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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.
As of December 3, 2016.
|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')|
|9||Shinsuke Nakamura||1||August 20, 2016||91||Brooklyn, New York||NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn|
|10||Samoa Joe||2||November 19, 2016||14||Lowell, Massachusetts||NXT TakeOver: Toronto|
|11||Shinsuke Nakamura||2||December 3, 2016||0+||Osaka, Japan||House show|
List of reign lengths
- As of December 3, 2016.
|Wrestler||Days Held||Date Won||Date Lost|
|Adrian Neville||287||February 27, 2014||December 11, 2014|
|Bo Dallas||280||May 23, 2013||February 27, 2014|
|Finn Bálor||292||July 4, 2015||April 21, 2016|
|Big E Langston||168||December 6, 2012||May 23, 2013|
|Kevin Owens||143||February 11, 2015||July 4, 2015|
|Seth Rollins||133||July 26, 2012||December 6, 2012|
|Samoa Joe||121||April 21, 2016||August 20, 2016|
|Shinsuke Nakamura||91||August 20, 2016||November 19, 2016|
|Sami Zayn||62||December 11, 2014||February 11, 2015|
|Samoa Joe||14||November 19, 2016||December 3, 2016|
|Shinsuke Nakamura||0+||December 3, 2016||Current Champion|
As of December 3, 2016.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|4||Big E Langston||1||168|
|8||Shinsuke Nakamura †||2||91+|
|Current World Wrestling Entertainment Championships History|
|Defunct Championships History|
| ECW Championship|
Women's Championship (1956-2010)
WWE Unified Tag Team Championship
World Heavyweight Championship