports 3 HD [113][114]

See also[edit]

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