NXT Championship

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NXT Championship
Date establishedJuly 1, 2012
Current champion(s)Tommaso Ciampa
Date wonAugust 19, 2017

The NXT Championship is a professional wrestling championship in the WWE. The title is a NXT-only championship.

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.[1]

Title history[change | change source]

Bo Dallas was the youngest champion, winning the title 2 days before his 23rd birthday. Samoa Joe was the oldest champion at 37 years old.

Reign The reign number for the wrestler listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event in which the title was won
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Seth Rollins 1 July 26, 2012 133 Winter Park, FL NXT Defeated Jinder Mahal in a tournament final to become the inaugural champion. Aired on tape delay on August 29, 2012. [2]
2 Big E Langston 1 December 6, 2012 168 Winter Park, FL NXT This was a no disqualification match. Aired on tape delay on January 9, 2013. [3]
3 Bo Dallas 1 May 23, 2013 280 Winter Park, FL NXT Aired on tape delay on June 12, 2013. [4]
4 Adrian Neville 1 February 27, 2014 287 Winter Park, FL NXT Arrival This was a ladder match. [5]
5 Sami Zayn 1 December 11, 2014 62 Winter Park, FL NXT TakeOver: R Evolution This was a title vs. career match. If Zayn lost, he would voluntarily quit NXT. [6]
6 Kevin Owens 1 February 11, 2015 143 Winter Park, FL NXT TakeOver: Rival Owens defeated Zayn when the referee decided that Zayn was unable to continue. [7]
7 Finn Bálor 1 July 4, 2015 292 Tokyo, Japan The Beast in the East [8]
8 Samoa Joe 1 April 21, 2016 −88+ Lowell, MA House show [9][10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "NXT spoiler - first champion crowned". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  2. "Seth Rollins' first reign". NXT Wrestling. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  3. "NXT spoilers: New champion, The Shield involved, Nash's role, Hall of Famer at next TV taping". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  4. Santiago, Andres. "5/23 NXT spoilers from Full Sail University". PWInsider. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  5. "JAMES' WWE NXT "ARRIVAL" REPORT 2/27 - Week 87: Live Network show coverage, plus Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  6. Caldwell, James (December 11, 2014). "Caldwell's WWE NXT Takeover Results 12/11". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  7. James, Justin (February 11, 2015). "James' WWE NXT TakeOver Report 2/11". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  8. Caldwell, James (July 4, 2015). "Caldwell's WWE Network special report 7/4: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of "Beast in the East" - Lesnar's in-ring return, Owens vs. Balor for NXT Title, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  9. Caldwell, James (April 21, 2016). "Breaking News – Samoa Joe wins NXT Title Thursday night (w/Pics)". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  10. "Samoa Joe captures NXT Championship at Live Event in Lowell, Mass". WWE. Retrieved April 22, 2016.

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