NXT Championship is a professional wrestling world championship
created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion
WWE for their developmental brand NXT. Introduced on July 1, 2012, it
is the top championship of NXT.
Seth Rollins was the inaugural
champion. The title is currently held by Aleister Black, who is in his
1.1 Inaugural tournament
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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 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 defeating
Jinder Mahal in the tournament final. On November 19, 2016, at
NXT TakeOver: Toronto,
Samoa Joe became the first performer to hold
the championship on more than one occasion.
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 logo as default plates,
which are customized with the current champion's logos as a similarity
of the name plate feature.
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
Shinsuke Nakamura have the most reigns with two. Finn Bálor's
reign as champion is the longest at 292 days (
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 is the oldest
champion, winning the title at 39.
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 on April 7, 2018.
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List of current champions in WWE
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NXT Championship Title History
Big E Langston
Andrade "Cien" Almas
Aleister Black (current)
Current championships in WWE
André the Giant Memorial Trophy
WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
King of the Ring
Money in the Bank