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WWE NXT
Founded August 2012
Style Professional wrestling
Sports entertainment
Headquarters Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Parent WWE
Formerly NXT Wrestling
Florida Championship Wrestling
Website www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt

WWE NXT is the professional wrestling developmental branch for WWE, based in Winter Park, Florida. It was founded by Triple H (Paul Levesque). 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 WWE.com. From February 2014, NXT started a series of live special events broadcast on the WWE Network, comparable to main roster pay-per-view shows.

Despite its status as a developmental branch, NXT has been praised for its high quality of wrestling,[1][2] and captivating storylines. NXT has received praise for the opportunities they afford female wrestlers as opposed to on the main roster, which has led to a change on how women's wrestling is portrayed in WWE.[3]

History[edit]

In August 2012, WWE ceased operating Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida, deactivated FCW 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 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.[4]

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.[5][6][7] Eventually, WWE scheduled more live two-hour special events.[8]

In 2015, NXT promoted its first live events outside of Florida, with an event that was held in March in Columbus, Ohio.[9]

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.[10][11] Meanwhile, other ex-trainees like Briley Pierce, Derrick Bateman, and independent wrestler Terra Calaway also made allegations in 2015,[10][11][12][13] while previous allegations made in 2013 by Chad Baxter and Chase Donovan were also noted.[14] They accused DeMott of making trainees perform dangerous drills,[10] physically assaulting and bullying trainees,[10][11] using homophobic and racial slurs amongst other derogatory terms,[11][14] and condoning sexual harassment.[12] 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.[10][14] On March 6, 2015, DeMott denied the allegations but resigned from WWE "to avoid any embarrassment or damage" to the company.[12]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Current championships[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
NXT Championship Finn Bálor 1 July 4, 2015 220+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Kevin Owens at The Beast in the East.
NXT Tag Team Championship Dash and Dawson
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
1 October 22, 2015 110+ Winter Park, Florida Defeated The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch). Aired on tape delay on November 11, 2015.
NXT Women's Championship Bayley 1 August 22, 2015 171+ Brooklyn, New York Defeated Sasha Banks at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.

Other accomplishment(s)[edit]

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.

Roster[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
English, AidenAiden English[15] Matthew Rehwoldt[16]
Riley, AlexAlex Riley[17] Kevin Kiley Jr.[18]
Alexander Wolfe Axel Tischer[19] Wrestling on NXT house shows
Angelo Dawkins[20] Gary Gordon
Crews, ApolloApollo Crews[21] Sesugh Uhaa
Aries, AustinAustin Aries[22] Daniel Solwold Jr.
Corbin, BaronBaron Corbin[23] Thomas Pestock
Blake, Blake[24] Cory Weston[25]
Mathews, BronsonBronson Mathews[26] Joshua Bredl Wrestling on NXT house shows
Cezar Bononi[27] Cezar Bononi Wrestling on NXT house shows
Gable, ChadChad Gable[28] Chas Betts[29]
Girard, ChristopherChristopher Girard[30] Christopher Girard
Cassady, ColinColin Cassady[31] William Morrissey[32]
Dallas Harper[26] Dallas Harper Appears on NXT house shows
Wilder, DashDash Wilder[33] Daniel Wheeler NXT Tag Team Champion
Dylan Miley[34] Dylan Miley Wrestling on NXT house shows
Samson, EliasElias Samson[35] Logan Shulo
Amore, EnzoEnzo Amore[36] Eric Arndt[37]
Bálor, FinnFinn Bálor[38] Fergal Devitt NXT Champion
Inactive; sprained ankle[39]
Gzim Selmani[40] Gzim Selmani Wrestling on NXT house shows
Itami, HideoHideo Itami[41] Kenta Kobayashi Inactive; shoulder injury
Knox, HugoHugo Knox[42][43] Stuart Tomlinson
Jordan, JasonJason Jordan[44] Nathan Everhart
Jeet Rama Satender Ved Pal[45] Wrestling on NXT house shows
Josh Woods[46] Joshua Woods Wrestling on NXT house shows
Kenneth Crawford[19] Kenneth Crawford
Constantine, KingKing Constantine Radomir Petković[47] Wrestling on NXT house shows
Kishan Raftar Lovepreet Sangha[45] Wrestling on NXT house shows
Levis Valenzuela Jr.[19] Levis Valenzuela Jr. Wrestling on NXT house shows
Andrade, MannyManny Andrade[48] Manuel Oropeza Wrestling on NXT house shows
Rawley, MojoMojo Rawley[49] Dean Muhtadi
Murphy, Murphy[50] Matthew Adams
Noah Kekoa[51] Noah Pang-Potjes Wrestling on NXT house shows
Patrick Clark[52] Patrick Clark Wrestling on NXT house shows
Rich Swann, Rich Swann Richard Swann[53]
Rhyno, Rhyno[54] Terrance Gerin Inactive; hasn't appeared in over 30 days
Riddick Moss[55] Michael Rallis Wrestling on NXT house shows
Zayn, SamiSami Zayn[56] Rami Sebei
Samoa Joe, Samoa Joe[57] Nuufolau Seanoa
Sawyer Fulton[58] Jacob Southwick
Dawson, ScottScott Dawson[59] David Harwood[60] NXT Tag Team Champion
Nakamura, ShinsukeShinsuke Nakamura Shinsuke Nakamura Set to appear at NXT TakeOver: Dallas[61]
Simon Gotch, Simon Gotch[62] John Smith[62]
Sunny Dhinsa[46] Sunny Dhinsa Wrestling on NXT house shows
Steve Cutler[63] Tommy Maclin
Thomas Kingdon[19] Thomas Kingdon Wrestling on NXT house shows
Sabbatelli, TinoTino Sabbatelli[64] Sabatino Piscitelli Wrestling on NXT house shows
Tucker Knight[65] Levi Cooper
Dillinger, TyeTye Dillinger[66] Ronnie Arneill Inactive; knee injury
Ryder, ZackZack Ryder[67] Matthew Cardona Also wrestles on the main roster


Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Reese, AdrienAdrien Reese[68] Adrienne Reese Wrestling on NXT house shows
Bliss, AlexaAlexa Bliss[69] Alexis Kaufman Valet of Blake and Murphy
Aliyah, Aliyah[19][70] Nhooph Al-Areebi Wrestling on NXT house shows
Asuka, Asuka[71] Kanako Urai
Bayley, Bayley[72] Pamela Martinez[73] NXT Women's Champion
Billie Kay, Billie Kay[74] Jessica McKay[75]
Carmella, Carmella[76] Leah Van Dale[77] Valet of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
Brooke, DanaDana Brooke[78] Ashley Sebera
Daria Berenato[79] Daria Berenato Wrestling on NXT house shows
Emma, Emma[80] Tenille Dashwood
Eva Marie, Eva Marie[81] Natalie Coyle[81]
Morgan, LivLiv Morgan[82] Gionna Daddio
Rose, MandyMandy Rose [83] Amanda Saccomanno Wrestling on NXT house shows
Appears on Total Divas
Nia Jax, Nia Jax[84] Savelina Fanene[85]
Peyton Royce, Peyton Royce[86] Cassie McIntosh[87]
Lee, SaraSara Lee[88] Sara Lee Wrestling on NXT house shows

Backstage personnel[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Pearce, AdamAdam Pearce Adam Pearce Trainer[89]
Producer
Alex Reyes Alex Del Barrio Backstage interviewer
Berkley Ottman Berkley Ottman NXT floor Manager
Brian Duncan Brian Duncan Head Athletic and Medical Trainer[90][91]
Kendrick, BrianBrian Kendrick[92] Brian Kendrick Trainer
Ceman, CanyonCanyon Ceman Canyon Ceman Vice-president of talent development[93]
David Bailey David Bailey General Manager of the WWE Performance Center[94]
Brisco, GeraldGerald Brisco Floyd Brisco Recruiter
Hall of Famer[95]
Greg Hamilton Gregory Hamilton NXT Live event host, backstage interviewer and ring announcer
Bloom, MattMatt Bloom Matthew Bloom Head Trainer
Matt Wichlinski Matthew Wichlinski Strength and Conditioning Coach[96]
Mikaze Sarath Ton Seamstress
Ryan Katz, Ryan Katz Ryan Katz Associate producer
Promo trainer
Ryan Ward Ryan Ward Head of Creative[97]
Keegan, MickeyMickey Keegan Max Pelham Creative[98]
Smiley, NormanNorman Smiley[99][100] Norman Smiley Trainer
Assistant Coach
Brookside, RobbieRobbie Brookside Robert Brooks Trainer[101]
Amato, SaraSara Amato[102] Sara Amato Assistant Head Trainer
Producer
Stock, SarahSarah Stock Sarah Stock Divas trainer[103]
Petruzelli, SethSeth Petruzelli Seth Petruzelli Striking Coach
Keirn, SteveSteve Keirn[104] Stephen Keirn Trainer
Tara Halaby Tara Halaby Physical Therapist,
Athletic and Medical Trainer[90][91]
Taylor, TerryTerry Taylor Paul Taylor lll Trainer

Referees[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Danilo Anfibio[105] Danilo Anfibio
Wuertz, DrakeDrake Wuertz[106] Drake Wuertz
Eddie Orengo Eddie Orengo
Shawn Bennett[107] Matthew Bennett NXT senior referee

On-air personalities[edit]

Authority figures[edit]

Authority figures Dates Position
Dusty Rhodes June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)—September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12) Interim General Manager
John "Bradshaw" Layfield September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12)—July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31) General Manager
William Regal July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)—present General Manager[108]
Michael Cole^ November 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)—December 16, 2015 (2015-12-16) Interim General Manager
Notes
  1. ^ Michael Cole acted as Interim General Manager of NXT while William Regal had/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) — present
Notes
  1. ^ Jim Ross largely only called the main event.
  2. ^ The pairings of Dawson and Regal and Phillips and Maddox commentate on alternate shows. Riley replaced Maddox in August 2013 after Maddox became General Manager of WWE 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, Greg Hamilton and Dasha Fuentes May 6, 2015 — present

Television show[edit]

Main article: WWE NXT (TV series)
WWE NXT
NXT Wrestling.png
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 9
No. of episodes 317 (as of February 3, 2016 (2016-02-03))
Production
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Release
Original network WWE Network (2014 (2014) – present)
Internationally syndicated (2012 (2012) – present)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 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 airs on the WWE Network in the United States. The show (which premiered February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)) features wrestlers from NXT and WWE. The show currently 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 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 with a homonymous television show featuring the developmental 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.[109] Tickets are available free for Full Sail students; general admission for non-students is $10.[110] 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.[111]

NXT began airing on the WWE Network on February 27, 2014 with a live event called NXT Arrival. And now features taped broadcasts on Wednesday nights on 8:00 PM.

International broadcasters[edit]

NXT is also televised on a number of channels in many different countries.

Country Network Ref
Arab world OSN [112][113][114]
Australia Fox8 [115]
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka TEN Sports [116][117][118]
Brazil Fox Sports HD
Cambodia Cambodian Television Network [119]
Canada WWE Network [120]
France Action [121]
Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein
ProSieben Fun [122][123][124]
[125][126][127]
India, Pakistan TEN Sports [128]
Italy Sky Italia [129]
Japan J Sports 1 [130]
Latin America Fox Sports Latinoamérica [131]
Malaysia Astro SuperSport [132]
Mexico Viva Sports [133]
Philippines Fox Channel Asia [134]
Poland Extreme Sports Channel [135]
Portugal SportTV 3 [136]
Romania Sport.ro
Singapore SuperSports
South Africa e.tv [137]
Taiwan Videoland Max-TV [138]
Thailand CTH
Ukraine QTV, Mega [139]

NXT TakeOver Specials[edit]

Event Date Venue Location Main event
NXT Arrival Feb 27, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, FL 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 Aug 22, 2015 Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bayley for the NXT Womens Championship.

Finn Bálor (c) vs. Kevin Owens in a Ladder match for the NXT Championship.

NXT TakeOver: Respect[140][141] Oct 7, 2015 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks in a 30-minute Iron Man match for the NXT Womens Championship.
NXT TakeOver: London[142] Dec 16, 2015 SSE Arena London, England Bayley (c) vs. Nia Jax for the NXT Womens Championship.

Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship.

Scheduled upcoming events[edit]

Event Date Venue Location Main event
NXT TakeOver: Dallas[143] Apr 1, 2016 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, TX Finn Balor(c) vs Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship

NXT TV Episodes away from Full Sail University[edit]

To date, only four TV episodes have been recorded away from Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida.

Episode Date Venue Location Main event
WWE NXT: Episode 269
2015 Arnold Sports Classic
Mar 18, 2015 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus, OH Kevin Owens vs. Alex Riley
WWE NXT: Episode 272
WrestleMania 31 Axxess
April 8, 2015 San Jose Convention Center San Jose, CA Highlights of the WrestleMania Axxess André the Giant
Memorial Battle Royal NXT qualifier tournament
WWE NXT: Episode 294
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn Pre-Matches
Aug 26, 2015 Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY Emma vs. Dana Brooke vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte
WWE NXT: Episode 313
NXT TakeOver: London Pre-Matches
Dec 23, 2015 SSE Arena London, England Sami Zayn vs. Tye Dillinger

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