WWE NXT

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WWE NXT
Details
Acronym NXT
Established August 2012[1]
Style Professional wrestling
Location Tampa, Florida[2]
Founder(s) WWE[2]
Owner(s) WWE[2]
Parent WWE[2]
Website wwe.com/shows/wwenxt

WWE NXT, formerly known as NXT Wrestling, is a professional wrestling promotion based in Winter Park, Florida.[2] It is the official developmental territory for WWE.[2][3]

History[change | change source]

NXT was started as Florida Championship Wrestling, typically shortened to FCW, by Steve Keirn in 2007[1] to be WWE's second developmental territory when they ended their relationship with Deep South Wrestling in 2007.[4] It became their only developmental territory in early 2008 when they ended their relationship with Ohio Valley Wrestling.[3]

FCW's first show was on June 26, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. A 21 man Battle Royal was held during the show, with Harry Smith winning to become the first ever FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion.[5] The next year, the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship was introduced,[6] with Jake Hager becoming the first champion at a battle royal on February 15, 2008 and defeating Ted DiBiase, Jr..[7] The FCW Florida Tag Team Championship was also introduced in February, with the Puerto Rican Nightmares (Eddie Colón and Eric Perez) beating Steven Lewington and Heath Miller to win it in the finals of a tournament.[8] The two heavyweight titles were later unified, keeping the "Florida Heavyweight" name.[9]

FCW regularly ran shows every Tuesday at Bourbon Street Nightclub,[10] as well as shows on other nights at other venues in and around the Central Florida area. [11] As NXT Wrestling, it now runs live shows ar several locations around Florida.[12]

In August 2012, WWE retired all FCW championship belts and changed the promotion's name to "NXT". WWE had previously used NXT for a reality television program that featured FCW wrestlers trying to earn a WWE contract. WWE NXT, which had been the name of the reality show, is now used as the title of their TV show.[13]

Since it started a TV show at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, NXT has had three championships: the NXT Championship, the NXT Tag Team Championship, and the NXT Women's Championship. In January 2017, WWE held a tournament in England to determine the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion. The original plan was to have a WWE show in the UK, but the show hasn't premiered yet, so the championship is on NXT for now.

Roster[change | change source]

Champions[change | change source]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Reign length City Notes
NXT Championship Drew McIntyre 1 August 19, 2017 63+ Brooklyn, New York Defeated Bobby Roode at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III
NXT Women's Championship Vacant August 24, 2017 Winter Park, Florida Asuka relinquished the championship after suffering a collarbone injury at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III
NXT Tag Team Championship Sanity
(Alexander Wolfe and Eric Young)
1 August 19, 2017 63+ Brooklyn, New York Defeated The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III
WWE United Kingdom Championship Pete Dunne 1 May 20, 2017 154+ Rosemont, Illinois Defeated Tyler Bate at NXT TakeOver: Chicago

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fox, Geoff (2007-09-08). "Area Wrestling Will Continue Under A New State Banner". The Tampa Tribune. http://pasco.tbo.com/pasco/MGBDHS2GB6F.html. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "About page". NXT Wrestling. http://www.fcwwrestling.info/NXT-Wrestling-Staff.html. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "WWE Ceases affiliation with Ohio Valley Wrestling". WWE Corporate. 2008-02-06. http://corporate.wwe.com/news/2008/2008_02_07.jsp. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  4. "WWE ends relationship with DSW". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/archive/dsw. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  5. "FCW 2007 results". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/fcw/2007.html. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  6. Wojcik, Alan J.. "Results from Florida on 2/5". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=1786. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  7. Wojcik, Alan J.. "Results from Tampa on 2/15". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=2121. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  8. Wojcik, Alan J.. "Results from Florida on 2/23". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=2150. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named WT1.
  10. "Events". Club Bourbon Street. http://www.clubbourbonstreet.com/3.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  11. Wrestling with the future [News report]. Tampa, Florida: WTVT. Retrieved on 2007-12-07.
  12. "NXT Live Event Dates". NXT Wrestling. http://www.fcwwrestling.info/NXT-Wrestling-Live-Events.html. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  13. "WWE News: FCW name being phased out". Wrestling Observer. http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/118-daily-updates/27030-wwe-news-fcw-name-being-phased-out. Retrieved August 14, 2012.