WWE NXT
WWE NXT Logo (2022).svg
Logo as of September 13, 2022
Also known asNXT 2.0 (2021–2022)
GenreProfessional wrestling
Created by
Written byJoe Belcastro
See list of NXT creative writers
Presented by
StarringNXT roster
Opening theme
ComposerWale
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons16
No. of episodes692
Production
Producers
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time
  • 120 minutes
  • 120–180 minutes
    (TakeOver specials)
Production companyWWE
Release
Original network
Original releaseFebruary 23, 2010 (2010-02-23) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byECW (2006 (2006)–2010 (2010))
FCW (2008–2012)
Related

WWE NXT, also known as; NXT, is an American professional wrestling television program. It is produced by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, featuring performers from the promotion's NXT brand division. The show currently airs live on Tuesdays at 8 pm Eastern Time on the USA Network.

NXT initially debuted in 2010 as a seasonal show which was presented as a hybrid between WWE's scripted live event shows and reality television, in which talent from WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) participated in a competition to become WWE's next "breakout star", with the help of mentors from WWE's Raw and SmackDown brands. Five seasons of this iteration were broadcast, with Wade Barrett, Kaval, Kaitlyn, and Johnny Curtis as winners.

In June 2012, WWE ended the seasonal competition format and opted to revamp the show as a developmental wrestling program. WWE NXT became the flagship television show of the NXT brand, and has since received a positive reception and high viewership, with praise for its high quality of wrestling[1][2] and captivating storylines particularly from 2014 to 2018. Many considered NXT to be superior to WWE's flagship shows during this time.[3][4]

The initial version of the show made its debut on Syfy on February 23, 2010, replacing ECW, but was replaced by SmackDown in October. It then aired as an hourly webcast on WWE.com in the United States until June 13, 2012, before it was expanded to international markets on the WWE Network in 2014. In 2019, NXT expanded into a live two-hour program on the USA Network, designed to go head-to-head with rival promotion AEW's flagship show Dynamite on TNT. However, after failing to beat Dynamite in TV ratings, NXT was revamped and rebranded as NXT 2.0 in September 2021. The show was moved to air on Tuesday nights after USA Network attempted to purchase the rights to begin airing live NHL games (that ultimately went to TNT instead). A supplementary show titled NXT Level Up, began airing on February 18, 2022, replacing 205 Live. In September 2022, "2.0" was dropped from the title.

History

Background

On February 2, 2010, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon introduced a new weekly program that would replace the canceled ECW in its time slot on Syfy. McMahon described the show as "the next evolution of WWE; the next evolution of television history".[5]

The new show's name, NXT,[6] The name was later discovered to be trademark already in the United Kingdom by National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) affiliate Scottish Wrestling Alliance (SWA) which also used "NXT" as their brand for upcoming stars. Both parties ultimately reached an agreement that resulted in SWA releasing the "NXT" trademark in favor of a new one before the show's debut.[7][8]

The show's format was revealed in an article by Variety on February 16, with a press release from WWE made shortly later that day.[9][10][11] NXT is the second reality-based series produced by WWE, the first being WWE Tough Enough which aired between 2001 and 2004.[9] Due to WWE's nature of airing weekly shows without hiatus, the plan for NXT was to split the year's set of episodes into multiple seasons.[9]

Original format (2010–2012)

Main article: WWE NXT (seasons 1–5)

NXT was formed in 2010 when they paired up wrestlers from WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (dubbed "Rookies") with wrestlers from WWE's existing Raw and SmackDown brands (dubbed "Pros"). Each episode featured the rookies being mentored by the pros as they develop their gimmick and performance skills in front of a live audience. The pairings also enabled the show to crossover into WWE's Raw and SmackDown programs.[9][11] As the length of each season differed, features of the competition occur at different times accordingly. In addition to matches, weekly challenges were held during the competition to further test the Rookies' physical and mental skills.[12]

Past physical challenges include a keg carrying contest, an assault course contest and a "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em" tournament.[12][13][14] Past non-physical challenges include making 30-second promos on a given topic and selling programme within a time limit.[15][16]

During the first two seasons, the winner of the weekly challenge receives a special prize such as a main event match, a talk show segment or a feature on WWE's official website.[12][15][16] One of the more frequent prizes given out to the winner is an "Immunity Pass", which gives the holder immunity from elimination in the next round of polls.[17][18] During the last three seasons a greater emphasis on challenges was placed on the show. Instead of awarding prizes to the winner of the challenges, points are instead awarded to the winner with a cumulative tally of points recorded before each of the first three polls. The Rookie with the most points before the next upcoming poll is awarded immunity.[19] In season three, one point is awarded for winning the challenge.[19]

In October 2010, WWE moved their show SmackDown to Syfy, with NXT leaving the network at the same time.[20][21][22] Despite WWE's stated intention of broadcasting the show on another TV channel,[23] NXT began to be aired as a webcast on WWE's website for American visitors.

In season four, the number of points vary on the difficulty of the challenge.[24][25] In the result of a tie-break, the audience is then asked to vote for the Rookie they want to get immunity.[26] Season four also saw the introduction of challenge matches involving the entire roster of Pros or Rookies where the winner would be given the chance to swap their respective Rookie or Pro for another.[27][28] In various weeks, polls were held to evaluate the success of each Rookie and determine the winner of the competition.[29] The poll rankings are entirely determined by votes from the Pros and starting from season 2, votes from fans via WWE's official website.[30] In the Pros' votes, each of the Pros vote for their favorite Rookie, but cannot vote for their own Rookie.[29] Their votes are based on the following four criteria:[31]

Initially, in the first two seasons the full results and rankings from the poll were revealed.[32] However, since August 17, 2010 only the elimination is revealed.[33] The first poll, usually held a third of the way through the competition, determines the Rookies' rankings. Subsequent polls are held several weeks later near the end of the season, where the lowest ranked Rookie without immunity is eliminated.[32] Season 2 was set to use this format, but was changed to have the first poll an elimination poll.[18][34] Season three also used the second season's format.[19] The show continued until the season finale, where the final two or three Rookies appear. One or two final polls were then held to determine the winner of the competition.[32][35] The prize for the winner is a WWE contract as well as a championship match at any list of WWE pay-per-view and WWE Network events.[32][36] Outside of the polls, Rookies could still be eliminated via an executive decision from WWE management, as the first season saw both Daniel Bryan and Michael Tarver eliminated by management for a lack of self-confidence.[37]

Starting in 2012, the all-rookie competition was abandoned with the show now featuring past and present rookies alongside lower cardmembers of the main WWE roster. William Regal would also take over as the authority figure and match coordinator, with Matt Striker being retained as the show's host. On May 30, 2012, it was revealed that a sixth season of NXT under its original format was set to air. The season was supposed to star Big E, Seth Rollins, Damien Sandow, Sin Cara, Bo Dallas and Adam Rose as the season's rookies, but ultimately was cancelled before airing.[38][39]

Reboot (2012–2021)

Main article: NXT (WWE brand)

In May 2012, the show's format was revamped. The show began using more talent from FCW as well as talent from the main roster. The first four episodes under the new format were taped at Full Sail University on May 17.[40] Starting with NXT Arrival in February 2014, NXT occasionally aired live episodes on the WWE Network, which effectively serve as the NXT equivalent of main roster pay-per-view shows. WWE continued to air NXT Redemption, hoping a new television deal could be made. WWE.com revealed on June 13 that the new version of NXT would be made available online via WWE.com and YouTube beginning on Wednesday, June 20, when WWE would begin airing the episodes they taped at Full Sail on May 17. However, WWE removed all of the NXT material from their website on June 19.[41] NXT was then aired exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus in the United States while continuing to be broadcast internationally.[42][43] NXT began airing on the WWE Network on February 27, 2014, with a live event called NXT Arrival.

NXT Arena during a Live Event in 2016
NXT Arena during a Live Event in 2016

NXT returned to cable on December 20, 2017, airing a 1-hour special on USA Network.[44]

In September 2019, NXT permanently moved to USA Network and was revamped as a live, two-hour program on Wednesday nights, with replays available the following day on WWE Network.[45][46] Due to scheduling overlap with the final episodes of Suits, the second hour of the program was aired on WWE Network until October 2, when it began airing in its entirety on USA. This started the Wednesday Night Wars,[47] during which NXT was broadcast in direct competition with rival wrestling show AEW Dynamite, which aired in the same time slot on TNT.[48] Several publications noted the similarity between this ratings war and the Monday Night Wars that had involved Raw and WCW Monday Nitro.[49][50]

Beginning with the March 18, 2020, episode of NXT, WWE began filming all of its programs without an audience at Full Sail University as a result of restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. From October 4, 2020, all shows of NXT, including NXT TakeOver specials, have been broadcast live from the WWE Performance Center, which was modified and is now known as Capitol Wrestling Center[51] with a capacity of nearly 100 members of the audience and few people appearing for the show through the virtual screen similar to the WWE ThunderDome.

On April 13, 2021, following WrestleMania 37, WWE moved NXT back to Tuesday nights.[52][53][54]

NXT 2.0 (2021–2022)

The Wednesday Night Wars came to an end in April 2021, when NXT was moved to Tuesday nights.[55] After twelve NXT wrestlers were released from their contracts that August, Dave Scherer and Mike Johnson of Pro Wrestling Insider reported there had been internal talks of major changes to the brand, such as: "a new logo, new lighting, a focus on younger talents and a different format to the TV shows."[56] Dave Meltzer reported that, after having lost the ratings war with AEW, NXT will likely go back to their developmental roots, with "talent that are younger, bigger and that could someday main event at WrestleMania."[57] WWE President Nick Khan subsequently confirmed that NXT would undergo a "complete revamp" overseen by Triple H.[58]

Return to NXT (2022–present)

At the conclusion of the September 13, 2022, edition of the show, the brand returned to the original NXT branding, revealing a revised version of the 2.0 logo in white with added gold accents and removing the "2.0".[59]

Special episodes

Main article: List of WWE NXT special episodes

On-air personalities

Authority figures

Authority figure Position Date started Date finished
Matt Striker Host February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23) June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)
Ashley Valence Co-host June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22) August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)
Maryse Co-host March 8, 2011 (2011-03-08) July 26, 2011 (2011-07-26)
William Regal Match Coordinator February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29) June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)
General Manager July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31) January 5, 2022 (2022-01-05)
Dusty Rhodes Interim General Manager June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20) September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)
Commissioner
August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)
John "Bradshaw" Layfield General Manager September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25) July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)
Michael Cole Interim General Manager
November 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)
Samoa Joe Executive Enforcer June 15, 2021 (2021-06-15) July 27, 2021 (2021-07-27)

On August 24, 2011, Maryse underwent surgery for an abdominal hernia and was on medical leave from WWE, therefore Maryse's role as co-host ended. She would later be released from WWE on October 28 and would not return to NXT. A new co-host was never announced. Dusty Rhodes was named Interim NXT General Manager on June 20, 2012, which coincided with the rebranding of NXT into a full scale developmental promotion. On the August 29 episode (taped July 29) of NXT, Rhodes was noted as NXT Commissioner. On September 25, 2013, Triple H relieved Dusty Rhodes of his duties and replaced him with John Bradshaw Layfield. On November 25, 2015, the Raw lead commentator Michael Cole replaced William Regal as NXT General Manager while Regal was recovering from neck surgery.

Commentators

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Commentators Date started Date finished
Michael Cole and Josh Mathews February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23) November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30)
January 18, 2012 (2012-01-18)
Michael Cole, Josh Mathews and CM Punk
September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21)
Todd Grisham and Josh Mathews December 7, 2010 (2010-12-07) March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01)
Todd Grisham and William Regal March 8, 2011 (2011-03-08) April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12)
April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26)
May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17) May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24)
June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07) August 23, 2011 (2011-08-23)
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker1 May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10)
Todd Grisham and Michael Cole2
May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31)
Jack Korpela and William Regal September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06) November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03)
Jack Korpela and Michael Cole2
September 13, 2011 (2011-09-13)
Josh Mathews and Matt Striker3 November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09) December 28, 2011 (2011-12-28)
Matt Striker and William Regal4
November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23)
January 4, 2012 (2012-01-04) January 11, 2012 (2012-01-11)
Josh Mathews and William Regal6
April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19)
November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16)
January 25, 2012 (2012-01-25) June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)
Matt Striker and guest commentators5
April 25, 2012 (2012-04-25)
Jim Ross and Byron Saxton June 27, 2012 (2012-06-27) July 4, 2012 (2012-07-04)
Byron Saxton, William Regal and Jim Ross7 July 11, 2012 (2012-07-11) October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)
Jim Ross and William Regal
June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)
October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31)
Tony Luftman and William Regal October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31)
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Tony Dawson and Brad Maddox8 November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07) July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31)
Tony Dawson, William Regal, Tom Phillips and Alex Riley8 August 7, 2013 (2013-08-07) September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young April 10, 2014 (2014-04-10) July 24, 2014 (2014-07-24)
Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Renee Young, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley and Jason Albert July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31) September 11, 2014 (2014-09-11)
Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert and Renee Young September 18, 2014 (2014-09-18) December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11)
Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert, Renee Young and Corey Graves December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11) January 21, 2015 (2015-01-21)
Renee Young and Corey Graves
December 25, 2014 (2014-12-25)
Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Alex Riley, Corey Graves and Jason Albert January 28, 2015 (2015-01-28) March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)
Rich Brennan, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Jason Albert March 11, 2015 (2015-03-11) March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18)
Rich Brennan and Corey Graves March 25, 2015 (2015-03-25) April 22, 2015 (2015-04-22)
August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26) September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)
December 30, 2015 (2015-12-30) January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
Rich Brennan, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton April 29, 2015 (2015-04-29) August 22, 2015 (2015-08-22)
September 16, 2015 (2015-09-16) December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23)
Tom Phillips and Corey Graves January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13) November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30)
Tom Phillips, Corey Graves and Percy Watson December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07) February 1, 2017 (2017-02-01)
Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08) June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21)
Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28) April 11, 2018 (2018-04-11)
May 16, 2018 (2018-05-16) May 8, 2019 (2019-05-08)
Mauro Ranallo and Percy Watson
November 29, 2017 (2017-11-29)
January 31, 2018 (2018-01-31)[1]
April 18, 2018 (2018-04-18) May 9, 2018 (2018-05-09)[2]
Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson
June 20, 2018 (2018-06-20)
October 24, 2018 (2018-10-24) November 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness
November 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)
Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness and Beth Phoenix May 15, 2019 (2019-05-15) March 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
Mauro Ranallo and Nigel McGuinness
June 12, 2019 (2019-06-12)
March 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)
Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness and Beth Phoenix
November 27, 2019 (2019-11-27)
Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Tom Phillips and Beth Phoenix
December 25, 2019 (2019-12-25)[3]
Mauro Ranallo and Beth Phoenix
January 15, 2020 (2020-01-15)
June 24, 2020 (2020-06-24)
Tom Phillips and Triple H
March 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)
Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton
March 25, 2020 (2020-03-25)
April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15) April 22, 2020 (2020-04-22)
Tom Phillips and Sam Roberts
April 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
Mauro Ranallo
April 8, 2020 (2020-04-08)
Mauro Ranallo, Tom Phillips and Beth Phoenix April 29, 2020 (2020-04-29) May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06)
May 27, 2020 (2020-05-27) June 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)
July 1, 2020 (2020-07-01) August 5, 2020 (2020-08-05)
Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix and Byron Saxton May 13, 2020 (2020-05-13) May 20, 2020 (2020-05-20)
Mauro Ranallo, Vic Joseph and Beth Phoenix August 12, 2020 (2020-08-12) August 19, 2020 (2020-08-19)
Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett and Beth Phoenix August 26, 2020 (2020-08-26) September 16, 2020 (2020-09-16)
October 7, 2020 (2020-10-07) November 18, 2020 (2020-11-18)
December 2, 2020 (2020-12-02) June 22, 2021 (2021-06-22)
July 6, 2021 (2021-07-06) August 3, 2021 (2021-08-03)
August 17, 2021 (2021-08-17) October 12, 2021 (2021-10-12)
October 26, 2021 (2021-10-26) November 30, 2021 (2021-11-30)
Tom Phillips and Beth Phoenix September 23, 2020 (2020-09-23) September 30, 2020 (2020-09-30)
Vic Joseph, Kevin Owens and Beth Phoenix
November 25, 2020 (2020-11-25)
Vic Joseph and Wade Barrett December 7, 2021 (2021-12-07) October 4, 2022 (2022-10-04)
Vic Joseph and Booker T October 11, 2022 (2022-10-11) present
Sudu Shah, Wade Barrett and Byron Saxton
October 4, 2022 (2022-10-04)
Notes
  1. ^ Matt Striker became the alternate color commentator on NXT beginning May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) due to Regal's increased in-ring schedule (Regal would continue as commentator when he was not wrestling). This ended on the May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17) episode of NXT when Regal would return as a full-time commentator.
  2. ^ ^ Michael Cole served as special guest color commentator on NXT for the May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31) broadcast substituting for an absent William Regal. Cole would also substitute for Regal again on commentary on the September 13, 2011 (2011-09-13) broadcast due to Regal and Striker competing in a match that night.
  3. ^ Matt Striker and Josh Mathews were guest commentators on NXT for the November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09) broadcast substituting for the absent William Regal and Jack Korpela. Striker and Mathews returned to commentary the following two weeks because Jack Korpela's contract with the WWE had expired and he opted not to renew.
  4. ^ Matt Striker and William Regal commentated the November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23) episode of NXT due to Mathews being absent.
  5. ^ Following the absence of Josh Mathews from NXT after being attacked by Brock Lesnar on the April 23, 2012 (2012-04-23) episode of Raw, Matt Striker was joined by several guest commentators for one night on NXT: Hornswoggle, AJ Lee, and Michael McGillicutty.
  6. ^ On the April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19) episode of NXT, Josh Mathews was substituting for an absent Todd Grisham. This repeated on November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16), but this time he was substituting for an absent Jack Korpela, who would later be released from his WWE contract.
  7. ^ Jim Ross only called the main event.
  8. ^ The pairings of Dawson/Luftman (Dawson and Luftman were the same man) and Regal and Phillips and Maddox commentate on alternate shows. Riley replaced Maddox in August 2013 after Maddox became the Raw General Manager. Scott Stanford serves as narrator.
  9. ^ When McGuinness was feeling under the weather, so only Ranallo and Watson called the event.
  10. ^ When McGuinness was absent for the birth of his daughter, so only Ranallo and Watson called the event.
  11. ^ On the December 25, 2019 (2019-12-25) Christmas episode of NXT, Ranallo/McGuinness called some of the show from Full Sail, While Phillips/Phoenix called the other half from Brooklyn.

Ring announcers

Ring announcer Date started Date finished
Savannah February 23, 2010 June 1, 2010
Jamie Keyes June 8, 2010 August 24, 2010
Justin Roberts December 7, 2010
March 8, 2011
September 13, 2011
Tony Chimel* August 31, 2010 November 30, 2010
December 14, 2010 March 1, 2011
March 15, 2011 November 30, 2011
December 28, 2011 January 11, 2012
January 26, 2012 June 13, 2012
Eden Stiles July 12, 2011
November 9, 2011
December 7, 2011 December 21, 2011
Lilian Garcia January 18, 2012
Caylee Turner, Summer Rae and Chris Russo June 20, 2012 October 17, 2012
Howard Finkel Main Event, July 29, 2012 (aired August 29, 2012)
Summer Rae and Byron Saxton October 24, 2012 February 14, 2013
Byron Saxton, Kendall Skye, Alexa Bliss, Eden Stiles and Veronica Lane February 21, 2013 September 19, 2013
Eden and JoJo September 26, 2013 October 10, 2014
Byron Saxton and JoJo October 16, 2014 November 6, 2014
JoJo November 13, 2014 April 29, 2015
JoJo and Greg Hamilton May 6, 2015 July 15, 2015
Greg Hamilton and Dasha Fuentes July 22, 2015 August 24, 2016
Andrea D'Marco and Mike Rome August 31, 2016 January 4, 2017
Mike Rome January 11, 2017 April 5, 2017
May 3, 2017 August 23, 2017
Dasha Fuentes April 12, 2017 April 26, 2017
Christy St. Cloud November 29, 2017 March 16, 2018
Mike Rome and Kayla Braxton August 30, 2017 April 11, 2018
July 4, 2018 August 15, 2018
Kayla Braxton April 18, 2018 June 27, 2018
August 22, 2018 April 17, 2019
Alicia Taylor April 24, 2019 present
Greg Hamilton March 25, 2020 April 8, 2020

(*) If Chimel was absent from the NXT/SmackDown tapings, he would have been substituted as ring announcer by Raw’s Justin Roberts or Superstars’ Eden Stiles, who would also serve as SmackDown’s ring announcer for that week's episode. Effective December 8, 2011, Chimel has been replaced by Lilian Garcia on SmackDown and Eden Stiles has picked up Chimel's NXT announcing duties until December 13, 2011. On December 21 prior to NXT being uploaded on WWE.com, Stiles announced that she asked for her release from WWE a day after her final Superstars and NXT appearances had been recorded.

Production

In its original incarnation, the American Bang song "Wild and Young" had been used for each season with the exception of the third.[60] During season three, the show's opening theme song was "You Make the Rain Fall" by Kevin Rudolf.[61][62] "Get Thru This" by Art of Dying was also used as bumper music during the initial five seasons of the show.[63] NXT, as a game show, were held in large arenas as a part of the taping schedules of WWE's other shows which featured the ring ropes yellow and used the same HD set used by WWE's other weekly programs.

Upon its reboot and arrival at Full Sail University, "Welcome Home" by Coheed and Cambria was used from the show's relaunch on June 20, 2012 to February 24, 2014 but it retains the yellow ropes and used the black mat. "Roar of the Crowd" by CFO$ served as the official theme song for NXT since its arrival to the WWE Network from (February 27, 2014) to April 5, 2017. A remix of the same song was used starting on June 15, 2016. From April 12, 2017, the theme song was "Rage" by CFO$, followed by "Resistance" by Powerflo; which was first used on the May 31, 2017 episode.

On the April 4, 2019 episode, "All Out Life" by Slipknot was used as the new theme song.

From April 20, 2021 to September 7, 2021, the official theme song for NXT was "Say Cheese" by Poppy, first performed at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.

When NXT was relaunched as NXT 2.0 on September 14, 2021, the official theme song is "Down South" by Wale featuring Yella Beezy & Maxo Kream. The new set features multicolored LED screens with an arch. The ring mat turned white and the ring ropes became white before turning blue and the announce table was repositioned. After NXT 2.0 was reverted to NXT, the ring ropes were reverted to white and the logo became white with black and gold accents in October 2022.

Broadcast history

Channel Timeslot Years
Syfy Tuesday 10–11 p.m. ET February 23, 2010 – September 28, 2010
Tuesday 8–10 p.m. ET February 8, 2022 – February 15, 2022
USA Wednesday 8–10 p.m. ET September 18, 2019 – April 7, 2021
Tuesday 8–10 p.m. ET April 13, 2021 – present

International broadcasts

WWE NXT (along with WWE NXT UK) broadcast in the United Kingdom on BT Sport since January 2020.[64]

In the Arab world, NXT episodes are added on Shahid streaming platform a day after the live broadcast on USA Network.[65]

See also

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Notes

  1. ^ A Spanish-language edition of the program aired on Mun2 until 2011.
  2. ^ Replays of new episodes continue to air on Hulu.
  3. ^ Most TakeOver specials aired exclusively on the WWE Network and on pay-per-view. Replays of new non-TakeOver episodes continue to air on Peacock's WWE Network channel in the United States.