NXT Championship

championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE

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

NXT Championship
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandNXT
Date establishedJuly 1, 2012
Current champion(s)Bron Breakker
Date wonApril 4, 2022

HistoryEdit

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 historyEdit

Bo Dallas was the youngest champion, winning the title 2 days before his 23rd birthday. Samoa Joe was the oldest champion at 42 years old.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days
recog.
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.
[3]
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.
[4]
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 1 238 245 WWE recognizes Ciampa's reign as beginning on July 25, 2018 and ending on March 20, 2019 due to both episodes airing on tape delay. [19][20]
Vacated March 13, 2019 NXT Winter Park, Florida Vacated after Tommaso Ciampa got a neck injury. [21]
17 Johnny Gargano April 5, 2019 NXT TakeOver: New York Brooklyn, New York 1 57 57 This was a two out of three falls match. Johnny Gargano beaten Adam Cole 2–1 to win the vacant title. [22]
18 Adam Cole June 1, 2019 NXT TakeOver XXV Bridgeport, Connecticut 1 396 403 In September 2019, NXT became WWE's third main brand, along with Raw and Smackdown. WWE recognizes Cole's reign as ending on July 8, 2020, when the following match aired on tape delay [23]
19 Keith Lee July 1, 2020 The Great American Bash
Night 2
Winter Park, Florida 1 52 45 This was a Winner Takes All match, in which Keith Lee also defended the NXT North American Championship.
WWE recognizes Lee's reign as beginning on July 8, 2020, when the match aired on tape delay.
[24]
20 Karrion Kross August 22, 2020 NXT TakeOver XXX Winter Park, Florida 1 4 4 [25]
Vacated August 26, 2020 NXT Winter Park, Florida Vacated after Karrion Kross got a shoulder injury in winning the title. [26]
21 Finn Bálor September 8, 2020 Super Tuesday II Winter Park, Florida 2 212 212 A 60-minute fatal four-way iron man match for the vacant championship took place on the September 1 episode of NXT Super Tuesday between Finn Bálor, Adam Cole, Tommaso Ciampa, and Johnny Gargano, but the match ended in a tie between Bálor and Cole. NXT General Manager William Regal then scheduled a match between the two for the following week, in which Bálor beaten Cole to win the vacant title. [27]
22 Karrion Kross April 8, 2021 NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver
Night 2
Orlando, Florida 2 136 136 [28]
23 Samoa Joe August 22, 2021 NXT TakeOver 36 Orlando, Florida 3 21 20 [29]
Vacated September 12, 2021 Vacated after Samoa Joe got positive for COVID-19. [30][31][32]
24 Tommaso Ciampa September 14, 2021 NXT 2.0 Orlando, Florida 2 112 111 This was a Fatal four-way match for the vacant championship, also involving LA Knight, Pete Dunne, and Von Wagner. Ciampa pinned Knight to win the vacant title. [33]
25 Bron Breakker January 4, 2022 New Year's Evil Orlando, Florida 1 63 63 [34]
26 Dolph Ziggler March 8, 2022 NXT Roadblock Orlando, Florida 1 27 26 This was a Triple threat match also involving Tommaso Ciampa. Ziggler pinned Ciampa to win the title. [35]
27 Bron Breakker April 4, 2022 Raw Dallas, Texas 2 118+ 118+ [36]

Current ChampionEdit

The current champion is Bron Breakker who is in his second reign. He won the championship by beating Dolph Ziggler on the April 4 edition of Raw.

ReferencesEdit

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