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WWE NXT
WWE Show
PromotionWWE
Opening Theme"Wild and Young" by American Bang
(Seasons 1–2, 4–5)
"You Make The Rain Fall" by Kevin Rudolf
"Welcome Home" by Coheed and Cambria
(Season 6)
"Roar of the Crowd" by CFO$
(February 27, 2014 - 2016)
"Resistance" by Powerflo
(May 23, 2017 - Present)
No. of episodes114 (as of September 4, 2014)
Original RunFebruary 23, 2010 - June 2012
Original NXT
June 20, 2012 – Present
Reboot NXT


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

While its primary purpose is to serve as a developmental division for WWE, NXT has come to be viewed by wrestling writers and fans as its own distinct entity - effectively serving as a third brand complementing Raw and SmackDown.

Originally holding its shows primarily in the Orlando, Florida area, NXT expanded its reach as time has gone on, having embarked on national and international tours, being praised for its high quality of wrestling, 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.

The show originally made its debut on Syfy in February 2010, replacing ECW.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.

History

Beginnings

In August 2012, WWE ceased operating Florida Championship Wrestling, its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida, and began running all of its developmental events and operations at Full Sail University under the "WWE NXT" 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.

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. Eventually, WWE scheduled more live two-hour special events, which have since become a regular fixture on WWE Network.

Expansion

In 2015, NXT promoted its first live events outside of Florida, with an event that was held in March in Columbus, Ohio. In August of that year, NXT held their first TakeOver show outside of Full Sail with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and in December, held their first international TakeOver event with NXT TakeOver: London. By 2016, NXT was running approximately 200 shows per year between the U.S. and overseas.

Controversies

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. Meanwhile, other ex-trainees like Briley Pierce, Derrick Bateman, and independent wrestler Terra Calaway also made allegations in 2015, while previous allegations made in 2013 by Chad Baxter and Chase Donovan were also noted. They accused DeMott of making trainees perform dangerous drills, physically assaulting and bullying trainees, using homophobic and racial slurs amongst other derogatory terms, and condoning sexual harassment. 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. On March 6, 2015, DeMott denied the allegations but resigned from WWE "to avoid any embarrassment or damage" to the company.

Themes

  • "Wild and Young" by American Bang (Seasons 1–2, 4–5)
  • "You Make The Rain Fall" by Kevin Rudolf
  • "Welcome Home" by Coheed and Cambria (Season 6)
  • "Roar of the Crowd" by CFO$ (February 27, 2014 - 2016)
  • "Resistance" by Powerflo (May 23, 2017 - Present)


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