NXT Championship

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NXT Championship
Date establishedJuly 1, 2012
Current champion(s)Karrion Kross
Date wonApril 8, 2021

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] At NXT TakeOver: Toronto in November 2016, Samoa Joe became the first wrestler to win the championship twice.[2]

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.

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.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
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. [5]
4 Adrian Neville February 27, 2014 NXT Arrival Winter Park, Florida 1 287 286 This was a ladder match. [6]
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. [7]
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. [8]
7 Finn Bálor July 4, 2015 The Beast in the East Tokyo, Japan 1 292 292 [9]
8 Samoa Joe April 21, 2016 House show Lowell, Massachusetts 1 121 121 [10][11]
9 Shinsuke Nakamura August 20, 2016 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II Brooklyn, New York 1 91 91 [12]
10 Samoa Joe November 19, 2016 NXT TakeOver: Toronto Toronto, Ontario 2 14 13 [2]
11 Shinsuke Nakamura December 3, 2016 NXT Osaka, Japan 2 56 56 Aired on tape delay on December 28, 2016. [13][14]
12 Bobby Roode January 28, 2017 NXT TakeOver: San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 1 203 202 [15]
13 Drew McIntyre August 19, 2017 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Brooklyn, New York 1 91 91 [16]
14 Andrade "Cien" Almas November 18, 2017 NXT TakeOver: WarGames Houston, Texas 1 140 139 [17]
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. [18]
16 Tommaso Ciampa July 18, 2018 NXT Winter Park, Florida 1 1,287+ 1,280+ WWE recognizes Ciampa's reign as beginning on July 25, 2018, when the episode aired on tape delay. [19][20]

Current Champion[change | change source]

The current champion is Karrion Kross who is in his second reign. He won the championship by beating Finn Bálor at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night 2.

References[change | change source]

  1. "NXT spoiler - first champion crowned". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 James, Justin. "JAMES' NXT TAKEOVER: TORONTO REVIEW 11/19: Nakamura vs. Joe, Asuka vs. James, #DIY vs. The Revival, and more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. "Seth Rollins' first reign". NXT Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
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  5. Santiago, Andres. "5/23 NXT spoilers from Full Sail University". PWInsider. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  6. "James' WWE NXT "Arrival" report 2/27 - Week 87: Live Network show coverage, plus Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  7. Caldwell, James (December 11, 2014). "Caldwell's WWE NXT Takeover Results 12/11". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  8. James, Justin (February 11, 2015). "James' WWE NXT TakeOver Report 2/11". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  9. 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.
  10. Caldwell, James (April 21, 2016). "Breaking News – Samoa Joe wins NXT Title Thursday night (w/Pics)". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  11. "Samoa Joe captures NXT Championship at Live Event in Lowell, Mass". WWE. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  12. James, Justin. "8/20 "WWE NXT Takeover: Brooklyn" Results – CALDWELL'S Complete Live Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  13. Martin, Adam. "Shinsuke Nakamura becomes the new NXT Champion capturing the title in Osaka, Japan at NXT live event". WrestleView. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  14. Witner, Arya. "WWE NXT results: Matches from Osaka, Japan". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  15. Powell, Jason. "1/28 Powell's NXT Takeover: San Antonio Live Review – Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Title, DIY vs. Authors of Pain for the NXT Tag Titles, Asuka vs. Nikki Cross vs. Billie Kay vs. Peyton Royce for the NXT Women's Title". Pro Wreslting Dot Net. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  16. Zimmerman, Zack. "8/19 Zim's NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III live review – Bobby Roode vs. Drew McIntyre for the NXT Title, Asuka vs. Ember Moon for the NXT Women's Title, Authors of Pain vs. Sanity for the NXT Tag Titles, homecoming". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 19, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  17. Moore, John. "11/18 Moore's NXT Takeover: WarGames live review – The Undisputed Era vs. Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong vs. Sanity in a WarGames match, Ember Moon vs. Kairi Sane vs. Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce for the NXT Women's Title, Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade Almas for the NXT Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  18. Moore, John. "4/7 Moore's NXT Takeover: New Orleans live review – Andrade Almas vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Title, Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women's Championship, Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in an unsanctioned match, ladder match for the new North American Championship". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  19. "Major news from Wednesday night's NXT tapings (CAUTION: SPOILERS)". WWE. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  20. James, Justin (July 25, 2018). "7/25 NXT TV REPORT: Aleister Black vs. Tomasso Ciampa for the NXT Title, Cole vs. Maluta, Evans vs. Price, Ricochet, War Raiders, William Regal". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 26, 2018.

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