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WWE NXT
Founded August 2012
Style Professional wrestling
Sports entertainment
Headquarters Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Parent WWE
Formerly NXT Wrestling
Florida Championship Wrestling

WWE NXT is the professional wrestling developmental branch for WWE, based in Winter Park, Florida. It was founded by Triple H (Paul Levesque). From its inception in August 2012 to June 2013, it was a distinct but affiliated developmental territory for WWE under the name NXT Wrestling. In June 2013, the NXT Wrestling website was shut down and NXT content was moved to WWE.com. From February 2014, NXT started a series of live special events broadcast on the WWE Network, comparable to main roster pay-per-view shows.

Despite its status as a developmental branch, NXT has been praised for its high quality of wrestling, and captivating storylines. NXT has received praise for the opportunities they afford female wrestlers as opposed to on the main roster, which has led to a change on how women's wrestling is portrayed on WWE's main roster. The quality of wrestling has been so good many main roster superstars want to have matches on NXT shows.

Championships and Accomplishments

Current Championships

WWE NXT
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Notes
NXT Championship Kota Ibushi 1 April 1, 2017 118 Orlando, FL Defeated Jay Lethal at NXT TakeOver: Orlando.
NXT Tag Team Championship The Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
1 January 28, 2017 181 San Antonio, TX Defeated The Authors of Pain for the vacant title at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio
NXT Women's Championship Lena 1 August 20, 2016 342 Brooklyn, NY Defeated Asuka at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II.
WWE United Kingdom Championship Drew McIntyre 1 May 20, 2017 69 Chciago, IL Defeated Marty Scurll at NXT TakeOver: Chicago.

Other Accomplishments

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Previous winners Location Notes
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic The Authors of Pain 1 November 19, 2016 Finn Bálor and
Samoa Joe
Toronto, Canada Defeated SAnitY

Roster

Male wrestlers

Ring name Real name Notes
Akam Sunny Dhinsa
Alexander Wolfe Axel Tischer
Andrade Almas Manuel Almas
Big Damo Damien Mackle
Bobby Roode Robert Roode
Chris Hero Chris Spradlin
Eric Young Jeremy Fritz
Jay Briscoe Jamin Pugh NXT Tag Team Champion
Kota Ibushi Kota Ibushi NXT Champion
Mark Briscoe Mark Pugh NXT Tag Team Champion
Nick Miller Michael Nicholls
Oney Lorcan Christopher Girard
Rezar Gzim Selmani
Roderick Strong Christopher Lindsey
Sawyer Fulton Jacob Southwick Inactive; shoulder injury
Shane Thorne Shane Veryzer Inactive; knee injury
Tommy End Tom Budgen

Female Wrestlers

Ring name Real name Notes
Aliyah Nhooph Al-Areebi
Crazy Mary Dobson Sarah Bridges
Daria Daria Berenato
Ember Moon Adrienne Reese
Evie Cheere Crowley
Heidi Lovelace Dori Prange
Lena Shimako Harrison-Furukawa NXT Women's Championship
Also appears on Raw
Liv Morgan Gionna Daddio
Mandy Rose Amanda Saccomanno
Nikki Storm Nicola Glencross

Off-screen personnel

Backstage personnel

Ring name Real name Notes
Adam Pearce Adam Pearce Trainer
Producer
Brian Duncan Brian Duncan Head Athletic Trainer
The Brian Kendrick Brian Kendrick Trainer
Competing in the Crusierweight Classic
Canyon Ceman Canyon Ceman Senior director of talent development
David Bailey David Bailey General Manager of the WWE Performance Center
Gerald Brisco Floyd Brisco Recruiter
Hall of Famer
Jason Albert Matthew Bloom Head Trainer
Producer
Mickey Keegan Max Pelham Creative writer
Norman Smiley Norman Smiley Trainer
Robbie Brookside Robert Brooks Trainer
Ryan Katz Ryan Katz Promo trainer
Associate producer
Sara Amato Sara Amato Women's producer
Assistant head trainer for NXT
Sarah Stock Sarah Stock Women's trainer
Scotty 2 Hotty Scott Garland Trainer
Sean Hayes Sean Hayes Strength and Conditioning Coach
Seth Petruzelli Seth Petruzelli Striking Coach
Shawn Michaels Michael Hickenbottom Trainer
Hall of Famer
Steve Keirn Stephen Keirn Trainer
Tara Halaby Tara Halaby Physical Therapist
Athletic Trainer
Terry Taylor Paul Taylor lll Trainer
Triple H Paul Levesque Executive Vice President (talent/live events/creative)
M
ember of the Board of Directors WWE producer
NXT Senior producer

On-air personalities

Authority figures

Authority figures Dates Position
Dusty Rhodes June 20, 2012 – September 12, 2013 Interim General Manager
John "Bradshaw" Layfield September 12, 2013 – July 31, 2014 General Manager
William Regal July 31, 2014 – present General Manager
Michael Cole ^ November 25, 2015 Interim General Manager
Notes

^ Michael Cole acted as Interim General Manager of NXT while William Regal recovered from neck surgery.

Commentators

Commentators Dates
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, 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, 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 December 30, 2015 – January 6, 2016

Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton April 29, 2015 – August 22, 2015

September 16, 2015 – December 23, 2015

Tom Phillips and Corey Graves January 13, 2016 – November 30, 2016
Renee Young, Corey Graves, and Nigel McGuinness December 7, 2016 – February 1, 2017
Renee Young and Nigel McGuinness February 8, 2017 – present

Ring announcers

Ring announcer Dates
Caylee Turner, Summer Rae, and Chris Russo June 20, 2012 – October 17, 2012
Howard Finkel Main event, July 29, 2012
Summer Rae and Byron Saxton October 24, 2012 – February 14, 2013
Byron Saxton, Kendall Skye, Alexa Bliss, 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 and Greg Hamilton May 6, 2015 – July 15, 2015
Greg Hamilton and Dash Fuentes July 22, 2015 – August 24, 2016
Mike RomeAndrea D'Marco, and Charly Caruso August 31, 2016 – present

NXT TakeOver Specials

Event Date Venue Location Main event(s)
NXT Arrival Feb 27, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Bo Dallas (c) vs. Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship.
NXT TakeOver May 29, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd for the NXT Championship.
NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way Sep 11, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tyler Breeze for the NXT Championship.
NXT TakeOver: R Evolution Dec 11, 2014 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship.
NXT TakeOver: Rival Feb 11, 2015 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Sami Zayn (c) vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship.
NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable May 20, 2015 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship.
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn Aug 22, 2015 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Dana Brooke (c) vs. Bayley for the NXT Women's Championship
NXT TakeOver: Respect Oct 7, 2015 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Dana Brooke (c) vs. Blue Pants in a 30-minute Iron Woman match for the NXT Women's Championship
NXT TakeOver: London December 16, 2015 SSE Arena London, England Samoa Joe (c) vs. Baron Corbin for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Dallas April 1, 2016 Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Dallas, Texas Samoa Joe (c) vs. Fénix for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: The End June 8, 2016 Full Sail University Winter Park, Florida Samoa Joe (c) vs. Jay Lethal in a steel cage for the NXT Championship.
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II August 20, 2016 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York Jay Lethal (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Toronto November 19, 2016 Air Canada Center Toronto, Canada Jay Lethal (c) vs. Tama Tonga for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: San Antonio January 28, 2017 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio, Texas Jay Lethal (c) vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship
NXT TakeOver: Orlando April 1, 2017 Amway Center Orlando, Florida Jay Lethal (c) vs. Kota Ibushi for the NXT Championship

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