NXT Women's Championship
|NXT Women's Championship|
The current NXT Women's Championship belt with default side plates
|Date established||April 5, 2013|
|Current champion(s)||Shayna Baszler|
|Date won||October 28, 2018|
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. It is one of the top singles championships for women among WWE's three main brands, along with the WWE Raw Women's Championship on Raw and the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship on SmackDown. The current champion is Shayna Baszler, who is in her record second reign.
Introduced on April 5, 2013, the title was established as the women's championship for NXT, which at the time was a developmental territory for WWE. The inaugural champion was Paige. Over the years, NXT grew to become WWE's third major brand, which became official in September 2019 when NXT was moved to the USA Network.
In June 2012, the 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 NXT 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 NXT 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 NXT 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, over the years it grew to establish itself as WWE's third major brand. This would become official 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 WWE Raw Women's Championship—which had replaced the Divas title in 2016–and WWE SmackDown Women's Championship.
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 new logo 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 NXT 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 "N X T" 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.
As of December 5, 2019, there have been nine reigns between eight champions, two of which won tournaments to become the champion — Paige and Charlotte. The title has only had two vacancies. Paige was the inaugural champion after she defeated Emma in a tournament final on June 20, 2013, during the NXT tapings, which aired on tape delay on July 24, 2013. 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 that the episode in which she vacated the title aired. Kairi Sane holds the shortest reign at 71 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 also has the most reigns at two.
Shayna Baszler is the current champion in her record second reign. She won the title by defeating Kairi Sane at Evolution in Uniondale, New York on October 28, 2018. This was the first time that the NXT Women's Championship was defended on one of WWE's main roster events.
|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, Florida||1||308||273||Paige defeated Emma in the finals of an eight-woman 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, Maryland||—||—||—||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||NXT TakeOver||Winter Park, Florida||1||258||258||Charlotte defeated Natalya in the finals of an eight-woman tournament to win the vacant championship.|||
|3||Sasha Banks||February 11, 2015||NXT TakeOver: Rival||Winter Park, Florida||1||192||191||This was a fatal four-way match, also involving Bayley and Becky Lynch.|||
|4||Bayley||August 22, 2015||NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn||Brooklyn, New York||1||223||223|||
|5||Asuka||April 1, 2016||NXT TakeOver: Dallas||Dallas, Texas||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, Florida||—||—||—||After suffering a collarbone injury at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, Asuka relinquished the title. This episode aired on tape delay on September 6, 2017.|||
|6||Ember Moon||November 18, 2017||NXT TakeOver: WarGames||Houston, Texas||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||NXT TakeOver: New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana||1||133||132|||
|8||Kairi Sane||August 18, 2018||NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4||Brooklyn, New York||1||71||71|||
|9||Shayna Baszler||October 28, 2018||Evolution||Uniondale, New York||2||403+||403+|||
As of December 5, 2019.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|Combined days||Combined days|
recognized by WWE
|1||Shayna Baszler †||2||536+||535+|
- "Official NXT Women's Championship title history". WWE. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
- WWE officially recognizes it as 523 days.
- Caldwell, James. "WWE NEWS: McMahon's Friday tweet - anti-smoking, Stephanie introduces NXT Women's Title (w/Pic), Cena check-in, Ross new blog, Dupree wins title". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- Namako, Jason. "WWE NXT Results - 5/30/13 (#1 Contender Battle Royal)". Wrestleview. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
- James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT results 5/29 & 6/5: Wyatts defend Tag Titles, NXT Women's Title introduced, #1 contender battle royal, Parade of released NXT wrestlers in matches". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- Caldwell, James (July 21, 2013). "WWE News: NXT spoilers summer episodes - first NXT Women's champ, Flair, more, plus NXT TV in the U.S.?". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
- James, Justin (September 16, 2015). "James's WWE NXT report 9/16 - Week 180: Bayley returns to Full Sail as Women's champ, big set-up for "Takeover," Dusty Tag Classic continues, Adam Rose dumps on NXT, more; Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- Melok, Bobby. "NXT Women's Champion Bayley vs. Sasha Banks (30-Minute WWE Iron Man Match)". WWE. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
- Trionfo, Richard (October 7, 2015). "WWE NXT TakeOver Respect report: Sasha Banks and Bayley go 30 minutes, the first Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic winners crowned, Asuka makes her NXT in ring debut (poor Dana), and more". PWInsider. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- "Triple H Discusses NXT as a Third Brand, Putting Talent in a Position to Succeed, More – 411MANIA". www.411mania.com.
- WWE (April 1, 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: WWE NXT General William Regal arrives at WrestleMania Axxess with a HUGE announcement regarding NXT TakeOver: Orlando!". Facebook. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
- WWE.com Staff (January 4, 2017). "Asuka becomes longest reigning NXT Women's Champion ever". WWE. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
- "Paige Relinquishes the NXT Women's Championship: WWE NXT". WWE. April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "Charlotte's first reign". WWE. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
- James, Justin (February 11, 2015). "James' WWE NXT TakeOver Report 2/11". Retrieved February 12, 2015.
- "Bayley's first reign". WWE. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- "Asuka". WWE. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
- "Complete WWE NXT Spoilers from Full Sail University". PWInsider. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
- "Asuka relinquishes NXT Women's Title". WWE. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
- Moore, John. "11/18 Moore's NXT Takeover: WarGames live review – The Undisputed Era vs. Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong vs. Sanity in a WarGames match, Ember Moon vs. Kairi Sane vs. Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce for the NXT Women's Title, Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade Almas for the NXT Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
- Moore, John. "4/7 Moore's NXT Takeover: New Orleans live review – Andrade Almas vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Title, Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women's Championship, Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in an unsanctioned match, ladder match for the new North American Championship". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
- Moore, John. "8/18 Moore's NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV live review – Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing match for the NXT Title, Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane for the NXT Women's Championship, Adam Cole vs. Ricochet for the NXT North American Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
- Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Evolution live review: Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella for the Raw Women's Championship, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair in a Last Woman Standing match for the Smackdown Women's Championship, Mae Young Classic Finals". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 28, 2018.