WWE NXT is a professional wrestling television program for developmental talent produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) which debuted on February 23, 2010. The original format was described as a hybrid between reality television and WWE's scripted live event shows, the premise of the show follows select talent contracted to WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in a competition to become WWE's next breakout star with the help of mentors from WWE's Raw and SmackDown brands. In its current form it is no different than any of the WWE's other scripted live event shows other than it primarily features developmental talent.
The show originally made its debut on Syfy in February 2010, replacing ECW. Less than a month after its premiere, it was announced that WWE SmackDown would move from MyNetworkTV to Syfy in October. NXT aired its final episode on Syfy on September 28 to make way for SmackDown, and began airing as a webcast at WWE.com for visitors from the United States on October 5. Outside of the United States, the show is still televised.
On February 2, 2010, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced that ECW would be going off the air and would be replaced with a new weekly program in its slot that McMahon called "the next evolution of WWE; the next evolution of television history." It was later announced that ECW would air its final episode on February 16, 2010, and on the February 9, 2010 episode of ECW, the successor show's name was announced as WWE NXT.
NXT began as a reality competition. From 2010–2012, the show consisted of pairing "Rookies" with WWE Superstars (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). Before season five ended, WWE revamped the show to make it a sports entertainment show, moved the tapings permanently to Florida, and changed the show's roster to feature more developmental wrestlers.
NXT was taped in large venues before the WWE Smackdown tapings and used the universal WWE HD set 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. NXT aired on Syfy from 2010-2011. In 2011, when SmackDown moved to Syfy, NXT moved to WWE.COM, and after Season 5, NXT stopped broadcasting in the US until September 2012 when WWE reached a deal with Hulu Plus, on which new episodes of NXT began airing September 26, 2012. Since February 27, 2014, WWE NXT has been streaming over the WWE Network every Thursday night at 9:00 ET/ 8:00 CT.
WWE NXT Championship
WWE NXT Tag Team Championship
WWE NXT Women's Championship
|Championships||Current champion(s)||Date won||Days Held||Notes|
|NXT Championship||Finn Bálor||July 4, 2015||221+||Defeated Kevin Owens at The Beast in the East|
|NXT Tag Team Championship||The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch||August 22, 2015||172+||Defeated Blake and Murphy on NXT Takeover: Brooklyn|
|NXT Women's Championship||Bayley||August 22, 2015||172+||Defeated Sasha Banks on NXT Takeover: Brooklyn|
|Matt Striker||February 23, 2010– May 17, 2012||Host|
|Ashley Valence||June 22, 2010– August 31, 2010||Co-Host|
|Maryse*||March 8, 2011– October 28, 2011||Co-Host|
|William Regal||February 27, 2012– May 17, 2012||Match Coordinator|
|Dusty Rhodes||May 17, 2012- September 12, 2013||
|John Bradshaw Layfield||September 12, 2013 - August 28, 2014||Interim Commissioner|
|William Regal||August 28, 2014 – Present||General Manager|
(*) On August 24, Maryse underwent surgery for an abdominal hernia and was on medical leave from WWE, therefore Maryse's role as co-host ended. She would later be released from WWE on October 28, 2011 and would not return to NXT. As of November 2011, there is no official co-host.
|Jim Ross and Byron Saxton||June 27, 2012 - July 4, 2012|
|Byron Saxton, William Regal and Jim Ross||July 11, 2012 - October 17, 2012|
|Jim Ross and William Regal||June 20, 2012|
October 24, 2012 - October 31, 2012
|Tony Luftman and William Regal||October 24, 2012 - October 31, 2012|
|Tony Dawson, William Regal, Tom Phillips and Brad Maddox||November 7, 2012 - July 31, 2013|
|Tony Dawson, William Regal, Tom Phillips and Alex Riley||August 7, 2013 - September 20, 2013|
|Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young||September 20, 2013 - April 3, 2014|
|Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young||April 10, 2014 - July 24, 2014|
|Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Renee Young, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley and Jason Albert||July 31, 2014 – September 11, 2014|
|Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young||September 18, 2014 – December 11, 2014|
|Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert, Renee Young and Corey Graves||December 11, 2014 - January 21, 2015|
|Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Alex Riley, Corey Graves and Jason Albert||January 28, 2015 - March 4, 2015|
|Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Jason Albert||March 11, 2015 - March 18, 2015|
|Rich Brennan and Corey Graves||March 25, 2015 - April 22, 2015|
August 26, 2015 - September 9, 2015
|Rich Brennan, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton||April 29, 2015 - August 22, 2015|
September 16, 2015 - December 23, 2015
|Tom Phillips & Corey Graves||January 13, 2016
January 13, 2016 - Present
- ^ Jim Ross only called the main event.
- ^ The pairings of Dawson and Regal and Phillips and Maddox commentate on alternate shows. Riley replaced Maddox in August 2013 after Maddox became General Manager of WWE Raw. Scott Stanford serves as narrator.
|Caylee Turner, Summer Rae and Chris Russo||June 20, 2012 - October 17, 2012|
|Howard Finkel||Main Event, July 29, 2012 (aired August 29, 2012)|
|Summer Rae and Byron Saxton||October 24, 2012 - February 14, 2013|
|Byron Saxton, Eden Stiles, Alexa Bliss, Kendall Skye and Veronica Lane||February 21, 2013 – September 19, 2013|
|Eden Stiles and JoJo||September 26, 2013 – October 10, 2014|
|Byron Saxton and JoJo||October 16, 2014 – November 6, 2014|
|JoJo||November 13, 2014 – April 29, 2015|
|JoJo, Greg Hamilton and Dasha Fuentes||May 6, 2015 – present|
|Current World Wrestling Entertainment programming|
|Raw • Main Event • SmackDown • Superstars • Total Divas|
|A.M Raw • After Burn • NXT • Bottom Line • The WWE Experience|
|MSG Classics • The Vintage • Classics On Demand|
|Hall of Fame • Tribute to the Troops|
|List of pay-per-view events • Free for All • WWE Kickoff Show|
|Countdown • WrestleMania Rewind • The Monday Night War • This Week in WWE • WWE Beyond The Ring • WWE Video Vault • WWE Rivalries • WWE Specials • WWE Legends' House • WWE Legends of Wrestling • WWE 24 • WWE Honors Black History Month|