WWE NXT initially began as a wrestling show in which eight current WWE Superstars would mentor eight rookies. The rookies would compete in matches and contests, with one being eliminated each week via a judge poll and fan reaction, until only one contestant remained. The prize for winning the contest changed each season.

The first season saw the debuts of many future WWE mainstays. Future World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan made his WWE debut this season. Joining him were future Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel, future Tag Team Champion David Otunga, and future Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett. Skip Sheffield, another contestant, would one day find success wrestling as a different character known as Ryback. The only contestant from the first season who is currently not employed by WWE was Michael Tarver. Wade Barrett won the competition, which allowed him to challenge Randy Orton for the WWE Championship later that year.

Season Two's contestants weren't so lucky. Out of the eight men, only four wound up on WWE programming afterward. The season's own winner, Kaval, had a lackluster run on the main roster before being released. Alex Riley, Husky Harris, and Michael McGillicutty all had small runs of varying importance before being reduced to being rarely seen. Titus Oneil would wind up on WWE Smackdown himself, but that was after participating in a later season of NXT.

Season Three focused on six female contestants, all but one of which have ended up on the main roster in some capacity or another. From Season Four, only Brodus Clay and Johnny Curtis have ended up on WWE programming. Season Five never finished, as WWE changed the format of the show before the season could be resolved.

The show now exists as a minor league companion to WWE's other shows, with filming based primarily in Florida. It features young developing talent both wrestling with and against current WWE Superstars.

Wednesday 8:00 PM et/pt on Syfy
12 Seasons, 471 Episodes
January 11, 2011
Cast: Darren Matthews, Drake Wuertz, Matt Polinsky, Nick McNeil
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WWE NXT Full Episode Guide

  • NXT North American Champion Ricochet defends his crown against a mystery challenger hand-selected by NXT General Manager William Regal. Plus, EC3 takes on Undisputed ERA’s Bobby Fish in a grudge match, Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano look ahead to next week's Steel Cage Match, and much more.

  • After a successful night at NXT TakeOver: WarGames II, NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa returns with more bragging rights than ever. As he prepares to have the NXT Universe “follow his lead,” what does Mr. Sports-Entertainment have planned?

  • Secure the ring and bar the door, because two of NXT’s biggest and strongest Superstars, “Limitless” Keith Lee and “The Freak” Lars Sullivan, are set for battle on this week’s edition of WWE NXT, emanating from San Jose, Calif.

  • As the smoke of NXT TakeOver: WarGames II clears, tension still billows around the black-and-gold brand. After the chaos that surrounded Aleister Black’s emphatic return, Nikki Cross and Candice LeRae are finally set to throw down in a match that has retribution written all over it.

  • It's NXT TakeOver: War Games II from Los Angeles!

  • Before NXT TakeOver: WarGames II goes down, Kyle O’Reilly of The Undisputed ERA will face a member from the team of Pete Dunne, Ricochet & The War Raiders in a high-stakes main event for the WarGames advantage. Plus, Mia Yim takes on The EST of NXT.

  • Velveteen Dream faces off with an incensed Lars Sullivan, who seeks to send a message to NXT General Manager William Regal. Plus, Johnny Gargano promises to explain the motive behind his shocking attack on Aleister Black.

  • This Halloween could turn into a scary experience for Undisputed ERA’s Adam Cole & Bobby Fish as they get set to battle The War Raiders, the team whose NXT Tag Team Title opportunity Fish ruined two weeks ago, tonight on WWE Network.

  • Aleister Black’s shocking return produced questions that need answers. Plus, NXT General Manager William Regal readies a major announcement for TakeOver: WarGames, involving the coveted NXT Championship.

  • In a double main event, War Raiders challenge Undisputed ERA and Bianca Belair battles Nikki Cross!

  • For the first time ever, the NXT North American Title will be defended in a Triple Threat Match, as Ricochet, Adam Cole and Pete Dunne slug it out for the championship. Also, Keith Lee rumbles with Kona Reeves, plus much more.

  • After ambushing EC3 in the locker room last month, Lars Sullivan will come face-to-face with The Top One Percent inside the ring in what is sure to be an all-out brawl between two of NXT’s strongest sluggers.

  • NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa returns to in-ring competition

  • NXT North American Champion Ricochet and WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne waged war in a mind-blowing Champion vs. Champion Match, but interference by Undisputed ERA robbed both Superstars of finding out who was the better man.

  • Nikki Cross collides with Bianca Belair

  • Johnny Gargano looks to become Johnny Wrestling once again as he takes on Velveteen Dream!

  • Ricochet and Pete Dunne team up to do battle with the Undisputed ERA in tag team action!

  • Pete Dunne defends the WWE United Kingdom Championship against Zack Gibson! Plus, all of the fallout from a monumental night at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 4!

  • It's NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 on SummerSlam weekend!

  • Bate and Strong face off on final stop before TakeOver

  • Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black collide

  • After last week’s shocking ending, the new NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa addresses the NXT Universe.

  • The NXT Championship is on the line, when Aleister Black defends the title against Tommaso Ciampa!

  • Candice LeRae, Kairi Sane, and Nikki Cross face off in a Triple Threat Match to determine the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.

  • Can Bate & Seven stay atop the mountain as NXT Tag Team Champions?

  • Johnny Gargano looks to reset against EC3.

  • After defeating Lars Sullivan at NXT Takeover Chicago, NXT Champion Aleister Black returns to Full Sail Live. Also, after a big night at Royal Albert Hall, Moustache Mountain returns to NXT.

  • Following NXT TakeOver: Chicago II, which saw a Street Fight for the ages, landmark title defenses and matches that absolutely blew the NXT Universe away, witness the fallout tonight on WWE Network. Plus, Dakota Kai clashes with Bianca Belair, and War Raiders battle The Mighty.

  • It's NXT TakeOver: Chicago on WWE Money in the Bank weekend!

  • Days Before NXT Takeover Chicago, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne defends his title against The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly. NXT Champion Aleister Black addresses the NXT Universe while EC3, Bianca Belair and the War Raiders are all in action.

  • Tommaso Ciampa is live at Full Sail to address his Chicago Street Fight at Takeover!

  • Dakota Kai challenges Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship!

  • After interfering last week on NXT, Lars Sullivan takes on both Ricochet and Velveteen Dream in a Handicap Match.

  • The Undisputed ERA clashes with Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch in NXT''s main event.

  • Kassius Ohno challenges Tommaso Ciampa in the main event of NXT!

  • After being double crossed at Takeover: New Orleans, Pete Dunne looks for vengeance against Roderick Strong in the main event!

  • Johnny Gargano challenges Aleister Black for the NXT Championship!

  • After being reinstated at Takeover: New Orleans, Johnny Gargano returns to NXT!

  • After an unforgettable Takeover, NXT continues with action from New Orleans!

  • It's NXT TakeOver: New Orleans on WrestleMania weekend!

  • The Authors of Pain take on Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne in the Finals for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

  • The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues with Semi-Finals action! Plus, William Regal has a groundbreaking announcement!

  • NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon returns to in ring action to face off against Aliyah. Plus, the 2018 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues with Round 1 action.

  • The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues with a pair of first round match-ups. Plus, Pete Dunne defends the United Kingdom Championship against Adam Cole.

  • The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic returns!

  • Kairi Sane takes on Shayna Baszler in an epic rematch from the Mae Young Classic Tournament!

  • Johnny Gargano risks his NXT career in an NXT Title Match against Andrade “Cien” Almas.

  • Ember Moon defends the NXT Women's Championship against Shayna Baszler in a rematch from Takeover: Philadelphia.

  • After a heartbreaking loss at NXT Takeover Philadelphia, Johnny Gargano appears live on NXT.

  • TM61 return to in ring action for the first time in nearly a year. Plus, all of the fallout from Takeover: Philadelphia.

  • Who will steal the show at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia?

  • With Takeover: Philadelphia just days away, Johnny Gargano puts his NXT Championship opportunity on the line against Velveteen Dream!

  • The Street Profits take on the Authors of Pain to decide the new #1 Contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championships.

  • The Undisputed ERA defends the NXT Tag Team Championships. Plus, witness the highly anticipated NXT in-ring debut of Shayna Baszler.

  • In a special extended episode, we look back at the Best of NXT in 2017!

  • As 2017 comes to a close, the #1 Contendership is on the line as Aleister Black, Killian Dain, Lars Sullivan, and Johnny Gargano battle in a Fatal 4 Way Match.

  • The Holidays come early when both the WWE United Kingdom Championship and the NXT Tag Team Championships are on the line!

  • Featuring Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole, NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce, and NXT Champion Andrade "Cien" Almas in action.

  • Zelina Vega presents the NXT Championship celebration of Andrade 'Cien' Almas. Ruby Riott and Sonya Deville meet in a No Holds Barred Match.

  • NXT invades San Antonio with a massive UK Tag Team match, as Tyler Bate & Trent Seven battle Mark Andrews & WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne!

  • After an unforgettable NXT Takeover: WarGames, the NXT action continues from Houston with WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne taking on Johnny Gargano!

  • It's NXT TakeOver: War Games from Houston, Texas!

  • NXT Champion Drew McIntyre and Andrade "Cien" Almas come face-to-face before their NXT Championship clash at NXT TakeOver: War Games.

  • The Undisputed ERA's Adam Cole looks for revenge when he takes on Roderick Strong!

  • The NXT Tag Team Championships are on the line when Sanity defends against the Authors of Pain!

  • The Women's Division of NXT competes in a Battle Royal to earn a spot at NXT Takeover Houston.

  • SAnitY looks for revenge when they battle Undisputed ERA in 6 Man Tag Team action!

  • Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce battle to see who will join Kairi Sane in a Fatal 4-Way Match for the NXT Women's Title at TakeOver: WarGames.

  • Drew McIntyre and Roderick Strong clash for the NXT Championship!

  • Adam Cole faces Eric Young in his NXT in ring debut!

  • What does the destructive trio of Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish have in store for NXT this week?

  • The United Kingdom Championship will be on the line when The Bruiserweight Pete Dunne defends his title against The Last King of Scotland Wolfgang.

  • The undefeated Asuka addresses the NXT Universe about her future.

  • Drew McIntyre returns from Brooklyn as the new NXT Champion.

  • Witness the fallout from last Saturday night's NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III.

  • NXT takes center stage on SummerSlam weekend for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

  • With NXT Takeover Brooklyn only days away, Drew McIntyre battles Roderick Strong in the main event!

  • With less than two weeks to go from NXT Takeover Brooklyn, Bobby Roode stands face to face with Drew McIntyre.

  • Johnny Gargano returns to in ring action!

  • Hideo Itami takes on his one-time friend Kassius Ohno in our main event!

  • Drew McIntyre takes on Killian Dain to decide the #1 Contender for the NXT Championship.

  • Johnny Gargano returns to Full Sail for the first time since Tommaso Ciampa's shocking double cross at Takeover: Chicago.

  • The NXT Championship is on the line as Bobby Roode defends the Title against the emotionally driven Roderick Strong.

  • Asuka defends the NXT Women's Championship against Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match!

  • Two of NXT's hottest Superstars go one-on-one for the first time ever, as Kassius Ohno battles Aleister Black in the main event!

  • Will Asuka’s NXT Women's Championship reign survive this week's Triple Threat Elimination Match?

  • Featuring Hideo Itami in action against Oney Lorcan and SAnitY's Killian Dain one-on-one with No Way Jose.

  • Roderick Strong and Kassius Ohno team up to take on SAnitY in our main event!

  • What's in store for the NXT Universe following this past Saturday's NXT TakeOver: Chicago?

  • Which NXT superstars will change the game at NXT TakeOver: Chicago?

  • What will happen only 3 days before this Saturday's NXT TakeOver: Chicago?

  • Will it be Hideo Itami or Roderick Strong who challenges NXT Champion Bobby Roode at NXT Takeover: Chicago?

  • The #1 Contender for the NXT Women's Championship will be decided when the Women's Division competes in a Battle Royal!

  • Twenty-year-old prodigy Tyler Bate puts up the WWE United Kingdom Championship against Gentleman Jack Gallagher.

  • NXT Champion Bobby Roode addresses the NXT Universe for the first time since defeating Shinsuke Nakamura at Takeover: Orlando.

  • This week, two-time NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura bids farewell to the NXT Universe.

  • After a memorable TakeOver: Orlando event Saturday night, what’s next for NXT?

  • It's NXT TakeOver: Orlando on WrestleMania Weekend!

  • Kassius Ohno and Elias Samson clash in a Loser Leaves NXT match, only days before NXT TakeOver: Orlando on WrestleMania weekend.

  • SAnitY will be put to the test when the frightening faction faces Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose & Roderick Strong in a huge Six-Man Tag Team Match.

  • Bobby Roode and Kassius Ohno clash for the NXT Championship!

  • After being sidelined with an injured knee during his NXT Title Match against Bobby Roode at TakeOver: San Antonio, Shinsuke Nakamura makes his long-awaited in-ring return.

  • Two huge championship matches headline this week's edition of NXT!

  • NXT Women’s Champion Asuka will find out who her next challenger will be when Ember Moon, Liv Morgan and Peyton Royce battle in a Triple Threat No. 1 Contender’s Match.

  • History will be made on this week's episode of NXT, as the WWE United Kingdom Championship will be defended for the first time ever.

  • The Bobby Roode era begins with a GLORIOUS celebration!

  • Witness all the fallout from NXT TakeOver: San Antonio!

  • NXT invades Texas for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio!

  • All four competitors in the NXT Women’s Championship match come face to face in the first ever Fatal 4 Way Face Off!

  • NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode sign the contract for their TakeOver: San Antonio showdown.

  • NXT returns to Full Sail University with a rematch between the NXT Tag Team Champions #DIY vs. The Revival.

  • In a special two-hour edition of NXT, see Superstars like TM61, Buddy Murphy and Billie Kay return home to Australia, along with a brutal Steel Cage Match between NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe.

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WWE NXT Video Clips & Extras

The One And Only Clip (01:09) Aleister Black vs Johnny Gargano Recap Clip (05:26) Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream Preview Clip (03:21) Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano Preview Clip (03:34) NXT WarGames Preview Clip (03:51)