WWE NXT is a sports entertainment television program that is produced by WWE. Five seasons of NXT were broadcast from February 23, 2010 to June 13, 2012, in which NXT was presented as a hybrid between reality television and WWE’s scripted live event shows, the premise of the show followed select talent contracted to WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in a competition to become WWE’s next breakout star with the help of mentors from WWE’s Raw and SmackDown brands. The first four seasons saw Wade Barrett, Kaval, Kaitlyn, and Johnny Curtis winning NXT. In the later stages of season five, the all-rookie competition was abandoned with no winner being officially named, although Derrick Bateman was the final remaining rookie on NXT Redemption after both Titus O’Neil and Darren Young were signed to the SmackDown brand. Following the end of the fifth season, WWE ended the seasonal competition format of the show and renamed its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling to NXT Wrestling. This article focuses on the five seasons and not the later developmental territory.
The show originally made its debut on Syfy in February 2010, replacing ECW, which concluded the previous week. Less than a month after its premiere, it was announced that WWE SmackDown would move from MyNetworkTV to Syfy in October.NXT aired its final episode on Syfy on September 28, 2010 to make way for SmackDown, and began airing as a webcast at WWE.com for visitors from the United States from October 5, 2010 to June 13, 2012. WWE NXT is not broadcast on television in the United States, but is currently broadcast on Hulu Plus. Outside of the United States, the show is still televised
WWE NXT is a professional wrestling promotion based in Orlando, Florida. Since its inception in August 2012, NXT has served as the official developmental territory for WWE.
On March 20, 2012, it was reported that WWE would cease operation of Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida. This statement was later refuted after Steve Keirn as well as WWE Superstar and Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, Triple H, denied the claim.
In August 2012, WWE disbanded FCW, deactivated the titles, and began running all of its developmental events and operations at Full Sail University under the “NXT Wrestling” banner. WWE had been using the NXT name for a television program featuring rookies from FCW competing to become WWE Superstars, though the “reality television” aspects of the show had been dropped earlier in 2012; WWE NXT now serves as the primary television program for the promotion.
In 2013, several wrestlers who had been released by WWE made allegations regarding wrongdoings in NXT. Trent Barreta and Briley Pierce accused the NXT strength coach of sexually harassing the female NXT wrestlers, while Chase Donovan and Chad Baxter accused Bill DeMott of using homophobic slurs, breaking yardsticks over the backs of developmental wrestlers and pulling out a gun during training. In response, WWE released a statement in July, stating that “There have been no sexual harassment complaints filed against any employee at the WWE’s training facility in Orlando. Instead there have been baseless allegations made by disgruntled talent recently released by WWE. Regardless, WWE takes these issues seriously and investigated this matter, concluding that there was no wrongdoing.”
WWE NXT is a professional wrestling television program produced by WWE that streams on Hulu Plus in the United States. The show (which premiered February 23, 2010) features NXT Superstars and WWE Superstars. The show serves as the flagship program for the eponymous WWE NXT developmental system.From 2010–2012, WWE aired a previous version of WWE NXT which consisted of pairing “Rookies” with WWE Superstars (known as “Pros”), with the pairs competing in challenges until there was one sole winner. The winners of the show were Wade Barrett (Season 1), Kaval (Season 2), Kaitlyn (Season 3) and Johnny Curtis (Season 4). After season 5, the show was replaced with a homonymous television show featuring the NXT roster.
NXT was taped in large venues before the WWE Smackdown tapings and used the universal WWE HD set from 2010–2012. When WWE revamped the show, they moved the tapings to Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, with the venue known as Full Sail Live. WWE started taping NXT in Florida on May 17, 2012.Tickets are available free for Full Sail students; general admission for non-students is $10. NXT aired on Syfy from 2010-2011. In 2011, when SmackDown moved to Syfy, NXT moved to WWE.COM, and after Season 5, NXT stopped broadcasting in the US until September 2012 when WWE reached a deal with Hulu Plus, on which new episodes of NXT began airing September 26, 2012. On August 22, 2013, Hulu announced that all episodes of “NXT” would no longer be exclusive to Hulu Plus subscribers, and would be available for viewing through both Hulu and Hulu Plus.