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WWE NXT
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Genre
Created byVince McMahon
Paul "Triple H" Levesque
StarringNXT roster
Opening theme
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes477 (as of November 14, 2018 (2018-11-14))
Production
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time
  • 50-51 minutes
  • 120 minutes (TakeOver specials)
Release
Original network
Picture format
Original releaseFebruary 23, 2010 (2010-02-23) – present
Chronology
Preceded byECW (2006–2010)
Related shows
External links
Website

WWE NXT, also simply called NXT, is a professional wrestling television program that is produced by WWE and is broadcast on the WWE Network every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Since June 2012, WWE NXT has served as the flagship television show of the NXT developmental brand while prior to this it existed as a seasonal show which was presented as a hybrid between reality television and WWE's scripted live event shows, in which talent from WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) participated in a competition to become WWE's next "breakout star" with the help of mentors from WWE's Raw and SmackDown brands. Five seasons of this version of NXT were broadcast from February 23, 2010[1] to June 13, 2012,[1][2][3] with the first four seasons seeing Wade Barrett, Kaval, Kaitlyn, and Johnny Curtis as winners. In the later stages of season five, the all-rookie competition was abandoned with no winner being officially named, although Derrick Bateman was the final remaining rookie on NXT Redemption after both Darren Young and Titus O'Neil were signed to the SmackDown brand. Following the end of the fifth season, WWE ended the seasonal competition format of the show and renamed its developmental territory FCW to NXT.

The reformatted version of the show originally made its debut on Syfy on February 23, 2010, replacing ECW, which concluded the previous week. A month after its premiere in April 2010, it was announced that SmackDown would move from MyNetworkTV to Syfy on October 1.[4][5] NXT aired its final episode on Syfy on September 28 to make way for SmackDown moving there on October 1 (albeit on Fridays as opposed to NXT's Tuesday timeslot) and began airing as a webcast at WWE.com for visitors from the United States from October 5 to June 13, 2012. It soon aired as a WWE Network exclusive from 2014, where it remains today.[6]

All episodes of NXT are now available for streaming on the WWE Network.[7]

Format[edit]

Original format (2010–2012)[edit]

NXT was formed in 2010 when they paired up wrestlers from WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (dubbed "Rookies") with wrestlers from WWE's existing Raw and SmackDown brands (dubbed "Pros"). Each episode featured the rookies being mentored by the pros as they develop their characters and performance skills in front of a live audience. The pairings also enabled the show to crossover into WWE's Raw and SmackDown programs.[1][3] As the length of each season differed, features of the competition occur at different times accordingly. In addition to matches, weekly challenges were held during the competition to further test the Rookies' physical and mental skills.[8] Past physical challenges include a keg carrying contest, an assault course contest and a "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em" tournament.[8][9][10] Past non-physical challenges include making 30-second promos on a given topic and selling programs within a time limit.[11][12] During the first two seasons, the winner of the weekly challenge receives a special prize such as a main event match, a talk show segment or a feature on WWE's official website.[8][11][12] One of the more frequent prizes given out to the winner is an "Immunity Pass", which gives the holder immunity from elimination in the next round of polls.[13][14] During the last three seasons a greater emphasis on challenges was placed on the show. Instead of awarding prizes to the winner of the challenges, points are instead awarded to the winner with a cumulative tally of points recorded before each of the first three polls. The Rookie with the most points before the next upcoming poll is awarded immunity.[15] In season three, one point is awarded for winning the challenge.[15] In season four, the number of points vary on the difficulty of the challenge.[16][17] In the result of a tie-break, the audience is then asked to vote for the Rookie they want to get immunity.[18] Season four also saw the introduction of challenge matches involving the entire roster of Pros or Rookies where the winner would be given the chance to swap their respective Rookie or Pro for another.[19][20] In various weeks, polls were held to evaluate the success of each Rookie and determine the winner of the competition.[21] The poll rankings are entirely determined by votes from the Pros and starting from season 2, votes from fans via WWE's official website.[22] In the Pros' votes, each of the Pros vote for their favorite Rookie, but cannot vote for their own Rookie.[21] Their votes are based on the following four criteria:[23]

  • Win-loss record within the show
  • Strength of opponents
  • Work ethic
  • "It" factor

Initially, in the first two seasons the full results and rankings from the poll were revealed.[24] However, since August 17, 2010 only the elimination is revealed.[25] The first poll, usually held a third of the way through the competition, determines the Rookies' rankings. Subsequent polls are held several weeks later near the end of the season, where the lowest ranked Rookie without immunity is eliminated.[24] Season 2 was set to use this format, but was changed to have the first poll an elimination poll.[14][26] Season three also used the second season's format.[15] The show continued until the season finale, where the final two or three Rookies appear. One or two final polls were then held to determine the winner of the competition.[24][27] The prize for the winner is a WWE contract as well as a championship match at any pay-per-view event.[24][28] Outside of the polls, Rookies could still be eliminated via an executive decision from WWE management, as the first season saw both Daniel Bryan and Michael Tarver eliminated by management for a lack of self-confidence.[29] Starting in 2012, the all-rookie competition was abandoned with the show now featuring past and present rookies alongside lower card members of the main WWE roster. William Regal would also take over as the authority figure and match coordinator, with Matt Striker being retained as the show's host. On May 30, 2017, it was revealed that a sixth season of NXT under its original format was set to air. The season was supposed to star Big E Langston, Seth Rollins, Damien Sandow, Hunico, Bo Dallas and Adam Rose as the season's rookies, but ultimately was cancelled before airing.[30][31]

Revised format (2012–present)[edit]

In May 2012, the show's format was revamped. The show began using more talent from FCW as well as talent from the main roster. The first four episodes under the new format were taped at Full Sail University on May 17. WWE continued to air NXT Redemption, hoping a new television deal for NXT could be made. WWE.com revealed on June 13 that the new version of NXT would be made available online via WWE.com and YouTube beginning on Wednesday, June 20 when WWE would begin airing the episodes they taped at Full Sail University on May 17. However, WWE removed all of the NXT material from their website on June 19.[32] NXT was then aired exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus in the United States while continuing to be broadcast internationally.[33][34] NXT, now under the NXT brand, began airing on the new WWE Network on February 27, 2014, starting with a live event called NXT Arrival.

Seasons[edit]

Season 1[edit]

WWE NXT
Season 1
Broadcast fromFebruary 23 – June 1, 2010 (2010-06-01)
Host(s)Matt Striker
BroadcasterSyfy
No. of episodes15
Winner
Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett, winner of season 1
OriginManchester, England
MentorChris Jericho
Runner-up
David Otunga

The first season of NXT began airing on Syfy on February 23, 2010 and ended on June 1, 2010.[27][28] The majority of the season one cast was revealed a week before the premiere on the series finale of ECW. However, before the season's premiere aired Skip Sheffield's Pro was changed with William Regal replacing the announced Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP).[35][36] Near the end of the season, several changes were made to the original plan of the format. The season was shortened from the planned 17 episodes to 15 episodes.[27][37] In the first elimination episode that aired on May 11, both Daniel Bryan and Michael Tarver were eliminated by WWE management and removed from that night's Pros' Poll after both made comments about wanting to be voted off. The show ended with three eliminations, with Sheffield ranked last in the Poll.[29] Carlito was released on May 21 for refusing rehab after violating WWE's Wellness Program. Subsequent Pros' Polls were held without him for the rest of the season.[38] The winner of season one was Wade Barrett.[39] Immediately after the conclusion of season one, the Rookies were used in a storyline that had them forming an alliance called The Nexus.[40][41] Led by Barrett, the group invaded the first Raw following the conclusion of season one in an attempt to gain WWE contracts for the losers of NXT. The invasion consisted of the group attacking John Cena as well as other wrestlers and WWE personnel.[40][42] Barrett announced that he would invoke his title shot at Night of Champions for the WWE Championship in a six-pack challenge.[43] At the event on September 19, Barrett lost in his title match to Randy Orton.[44]

Contestants[edit]

Rookie[36] Pro[36] Wins[45] Losses[45] Status
Wade Barrett Chris Jericho 8 5 Winner
David Otunga R-Truth 6 5 Eliminated (Week 15)
Justin Gabriel Matt Hardy 7 4 Eliminated (Week 15)
Heath Slater Christian 5 6 Eliminated (Week 14)
Darren Young CM Punk 7 4 Eliminated (Week 13)
Skip Sheffield William Regal 2 5 Eliminated (Week 12)
Daniel Bryan The Miz 0 10 Eliminated (Week 12)
Michael Tarver Carlito 1 7 Eliminated (Week 12)

Poll results[edit]

     – Winner of competition
     – Safe in competition
     – Eliminated from competition by Pros' Poll
     – Eliminated from competition by WWE management
     – Won immunity prior to that particular poll and is ineligible to be eliminated
Rookie Week 6
(March 30)[24]
Week 12
(May 11)[13][29]
Week 13
(May 18)[39]
Week 14
(May 25)[27]
Week 15
(June 1)
Round 1[22]
Week 15
(June 1)
Round 2[22]
Wade Barrett 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
David Otunga 5th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Justin Gabriel 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd
Heath Slater 4th 4th 3rd 4th
Darren Young 8th 5th 5th
Skip Sheffield 6th 6th
Daniel Bryan 1st Eliminated by management
Michael Tarver 7th Eliminated by management
Eliminated N/A Tarver, Bryan and Sheffield Young Slater Gabriel Otunga

Season 2[edit]

WWE NXT
Season 2
Broadcast fromJune 8 – August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)
Host(s)Matt Striker
Ashley Valence (June 22–August 31, 2010)
BroadcasterSyfy
No. of episodes13
Winner
Kaval
Kaval, winner of season 2
OriginBrooklyn, New York
MentorLayCool
(Layla and Michelle McCool)
Runner-up
Michael McGillicutty

The second season of NXT started on June 8, 2010 and ended on August 31, 2010.[26][46] The season 2 cast was revealed on the first season finale on June 1.[47] The season was originally planned to last 12 weeks. However, it was later extended to 13 weeks.[26][46] In this season, the polls were different as rankings were based half on Pro votes and half on votes from fans via WWE's official website.[26] The first poll was shown on July 6.[14] Originally, the polls format was set to match the previous season, with a non-elimination poll followed by weekly elimination polls on July 27.[14] However, the first poll was made a surprise elimination round on the night with a second elimination poll held on August 3 instead.[14][26][48] In addition, a double elimination stipulation was added to the fourth NXT poll on August 17.[49] The winner of the season was Kaval.[50] Along with Kaval, Alex Riley was immediately promoted to aid his Pro The Miz on the Raw brand.[51][52] On November 21, Kaval invoked his title shot at Survivor Series for the Intercontinental Championship against the reigning champion Dolph Ziggler, but he was defeated.[53] Kaval was released from his contract in December 2010.[54]

Contestants[edit]

Rookie[55] Pro(s)[55] Wins[56] Losses[56] Status
Kaval LayCool
(Layla and Michelle McCool)
3 6 Winner
Michael McGillicutty Kofi Kingston 6 4 Eliminated (Week 13)
Alex Riley The Miz 5 4 Eliminated (Week 13)
Husky Harris Cody Rhodes 4 4 Eliminated (Week 11)
Percy Watson Montel Vontavious Porter 3 4 Eliminated (Week 11)
Lucky Cannon Mark Henry 3 5 Eliminated (Week 10)
Eli Cottonwood John Morrison 2 2 Eliminated (Week 8)
Titus O'Neil Zack Ryder 0 3 Eliminated (Week 4)

Poll results[edit]

     – Winner of competition
     – Safe in competition
     – Eliminated from competition by NXT Poll
     – Won immunity prior to that particular poll and is ineligible to be eliminated
Rookie Week 4
(June 29)[14]
Week 8
(July 27)[9][48]
Week 10
(August 10)[46]
Week 11
(August 17)[49]
Week 13
(August 31)[50]
Kaval 1st 2nd 1st Safe 1st
Michael McGillicutty 3rd 1st 2nd Safe 2nd
Alex Riley 4th 3rd 5th Safe 3rd
Husky Harris 7th 6th 4th 4th
Percy Watson 2nd 4th 3rd 5th
Lucky Cannon 5th 5th 6th
Eli Cottonwood 6th 7th
Titus O'Neil 8th
Eliminated O'Neil Cottonwood Cannon Watson and Harris Riley and McGillicutty

Season 3[edit]

WWE NXT
Season 3
Broadcast fromSeptember 7 – November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30)
Host(s)Matt Striker
BroadcasterSyfy (September 7 – September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28))
Webcast (October 5 – November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30))
No. of episodes13
Winner
Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn, winner of season 3
OriginHouston, Texas
MentorVickie Guerrero
Runner-up
Naomi

The third season of NXT started on September 7, 2010 and ended on November 30, 2010.[15][57] The season was exclusive to female wrestlers and was the second different contest produced by WWE to find new female wrestlers, the first being the Divas Searches held from 2003–2007.[50] The first four episodes of season three were aired on Syfy. Due to the debut of SmackDown on Syfy on October 1, NXT left the channel and became a webcast at WWE.com for visitors from the United States from October 5 onwards.[6] A new interactive website for NXT was also launched at the beginning of the season to accommodate the move.[15] The reward to the victor was changed in contrast to the previous seasons. Unlike the first two male victors, the female victor of season three would not get a shot at a title of her choice (the only title being the Divas Championship), but rather a WWE contract. Other changes in the third season include a greater emphasis on challenges for the first three polls where the winner of the most challenges before the next upcoming poll would be awarded immunity. The first elimination poll took place five weeks into the competition.[15] The majority of the season three cast was revealed on the second-season finale on August 31.[50] However, before the season's premiere aired prospective rookie wrestler Aloisia was dropped from the show. On screen, Aloisia's exit stemmed from an argument between Aloisia and her Pro Vickie Guerrero, forcing Guerrero to fire her.[58] In reality, it was reported that Aloisia was allegedly dropped from the show after pornographic photos of her were leaked onto the Internet. However, in an interview Aloisia herself was unsure whether this was the reason for her exit or not.[59] Guerrero later revealed her new rookie in the season three premiere to be Kaitlyn, who would ultimately win the season.[15][60][61]

Contestants[edit]

Rookie[62] Pro(s)[62] Wins Losses Status
Kaitlyn Vickie Guerrero 3 4 Winner
Naomi Kelly Kelly 5 4 Eliminated (Week 13)
AJ Primo 6 2 Eliminated (Week 12)
Aksana Goldust 2 5 Eliminated (Week 11)
Maxine Alicia Fox 1 4 Eliminated (Week 9)
Jamie The Bella Twins
(Brie and Nikki Bella)
2 0 Eliminated (Week 5)

Originally slated to be Lindsay Kay Hayward as Aloisia, who had previously wrestled as Isis the Amazon.

Poll results[edit]

     – Winner of competition
     – Safe in competition
     – Eliminated from competition by NXT Poll
     – Won immunity prior to that particular poll and is ineligible to be eliminated
Rookie Week 5
(October 5)[18]
Week 9
(November 2)[57]
Week 11
(November 16)[63]
Week 12
(November 23)[64]
Week 13
(November 30)[60]
Kaitlyn Immune
(3 challenge wins)
1
Safe
(2 challenge wins)
Safe
(1 challenge win)
Safe Winner
Naomi Safe
(2 challenge wins)
Immune
(3 challenge wins)
Safe
(1 challenge win)
Safe Eliminated
AJ Safe
(3 challenge wins)
Safe
(2 challenge wins)
Immune
(2 challenge wins)
Eliminated
Aksana Safe
(1 challenge win)
Safe
(0 challenge wins)
Eliminated
(0 challenge wins)
Maxine Safe
(0 challenge wins)
Eliminated
(1 challenge win)
Jamie Eliminated
(1 challenge win)

1 As the result of a tie break between AJ and Kaitlyn before the poll, Kaitlyn won immunity through a crowd reaction vote.[18]

Season 4[edit]

WWE NXT
Season 4
Broadcast fromDecember 7, 2010 (2010-12-07) – March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01)
Host(s)Matt Striker
BroadcasterWebcast
No. of episodes13
Winner
Johnny Curtis
Johnny Curtis, winner of season 4
OriginWestbrook, Maine
MentorR-Truth
Runner-up
Brodus Clay

The fourth season of NXT started on December 7, 2010 and ended on March 1, 2011.[60][65] Returning to the male-orientated format of the first two seasons, the season four cast was revealed on the third-season finale on November 30.[60] In a change from the third season, "immunity points" were now rewarded to the winner of each challenge, which vary depending on the challenge's difficulty. The person with the most points before the next upcoming poll is then awarded immunity from that poll.[17] On the January 4, episode of NXT, it was announced that the winner would earn a WWE Tag Team Championship match with their respective Pro as their partner. That same night, Dolph Ziggler won a battle royal consisting of each of the Pros and as a result was able to trade off his Rookie Jacob Novak for Byron Saxton, who was originally mentored by Chris Masters.[19] Similarly on the February 1 episode of NXT, a fatal four-way elimination match was held between the remaining four Rookies. Brodus Clay won and as a result was able to trade off his Pros The Million Dollar Couple (Ted DiBiase and Maryse) for Alberto Del Rio, who was originally mentoring Conor O'Brian before O'Brian's elimination on January 25.[20] The winner of the season was Johnny Curtis, earning himself and his Pro R-Truth a shot at the tag team titles.[65] On April 18, R-Truth turned into a villain by attacking John Morrison and subsequently R-Truth and Curtis never invoked their shot at the titles. Curtis would eventually debut on the main roster in June when he stated that he would not be challenging for the tag team titles with R-Truth and instead used his title shot with season two runner-up Michael McGillicutty on the October 11, 2012 episode of NXT against Team Hell No for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but was defeated.

Contestants[edit]

Rookie[66] Final Pro(s)[66] Initial Pro(s)[66] Wins Losses Status
Johnny Curtis R-Truth and JTG 3 7 Winner
Brodus Clay Alberto Del Rio
and Ricardo Rodriguez
Ted DiBiase, Jr.
and Maryse
7 3 Eliminated (Week 13)
Derrick Bateman Daniel Bryan 3 6 Eliminated (Week 12)
Byron Saxton Dolph Ziggler
and Vickie Guerrero
Chris Masters 3 6 Eliminated (Week 10)
Conor O'Brian Ted DiBiase Jr. and Maryse Alberto Del Rio
and Ricardo Rodriguez
3 1 Eliminated (Week 7)
Jacob Novak Chris Masters Dolph Ziggler
and Vickie Guerrero
1 2 Eliminated (Week 5)

Poll results[edit]

     – Winner of competition
     – Safe in competition
     – Eliminated from competition by NXT Poll
     – Won immunity prior to that particular poll and is ineligible to be eliminated
Rookie Week 5
(January 4)[19]
Week 7
(January 18)[67]
Week 10
(February 8)[68]
Week 12
(February 22)[69]
Week 13
(March 1)[65]
Johnny Curtis Immune
(5 immunity points)
Safe
(0 immunity points)
Immune
(3 immunity points)
1
Safe
(3 immunity points)
Winner
Brodus Clay Safe
(0 immunity points)
Safe
(0 immunity points)
Safe
(3 immunity points)
Immune
(8 immunity points)
Eliminated
Derrick Bateman Safe
(3 immunity points)
Immune
(8 immunity points)
Safe
(2 immunity points)
Eliminated
(0 immunity points)
Byron Saxton Safe
(1 immunity point)
Safe
(0 immunity points)
Eliminated
(2 immunity points)
Conor O'Brian Safe
(4 immunity points)
Eliminated
(0 immunity points)
Jacob Novak Eliminated
(1 immunity point)

1 As the result of a tie break between Brodus Clay and Johnny Curtis before the poll, Curtis won immunity through a crowd reaction vote.

NXT Redemption (season 5)[edit]

WWE NXT
Season 5 (NXT Redemption)
Broadcast fromMarch 8, 2011 (2011-03-08) – June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)
Host(s)Matt Striker
Maryse Ouellet (March 8 – August 20, 2011)
BroadcasterWebcast
No. of episodes67

NXT Redemption, the fifth season of NXT, started on March 8, 2011.[65][70] The season consisted of seven rookies chosen from the previous male-only seasons and initially followed a similar format to the previous four seasons, with the winner of season 5 stated to win a spot in the planned sixth season of NXT alongside a WWE pro of their choice.[70][71] No eliminations took place for the first 10 weeks of the show and following the elimination of Conor O'Brien after 17 weeks Derrick Bateman replaced him as a new Rookie contestant. The show's competition format was then gradually and quietly forgotten about (although it was never officially dropped), the Pros ceased to appear and NXT Redemption subsequently morphed into its own entity, featuring self-contained storylines and matches involving long-tenured lower-card performers such as Tyson Kidd, Maxine, Yoshi Tatsu, JTG, Trent Baretta, Kaitlyn, Johnny Curtis, Percy Watson, Tyler Reks, AJ Lee, Curt Hawkins and Michael McGillicutty, among others.[72][73] After 59 weeks, Darren Young and Titus O'Neil were moved to the SmackDown roster on April 18, 2012, leaving Bateman as the sole remaining Rookie on the show, though he was not declared the winner and new episodes continued to be taped until June 12. The final episode of NXT Redemption aired on June 13, after which the show ended with no conclusion, with a "new NXT" advertised for the following week.[74] In total, NXT Redemption ran for over a year and 67 episodes were produced, exceeding the total number of episodes for all previous seasons combined. The first season was a distant second at 15 episodes.

Contestants[edit]

Rookie Pro Past season Wins Losses Status
Derrick Bateman Daniel Bryan Season 4 12 14 Never eliminated
Darren Young Chavo Guerrero Season 1 18 21 Never eliminated; moved to SmackDown
Titus O'Neil Hornswoggle Season 2 25 18 Never eliminated; moved to SmackDown
Conor O'Brian Vladimir Kozlov Season 4 6 6 Eliminated (Week 17)
Lucky Cannon Tyson Kidd Season 2 6 6 Eliminated (Week 15)
Byron Saxton Yoshi Tatsu Season 4 2 8 Eliminated (Week 13)
Jacob Novak JTG Season 4 2 5 Eliminated (Week 11)

Poll results[edit]

Rookie Week 11
(May 17)
Week 13
(May 31)
Week 15
(June 14)
Week 17
(June 28)
Week 29
(October 5)
Week 35
(November 16)
Week 59
(April 18)
Derrick Bateman Joined Safe
(0 points)
Safe
(0 points)
Never eliminated
(0 points)
Titus O'Neil Safe
(19 points)
Safe
(19 points)
Safe
(22 points)
Safe
(22 points)
Safe
(30 points)
Safe
(45 points)
Never eliminated; moved to SmackDown
(45 points)
Darren Young Safe
(7 points)
Safe
(7 points)
Safe
(7 points)
Safe
(7 points)
Suspended
(7 points)
Returned from suspension
(7 points)
Never eliminated; moved to SmackDown
(7 points)
Conor O'Brian Safe
(0 points)
Safe
(3 points)
Safe
(3 points)
Eliminated
(3 points)
Lucky Cannon Safe
(0 points)
Safe
(0 points)
Eliminated
(0 points)
Byron Saxton Safe
(4 points)
Eliminated
(4 points)
Jacob Novak Eliminated
(6 points)

"Lost" season[edit]

In May and June 2017, WWE published an article[30] and a video[31] detailing a planned and subsequently cancelled season of NXT which was to feature the following wrestlers:

Developmental territory (season 6 onward)[edit]

After season five ended, WWE's developmental territory FCW changed its name to NXT and the various FCW championships were replaced by corresponding NXT championships, including the NXT Championship and NXT Tag Team Championship. NXT thus ceased to become a seasonal competition between rookies and instead became a developmental territory.[75] Starting with NXT Arrival in February 2014, NXT occasionally aired live two-hour episodes on the WWE Network, which effectively serve as the NXT equivalent of main roster pay-per-view shows.

On-air personalities[edit]

Authority figures[edit]

Authority figure Dates Position
Matt Striker February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)–June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13) Host
Ashley Valence June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)–August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31) Co-host
Maryse March 8, 2011 (2011-03-08)–July 26, 2011 (2011-07-26) Co-host
William Regal February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)–June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)
July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)–present
Match Coordinator
General Manager
Dusty Rhodes June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)–September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)
August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)
Interim General Manager
Commissioner
John "Bradshaw" Layfield September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)–July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31) General Manager
Michael Cole November 25, 2015 (2015-11-25) Interim General Manager

On August 24, 2011, Maryse underwent surgery for an abdominal hernia and was on medical leave from WWE, therefore Maryse's role as co-host ended. She would later be released from WWE on October 28 and would not return to NXT. As of November 2011, there is no official co-host. Dusty Rhodes was named Interim NXT General Manager on June 20, 2012, which coincided with the rebranding of NXT into a full scale developmental promotion. On the August 29 episode (taped July 29) of NXT, Rhodes was noted as NXT Commissioner. On September 25, 2013, Triple H relieved Dusty Rhodes of his duties and replaced him with John Bradshaw Layfield. On November 25, 2015, the Raw lead commentator Michael Cole replaced William Regal as NXT General Manager while Regal was recovering from neck surgery.

Commentators[edit]

Commentators Dates
Michael Cole and Josh Mathews February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)—November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30)
January 18, 2012 (2012-01-18)
Michael Cole, Josh Mathews and CM Punk September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21)
Todd Grisham and Josh Mathews December 7, 2010 (2010-12-07)—March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01)
Todd Grisham and William Regal March 8, 2011 (2011-03-08)–April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12)
April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26)
May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)—May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24)
June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07)—August 23, 2011 (2011-08-23)
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker1 May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)—May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10)
Todd Grisham and Michael Cole2 May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31)
Jack Korpela and William Regal September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)—November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03)
Jack Korpela and Michael Cole2 September 13, 2011 (2011-09-13)
Josh Mathews and Matt Striker3 November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09)—December 28, 2011 (2011-12-28)
Matt Striker and William Regal4 November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23)
January 4, 2012 (2012-01-04)—January 11, 2012 (2012-01-11)
Josh Mathews and William Regal6 April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19)
November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16)
January 25, 2012 (2012-01-25)—June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)
Matt Striker and guest commentators5 April 25, 2012 (2012-04-25)
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)
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Tony Dawson 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 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 and 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)
Renee Young and Corey Graves December 25, 2014 (2014-12-25)
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) – April 11, 2018 (2018-04-11)
May 16, 2018 (2018-05-16) – present
Mauro Ranallo and Percy Watson November 29, 2017 (2017-11-29)
January 31, 2018 (2018-01-31)[1]
April 18, 2018 (2018-04-18) – May 9, 2018 (2018-05-09)[2]
Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson June 20, 2018 (2018-06-20)
October 24, 2018 (2018-10-24) – November 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
Notes
  1. ^ Matt Striker became the alternate color commentator on NXT beginning May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) due to Regal's increased in-ring schedule (Regal would continue as commentator when he was not wrestling). This ended on the May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17) episode of NXT when Regal would return to the announce table as normal.
  2. ^ ^ Michael Cole served as special guest color commentator on NXT for the May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31) broadcast substituting for an absent William Regal. Cole would also substitute for Regal again on commentary on the September 13, 2011 (2011-09-13) broadcast due to Regal and Striker competing in a match that night.
  3. ^ Matt Striker and Josh Mathews were guest commentators on NXT for the November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09) broadcast substituting for the absent William Regal and Jack Korpela. Striker and Mathews returned to commentary the following two weeks because Jack Korpela's contract with the WWE had expired and he opted not to renew.
  4. ^ Matt Striker and William Regal commentated the November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23) episode of NXT due to Mathews being absent.
  5. ^ Following the absence of Josh Mathews from NXT after being attacked by Brock Lesnar on the April 23, 2012 (2012-04-23) episode of Raw, Matt Striker was joined by various guest commentators for one night on NXT. The following is a list of the guest commentators who joined Matt Striker on April 25, 2012 episode of NXT.
Commentator
Hornswoggle
AJ Lee
Michael McGillicutty
  1. ^ On the April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19) episode of NXT, Josh Mathews was substituting for an absent Todd Grisham. This repeated on November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16), but this time he was substituting for an absent Jack Korpela, who would later be released from his WWE contract.
  2. ^ Jim Ross only called the main event.
  3. ^ The pairings of Dawson/Luftman (Dawson and Luftman were the same man) and Regal and Phillips and Maddox commentate on alternate shows. Riley replaced Maddox in August 2013 after Maddox became the Raw General Manager. Scott Stanford serves as narrator.
  4. ^ When McGuinness was feeling under the weather, so only Ranallo and Watson called the event.
  5. ^ When McGuinness was absent for the birth of his daughter, so only Ranallo and Watson called the event.

Ring announcers[edit]

Ring announcer Dates
Savannah February 23, 2010 – June 1, 2010
Jamie Keyes June 8, 2010 – August 24, 2010
Justin Roberts December 7, 2010
March 8, 2011
September 13, 2011
Tony Chimel* August 31, 2010 – November 30, 2010
December 14, 2010 – March 1, 2011
March 15, 2011 – November 30, 2011
December 28, 2011 – January 11, 2012
January 26 – June 13, 2012
Eden Stiles July 12, 2011
November 9, 2011
December 7–21, 2011
Lilian Garcia January 18, 2012
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, Kendall Skye, Alexa Bliss, Eden Stiles and Veronica Lane February 21, 2013 – September 19, 2013
Eden 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
Andrea D'Marco and Mike Rome August 31, 2016 – January 4, 2017
Mike Rome January 11, 2017 – April 5, 2017
May 3, 2017 – August 23, 2017
Dasha Fuentes April 12, 2017 – April 26, 2017
Christy St. Cloud November 29, 2017 - March 16, 2018
Mike Rome and Kayla Braxton August 30, 2017 – April 11, 2018
July 4, 2018 – August 15, 2018
Kayla Braxton April 18, 2018 – June 27, 2018
August 22, 2018 – present

(*) If Chimel was absent from the NXT/SmackDown tapings, he would have been substituted as ring announcer by Raw’s Justin Roberts or Superstars’ Eden Stiles, who would also serve as SmackDown’s ring announcer for that week's episode. Effective December 8, 2011, Chimel has been replaced by Lilian Garcia on SmackDown and Eden Stiles has picked up Chimel's NXT announcing duties until December 13, 2011. On December 21 prior to NXT being uploaded on WWE.com, Stiles announced that she asked for her release from WWE a day after her final Superstars and NXT appearances had been recorded.

Production[edit]

On February 2, 2010, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced that a new weekly program would replace the canceled ECW in its time slot on Syfy. McMahon described the show as "the next evolution of WWE; the next evolution of television history".[76]

On the February 4 episode of Superstars, the new show's name was announced as NXT.[77] The name was later discovered to be trademarked already in the United Kingdom by National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) affiliate Scottish Wrestling Alliance (SWA) which also used "NXT" as their brand for upcoming stars. Both parties ultimately reached an agreement that resulted in SWA releasing the "NXT" trademark in favor of a new one before the show's debut.[78][79]

The show's format was revealed in an article by Variety on February 16, with a press release from WWE made shortly later that day.[1][3] NXT is the second reality-based series produced by WWE, the first being Tough Enough which aired between 2001 and 2004.[1] Due to WWE's nature of airing weekly shows without hiatus, the plan for NXT was to split the year's set of episodes into multiple seasons.[1]

In March 2010, WWE announced that their show SmackDown would move to Syfy in October, with NXT leaving the network at the same time.[4] The show aired its final episode on Syfy on September 28.[6][80] Shortly after their March announcement, WWE also stated their intent of looking for another channel to broadcast the show.[5] Despite their initial comments, WWE began to air the show as a webcast on their official website for American visitors as of October 2010.

Since the May 31, 2017 episode of NXT, the official theme song is "Resistance" by Powerflo, being announced by Triple H on social media. During the previous month and a half at April 12, 2017, the theme song for the show was "Rage" by CFO$. The song "Roar of the Crowd" by CFO$ served as the official theme song for NXT since its arrival to the WWE Network (February 27, 2014) to April 5, 2017. A remix of the same song was used starting on June 15, 2016 since NXT was now a developmental branch. "Welcome Home" by Coheed and Cambria was used from June 20, 2012 to February 24, 2014. The American Bang song "Wild and Young" had been used for each reality show season with the exception of the third season.[81] During season three, the show's opening theme song was "You Make the Rain Fall" by Kevin Rudolf.[82][83] Also promoting it as an "official theme song" for the show, NXT used "Get Thru This" by Art of Dying as bumper music during the initial five seasons of the show.[84]

NXT returned to cable on December 20, 2017, airing a 1-hour special on USA Network.[85]

International broadcasters[edit]

Country Network Ref.
Arab World OSN [86][87][88]
Australia WWE Network [89]
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Sony TEN [90][91][92][93]
Cambodia Cambodian Television Network [94]
Canada WWE Network [95]
France Action [96]
Germany
Austria
Switzerland
Luxembourg
Liechtenstein
WWE Network [97]
Italy Sky Italia [98]
Japan J Sports 1 [99]
Latin America Fox Sports Latinoamérica [100]
Malaysia Astro SuperSport [101]
Mexico Viva Sports [102]
New Zealand WWE Network
Philippines Fox [103]
Poland Extreme Sports Channel [104]
Portugal WWE Network
Romania Sport.ro
Singapore SuperSports
South Africa e.tv [105][106]
Taiwan Videoland Max-TV [107]
Turkey WWE Network
United Kingdom WWE Network

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