NXT Women's Championship

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NXT Women's Championship
The current NXT Women's Championship belt with default side plates
(2022–present)
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandNXT
Date establishedApril 5, 2013
Current champion(s)Roxanne Perez
Date wonApril 6, 2024
Statistics
First champion(s)Paige
Most reigns2 reigns:
Longest reignAsuka
(510 days)[b]
Shortest reignIndi Hartwell
(31 days)
Oldest championShayna Baszler
(38 years, 81 days)
Youngest championPaige
(20 years, 307 days)
Heaviest championRaquel González
(176 lbs (80 kg))
Lightest championKairi Sane
(115 lbs (52 kg))

The NXT Women's Championship is a women's professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE. It is defended on NXT, the promotion's developmental brand. The current champion is Roxanne Perez, who is in her record-tying second reign. She won the title by defeating Lyra Valkyria at Stand & Deliver on April 6, 2024.

Introduced on April 5, 2013, the inaugural champion was Paige. In September 2019, the promotion began promoting NXT as its "third brand" when the NXT television program was moved to the USA Network. Two years later, however, NXT reverted to its original function as WWE's developmental brand. In 2020, the NXT Women's Championship became the first and so far only NXT championship to be selected by a Royal Rumble match winner, subsequently being the first and so far only NXT championship to be defended at a WrestleMania at WrestleMania 36. In September 2022, the NXT UK Women's Championship was unified into the NXT Women's Championship.

History[edit]

The inaugural NXT Women's Champion Paige, shown here with the original championship belt design (2013–2017)

In June 2012, WWE established NXT as their developmental territory, replacing Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). The following year on April 5, the NXT Women's Championship was introduced during WrestleMania Axxess. On the May 30 tapings of NXT (aired June 5), WWE's Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon announced that there would be an eight-woman single-elimination tournament, featuring four women from NXT and four from WWE's main roster competing to be crowned the first NXT Women's Champion.[1][2][3] During the June 20 tapings of NXT (aired July 24), Paige defeated Emma in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.[4]

Paige successfully defended her title at Arrival against Emma. Then-NXT General Manager, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, stripped Paige of the title on the April 24, 2014, episode of NXT, as Paige had recently won the WWE Divas Championship, and was in turn promoted to WWE's main roster. A new tournament began the following week. The finals occurred at TakeOver where Charlotte defeated Natalya to win the vacant NXT Women's Championship. On the September 16, 2015, episode of NXT, now NXT General Manager William Regal announced that Bayley would defend her title against Sasha Banks in the main event at TakeOver: Respect on October 7 in the first-ever 30-minute Iron Woman match in WWE history.[5] At the event, Bayley defeated Banks to retain the championship, scoring the win with 3 falls to 2.[6][7]

Although NXT had been established as WWE's developmental territory, WWE began promoting it as their "third brand" in September 2019 when NXT was moved to the USA Network. This subsequently made the NXT Women's Championship one of the top three singles titles for women in WWE, along with the Raw Women's Championship—which had replaced the Divas title in 2016—and the SmackDown Women's Championship (these two titles would be renamed as WWE Women's Championship and Women's World Championship, respectively, in June 2023).[8] This was validated in 2020; first, Charlotte Flair (previously known as just Charlotte) won the 2020 Women's Royal Rumble and chose to challenge for the NXT Women's Championship at WrestleMania 36, becoming the first Royal Rumble winner to challenge for an NXT title, and secondly, the title became the first NXT championship to be defended at a WrestleMania where during WrestleMania 36 Part 2, Flair defeated defending champion Rhea Ripley to win her record-tying second NXT Women's Championship.[9] However, WWE revamped NXT in September 2021 and returned the brand to its original function as a developmental territory.[10]

In January 2020, WWE briefly began referring to the women's championship as the "NXT Championship" to bring it on an equal level as the men's title,[11] though reverted to calling it the NXT Women's Championship soon after; it remained as NXT Women's Championship on the official title history during this time.[12]

In August 2022, WWE announced that the NXT UK brand would go on hiatus and would relaunch as NXT Europe at a later time.[13] As such, NXT UK's championship's were unified into their respective NXT championship counterparts. On September 4, 2022, at Worlds Collide, reigning NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose defeated NXT UK Women's Champion Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport in a triple threat match to unify the NXT UK Women's Championship into the NXT Women's Championship. Satomura was recognized as the final NXT UK Women's Champion, while Rose went forward as the unified NXT Women's Champion.[14]

Tournaments[edit]

Inaugural NXT Women's Championship tournament (2013)[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Tamina Snuka 4:00
Paige Pin
Paige Pin
Alicia Fox 4:44
Bayley 3:27
Alicia Fox Pin
Paige Pin
Emma 13:12
Sasha Banks 3:30
Summer Rae Pin
Summer Rae 4:25
Emma Pin
Emma Sub
Aksana 3:40

Second NXT Women's Championship tournament (2014)[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Bayley 3:58
Sasha Banks Sub
Sasha Banks 4:06
Natalya Sub
Layla 3:30
Natalya Sub
Natalya 16:49
Charlotte Pin
Alexa Bliss Pin
Alicia Fox 3:08
Alexa Bliss 5:01
Charlotte Pin
Charlotte Pin
Emma 3:50

Third NXT Women's Championship tournament (2023)[edit]

First round
NXT
(May 9–16, 2023)
Semifinals
NXT
(May 23, 2023)
Final
NXT Battleground
(May 28, 2023)
         
Gigi Dolin 4:29[15]
Tiffany Stratton Pin
Tiffany Stratton Pin
Roxanne Perez 9:39[17]
Jacy Jayne 9:06[16]
Roxanne Perez Pin
Tiffany Stratton Pin
Lyra Valkyria 16:01[18]
Lyra Valkyria Pin
Kiana James 8:51[15]
Lyra Valkyria Pin
Cora Jade 3:41[17]
Fallon Henley 5:05[16]
Cora Jade Pin


Belt designs[edit]

Sasha Banks with the original design of the NXT Women's Championship belt (2013–2017).

The original NXT Women's Championship belt featured an oval shaped silver center plate. At the top of the plate was the WWE logo. The center of the plate was the NXT logo encrusted with pink diamonds; red coloring was behind the letter "X". Above the NXT logo read "Women's" while below the logo read "Champion". There were two side plates, which were skinny and matched the curve of the center plate. The inner side plates were encrusted with pink diamonds, while the outer side plates were blank silver plates. The plates were on a black leather strap. When first introduced, the WWE logo was the long-standing scratch logo but in August 2014, all of WWE's pre-existing championships at the time received a minor update, changing the scratch logo to WWE's current logo that was originally used for the WWE Network that launched earlier that year in February.[19]

Ember Moon with the second design of the NXT Women's Championship belt (2017–2022).

On April 1, 2017, at WrestleMania Axxess, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that all of the existing NXT title belts at the time would be redesigned. The new title belts were unveiled at TakeOver: Orlando that same night and given to the winners of their respective matches. The redesigned women's championship featured a nearly identical design to the redesigned NXT Championship, including being on a black leather strap, but with a couple of notable differences. The belt was smaller to fit the women. The letters "NXT" on the center plate were silver instead of gold, while the rest of the plate was gold. One other difference was that a banner reading "Women's" was underneath the WWE logo. Coming in line with the majority of WWE's other championship belts, the new design featured side plates with a removable center section that could be customized with the champion's logo; the default plates featured the WWE logo.[20]

On April 2, 2022, during NXT's WrestleMania week event, Stand & Deliver, reigning champion Mandy Rose debuted a new belt design; it is largely similar to the previous version (2017–2022), but the silver behind the logo was replaced by multi-colored paint (matching the NXT 2.0 colorscheme) and the letters "N" and "T" on the center plate were updated to the font style of the NXT 2.0 logo. The default side plates were also updated, replacing the WWE logo with the NXT 2.0 logo. Coming in line with all other women's championships in WWE, the plates are on a white leather strap instead of black.[21] When "NXT 2.0" went back to being called "NXT" in September, the default side plates were updated with the new NXT logo.

Reigns[edit]

Record-tying two-time and current champion Roxanne Perez

As of May 21, 2024, there have been 20 reigns between 17 champions, and three vacancies. Paige was the inaugural champion. Asuka is the longest reigning champion at 510 days, beginning on April 1, 2016, and ending on August 24, 2017; however, WWE recognizes the reign as 522 days, with it ending on September 6, 2017, the date the episode in which she vacated the title aired on tape delay.[22]Indi Hartwell has the shortest reign at 31 days. Paige is the youngest champion, winning it at the age of 20, while Shayna Baszler is the oldest, winning the championship at 38. Baszler, Charlotte Flair, and Roxanne Perez are tied for the most reigns at two. Only three women have held the title for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more: Asuka, Shayna Baszler, and Mandy Rose.

Roxanne Perez is the current champion in her record-tying second reign. She defeated Lyra Valkyria at Stand & Deliver on April 6, 2024, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[23]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ She was known as just Charlotte during her first reign.
  2. ^ WWE officially recognizes Asuka's reign as 522 days due to tape delay.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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