The NXT Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned by WWE and is competed for in NXT, WWE's developmental territory. The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute worked finishes.
The championship was first introduced on the July 1, 2012 edition of NXT when NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes announced a "Gold Rush" tournament, featuring 4 developmental roster NXT Superstars and 4 main roster WWE Superstars 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.
The inaugural champion was Seth Rollins. The oldest champion is Bobby Roode, winning the title at 39 years old, while the youngest champion is Bo Dallas, winning the title at 22 years old. Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Bálor, and Karrion Kross all tied the record for most reigns at two each. Kross also has the record for the shortest reign at 4 days (3 days as recognized by WWE). Adam Cole has the longest reign at 396 days (403 days as recognized by WWE).
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- Champion history - History of the wrestlers who have held the belt.
- Title matches - Matches in which the title was defended.
- Champion gallery - A gallery of all champions.