NXT Heritage Cup

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NXT Heritage Cup
The NXT Heritage Cup trophy
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandNXT UK
(2020–2022)
NXT
(2023–present)
Date establishedSeptember 10, 2020
Current champion(s)Tony D’Angelo
Date wonMay 14, 2024
Other name(s)
  • NXT UK Heritage Cup
    (2020–2022)
  • NXT Heritage Cup
    (2023–present)
Statistics
First champion(s)A-Kid
Most reignsNoam Dar
(3 reigns)
Longest reignNoam Dar
(2nd reign, 341 days)[a]
Shortest reignMark Coffey
(14 days)[b]
Oldest championMark Coffey
(32 years, 130 days)
Youngest championA-Kid
(23 years, 201 days)
Heaviest championTony D'Angelo
(250 lb (113 kg))
Lightest championA-Kid
(154 lb (70 kg))

The NXT Heritage Cup is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE. It is a specialized championship for men of NXT, the promotion's developmental brand. The title is defended just like any other championship but has a special stipulation in which all matches are contested under British Rounds Rules. The current champion is Tony D'Angelo, who is in his first reign. He won the title by defeating previous champion Charlie Dempsey by 2–1 on the May 14, 2024, episode of NXT.

Unveiled on September 10, 2020, as the NXT UK Heritage Cup, it was originally established as a secondary championship for the NXT UK brand, which was a sister brand of NXT based in the United Kingdom. The inaugural champion was A-Kid. At Worlds Collide on September 4, 2022, all other NXT UK championships were unified into their respective NXT championship counterparts due to the closure of NXT UK. The Heritage Cup, however, was the only championship from either brand that was not contested at the event. The title then saw months of inactivity until April 2023 when reigning champion Noam Dar brought the Cup with him to NXT, with it in turn becoming an NXT championship.

History[edit]

Inaugural champion A-Kid

On September 10, 2020, the American professional wrestling promotion WWE announced the relaunch of the United Kingdom-based NXT UK brand, following a production hiatus since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Along with the relaunch, the promotion announced the NXT UK Heritage Cup tournament to crown the inaugural NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion. The announcement also revealed that the Heritage Cup would be defended just like any other championship, but all matches would be contested under British Rounds Rules.[2][3][4]

Only seven of the eight competitors for the tournament were revealed during the initial announcement: "Flash" Morgan Webster, Noam Dar, Alexander Wolfe, A-Kid, Dave Mastiff, Trent Seven, and Joseph Conners.[2][5] The eighth competitor was determined on the October 1 episode of NXT UK in a triple threat match in which Kenny Williams defeated Ashton Smith and Amir Jordan to win the final spot.[6] The tournament itself also began on October 1 and took place across episodes of NXT UK.[2] The final aired on tape delay on November 26 where A-Kid defeated Seven to become the inaugural champion (the date the episode was taped is unknown).[7]

In August 2022, WWE announced that NXT UK would go on hiatus after the Worlds Collide event on September 4, and the brand would relaunch as NXT Europe at a later time.[8] At Worlds Collide, all NXT UK championships were retired after they were unified into their respective American-based NXT championship counterparts. The Heritage Cup was the only title from either brand to not be contested at the event.[9] The last match for the title occurred during the July 7, 2022, taping of NXT UK, which aired on tape delay on August 25, where Noam Dar became a two-time Heritage Cup Champion.[10][11] Following this, the title saw months of inactivity until the April 4, 2023, episode of NXT when Dar, with the Heritage Cup, made his NXT debut. He stated he would defend the title when he sees fit.[12] The title was subsequently renamed to NXT Heritage Cup, with the first NXT defense of the championship coming at NXT Battleground on May 28, which was also the first time the title was defended in the United States.[13]

After Charlie Dempsey won the Heritage Cup in February 2024, his stable, No Quarter Catch Crew, announced the "Catch Clause", where the stable as a whole called themselves as the Heritage Cup Champions and that any member of the stable (Dempsey, Drew Gulak, Damon Kemp and Myles Borne) could defend the Cup but WWE only recognized Dempsey as the official champion.[14] The Catch Clause was first invoked on the March 19 episode of NXT, with Gulak defeating Chase University's Riley Osborne 2–1.[15]

British Rounds Rules[edit]

  • Matches consist of six three-minute rounds with 20-second breaks between each round.
  • Matches are 2-out-of-3 falls.
  • Falls can be won by pinfall, submission, or countout.
  • Once a fall occurs, the round ends.
  • The match ends once a wrestler has won two falls.
  • In the event of a disqualification or knockout, the match instantly ends without the need for two falls.
  • If all six rounds are completed, whoever is ahead on falls wins the match.[2]

Inaugural tournament[edit]

Quarterfinals
NXT UK
Aired: October 1–22, 2020
Semifinals
NXT UK
Aired: November 5–12, 2020
Final
NXT UK
Aired: November 26, 2020
         
Alexander Wolfe[Note 1] 1
Noam Dar 2[6]
Noam Dar 1
A-Kid 2[19]
A-Kid 2[16]
Flash Morgan Webster 1
A-Kid 2[7]
Trent Seven 1
Dave Mastiff KO[17]
Joseph Conners
Dave Mastiff 1
Trent Seven 2[20]
Trent Seven 2[18]
Kenny Williams 1
  1. ^ Pete Dunne was the special guest referee

2021 Contender tournament[edit]

First round
NXT UK
August 12, 2021 – September 9, 2021
Semifinals
NXT UK
September 16, 2021 – September 23, 2021
Final
NXT UK
October 7, 2021
         
Mark Andrews 1
Noam Dar 2
Noam Dar 2
Kenny Williams 1
Oliver Carter 1
Kenny Williams 2
Noam Dar 2
Wolfgang 1
Wolfgang 2
Sam Gradwell 1
Wolfgang 2
Teoman 1
Nathan Frazer 1
Teoman 2

Heritage Cup trophy design[edit]

Unlike other professional wrestling championships, the Heritage Cup is represented by a trophy instead of a title belt. The trophy itself is a silver cup, the front of which has a gold shield-shaped plaque that has a vertical NXT logo and below it the text "Heritage Cup". Below the cup is a physical representation of what was formerly the NXT UK logo, which is modeled after the United Kingdom's royal coat of arms, featuring a lion and a horse (instead of the traditional unicorn) on either side of the arms in gold, with a red shield at the center which has a gold vertical NXT logo. A small WWE logo is affixed at the center of the X in both NXT logos. A gold banner below this also says "Heritage Cup". This all sits atop a wooden base that is circled in gold name plaques which notate the current and previous champions.[7]

Reigns[edit]

As of May 23, 2024, there have been eight reigns between six champions. A-Kid was the inaugural champion. Noam Dar has the most reigns at three and his second reign is the longest at 341 days; however, due to tape delay, WWE officially recognizes his second reign as lasting 292 days, but still the longest. Dar also has the longest combined reign at 790 days (739 days as recognized by WWE due to tape delay). Mark Coffey has the shortest reign at 14 days (42 days as recognized by WWE due to tape delay, but still the shortest). Coffey is also the oldest champion at 32 years old, while A-Kid is the youngest at 23.

Tony D'Angelo is the current champion in his first reign. He defeated Charlie Dempsey by 2–1 on the May 14, 2024, episode of NXT in Orlando, Florida.

Name Years
NXT UK Heritage Cup September 10, 2020 – April 18, 2023
NXT Heritage Cup April 18, 2023 – present
Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
N/A Unknown information
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
WWE: NXT UK
1 A-Kid November 26, 2020
(air date)
NXT UK London, England 1 N/A 174 Defeated Trent Seven 2–1 in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on November 26, 2020, and ending on May 20, 2021, when the matches aired on tape delay. The actual dates the matches took place are unknown.
[21]
2 Tyler Bate May 20, 2021
(air date)
NXT UK London, England 1 N/A 160 Won 1–0.
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on May 20, 2021, and ending on October 28, 2021, when the matches aired on tape delay. The actual date of when the title change took place is unknown.
[22]
3 Noam Dar October 6, 2021 NXT UK London, England 1 260 258 Won 2–1 after Bate's partner, Trent Seven, who was ringside, accidentally threw in the towel.
WWE recognizes Dar's reign as beginning on October 28, 2021, and ending on July 14, 2022, when the matches aired on tape delay.
[23]
4 Mark Coffey June 23, 2022 NXT UK London, England 1 14 42 Won 2–1. Sha Samuels was banned from ringside.
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on July 14, 2022, and ending on August 25, 2022, when the matches aired on tape delay.
[24]
5 Noam Dar July 7, 2022 NXT UK London, England 2 341 292 Won 2–1.
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on August 25, 2022, when the match aired on tape delay.
Following Worlds Collide in September 2022, the Cup saw months of inactivity until it was brought back on the April 4, 2023, episode of NXT, thus transferring the Cup to NXT and was subsequently renamed to NXT Heritage Cup.
[10][12]
WWE: NXT
6 Nathan Frazer June 13, 2023 NXT Orlando, FL 1 70 69 Defeated Oro Mensah 2–1, who wrestled on behalf of Noam Dar due to Dar suffering an injury. [25]
7 Noam Dar August 22, 2023 NXT:
Heatwave
Orlando, FL 3 189 189 Won 2–1. [26]
8 Charlie Dempsey February 27, 2024 NXT Orlando, FL 1 77 76 Won 2–1.
At NXT: Roadblock, No Quarter Catch Crew (Dempsey, Drew Gulak, Myles Borne, and Damon Kemp) announced the "Catch Clause" where any member of the stable could defend the Cup, but only Dempsey is recognized as champion. The Catch Clause was invoked on the March 19 episode of NXT, where Gulak defeated Chase University's Riley Osborne 2–1.
[27][14][15]
9 Tony D'Angelo May 14, 2024 NXT Orlando, FL 1 9+ 9+ Won 2–1.
While Dempsey invoked the Catch Clause, he was forced to defend the Cup himself as his No Quarter Catch Crew stablemates Myles Borne and Damon Kemp were (kayfabe) kidnapped by The D'Angelo Family stable prior to the match.
[28]

Combined reigns[edit]

As of May 23, 2024.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Noam Dar 3 790 739
2 A-Kid 1 N/A[c] 174
3 Tyler Bate 1 N/A[d] 160
4 Charlie Dempsey 1 77 76
5 Nathan Frazer 1 70 69
6 Mark Coffey 1 14 42
7 Tony D'Angelo 1 9+

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ WWE officially recognizes 292 days due to tape delay.
  2. ^ WWE officially recognizes 42 days due to tape delay.
  3. ^ The actual number is undeterminable as both tape dates of when he won and lost the title are unknown.
  4. ^ The actual number is undeterminable as the tape date of when he won the title is unknown.

References[edit]

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