|Date established||July 1, 2012|
|Current champion(s)||Bron Breakker|
|Date won||April 4, 2022|
History[change | change source]
The title was introduced by NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes said that there would be a "Gold Rush" tournament that would feature 4 developmental roster NXT Superstars and 4 main roster WWE Superstars and that they would compete to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Champion. Seth Rollins became the first champion after he defeated Jinder Mahal in the final round. At NXT TakeOver: Toronto in November 2016, Samoa Joe became the first wrestler to win the championship twice.
Title history[change | change source]
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|Number of days held recognized by the promotion|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Seth Rollins||July 26, 2012||NXT||Winter Park, Florida||1||133||133||The title was established on July 1, 2012. Seth Rollins defeated Jinder Mahal in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.
WWE recognizes Rollins' reign as beginning on August 29, 2012, and ending on January 9, 2013, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
|2||Big E Langston||December 6, 2012||NXT||Winter Park, Florida||1||168||153||This was a no disqualification match.
WWE recognizes Big E's reign as beginning on January 9, 2013 and ending on June 12, 2013, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
|3||Bo Dallas||May 23, 2013||NXT||Winter Park, Florida||1||280||260||WWE recognizes Dallas' reign as beginning on June 12, 2013, when the episode aired on tape delay.|||
|4||Adrian Neville||February 27, 2014||NXT Arrival||Winter Park, Florida||1||287||286||This was a ladder match.|||
|5||Sami Zayn||December 11, 2014||NXT TakeOver: R Evolution||Winter Park, Florida||1||62||62||This was a title vs. career match. Had Zayn lost, he would have voluntarily quit NXT.|||
|6||Kevin Owens||February 11, 2015||NXT TakeOver: Rival||Winter Park, Florida||1||143||142||Owens won when the referee decided that Sami Zayn was unable to continue.|||
|7||Finn Bálor||July 4, 2015||The Beast in the East||Tokyo, Japan||1||292||292|||
|8||Samoa Joe||April 21, 2016||House show||Lowell, Massachusetts||1||121||121|||
|9||Shinsuke Nakamura||August 20, 2016||NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II||Brooklyn, New York||1||91||91|||
|10||Samoa Joe||November 19, 2016||NXT TakeOver: Toronto||Toronto, Ontario||2||14||13|||
|11||Shinsuke Nakamura||December 3, 2016||NXT||Osaka, Japan||2||56||56||Aired on tape delay on December 28, 2016.|||
|12||Bobby Roode||January 28, 2017||NXT TakeOver: San Antonio||San Antonio, Texas||1||203||202|||
|13||Drew McIntyre||August 19, 2017||NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III||Brooklyn, New York||1||91||91|||
|14||Andrade "Cien" Almas||November 18, 2017||NXT TakeOver: WarGames||Houston, Texas||1||140||139|||
|15||Aleister Black||April 7, 2018||NXT TakeOver: New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana||1||102||108||WWE recognizes Black's reign as ending on July 25, 2018, when the following episode aired on tape delay.|||
|16||Tommaso Ciampa||July 18, 2018||NXT||Winter Park, Florida||1||238||245||WWE recognizes Ciampa's reign as beginning on July 25, 2018 and ending on March 20, 2019 due to both episodes airing on tape delay.|||
|—||Vacated||March 13, 2019||NXT||Winter Park, Florida||—||—||—||Vacated after Tommaso Ciampa got a neck injury.|||
|17||Johnny Gargano||April 5, 2019||NXT TakeOver: New York||Brooklyn, New York||1||57||57||This was a two out of three falls match. Johnny Gargano beaten Adam Cole 2–1 to win the vacant title.|||
|18||Adam Cole||June 1, 2019||NXT TakeOver XXV||Bridgeport, Connecticut||1||396||403||In September 2019, NXT became WWE's third main brand, along with Raw and Smackdown. WWE recognizes Cole's reign as ending on July 8, 2020, when the following match aired on tape delay|||
|19||Keith Lee||July 1, 2020||The Great American Bash
|Winter Park, Florida||1||52||45||This was a Winner Takes All match, in which Keith Lee also defended the NXT North American Championship.
WWE recognizes Lee's reign as beginning on July 8, 2020, when the match aired on tape delay.
|20||Karrion Kross||August 22, 2020||NXT TakeOver XXX||Winter Park, Florida||1||4||4|||
|—||Vacated||August 26, 2020||NXT||Winter Park, Florida||—||—||—||Vacated after Karrion Kross got a shoulder injury in winning the title.|||
|21||Finn Bálor||September 8, 2020||Super Tuesday II||Winter Park, Florida||2||212||212||A 60-minute fatal four-way iron man match for the vacant championship took place on the September 1 episode of NXT Super Tuesday between Finn Bálor, Adam Cole, Tommaso Ciampa, and Johnny Gargano, but the match ended in a tie between Bálor and Cole. NXT General Manager William Regal then scheduled a match between the two for the following week, in which Bálor beaten Cole to win the vacant title.|||
|22||Karrion Kross||April 8, 2021||NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver
|23||Samoa Joe||August 22, 2021||NXT TakeOver 36||Orlando, Florida||3||21||20|||
|—||Vacated||September 12, 2021||—||—||—||—||—||Vacated after Samoa Joe got positive for COVID-19.|||
|24||Tommaso Ciampa||September 14, 2021||NXT 2.0||Orlando, Florida||2||112||111||This was a Fatal four-way match for the vacant championship, also involving LA Knight, Pete Dunne, and Von Wagner. Ciampa pinned Knight to win the vacant title.|||
|25||Bron Breakker||January 4, 2022||New Year's Evil||Orlando, Florida||1||63||63|||
|26||Dolph Ziggler||March 8, 2022||NXT Roadblock||Orlando, Florida||1||27||26||This was a Triple threat match also involving Tommaso Ciampa. Ziggler pinned Ciampa to win the title.|||
|27||Bron Breakker||April 4, 2022||Raw||Dallas, Texas||2||133+||133+|||
Current Champion[change | change source]
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