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The NXT Championship
NXT Championship
is a professional wrestling world championship[1] created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE
WWE
for their developmental brand NXT. Introduced on July 1, 2012, it is the top championship of NXT. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins
was the inaugural champion. The title is currently held by Aleister Black, who is in his first reign.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Inaugural tournament

2 Reigns 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit]

The inaugural NXT Champion Seth Rollins

The longest reigning NXT Champion Finn Bálor

The championship was first introduced on the July 1, 2012, edition of NXT when NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes announced a "Gold Rush" tournament, featuring four developmental roster NXT Superstars and four main roster WWE
WWE
Superstars competing to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Champion in a knockout system format, replacing the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship that was retired in the same month after merger of FCW. The first NXT Champion was crowned on the July 26, 2012, taping of NXT (aired August 29), with Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins
defeating Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal
in the tournament final.[2][3] On November 19, 2016, at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe
became the first performer to hold the championship on more than one occasion.[4] On April 1, 2017, at WrestleMania Axxess, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that all of the NXT title belts would be redesigned. The new title belts were unveiled at NXT TakeOver: Orlando that same night and given to the winners of their respective matches. Coming in line with the top championships of the main roster, the new design features removable side plates with the WWE
WWE
logo as default plates, which are customized with the current champion's logos as a similarity of the name plate feature.[5] Inaugural tournament[edit]

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

     

     

     

Richie Steamboat Pin

Leo Kruger

Richie Steamboat

Jinder Mahal Sub

Bo Dallas

Jinder Mahal Sub

Jinder Mahal

Seth Rollins Pin

Seth Rollins Pin

Drew McIntyre

Seth Rollins Pin

Michael McGillicutty

Justin Gabriel

Michael McGillicutty Pin

Reigns[edit] Main article: List of NXT Champions As of April 9, 2018, there have been 15 championship reigns with 13 different champions. The inaugural champion was Seth Rollins. Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura
Shinsuke Nakamura
have the most reigns with two. Finn Bálor's reign as champion is the longest at 292 days ( WWE
WWE
recognizes it at 293), while Samoa Joe's second reign is the shortest at 14 days. Bo Dallas holds the record as the youngest champion, winning the title two days before his 23rd birthday, while Bobby Roode
Bobby Roode
is the oldest champion, winning the title at 39. Aleister Black
Aleister Black
is the current champion in his first reign. He won the title by defeating Andrade "Cien" Almas at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana
Louisiana
on April 7, 2018. See also[edit]

Professional wrestling
Professional wrestling
portal

NXT Tag Team Championship NXT Women's Championship List of current champions in WWE

References[edit]

^ "NXT Championship". WWE. Archived from the original on October 31, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2017. [...] Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre
captured a world championship in a WWE
WWE
ring  ^ Parry, Josh (July 26, 2012). "NXT spoiler - first champion crowned". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 26, 2012.  ^ James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE
WWE
NXT REPORT 8/29 - Week 11: First NXT champion crowned in big-match setting". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 8 September 2012.  ^ 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.  ^ WWE
WWE
(April 1, 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: WWE
WWE
NXT General William Regal arrives at WrestleMania Axxess
WrestleMania Axxess
with a HUGE announcement regarding NXT TakeOver: Orlando!". Facebook. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Official NXT Championship
NXT Championship
Title History

v t e

NXT Champions

Seth Rollins Big E Langston Bo Dallas Adrian Neville Sami Zayn Kevin Owens Finn Bálor Samoa Joe Shinsuke Nakamura Bobby Roode Drew McIntyre Andrade "Cien" Almas Aleister Black
Aleister Black
(current)

v t e

Current championships in WWE

Championships

Raw

Universal Intercontinental

reigns

Women's

reigns

Tag Team

reigns

Cruiserweight

reigns

SmackDown

WWE

reigns

United States

reigns

Women's Tag Team

NXT

NXT

reigns

North American Women's Tag Team

reigns

United Kingdom

Accomplishments

André the Giant Memorial Trophy WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Triple Crown Grand Slam King of the Ring Money in the Bank Royal Rumble Slammy Award WWE
WWE
tournaments Fo

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