NXT Women’s Championship
|NXT Women’s Championship|
|Date established||April 5, 2013|
|Current champion(s)||Mandy Rose|
|Date won||October 26, 2021|
The NXT Women’s Championship is a women’s professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE, defended on their NXT brand division. Introduced on April 5, 2013, the inaugural champion was Paige. The current champion is Mandy Rose, who is in her first reign.
At the time the title was established, NXT was a developmental territory for WWE. In September 2019, the promotion began promoting NXT as its “third brand” when the NXT television program was moved to the USA Network. However, NXT was rebranded two years later, which returned it to its original function as WWE’s developmental brand.
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. During the June 20 tapings of NXT (aired July 24), Paige defeated Emma in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.
Paige successfully defended her title at Arrival against Emma, however, 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. At the event, Bayley defeated Banks to retain the championship, scoring the win with 3 falls to 2.
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 also 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 replacing the Divas title in 2016—and SmackDown Women’s Championship. 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. WWE revamped NXT in 2021, rebranding it NXT 2.0, and returned it to its original function as a developmental brand.
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, 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.
Inaugural championship tournament (2013)
Second championship tournament (2014)
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.
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 features 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 is smaller to fit the women. The letters “NXT” on the center plate are silver instead of gold, while the rest of the plate is gold. One other difference is that a banner reading “Women’s” is underneath the WWE logo. Coming in line with the majority of WWE’s other championship belts, the new design features side plates with a removable center section that can be customized with the champion’s logo; the default plates feature the WWE logo.
On April 2, 2022, at NXT: Stand & Deliver (2022), champion Mandy Rose debuted a new belt design; it is similar to the previous version, but the silver behind the logo has been replaced by multi-coloured paint, inspired by the NXT 2.0 logo and branding. The new title is also on a white leather strap instead of the old black version.
As of April 3, 2022, there have been 14 reigns between 12 champions, and two 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 aired on tape delay. Kairi Sane holds the shortest reign at 71 days; however, WWE recognizes Charlotte Flair’s second reign as the shortest at 63 days due to tape delay (in reality, Flair held the title for either 73 or 74 days; the exact date that she won the title is unknown). Paige is the youngest champion, winning it at the age of 20, while Shayna Baszler is the oldest, winning the championship at 38. Baszler and Flair are tied for the most reigns at two.
|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|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Paige||June 20, 2013||NXT||Winter Park, FL||1||308||273||Defeated Emma in the finals of an eight-woman single-elimination tournament to become the inaugural champion. WWE recognizes Paige’s reign as beginning on July 24, 2013, when the episode aired on tape delay.|||
|—||Vacated||April 24, 2014||NXT||Baltimore, MD||—||—||—||NXT General Manager John “Bradshaw” Layfield stripped Paige of the title when she moved on to the main roster after winning the WWE Divas Championship.|||
|2||Charlotte||May 29, 2014||TakeOver||Winter Park, FL||1||258||258||Defeated Natalya in the finals of an eight-woman single-elimination tournament to win the vacant championship.|||
|3||Sasha Banks||February 11, 2015||TakeOver: Rival||Winter Park, FL||1||192||191||This was a fatal four-way match, also involving Bayley and Becky Lynch.|||
|4||Bayley||August 22, 2015||TakeOver: Brooklyn||Brooklyn, NY||1||223||223|||
|5||Asuka||April 1, 2016||TakeOver: Dallas||Dallas, TX||1||510||522||WWE recognizes Asuka’s reign as ending on September 6, 2017, when the episode aired on tape delay.|||
|—||Vacated||August 24, 2017||NXT||Winter Park, FL||—||—||—||After suffering a collarbone injury at TakeOver: Brooklyn III, Asuka relinquished the title. This episode aired on tape delay on September 6, 2017.|||
|6||Ember Moon||November 18, 2017||TakeOver: WarGames||Houston, TX||1||140||139||This was a fatal four-way match for the vacant title also involving Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross, and Peyton Royce.|||
|7||Shayna Baszler||April 7, 2018||TakeOver: New Orleans||New Orleans, LA||1||133||132|||
|8||Kairi Sane||August 18, 2018||TakeOver: Brooklyn 4||Brooklyn, NY||1||71||71|||
|9||Shayna Baszler||October 28, 2018||Evolution||Uniondale, NY||2||416||416|||
|10||Rhea Ripley||December 18, 2019||NXT||Winter Park, FL||1||98 or 99||108||WWE recognizes this title reign as ending on April 5, 2020, when the following match aired on tape delay.|||
|11||Charlotte Flair||March 25 or 26, 2020||WrestleMania 36
|Orlando, FL||2||73 or 74||63||Previously known as just Charlotte.
WrestleMania was taped on March 25 and 26, but it is unknown which day this match was taped. WWE recognizes this title reign as beginning on April 5, 2020, when the match aired on tape delay.
|12||Io Shirai||June 7, 2020||TakeOver: In Your House||Winter Park, FL||1||304||304||This was a triple threat match also involving Rhea Ripley, who Shirai pinned.|||
|13||Raquel González||April 7, 2021||TakeOver: Stand & Deliver
|14||Mandy Rose||October 26, 2021||Halloween Havoc||Orlando, FL||1||159+||159+||This was a Chucky‘s choice Trick or Street Fight match.|||
As of April 3, 2022.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|¤||The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest length is considered.|
rec. by WWE
|9||Mandy Rose †||1||159+|
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