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
11 Seasons, 410 Episodes
February 23, 2010
Cast: Darren Matthews, Matt Polinsky, Matthew Kaye, Danilo Anfibio
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WWE NXT Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • Don’t miss a special two-hour edition of WWE NXT, featuring matches from NXT’s Japan debut with Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Tajiri, Asuka, #DIY and more!

  • A new challenger to the coveted NXT Championship will be determined this week in a #1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way Match.

  • The NXT Championship is on the line, as Shinsuke Nakamura starts his second reign as champion by defending against Samoa Joe inside an unforgiving Steel Cage.

  • See the NXT Championship Match between Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe from Japan that has the NXT Universe buzzing!

  • No Way Jose brings the fight to SanitY€™s leader, Eric Young, in a must-see head-to-head showdown on NXT.

  • All the fallout from the historic NXT TakeOver: Toronto!

  • NXT invades Canada for NXT TakeOver: Toronto!

  • On the final episode of WWE NXT before TakeOver: Toronto, the rivalry between Cedric Alexander and Andrade “Cien” Almas reaches its boiling point when the two clash in singles action.

  • NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and No. 1 contender Samoa Joe meet to sign on the dotted line less than two weeks before they battle for the title at TakeOver: Toronto.

  • Eight teams do battle in the 2nd Round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!

  • The First Round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic concludes!

  • NXT€™s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues, as Team Aries takes on Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight. Who will join forces with Austin Aries to face their massive opponents?

  • SAnitY makes their highly anticipated NXT debut when they battle Bobby Roode & Tye Dillinger in the first round of the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

  • WWE NXT's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic kicks off this week!

  • After Asuka said no woman in NXT is ready to face her, Liv Morgan called the NXT Women's Champion out. Can the feisty New Jersey native hang tough and defeat The Empress of Tomorrow?

  • What€™s next for the NXT Title following Samoa Joe€™s attack on Shinsuke Nakamura?

  • Can No Way Jose stop Bobby Roode€™s glorious takeover of NXT?

  • NXT Women€™s Champion Asuka returns for the first time to NXT since TakeOver: Brooklyn II.

  • Shinsuke Nakamura returns for first time since winning NXT Championship!

  • Relive the epic matches and moments of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II! Plus, The Authors of Pain collide with TM61 in our main event!

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

  • On the final stop before NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II this Saturday, NXT Champion Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura meet for the final time before their huge NXT Championship clash.

  • Asuka and Bayley sign their NXT Women' Championship Match contract for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.

  • After much speculation and fanfare, former World Champion Bobby Roode finally makes his official entrance into NXT.

  • With NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn less than a month away, will a new No. 1 contender be named for Asuka' coveted NXT Women' Championship?

  • A New Era begins tonight, as three huge matchups take place on NXT’s “Fight Night.”

  • For the first time ever inside an NXT ring, Finn B¡lor and Shinsuke Nakamura square off in a dream matchup.

  • American Alpha get their rematch against NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.

  • Find out who will next step up to challenge NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival.

  • Featuring Shinsuke Nakamura and Bayley in action.

  • Witness the fallout from last week's historic NXT TakeOver: The End...

  • NXT TakeOver marks The End of The Beginning!

  • Just one week before they clash in NXT's first-ever Steel Cage Match, NXT Champion Samoa Joe and Finn B¡lor sit down with Corey Graves for what is sure to be a tense interview.

  • NXT Women's Champion Asuka will find out who the new #1 Contender for the Title will be.

  • Former NXT Women' Champion Bayley faces Nia Jax for the first time since their epic battle at Takeover: London.

  • Finn B¡lor makes his first appearance since his 292-day reign as NXT Champion was ended by Samoa Joe. How will B¡lor react?

  • Austin Aries is out to show the NXT Universe why he is "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived", this week on NXT.

  • Don't miss your chance to see Samoa Joe's shocking NXT Championship victory over Finn B¡lor!

  • Enzo and Cass take on American Alpha for the first time ever! Plus, Samoa Joe does battle with Apollo Crews in the Main Event!

  • NXT' newest Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura is in action in the main event this week on NXT!

  • Featuring Apollo Crews vs. Elias Samson and highlights from NXT TakeOver: Dallas!

  • It's NXT TakeOver: Dallas LIVE on WrestleMania weekend!

  • Just two days before NXT TakeOver: Dallas and his long-awaited rematch with NXT Champion Finn B'álor, Samoa Joe will step in the ring with Bull Dempsey.

  • The #1 contender to the NXT Women's Championship, Asuka, is in action against Emma, this week on NXT.

  • This week on NXT, American Alpha and The Vaudevillains square off in a #1 Contenders' Match.

  • Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn battle for the right to face NXT Champion Finn B'álor at NXT TakeOver: Dallas.

  • NXT Champion Finn B'álor faces one of his toughest tests to date when he takes on The Man That Gravity Forgot, Neville.

  • NXT Women's Champion Bayley & Carmella will be looking for payback when they battle Eva Marie & Nia Jax this week on NXT.

  • After the controversial Triple Threat Match, Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe will square off this week in a No. 1 Contender's Match.

  • For the first time ever, NXT emanates from the CFE Arena as Carmella takes on NXT Women's Champion Bayley for the title.

  • This week, Apollo Crews gets the non-title match he demanded against NXT Champion Finn B'álor.

  • This week on NXT, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin and Samoa Joe square off in a Triple Threat Match to determine the No. 1 Contender to the NXT Championship. Who will be Finn B'álor's next challenger?

  • One week before their Triple Threat #1 Contenders match, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin and Samoa Joe each step into singles action here on NXT.

  • The women of NXT compete in a Battle Royal to determine the No. 1 Contender to the NXT Women's Title.

  • It's Part 2 of The Best of NXT 2015!

  • Featuring Part 1 of The Best of NXT 2015!

  • After months of grueling rehab, Sami Zayn returns to in-ring action this week on NXT!

  • NXT invades London, England for a historic NXT TakeOver!

  • Only one more week to go until NXT TakeOver: London, what will happen when NXT Champion Finn Balor and challenger Samoa Joe collide in NXT's tag team main event?

  • Samoa Joe looks to send a message to champion Finn B'álor when he takes on hard-hitting Tommaso Ciampa.

  • Don't miss a huge episode of NXT, featuring matches for the NXT Women's and Tag Team Titles!

  • This week on NXT, Bayley defends her NXT Women's Championship against Alexa Bliss.

  • The Vaudevillains put their NXT Tag Team Championships on the line against the upstart team of Dash & Dawson.

  • The undefeated Apollo Crews challenges Finn B'álor for the NXT Championship.

  • Samoa Joe and Tyler Breeze settle the score this week on WWE NXT!

  • After an unsuccessful partnership in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Baron Corbin and Rhyno go head to head in our main event!

  • NXT Champion Finn B'álor's next challenger will be determined in a No. 1 Contender's Battle Royal this week on NXT!

  • History is made at NXT TakeOver: Respect as Bayley and Sasha Banks main event in a 30 minute Iron Man match for the NXT Women's Championship!

  • The last spot in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic semifinals is up for grabs when Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady clash with Finn B'álor & Samoa Joe.

  • NXT Tag Team Champions The Vaudevillains defend their titles against former champions Blake & Murphy in a TakeOver: Brooklyn rematch this week!

  • This week on NXT, Bayley makes her first appearance since capturing the NXT Women's Title in Brooklyn. How will the new champion's reign begin?

  • Main Event: Kevin Owens vs. Neville

  • Main Event: Kevin Owens vs. Neville

  • Main Event: Chad Gable & Jason Jordan vs. Solomon Crowe & Neville

  • NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn Pre-Show

  • Main Event: Samoa Joe vs. Steve Cutler

  • Main Event: Bayley vs. Becky Lynch for the No. 1 Contendership to the NXT Women's Championship

  • Main Event: Samoa Joe vs. Rhyno

  • The Vaudevillains get their shot at NXT Tag-Team Champions Blake & Murphy

  • This week, new NXT Champion Finn B'álor makes his first appearance since capturing the title in Tokyo. What will the demonic Superstar have to say?

  • Main Event: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte for the NXT Women's Championship.

  • Samoa Joe vs. Axel Tucker

  • Main Event: Samoa Joe & Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens & Rhyno

  • Main Event: Finn Balor vs. Rhyno

  • Main event: NXT Champion Kevin Owens vs Samoa Joe

  • Main event: Samoa Joe vs. Scott Dawson

  • Main event: Finn Balor vs. Rhyno

  • Main event: NXT Champion Kevin Owens vs. Solomon Crowe

  • NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable

  • Main Event: Finn Balor & Hideo Itami vs. Adam Rose & Tyler Breeze

  • Main Event: Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze

  • Sami Zayn finally got his hands on Kevin Owens last week in an all-out brawl! Can the two bitter rivals be contained this week?

  • NXT Champion Sami Zayn takes on Rhino. Plus, Dana Brooke makes her much anticipated NXT debut!

  • See exclusive matches from WrestleMania Axxess and go behind the scenes as Hideo Itami prepares for his WrestleMania debut!

  • This week on WWE NXT, the rivalry between Hideo Itami and Tyler Breeze reaches its boiling point when they battle in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.

  • This week on NXT, No. 1 Contender Finn B'álor finally gets his opportunity at Kevin Owens' NXT Championship.

  • Main Event: Kevin Owens vs. Alex Riley

  • Alex Riley steps out from behind the announcers' table to get back in the squared circle, as he takes on CJ Parker. How will A-Ry fare in his first match back?

  • This week on NXT, Charlotte tries to reclaim the NXT Women's Championship from the Diva who pinned her at TakeOver: Rival, Sasha Banks.

  • Hideo Itami, The Lucha Dragons and Baron Corbin are all in action this week on NXT. Plus, don't miss the return of a very confident former WWE Superstar, as he stops by NXT to take on Finn Balor!

  • Witness all the fallout from last week's epic NXT TakeOver: Rival!

  • NXT Takeover IV

  • Main Event: Finn Balor vs. Hideo Itami in a NXT Championship #1 contender's match.

  • Main Event: NXT Tag Team Champions Sin Cara & Kalisto defend their belts against Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake.

  • Last week, NXT Champion Sami Zayn was once again on the receiving end of a vicious powerbomb from Kevin Owens. How will Zayn react?

  • Main Event: NXT Champion Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville for the NXT Title (Rematch).

  • Main Event: NXT Champion Sami Zayn defends his tittle against Adrian Neville.

  • Which NXT Superstars and Divas will be poppin' champagne bottles in victory on this New Year's Day edition of NXT? Tune in to find out!

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