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WWE NXT
Founded June 2012
Style Professional wrestling
Sports entertainment
Headquarters Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Founder(s) Triple H
Owner(s) WWE

WWE NXT, often referred to simply as NXT, is a professional wrestling promotion and a division of the American professional wrestling company WWE. It is based in Winter Park, Florida.

While its primary purpose is to serve as a developmental division for WWE, NXT has come to be viewed by wrestling writers and fans as its own distinct entity—effectively serving as a third brand complementing Raw and SmackDown.[1]

Originally holding its shows primarily in the Orlando, Florida, area, NXT expanded its reach as time has gone on, having embarked on national and international tours, being praised for its high quality of wrestling,[2][3] and captivating storylines. [4][5]

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

In June 2012, WWE ceased operating Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida, and began running all of its developmental events and operations at Full Sail University under the "WWE NXT" banner. WWE had been using the NXT name for a television program featuring rookies from FCW competing to become WWE main roster members, 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.[6]

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.[7][8][9] Eventually, WWE scheduled more live two-hour special events, which have since become a regular fixture on WWE Network.[10]

Expansion[edit]

In 2015, NXT promoted its first live events outside of Florida, with an event that was held in March in Columbus, Ohio.[11] In August of that year, NXT held their first TakeOver show outside of Full Sail with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and in December, held their first international TakeOver event with NXT TakeOver: London. By 2016, NXT was running approximately 200 shows per year between the U.S. and overseas.[12]

Controversies[edit]

In late February and March 2015, several former NXT trainees previously working within WWE developmental system alleged misconduct by head trainer Bill DeMott, with Judas Devlin and Brandon Traven publicizing complaints which they claimed they had submitted to WWE management about DeMott back in March 2013 when they were still employed with WWE.[13][14] Meanwhile, other ex-trainees like Briley Pierce, Derrick Bateman, and independent wrestler Terra Calaway also made allegations in 2015,[13][14][15][16] while previous allegations made in 2013 by Chad Baxter and Chase Donovan were also noted.[17] They accused DeMott of making trainees perform dangerous drills,[13] physically assaulting and bullying trainees,[13][14] using homophobic and racial slurs amongst other derogatory terms,[14][17] and condoning sexual harassment.[15] WWE released statements regarding some of the claims that came to light in 2013 and 2015 saying that investigations were done and no wrongdoing was found.[13][17] On March 6, 2015, DeMott denied the allegations but resigned from WWE "to avoid any embarrassment or damage" to the company.[15]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Current championships[edit]

WWE NXT
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Notes
NXT Championship Bobby Roode 1 January 28, 2017 146 San Antonio, Texas Defeated Shinsuke Nakamura at a NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.
NXT Women's Championship Asuka 1 April 1, 2016 448 Dallas, Texas Defeated Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Dallas.
NXT Tag Team Championship The Authors of Pain
(Akam and Rezar)
1
(1, 1)
January 28, 2017 146 San Antonio, Texas Defeated #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.
WWE United Kingdom Championship Pete Dunne 1 May 20, 2017 34 Chicago, Illinois Defeated Tyler Bate at NXT TakeOver: Chicago.

Other accomplishment(s)[edit]

Championship Latest winner(s) Date won Location Notes Previous winners
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic The Authors of Pain
(Akam and Rezar)
November 19, 2016 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Defeated TM-61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) in the tournament final to win. Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe

Roster[edit]

Television[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

The Authors of Pain - Akam (left) and Rezar (right) with Paul Ellering
Ring name Real name Notes
Akam, Akam[18] Sunny Dhinsa[19][unreliable source] NXT Tag Team Champion
Black, AleisterAleister Black[20] Thomas Budgen[21]
Wolfe, AlexanderAlexander Wolfe[22] Axel Tischer
Andrade Almas, Andrade Almas[23] Manuel Andrade Oropeza[24]
Angelo Dawkins, Angelo Dawkins[25] Gary Gordon
Roode, BobbyBobby Roode[26] Robert Roode Jr. NXT Champion
Murphy, BuddyBuddy Murphy[27] Matthew Adams
Cezar Bononi[28][unreliable source] Cezar Bononi
Dan Matha Daniel Matha[29]
McIntyre, DrewDrew McIntyre[30] Andrew Galloway IV
Eric Young, Eric Young[31] Jeremy Fritz
Gabriel Ealy[29] Gabriel Ealy
Itami, HideoHideo Itami[32] Kenta Kobayashi
Rama, JeetJeet Rama Satender Ved Pal[33]
Gargano, JohnnyJohnny Gargano[34] John Gargano
Ohno, KassiusKassius Ohno[35] Chris Spradlin[36]
Dain, KillianKillian Dain[37] Damian Mackle[21]
Kona Reeves Noah Pang-Potjes[38]
Lars Sullivan[39][unreliable source] Dylan Miley
Ford, MontezMontez Ford[40] Kenneth Crawford
Miller, NickNick Miller[41] Michael Nicholls[42][43]
No Way Jose, No Way Jose[44] Levis Valenzuela Jr.[40]
Otis Dozovic Nikola Bogojevic[42]
Dunne, PetePete Dunne Peter England WWE United Kingdom Champion
Rezar, Rezar[45] Gzim Selmani[46][unreliable source] NXT Tag Team Champion
Riddick Moss[47][unreliable source] Michael Rallis
Roderick Strong, Roderick Strong[48] Christopher Lindsey[40]
Fulton, SawyerSawyer Fulton[49] Jacob Southwick
Thorne, ShaneShane Thorne[50] Shane Veryzer[42][43]
Steve Cutler[51] Thomas Maclin
Bing, TianTian Bing[52] Bin Wang[53]
Tino Sabbatelli, Tino Sabbatelli[54][unreliable source] Sabatino Piscitelli
Ciampa, TommasoTommaso Ciampa[55] Tommaso Whitney Inactive; knee injury
Knight, TuckerTucker Knight[56][unreliable source] Levi Cooper
Bate, TylerTyler Bate[57] Tyler Bate
Uriel Ealy[29] Uriel Ealy
Velveteen Dream, TheThe Velveteen Dream[58] Patrick Clark Jr.[59]
Blake, WesleyWesley Blake[60] Cory Weston[61]

Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Laith, AbbeyAbbey Laith[62] Kimberly Frankele[63]
Aliyah, Aliyah[64] Nhooph Al-Areebi
Asuka, Asuka[65] Kanako Urai NXT Women's Champion
Billie Kay, Billie Kay[66] Jessica McKay[67]
Bianca Blair[42] Bianca Blair
Kamela, DanielleDanielle Kamela[42] Danielle Kamela
Moon, EmberEmber Moon[68] Adrienne Reese
Evans, LaceyLacey Evans Macey Estrella[42]
Morgan, LivLiv Morgan[69] Gionna Daddio
Rose, MandyMandy Rose[70] Amanda Saccomanno
Cross, NikkiNikki Cross[71] Nicola Glencross
Peyton Royce, Peyton Royce[72] Cassie McIntosh[73]
Riot, RubyRuby Riot[63] Dori Prange
Logan, SarahSarah Logan Sarah Bridges[21]
Deville, SonyaSonya Deville[74] Daria Berenato
Victoria Gonzalez, Victoria Gonzalez Victoria Gonzalez[21]

Other on-air personnel[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Ellering, PaulPaul Ellering[75] Paul Ellering Manager of The Authors of Pain
Hall of Famer

Live events/Yet to debut[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Adrian Jaoude Adrian Jaoude[29]
Aiyegbusi, BabatundeBabatunde Aiyegbusi Babatunde Aiyegbusi[42]
Big Boa[76][77] Yanbo Wang[78]
Williams, BrennanBrennan Williams Brennan Williams[79]
Matthews, BronsonBronson Matthews[80] Joshua Bredl Inactive; hasn't appeared in over 30 days
Cheng Yuxiang[81] Cheng Yuxiang Has signed contract, yet to debut
Dallas Harper[29] Dallas Harper
Aichner, FabianFabian Aichner Fabian Aichner[82]
Gu Guangming[81] Gu Guangming Has signed contract, yet to debut
Jerome Turner[83] Jerome Turner Has signed contract, yet to debut
Kishan Raftar Lovepreet Sangha[33]
Leo Gao[81] Gao Lei Has signed contract, yet to debut
Barthel, MarcelMarcel Barthel Marcel Barthel[82]
Max Wessell[84][unreliable source] Max Wessell Has signed contract, yet to debut
Bronson, Mr.Mr. Bronson Demitrius Bronson[21]
Raul Mendoza Raúl Mendoza [85]
Terrance Jean-Jacques[42] Terrance Jean-Jacques Has signed contract, yet to debut
Wang Xiaolong[81] Wang Xiaolong Has signed contract, yet to debut
Yifeng Yuxiang [81] Yifeng Yuxiang Has signed contract, yet to debut

Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Crowley, ChereeCheree Crowley[86] Cheree Crowley Has signed contract, yet to debut
Demi Bennett[87] Demi Bennett Has signed contract, yet to debut
Julia Ho[63] Julia Ho
Housako, KaoriKaori Housako[88] Kaori Housako Has signed contract, yet to debut
MaryKate, MaryKate[63] MaryKate Duignan Glidewell
Odate, MasamiMasami Odate[89] Masami Odate Has signed contract, yet to debut
Nicole Zhao Zhao Xia Has signed contract, yet to debut
Newell, SteffanieSteffanie Newell[86] Steffanie Newell Has signed contract, yet to debut
Taynara Conti Taynara Melo de Carvalho[21]

Referees[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
D.A. Brewer[90] Unknown
Sharma, DarrylDarryl Sharma Darryl Sharma[91]
Wuertz, DrakeDrake Wuertz[92] Drake Wuertz
Eddie Orengo[93] Eddie Orengo
Jessika[94] Heiser, JessikaJessika Heiser[95]
Tom Castor[96] Thomas Castor

Off-screen personnel[edit]

Backstage personnel[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Pearce, AdamAdam Pearce Adam Pearce Trainer[97]
Producer
Berkley Ottman Berkley Ottman Floor manager
Brian Duncan Brian Duncan Head athletic and medical trainer[98][99]
Ceman, CanyonCanyon Ceman Canyon Ceman Vice-president of talent development[100]
Kelley, CathyCathy Kelley[101] Catherine Kelley Backstage correspondent
Backstage interviewer
Scobille, ChrisChris Scobille[102] Christopher Scobille Assistant writer
Christy St. Cloud Christina Olson Backstage interviewer
Ring announcer for NXT live events
David Bailey David Bailey General manager of the WWE Performance Center[103]
Brisco, GeraldGerald Brisco Floyd Brisco Recruiter
WWE Hall of Famer[104]
Joe Belcastro Joe Belcastro Lead writer
Saint, JohnnyJohnny Saint John Miller Trainer
Kayla Braxton[105] Kayla Becker[106] Ring announcer for NXT live events
Backstage interviewer
Bloom, MattMatt Bloom[107] Matthew Bloom[108] Head trainer
Producer
Keegan, MickeyMickey Keegan Max Pelham Assistant writer
Smiley, NormanNorman Smiley[109][110] Norman Smiley Trainer
Assistant coach
Brookside, RobbieRobbie Brookside Robert Brooks Trainer[111]
Ryan Katz, Ryan Katz Ryan Katz Associate producer
Promo trainer
Amato, SaraSara Amato[112] Sara Amato Assistant head trainer
Producer
Stock, SarahSarah Stock Sarah Stock Women's trainer[113][unreliable source]
Scotty 2 Hotty, Scotty 2 Hotty[114] Scott Garland Trainer
Sean Hayes Sean Hayes Strength and conditioning coach
Petruzelli, SethSeth Petruzelli Seth Petruzelli Striking coach
Corino, SteveSteve Corino Steven Corino Trainer
Keirn, SteveSteve Keirn[115] Stephen Keirn Trainer
Tara Halaby Tara Halaby Physical therapist
Athletic and medical trainer[98][99]
Taylor, TerryTerry Taylor Paul Taylor lll Trainer
H, TripleTriple H[116] Paul Levesque WWE minority owner
WWE executive vice president (talent/live events/creative)
Senior producer
Vic Joseph Victor Travagliante Ring announcer for NXT live events

On-air personalities[edit]

Authority figures[edit]

Authority figures Dates Position
Dusty Rhodes June 20, 2012 – September 12, 2013 Interim General Manager
John "Bradshaw" Layfield September 12, 2013 – July 31, 2014 General Manager
William Regal July 31, 2014 – present General Manager
Michael Cole^ November 25, 2015 (2015-11-25) Interim General Manager
Notes

^ Michael Cole acted as Interim General Manager of NXT while William Regal recovered from neck surgery.

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 Maddox^ 8 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 24, 2014 (2014-07-24)
Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Renee Young, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, and Jason Albert July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31) – September 11, 2014 (2014-09-11)
Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert, Renee Young September 18, 2014 (2014-09-18) – December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11)
Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert, Renee Young, and Corey Graves December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11) – January 21, 2015 (2015-01-21)
Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Alex Riley, Corey Graves, and Jason Albert January 28, 2015 (2015-01-28) – March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)
Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Jason Albert March 11, 2015 (2015-03-11) – March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18)
Rich Brennan and Corey Graves March 25, 2015 (2015-03-25) – April 22, 2015 (2015-04-22)
August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26) – September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)
December 30, 2015 (2015-12-30) – January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton April 29, 2015 (2015-04-29) – August 22, 2015 (2015-08-22)
September 16, 2015 (2015-09-16) – December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23)
Tom Phillips and Corey Graves January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13) – November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30)
Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Percy Watson December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07) – February 1, 2017 (2017-02-01)
Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness, and Percy Watson February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08) – June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21)
Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, and Percy Watson June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28) – present
Notes
  1. ^ Jim Ross largely only called the main event.
  2. ^ The pairings of Dawson and Regal and Phillips and Maddox commentated on alternate shows. Riley replaced Maddox in August 2013 after Maddox became General Manager of Raw.
  3. ^ Tony Luftman and Tony Dawson were the same commentator. 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 on August 29, 2012)
Summer Rae and Byron Saxton October 24, 2012 – February 14, 2013
Byron Saxton, Kendall Skye, Alexa Bliss, and Veronica Lane February 21, 2013 – September 19, 2013
Eden Stiles and JoJo September 26, 2013 – October 10, 2014
Byron Saxton and JoJo October 16, 2014 – November 6, 2014
JoJo November 13, 2014 – April 29, 2015
JoJo and Greg Hamilton May 6, 2015 – July 15, 2015
Greg Hamilton and Dasha Fuentes July 22, 2015 – August 24, 2016
Mike Rome, Andrea D'Marco, Dasha Fuentes, and Charly Caruso August 31, 2016 – April 25, 2017
Mike Rome, Dasha Fuentes, and Charly Caruso April 25, 2017 – present

Television show[edit]

The WWE Network broadcasts NXT's eponymous television program in the United States. The show features wrestlers from NXT and WWE. From 2010 to 2012, WWE aired previous version of NXT which consisted of pairing "Rookies" with WWE main-roster members (known as "Pros"), with the pairs competing in challenges until one sole winner remained. The winners of the shows were - Wade Barrett (Season 1), Kaval (Season 2), Kaitlyn (Season 3) and Johnny Curtis (Season 4). After NXT Redemption (Season 5), the current developmental program replaced the previous show.

Production[edit]

NXT, in its original format, was taped in large venues before the SmackDown tapings 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.[117] Tickets are available free for Full Sail students; general admission for non-students costs $10.[118]

NXT began airing on the WWE Network on February 27, 2014 with a live event called NXT Arrival. Regular episodes are one-hour and are pre-taped. Live two-hour episodes are produced periodically as part of the NXT TakeOver series.

NXT TakeOver specials[edit]

Event Date Venue Location Main event
NXT Arrival Feb 27, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Bo Dallas (c) vs. Adrian Neville in a Ladder match for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver May 29, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way Sep 11, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: R Evolution Dec 11, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Rival Feb 11, 2015 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Sami Zayn (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable May 20, 2015 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn Aug 22, 2015 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kevin Owens in a Ladder match for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Respect[119][120] Oct 7, 2015 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks in a 30-minute Iron Man match for the NXT Women's Championship
NXT TakeOver: London Dec 16, 2015 SSE Arena Wembley, London
England
Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Dallas[121] Apr 1, 2016 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Texas Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: The End Jun 8, 2016[122] Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Samoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Bálor in a steel cage match for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II[123] Aug 20, 2016 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Toronto[124] Nov 19, 2016 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: San Antonio Jan 28, 2017 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio, Texas Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Orlando Apr 1, 2017 Amway Center Orlando, Florida Bobby Roode (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Chicago May 20, 2017 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (c) vs. #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) in a Ladder match for the NXT Tag Team Championship

Scheduled upcoming events[edit]

Event Date Venue Location Main event
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Aug 19, 2017 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York
NXT TakeOver: Houston Nov 28, 2017 Toyota Center Houston, Texas

See also[edit]

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