The NXT Championship belt with default side plates
|Date established||July 1, 2012|
|Current champion(s)||Drew McIntyre|
|Date won||August 19, 2017|
The NXT Championship is a professional wrestling world championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on their developmental brand NXT. Introduced on July 1, 2012, it is the top championship of NXT. Seth Rollins was the inaugural champion. The current champion is Drew McIntyre, who is in his first reign.
The championship was first introduced on the July 1, 2012 edition of NXT when NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes announced a "Gold Rush" tournament, featuring four developmental roster NXT Superstars and four main roster WWE Superstars competing to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Champion in a knockout system format, replacing the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship that was retired in the same month after merger of FCW. The first NXT Champion was crowned on July 26, 2012, with Seth Rollins defeating Jinder Mahal in the tournament final. On November 19, 2016 at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, Samoa Joe became the first performer to hold the championship on more than one occasion.
On April 1, 2017 at WrestleMania Axxess, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that all of the NXT title belts would be redesigned. The new title belts were unveiled at NXT TakeOver: Orlando that same night and given to the winners of their respective matches. Coming in line with the top championships of the main roster, the new design features removable side plates with the WWE logo as default plates, which are customized with the current champion's logos as a similarity of the name plate feature.
As of September 20, 2017, there have been 13 championship reigns with 11 different champions. The inaugural champion was Seth Rollins. Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura have the most reigns with two. Finn Bálor's reign as champion is the longest at 292 days (WWE recognizes it at 293), while Samoa Joe's second reign is the shortest at 14 days. Bo Dallas holds the record as the youngest champion, winning the title two days before his 23rd birthday, while Bobby Roode is the oldest champion, winning the title at 39.
Drew McIntyre is the current champion in his first reign. He won the title by defeating Bobby Roode at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III in Brooklyn, New York on August 19, 2017. McIntyre is the first superstar to have won the title after having already been on the main roster.
|Reign||The reign number for the wrestler listed|
|Location||The city in which the title was won|
|Event||The event in which the title was won|
|+||Indicates the current reign is changing daily|
|1||Seth Rollins||1||July 26, 2012||133||Winter Park, FL||NXT||Defeated Jinder Mahal in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.
WWE recognizes Rollins' reign as lasting 134 days, beginning on August 29, 2012 and ending on January 9, 2013, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
|2||Big E Langston||1||December 6, 2012||168||Winter Park, FL||NXT||This was a no disqualification match.
WWE recognizes Big E's reign as lasting 154 days, beginning on January 9, 2013 and ending on June 12, 2013, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
|3||Bo Dallas||1||May 23, 2013||280||Winter Park, FL||NXT||WWE recognizes Dallas' reign as lasting 261 days, beginning on June 12, 2013, when the episode aired on tape delay.|||
|4||Adrian Neville||1||February 27, 2014||287||Winter Park, FL||NXT Arrival||This was a ladder match.|||
|5||Sami Zayn||1||December 11, 2014||62||Winter Park, FL||NXT TakeOver: R Evolution||This was a title vs. career match. If Zayn had lost, he would have voluntarily quit NXT.
WWE recognizes Zayn's reign as lasting 63 days.
|6||Kevin Owens||1||February 11, 2015||143||Winter Park, FL||NXT TakeOver: Rival||Owens won when the referee decided that Sami Zayn was unable to continue.|||
|7||Finn Bálor||1||July 4, 2015||292||Tokyo, Japan||The Beast in the East||WWE recognizes Bálor's reign as lasting 293 days.|||
|8||Samoa Joe||1||April 21, 2016||121||Lowell, MA||Live event||WWE recognizes Joe's reign as lasting 122 days.|||
|9||Shinsuke Nakamura||1||August 20, 2016||91||Brooklyn, NY||NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II||WWE recognizes Nakamura's reign as lasting 92 days.|||
|10||Samoa Joe||2||November 19, 2016||14||Toronto, ON||NXT TakeOver: Toronto|||
|11||Shinsuke Nakamura||2||December 3, 2016||56||Osaka, Japan||NXT||An edited version of this match aired on the December 7, 2016 episode.
The full match aired on the December 28, 2016 episode.
WWE recognizes Nakamura's reign as lasting 57 days.
|12||Bobby Roode||1||January 28, 2017||203||San Antonio, TX||NXT TakeOver: San Antonio|||
|13||Drew McIntyre||1||August 19, 2017||32+||Brooklyn, NY||NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III|||
As of September 20, 2017.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|Combined days||Combined days
recognized by WWE
|1||Bálor, FinnFinn Bálor||1||292||293|
|2||Neville, AdrianAdrian Neville||1||287|
|3||Dallas, BoBo Dallas||1||280||261|
|4||Roode, BobbyBobby Roode||1||203|
|5||Langston, Big EBig E Langston||1||168||154|
|6||Nakamura, ShinsukeShinsuke Nakamura||2||147||149|
|7||Owens, KevinKevin Owens||1||143|
|8||Joe, SamoaSamoa Joe||2||135||136|
|9||Rollins, SethSeth Rollins||1||133||134|
|10||Zayn, SamiSami Zayn||1||62||63|
|11||McIntyre, DrewDrew McIntyre †||1||32+|
- WWE officially recognizes it as 293 days
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