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The championship was first introduced on the August 1, 2012 edition of NXT when Interim NXT General Manager Dusty Rhodes announced a "Gold Rush" tournament, which featured 8 NXT roster members competing to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Champion in a knockout system format. The first NXT Champion was crowned on July 26, 2012, with Seth Rollins defeating Jinder Mahal in the tournament finals.

Reigns

As of August 20, 2018.

# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
1 Seth Rollins 1 July 26, 2012 133 Winter Park, Florida NXT taping Defeated Jinder Mahal to become the first ever NXT Champion. Aired on tape delay on August 29, 2012.
2 Big E Langston 1 December 6, 2012 168 Winter Park, Florida NXT taping Aired on tape delay on January 9, 2013
3 Bo Dallas 1 May 23, 2013 280 Winter Park, Florida NXT taping Aired on tape delayed on June 12, 2013
4 Adrian Neville 1 February 27, 2014 287 Winter Park, Florida NXT Arrival This was a ladder match.
5 Sami Zayn 1 December 11, 2014 62 Winter Park, Florida NXT Takeover III This was a title vs. career match. If Sami Zayn lost, he would voluntarily quit the NXT roster.
6 Kevin Owens 1 February 11, 2015 143 Winter Park, Florida NXT Takeover: Rival Owens defeated Zayn when the referee decided that Zayn was unable to continue.
7 Finn Bálor 1 July 4, 2015 292 Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan The Beast in the East 2015 First live aired WWE event in Tokyo, Japan.
8 Samoa Joe 1 April 21, 2016 121 Lowell, Massachusetts NXT House Show (Apr 21, 16') WWE recognizes Joe's reign as lasting 122 days.
9 Shinsuke Nakamura 1 August 20, 2016 91 Brooklyn, New York NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn WWE recognizes Nakamura's reign as lasting 92 days.
10 Samoa Joe 2 November 19, 2016 14 Lowell, Massachusetts NXT TakeOver: Toronto
11 Shinsuke Nakamura 2 December 3, 2016 56 Osaka, Japan House show An edited version of this match aired on the December 7, 2016 episode. The full match aired on the December 28, 2016 episode.
12 Bobby Roode 1 January 28, 2017 203 San Antonio, Texas NXT TakeOver: San Antonio
13 Drew McIntyre 1 August 19, 2017 91 Brooklyn, New York NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III
14 Andrade Almas 1 November 18, 2017 140 Houston, Texas NXT TakeOver: WarGames
15 Aleister Black 1 April 7, 2018 102 New Orleans, Louisiana NXT TakeOver: New Orleans
16 Tommaso Ciampa 1 July 18, 2018 33+ Orlando, Florida NXT taping Aired tape delay on July 25, 2018

List of reign lengths

As of August 20, 2018.
Wrestler Days Held Date Won Date Lost
Finn Bálor 292 July 4, 2015April 21, 2016
Adrian Neville 287 February 27, 2014 December 11, 2015
Bo Dallas 280 May 23, 2013 February 27, 2014
Bobby Roode 203 January 28, 2017 August 19, 2017
Big E Langston 168 December 6, 2012 May 23, 2013
Kevin Owens 143 February 11, 2015July 4, 2015
Andrade Almas 140 November 18, 2017 April 7, 2018
Seth Rollins 133 July 26, 2012 December 6, 2012
Samoa Joe 121 April 21, 2016 August 20, 2016
Aleister Black 102 April 7, 2018 July 18, 2018
Shinsuke Nakamura 91 August 20, 2016 November 19, 2016
Drew McIntyre 91 August 19, 2017 November 18, 2017
Sami Zayn 62 December 11, 2014 February 11, 2015
Shinsuke Nakamura (2) 56 December 3, 2016 January 28, 2017
Samoa Joe (2) 14 November 19, 2016 December 3, 2016
Tommaso Ciampa 33+ July 18, 2018 Current Champion

Combined reigns

As of August 20, 2018.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Finn Bálor 1 292
2 Adrian Neville 1 287
3 Bo Dallas 1 280
4 Bobby Roode 1 203
5 Big E Langston 1 168
6 Shinsuke Nakamura 2 147
7 Kevin Owens 1 143
8 Andrade Almas 1 140
9 Samoa Joe 2 135
10 Seth Rollins 1 133
11 Aleister Black 1 102
12 Drew McIntyre 1 91
13 Sami Zayn 1 62
14 Tommaso Ciampa 1 33+

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