WWE NXT (often referred to as simply NXT) is a division of the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, and is based in Winter Park, Florida.

While it principally serves as a developmental division for WWE, NXT has come to be viewed by wrestling writers and fans as its own distinct entity,[2] having embarked on national and international tours, being praised for its high quality of wrestling,[3][4] captivating storylines, and the opportunities they afford female wrestlers as opposed to on the main roster; the latter of which has led to a change on how women's wrestling is portrayed in WWE.[5][6]

History

In August 2012, WWE ceased operating Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida, and began running all of its developmental events and operations at Full Sail University under the "NXT Wrestling" banner. WWE had been using the NXT name for a television program featuring rookies from FCW competing to become WWE main roster members, though the reality television aspects of the show had been dropped earlier in 2012; WWE NXT now serves as the primary television program for the promotion.[7]

On February 27, 2014, NXT held its first live two hour special event called NXT Arrival, which was also the first live in-ring program broadcast on the WWE Network.[8][9][10] Eventually, WWE scheduled more live two-hour special events.[2]

In 2015, NXT promoted its first live events outside of Florida, with an event that was held in March in Columbus, Ohio.[2]

In late February and March 2015, several former NXT trainees previously working within WWE developmental system alleged misconduct by head trainer Bill DeMott, with Judas Devlin and Brandon Traven publicizing complaints which they claimed they had submitted to WWE management about DeMott back in March 2013 when they were still employed with WWE.[13][14] Meanwhile, other ex-trainees like Briley Pierce, Derrick Bateman, and independent wrestler Terra Calaway also made allegations in 2015,[13][14][15][2] while previous allegations made in 2013 by Chad Baxter and Chase Donovan were also noted.[17] They accused DeMott of making trainees perform dangerous drills,[13] physically assaulting and bullying trainees,[13][14] using homophobic and racial slurs amongst other derogatory terms,[14][17] and condoning sexual harassment.[15] WWE released statements regarding some of the claims that came to light in 2013 and 2015 saying that investigations were done and no wrongdoing was found.[13][17] On March 6, 2015, DeMott denied the allegations but resigned from WWE "to avoid any embarrassment or damage" to the company.[15]

Championships and accomplishments

Current championships

WWE NXT
ChampionshipCurrent champion(s)ReignDate wonDays heldLocationNotes
NXT ChampionshipSamoa Joe1April 21, 201695Lowell, MassachusettsDefeated Finn Bálor at a house show.
NXT Tag Team ChampionshipThe Revival
(Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)
2June 8, 201647Winter Park, FloridaDefeated American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) at NXT TakeOver: The End.
NXT Women's ChampionshipAsuka1April 1, 2016115Dallas, TexasDefeated Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Dallas.

Other accomplishment(s)

AccomplishmentLatest winner(s)Date wonLocationNote
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team ClassicFinn Bálor and Samoa JoeOctober 7, 2015Winter Park, FloridaDefeated Baron Corbin and Rhyno in the finals to win.

Roster

Male wrestlers

Ring nameReal nameNotes
Adrian JaoudeAdrian Jaoude[18]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Alexander WolfeAxel Tischer[19]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Andrade Cien Almas, Andrade Cien Almas[2]Manuel Andrade[3]
Angelo Dawkins, Angelo Dawkins[3]Gary Gordon
Aries, AustinAustin Aries[3]Daniel Solwold Jr.
Blake, Blake[3]Cory Weston[3]
Roode, BobbyBobby RoodeRobert RoodeWrestling on NXT house shows
Matthews, BronsonBronson Matthews[18]Joshua BredlWrestling on NXT house shows
Murphy, BuddyBuddy Murphy[3]Matthew Adams
Cezar Bononi[3]Cezar BononiWrestling on NXT house shows
Gable, ChadChad Gable[3]Chas Betts[3]Also wrestles on the main roster
Chris Atkins[3]Christopher AtkinsWrestling on NXT house shows
Dallas Harper[18]Dallas HarperWrestling on NXT house shows
Dan MathaDaniel Matha[18]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Wilder, DashDash Wilder[4]Daniel WheelerNXT Tag Team Champion
Dylan Miley[4]Dylan MileyWrestling on NXT house shows
Samson, EliasElias Samson[4]Logan ShuloInactive; fractured ankle
Gabriel Ealy[18]Gabriel EalyWrestling on NXT house shows
Gran Metalik, Gran MetalikUnknownHas signed contract; yet to debut
Selmani, GzimGzim Selmani[4]Gzim Selmani
Itami, HideoHideo Itami[4]Kenta Kobayashi
Knox, HugoHugo Knox [4][4]Stuart TomlinsonWrestling on NXT house shows
Jordan, JasonJason Jordan[4]Nathan EverhartAlso wrestles on the main roster
Jeet RamaSatender Ved Pal[39]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Gargano, JohnnyJohnny Gargano[4]John Gargano
Josh Woods[41]Joshua WoodsWrestling on NXT house shows
Kenneth Crawford[19]Kenneth Crawford
Konstantine, KingKing KonstantineRadomir Petković[3]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Kishan RaftarLovepreet Sangha[39]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Kota Ibushi, Kota IbushiKota IbushiHas signed contract, yet to debut
MadaMada Abdelhamid[42]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Rawley, MojoMojo Rawley[5]Dean MuhtadiAlso wrestles on the main roster
Miller, NickNick MillerMichael Nicholls[44][45]
Nikola BogojevicNikola Bogojevic[45]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Noah PotjesNoah Pang-Potjes[5]Wrestling on NXT house shows
No Way Jose, No Way Jose[5]Levis Valenzuela Jr.[19]
Oney Lorcan, Oney LorcanChristopher Girard[5]
Patrick ClarkPatrick Clark[5]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Rich Swann, Rich SwannRichard Swann[6]Wrestling on NXT house shows
Riddick Moss[6]Michael RallisWrestling on NXT house shows
Rhyno, Rhyno[6]Terrance GerinAmbassador
Samoa Joe, Samoa Joe[6]Nuufolau SeanoaNXT Champion
Fulton, SawyerSawyer Fulton[6]Jacob Southwick
Dawson, ScottScott Dawson[6]David Harwood[6]NXT Tag Team Champion
Thorne, ShaneShane ThorneShane Veryzer[44][45]
Nakamura, ShinsukeShinsuke Nakamura[6]Shinsuke Nakamura[6][6]
Sunny Dhinsa[41]Sunny Dhinsa
Steve Cutler[60]Tommy MaclinWrestling on NXT house shows
Thomas Kingdon[19]Thomas KingdonWrestling on NXT house shows
Sabbatelli, TinoTino Sabbatelli[61]Sabatino PiscitelliWrestling on NXT house shows
Ciampa, TommasoTommaso Ciampa[62]Tommaso Whitney
Knight, TuckerTucker Knight[63]Levi CooperWrestling on NXT house shows
Dillinger, TyeTye Dillinger[64]Ronnie Arneill
Uriel Ealy[18]Uriel EalyWrestling on NXT house shows
ZZ LoupeZamariah Loupe[18][65]Wrestling on NXT house shows

Female wrestlers

Ring nameReal nameNotes
Aliyah, Aliyah[19]Nhooph Al-Areebi
Asuka, Asuka[66]Kanako UraiNXT Women's Champion
Bayley, Bayley[67]Pamela Martinez[68]
Billie Kay, Billie Kay[69]Jessica McKay[70]
Binky Blair[45]Bianca BlairWrestling on NXT house shows
Daria[42]Daria BerenatoWrestling on NXT house shows
Moon, EmberEmber Moon[71]Adrienne ReeseWrestling on NXT house shows
Morgan, LivLiv Morgan[72]Gionna Daddio
Rose, MandyMandy Rose[73]Amanda SaccomannoWrestling on NXT house shows
Nikki Glencross[45]Nicola GlencrossWrestling on NXT house shows
Peyton Royce, Peyton Royce[74]Cassie McIntosh[75]
Lee, SaraSara Lee[18][65]Sara LeeWrestling on NXT house shows

Other on-air personnel

Ring nameReal nameNotes
Ellering, PaulPaul Ellering[76]Paul ElleringManager of The Authors of Pain
Hall of Famer

Referees

Ring nameReal nameNotes
Danilo Anfibio[77]Danilo Anfibio
Wuertz, DrakeDrake Wuertz[78]Drake Wuertz
Eddie OrengoEddie Orengo
Shawn Bennett[79]Matthew BennettSenior referee

Off-screen personnel

Backstage personnel

Ring nameReal nameNotes
Pearce, AdamAdam PearceAdam PearceTrainer[80]
Producer
Berkley OttmanBerkley OttmanFloor Manager
Brian DuncanBrian DuncanHead Athletic and Medical Trainer[81][82]
Brian Kendrick, Brian Kendrick[83]Brian KendrickTrainer
Ceman, CanyonCanyon CemanCanyon CemanVice-president of talent development[84]
Kelley, CathyCathy Kelley[85]Catherine KelleyBackstage correspondent
Backstage interviewer
Scobille, ChrisChris Scobille[86]Chris ScobilleAssistant writer
David BaileyDavid BaileyGeneral Manager of the WWE Performance Center[88]
Brisco, GeraldGerald BriscoFloyd BriscoRecruiter
Hall of Famer[89]
Joe BelcastroJoe BelcastroLead writer
Bloom, MattMatt BloomMatthew BloomHead Trainer
Keegan, MickeyMickey KeeganMax PelhamCreative[10]
MikazeSarath TonSeamster
Smiley, NormanNorman Smiley[10][10]Norman SmileyTrainer
Assistant Coach
Brookside, RobbieRobbie BrooksideRobert BrooksTrainer[10]
Ryan Katz, Ryan KatzRyan KatzAssociate producer
Promo trainer
Amato, SaraSara Amato[10]Sara AmatoAssistant Head Trainer
Producer
Stock, SarahSarah StockSarah StockWomen's Trainer[10]
Sean HayesSean HayesStrength and Conditioning Coach
Petruzelli, SethSeth PetruzelliSeth PetruzelliStriking Coach
Keirn, SteveSteve Keirn[10]Stephen KeirnTrainer
Tara HalabyTara HalabyPhysical Therapist
Athletic and Medical Trainer[81][82]
Taylor, TerryTerry TaylorPaul Taylor lllTrainer
H, TripleTriple H[10]Paul LevesqueWWE minority owner
WWE Executive Vice President (talent/live events/creative)
Senior producer

On-air personalities

Authority figures

Authority figuresDatesPosition
Dusty RhodesJune 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)—September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12)Interim General Manager
John "Bradshaw" LayfieldSeptember 12, 2013 (2013-09-12)—July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)General Manager
William RegalJuly 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)—presentGeneral Manager[10]
Michael ColeNovember 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)—December 16, 2015 (2015-12-16)Interim General Manager
Notes
  1. Michael Cole acted as Interim General Manager of NXT while William Regal recovered from neck surgery.

Commentators

CommentatorsDates
Jim Ross and Byron SaxtonJune 27, 2012 (2012-06-27) — July 4, 2012 (2012-07-04)
Byron Saxton, William Regal and Jim RossJuly 11, 2012 (2012-07-11) — October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)
Jim Ross and William RegalJune 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)
October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) — October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31)
Tony Luftman and William RegalOctober 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) — October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31)
Tony Dawson, William Regal, Tom Phillips and Brad Maddox November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07) — July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31)
Tony Dawson, William Regal, Tom Phillips and Alex RileyAugust 7, 2013 (2013-08-07) — September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee YoungSeptember 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) — April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee YoungApril 10, 2014 (2014-04-10) — July 24, 2014 (2014-07-24)
Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Renee Young, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley and Jason AlbertJuly 31, 2014 (2014-07-31) — September 11, 2014 (2014-09-11)
Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert, Renee YoungSeptember 18, 2014 (2014-09-18) — December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11)
Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert, Renee Young and Corey GravesDecember 11, 2014 (2014-12-11) — January 21, 2015 (2015-01-21)
Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Alex Riley, Corey Graves and Jason AlbertJanuary 28, 2015 (2015-01-28) — March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)
Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Jason AlbertMarch 11, 2015 (2015-03-11) — March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18)
Rich Brennan and Corey GravesMarch 25, 2015 (2015-03-25) — April 22, 2015 (2015-04-22)
August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26)—September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)
December 30, 2015 (2015-12-30) — January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
Rich Brennan, Corey Graves and Byron SaxtonApril 29, 2015 (2015-04-29) — August 22, 2015 (2015-08-22)
September 16, 2015 (2015-09-16) — December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23)
Tom Phillips and Corey GravesJanuary 13, 2016 (2016-01-13) — present
Notes
  1. Jim Ross largely only called the main event.
  2. The pairings of Dawson and Regal and Phillips and Maddox commentated on alternate shows. Riley replaced Maddox in August 2013 after Maddox became General Manager of WWE Raw.
  3. Tony Luftman and Tony Dawson were the same commentator. Scott Stanford serves as narrator.

Ring announcers

Ring announcerDates
Caylee Turner, Summer Rae and Chris RussoJune 20, 2012 – October 17, 2012
Howard FinkelMain Event, July 29, 2012 (aired on August 29, 2012)
Summer Rae and Byron SaxtonOctober 24, 2012 – February 14, 2013
Byron Saxton, Kendall Skye, Alexa Bliss and Veronica LaneFebruary 21, 2013 – September 19, 2013
Eden Stiles and JoJoSeptember 26, 2013 – October 10, 2014
Byron Saxton and JoJoOctober 16, 2014 – November 6, 2014
JoJoNovember 13, 2014 – April 29, 2015
JoJo and Greg HamiltonMay 6, 2015 — July 15, 2015
Greg Hamilton, Dasha Fuentes, Andrea D'Marco, Mike Rome and Charly Caruso July 22, 2015 – present
Notes
  1. D'Marco, Rome and Caruso are currently announcing at NXT live events.

Television show

NXT's eponymous television program is broadcast on the WWE Network in the United States. The show features wrestlers from NXT and WWE.

From 2010–2012, WWE aired a previous version of WWE NXT which consisted of pairing "Rookies" with WWE main roster members (known as "Pros"), with the pairs competing in challenges until there was one sole winner. The winners of the show were Wade Barrett (Season 1), Kaval (Season 2), Kaitlyn (Season 3) and Johnny Curtis (Season 4). After season 5, the show was replaced the current developmental program.

Production

NXT, in its original format, was taped in large venues before the WWE Smackdown tapings from 2010–2012. When WWE revamped the show, they moved the tapings to Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, with the venue known as Full Sail Live. WWE started taping NXT in Florida on May 17, 2012.[10] Tickets are available free for Full Sail students; general admission for non-students is $10.[2]

NXT began airing on the WWE Network on February 27, 2014 with a live event called NXT Arrival. Most broadcasts are one-hour episodes taped once a month; periodically live, two-hour episodes will be produced as part of the NXT TakeOver series of WWE network events.

NXT TakeOver specials

EventDateVenueLocationMain event
NXT ArrivalFeb 27, 2014Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaBo Dallas (c) vs. Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOverMay 29, 2014Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaAdrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-WaySep 11, 2014Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaAdrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: R EvolutionDec 11, 2014Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaAdrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: RivalFeb 11, 2015Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaSami Zayn (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: UnstoppableMay 20, 2015Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaKevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn (2015)Aug 22, 2015Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New YorkFinn Bálor (c) vs. Kevin Owens in a Ladder match for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Respect[101][102]Oct 7, 2015Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaBayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks in a 30-minute Iron Man match for the NXT Women's Championship
NXT TakeOver: LondonDec 16, 2015SSE ArenaLondon, EnglandFinn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Dallas[2]Apr 1, 2016Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention CenterDallas, TexasFinn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: The EndJun 8, 2016[2]Full Sail UniversityWinter Park, FloridaSamoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Bálor in a steel cage match for the NXT Championship

Scheduled upcoming events

EventDateVenueLocationMain event
NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn[2]Aug 20, 2016Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New YorkSamoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Orlando[2]Mar 31, 2017Amway CenterOrlando, Florida