|Headquarters||Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida|
While it principally serves as a developmental division for WWE, NXT has come to be viewed by wrestling writers and fans as its own distinct entity, having embarked on national and international tours, being praised for its high quality of wrestling, captivating storylines, and the opportunities they afford female wrestlers as opposed to on the main roster; the latter of which has led to a change on how women's wrestling is portrayed in WWE.
- 1 History
- 2 Championships and accomplishments
- 3 Roster
- 4 Referees
- 5 Off-screen personnel
- 6 On-air personalities
- 7 Television show
- 8 NXT TakeOver specials
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
In August 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 "NXT Wrestling" 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.
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. Eventually, WWE scheduled more live two-hour special events.
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. Meanwhile, other ex-trainees like Briley Pierce, Derrick Bateman, and independent wrestler Terra Calaway also made allegations in 2015, while previous allegations made in 2013 by Chad Baxter and Chase Donovan were also noted. They accused DeMott of making trainees perform dangerous drills, physically assaulting and bullying trainees, using homophobic and racial slurs amongst other derogatory terms, and condoning sexual harassment. 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. On March 6, 2015, DeMott denied the allegations but resigned from WWE "to avoid any embarrassment or damage" to the company.
Championships and accomplishments
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Days held||Location||Notes|
|NXT Championship||Shinsuke Nakamura||1||August 20, 2016||5||Brooklyn, New York||Defeated Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II.|
|NXT Tag Team Championship||The Revival
(Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)
|2||June 8, 2016||78||Winter Park, Florida||Defeated American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) at NXT TakeOver: The End.|
|NXT Women's Championship||Asuka||1||April 1, 2016||146||Dallas, Texas||Defeated Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Dallas.|
|Accomplishment||Latest winner(s)||Date won||Location||Note|
|Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic||Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe||October 7, 2015||Winter Park, Florida||Defeated Baron Corbin and Rhyno in the finals to win.|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Adrian Jaoude||Adrian Jaoude||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Alexander Wolfe||Axel Tischer||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Andrade Almas, Andrade Almas||Manuel Andrade|
|Angelo Dawkins, Angelo Dawkins||Gary Gordon|
|Aries, AustinAustin Aries||Daniel Solwold Jr.|
|Blake, Blake||Cory Weston|
|Roode, BobbyBobby Roode||Robert Roode Jr.|
|Matthews, BronsonBronson Matthews||Joshua Bredl||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Murphy, BuddyBuddy Murphy||Matthew Adams|
|Cezar Bononi||Cezar Bononi||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Chris Atkins||Christopher Atkins||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Dallas Harper||Dallas Harper||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Dan Matha||Daniel Matha||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Wilder, DashDash Wilder||Daniel Wheeler||NXT Tag Team Champion|
|Dylan Miley||Dylan Miley||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Samson, EliasElias Samson||Logan Shulo||Inactive; fractured ankle|
|Gabriel Ealy||Gabriel Ealy||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Gran Metalik, Gran Metalik||Unknown||Has signed contract; yet to debut|
|Selmani, GzimGzim Selmani||Gzim Selmani|
|Itami, HideoHideo Itami||Kenta Kobayashi|
|Knox, HugoHugo Knox ||Stuart Tomlinson||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Jeet Rama||Satender Ved Pal||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Gargano, JohnnyJohnny Gargano||John Gargano|
|Kenneth Crawford||Kenneth Crawford|
|Kishan Raftar||Lovepreet Sangha||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Mada||Mada Abdelhamid||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Miller, NickNick Miller||Michael Nicholls|
|Niko Bogojevic||Nikola Bogojevic||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Noah Potjes||Noah Pang-Potjes||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|No Way Jose, No Way Jose||Levis Valenzuela Jr.|
|Oney Lorcan, Oney Lorcan||Christopher Girard|
|Patrick Clark||Patrick Clark||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Rich Swann, Rich Swann||Richard Swann||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Riddick Moss||Michael Rallis||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Samoa Joe, Samoa Joe||Nuufolau Seanoa|
|Fulton, SawyerSawyer Fulton||Jacob Southwick|
|Dawson, ScottScott Dawson||David Harwood||NXT Tag Team Champion|
|Thorne, ShaneShane Thorne||Shane Veryzer|
|Nakamura, ShinsukeShinsuke Nakamura||Shinsuke Nakamura||NXT Champion|
|Sunny Dhinsa||Sunny Dhinsa|
|Steve Cutler||Tommy Maclin||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Sabbatelli, TinoTino Sabbatelli||Sabatino Piscitelli||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Ciampa, TommasoTommaso Ciampa||Tommaso Whitney|
|Knight, TuckerTucker Knight||Levi Cooper||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Dillinger, TyeTye Dillinger||Ronnie Arneill|
|Uriel Ealy||Uriel Ealy||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Aliyah, Aliyah||Nhooph Al-Areebi|
|Asuka, Asuka||Kanako Urai||NXT Women's Champion|
|Bayley, Bayley||Pamela Martinez||Also wrestles on the main roster|
|Billie Kay, Billie Kay||Jessica McKay|
|Binky Blair||Bianca Blair||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
|Moon, EmberEmber Moon||Adrienne Reese|
|Morgan, LivLiv Morgan||Gionna Daddio|
|Rose, MandyMandy Rose||Amanda Saccomanno|
|Cross, NikkiNikki Cross||Nicola Glencross|
|Peyton Royce, Peyton Royce||Cassie McIntosh|
|Lee, SaraSara Lee||Sara Lee||Wrestling on NXT house shows|
Other on-air personnel
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Ellering, PaulPaul Ellering||Paul Ellering||Manager of The Authors of Pain
Hall of Famer
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Danilo Anfibio||Danilo Anfibio|
|Wuertz, DrakeDrake Wuertz||Drake Wuertz|
|Eddie Orengo||Eddie Orengo|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Pearce, AdamAdam Pearce||Adam Pearce||Trainer
|Berkley Ottman||Berkley Ottman||Floor Manager|
|Brian Duncan||Brian Duncan||Head Athletic and Medical Trainer|
|The Brian Kendrick, The Brian Kendrick||Brian Kendrick||Trainer
Competing in the Cruiserweight Classic
|Ceman, CanyonCanyon Ceman||Canyon Ceman||Vice-president of talent development|
|Kelley, CathyCathy Kelley||Catherine Kelley||Backstage correspondent
|Scobille, ChrisChris Scobille||Christopher Scobille||Assistant writer|
|David Bailey||David Bailey||General Manager of the WWE Performance Center|
|Brisco, GeraldGerald Brisco||Floyd Brisco||Recruiter
Hall of Famer
|Joe Belcastro||Joe Belcastro||Lead writer|
|Albert, JasonJason Albert||Matthew Bloom||Head Trainer|
|Kid Mikaze||Sarath Ton||Seamster|
|Keegan, MickeyMickey Keegan||Max Pelham||Creative|
|Smiley, NormanNorman Smiley||Norman Smiley||Trainer
|Brookside, RobbieRobbie Brookside||Robert Brooks||Trainer|
|Ryan Katz, Ryan Katz||Ryan Katz||Associate producer
|Amato, SaraSara Amato||Sara Amato||Assistant Head Trainer
|Stock, SarahSarah Stock||Sarah Stock||Women's Trainer|
|Sean Hayes||Sean Hayes||Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|Petruzelli, SethSeth Petruzelli||Seth Petruzelli||Striking Coach|
|Keirn, SteveSteve Keirn||Stephen Keirn||Trainer|
|Tara Halaby||Tara Halaby||Physical Therapist
Athletic and Medical Trainer
|Taylor, TerryTerry Taylor||Paul Taylor lll||Trainer|
|H, TripleTriple H||Paul Levesque||WWE minority owner
WWE Executive Vice President (talent/live events/creative)
|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—December 16, 2015||Interim General Manager|
- ^ Michael Cole acted as Interim General Manager of NXT while William Regal recovered from neck surgery.
|Jim Ross^ and Byron Saxton||June 27, 2012— July 4, 2012|
|Byron Saxton, William Regal and Jim Ross7||July 11, 2012— October 17, 2012|
|Jim Ross and William Regal||June 20, 2012
October 24, 2012 — October 31, 2012
|Tony Luftman^ and William Regal||October 24, 2012— October 31, 2012|
|Tony Dawson, William Regal, Tom Phillips and Brad Maddox^ 8||November 7, 2012— July 31, 2013|
|Tony Dawson, William Regal, Tom Phillips and Alex Riley8||August 7, 2013— September 20, 2013|
|Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young||September 20, 2013— April 3, 2014|
|Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young||April 10, 2014— July 24, 2014|
|Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Renee Young, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley and Jason Albert||July 31, 2014— September 11, 2014|
|Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert, Renee Young||September 18, 2014— December 11, 2014|
|Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert, Renee Young and Corey Graves||December 11, 2014— January 21, 2015|
|Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Alex Riley, Corey Graves and Jason Albert||January 28, 2015— March 4, 2015|
|Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Jason Albert||March 11, 2015— March 18, 2015|
|Rich Brennan and Corey Graves||March 25, 2015
— April 22, 2015|
August 26, 2015 —September 9, 2015
December 30, 2015 — January 6, 2016
|Rich Brennan, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton||April 29, 2015
— August 22, 2015|
September 16, 2015 — December 23, 2015
|Tom Phillips and Corey Graves||January 13, 2016— present|
- ^ Jim Ross largely only called the main event.
- ^ 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 WWE Raw.
- ^ Tony Luftman and Tony Dawson were the same commentator. Scott Stanford serves as narrator.
|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, Dasha Fuentes, Andrea D'Marco, Mike Rome and Charly Caruso ^||July 22, 2015 – present|
- ^ D'Marco, Rome and Caruso are currently announcing at NXT live events.
From 2010–2012, WWE aired a previous version of WWE NXT which consisted of pairing "Rookies" with WWE main roster members (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 the current developmental program.
NXT, in its original format, was taped in large venues before the WWE 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. Tickets are available free for Full Sail students; general admission for non-students is $10.
NXT began airing on the WWE Network on February 27, 2014 with a live event called NXT Arrival. Most broadcasts are one-hour episodes taped once a month; periodically live, two-hour episodes will be produced as part of the NXT TakeOver series of WWE network events.
NXT TakeOver specials
|NXT Arrival||Feb 27, 2014||Full Sail University||Winter Park, Florida||Bo Dallas (c) vs. Adrian Neville 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 (2015)||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||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||London, England||Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship|
|NXT TakeOver: Dallas||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||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||Aug 20, 2016||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York||Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship|
Scheduled upcoming events
|NXT TakeOver: Orlando||Mar 31, 2017||Amway Center||Orlando, Florida|
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