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
13 Seasons, 483 Episodes
January 11, 2011
Cast: Darren Matthews, Nick McNeil, Drake Wuertz, Matt Polinsky
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WWE NXT Full Episode Guide

  • Ricochet and Adam Cole have rekindled their rivalry, as both Superstars prepare to turn their NXT North American Title ambitions into action in a much-anticipated TakeOver: Brooklyn IV sequel. Plus, Kassius Ohno prepares to address the NXT Universe, and The Street Profits take to the ring.

  • For the first time in two years, Johnny Gargano returns to Full Sail Live as a champion. Following his NXT North American Title triumph at TakeOver: Phoenix, Johnny Wrestling is set to speak his mind this Wednesday, but will he address the elephant in the room and comment on his relationship with NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa?

  • As the ashes left after NXT TakeOver: Phoenix draft away into the NXT Universe’s rearview, a cloud of smoke continues to tower over the black-and-gold brand. Following weeks of meddling, The Street Profits finally get a chance to shoot the fair one against The Forgotten Sons. Retribution is also in the air for Kairi Sane & Io Shirai, who prepare to settle the score against Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke. Plus, more on the aftermath of TakeOver: Phoenix.

  • Aleister Black seeks to absolve Tommaso Ciampa of his sins and dethrone The Blackheart as NXT Champion this Saturday at TakeOver: Phoenix. Plus, Johnny Gargano searches for "wins and championships" against NXT North American Champion Ricochet, the undefeated Bianca Belair guns for Shayna Baszler's NXT Women's Title and much more.

  • Just days before his title match against NXT North American Champion Ricochet at TakeOver: Phoenix, Johnny Gargano has challenged his rival to show up at Full Sail Live this Wednesday. What fireworks are in store for Johnny TakeOver and The One and Only? Plus, Velveteen Dream returns to NXT TV, Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan battle Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner and much more.

  • A slugfest awaits the NXT Universe as Keith Lee and Kassius Ohno prepare for a seismic clash. After The Knockout Artist’s callous attack on Matt Riddle during the Jan. 2 edition of NXT, the “Limitless” Lee looks to avenge his “bro” in a sure-to-be physical contest. Also, Johnny Gargano returns for in-ring combat and Bianca Belair readies for NXT’s Women’s Title clash with Shayna Baszler.

  • Before they set sail for either Raw or SmackDown LIVE, EC3 and Nikki Cross will compete in this week’s huge double main event, with The Top One Percent taking on Undisputed ERA's Adam Cole and NXT's Twisted Sister battling the undefeated Bianca Belair.

  • Relive NXT’s most momentous matches and shocking moments from the past 12 months, plus watch Matt Riddle and Kassius Ohno in a rematch from TakeOver: WarGames and hear all about the Year-End Award nominees, on a special extended edition of NXT.

  • The final NXT of 2018 could bring late Christmas gifts for several Superstars, as Heavy Machinery challenge Undisputed ERA for the NXT Tag Team Titles, and Mia Yim, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair and Lacey Evans square off in an NXT Women’s Title No. 1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way Match

  • Steel cage shocker: Ciampa and Gargano meet in the middle to take down Black

  • NXT North American Champion Ricochet defends his crown against a mystery challenger hand-selected by NXT General Manager William Regal. Plus, EC3 takes on Undisputed ERA’s Bobby Fish in a grudge match, Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano look ahead to next week's Steel Cage Match, and much more.

  • After a successful night at NXT TakeOver: WarGames II, NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa returns with more bragging rights than ever. As he prepares to have the NXT Universe “follow his lead,” what does Mr. Sports-Entertainment have planned?

  • Secure the ring and bar the door, because two of NXT’s biggest and strongest Superstars, “Limitless” Keith Lee and “The Freak” Lars Sullivan, are set for battle on this week’s edition of WWE NXT, emanating from San Jose, Calif.

  • As the smoke of NXT TakeOver: WarGames II clears, tension still billows around the black-and-gold brand. After the chaos that surrounded Aleister Black’s emphatic return, Nikki Cross and Candice LeRae are finally set to throw down in a match that has retribution written all over it.

  • It's NXT TakeOver: War Games II from Los Angeles!

  • Before NXT TakeOver: WarGames II goes down, Kyle O’Reilly of The Undisputed ERA will face a member from the team of Pete Dunne, Ricochet & The War Raiders in a high-stakes main event for the WarGames advantage. Plus, Mia Yim takes on The EST of NXT.

  • Velveteen Dream faces off with an incensed Lars Sullivan, who seeks to send a message to NXT General Manager William Regal. Plus, Johnny Gargano promises to explain the motive behind his shocking attack on Aleister Black.

  • This Halloween could turn into a scary experience for Undisputed ERA’s Adam Cole & Bobby Fish as they get set to battle The War Raiders, the team whose NXT Tag Team Title opportunity Fish ruined two weeks ago, tonight on WWE Network.

  • Aleister Black’s shocking return produced questions that need answers. Plus, NXT General Manager William Regal readies a major announcement for TakeOver: WarGames, involving the coveted NXT Championship.

  • In a double main event, War Raiders challenge Undisputed ERA and Bianca Belair battles Nikki Cross!

  • For the first time ever, the NXT North American Title will be defended in a Triple Threat Match, as Ricochet, Adam Cole and Pete Dunne slug it out for the championship. Also, Keith Lee rumbles with Kona Reeves, plus much more.

  • After ambushing EC3 in the locker room last month, Lars Sullivan will come face-to-face with The Top One Percent inside the ring in what is sure to be an all-out brawl between two of NXT’s strongest sluggers.

  • NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa returns to in-ring competition

  • NXT North American Champion Ricochet and WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne waged war in a mind-blowing Champion vs. Champion Match, but interference by Undisputed ERA robbed both Superstars of finding out who was the better man.

  • Nikki Cross collides with Bianca Belair

  • Johnny Gargano looks to become Johnny Wrestling once again as he takes on Velveteen Dream!

  • Ricochet and Pete Dunne team up to do battle with the Undisputed ERA in tag team action!

  • Pete Dunne defends the WWE United Kingdom Championship against Zack Gibson! Plus, all of the fallout from a monumental night at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 4!

  • It's NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 on SummerSlam weekend!

  • Bate and Strong face off on final stop before TakeOver

  • Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black collide

  • After last week’s shocking ending, the new NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa addresses the NXT Universe.

  • The NXT Championship is on the line, when Aleister Black defends the title against Tommaso Ciampa!

  • Candice LeRae, Kairi Sane, and Nikki Cross face off in a Triple Threat Match to determine the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.

  • Can Bate & Seven stay atop the mountain as NXT Tag Team Champions?

  • Johnny Gargano looks to reset against EC3.

  • After defeating Lars Sullivan at NXT Takeover Chicago, NXT Champion Aleister Black returns to Full Sail Live. Also, after a big night at Royal Albert Hall, Moustache Mountain returns to NXT.

  • Following NXT TakeOver: Chicago II, which saw a Street Fight for the ages, landmark title defenses and matches that absolutely blew the NXT Universe away, witness the fallout tonight on WWE Network. Plus, Dakota Kai clashes with Bianca Belair, and War Raiders battle The Mighty.

  • It's NXT TakeOver: Chicago on WWE Money in the Bank weekend!

  • Days Before NXT Takeover Chicago, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne defends his title against The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly. NXT Champion Aleister Black addresses the NXT Universe while EC3, Bianca Belair and the War Raiders are all in action.

  • Tommaso Ciampa is live at Full Sail to address his Chicago Street Fight at Takeover!

  • Dakota Kai challenges Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship!

  • After interfering last week on NXT, Lars Sullivan takes on both Ricochet and Velveteen Dream in a Handicap Match.

  • The Undisputed ERA clashes with Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch in NXT''s main event.

  • Kassius Ohno challenges Tommaso Ciampa in the main event of NXT!

  • After being double crossed at Takeover: New Orleans, Pete Dunne looks for vengeance against Roderick Strong in the main event!

  • Johnny Gargano challenges Aleister Black for the NXT Championship!

  • After being reinstated at Takeover: New Orleans, Johnny Gargano returns to NXT!

  • After an unforgettable Takeover, NXT continues with action from New Orleans!

  • It's NXT TakeOver: New Orleans on WrestleMania weekend!

  • The Authors of Pain take on Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne in the Finals for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

  • The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues with Semi-Finals action! Plus, William Regal has a groundbreaking announcement!

  • NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon returns to in ring action to face off against Aliyah. Plus, the 2018 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues with Round 1 action.

  • The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues with a pair of first round match-ups. Plus, Pete Dunne defends the United Kingdom Championship against Adam Cole.

  • The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic returns!

  • Kairi Sane takes on Shayna Baszler in an epic rematch from the Mae Young Classic Tournament!

  • Johnny Gargano risks his NXT career in an NXT Title Match against Andrade “Cien” Almas.

  • Ember Moon defends the NXT Women's Championship against Shayna Baszler in a rematch from Takeover: Philadelphia.

  • After a heartbreaking loss at NXT Takeover Philadelphia, Johnny Gargano appears live on NXT.

  • TM61 return to in ring action for the first time in nearly a year. Plus, all of the fallout from Takeover: Philadelphia.

  • Who will steal the show at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia?

  • With Takeover: Philadelphia just days away, Johnny Gargano puts his NXT Championship opportunity on the line against Velveteen Dream!

  • The Street Profits take on the Authors of Pain to decide the new #1 Contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championships.

  • The Undisputed ERA defends the NXT Tag Team Championships. Plus, witness the highly anticipated NXT in-ring debut of Shayna Baszler.

  • In a special extended episode, we look back at the Best of NXT in 2017!

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WWE NXT Video Clips & Extras

The One And Only Clip (01:09) Aleister Black vs Johnny Gargano Recap Clip (05:26) Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream Preview Clip (03:21) Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano Preview Clip (03:34) NXT WarGames Preview Clip (03:51)