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
12 Seasons, 424 Episodes
February 23, 2010
Cast: Darren Matthews, Drake Wuertz, Matt Polinsky, Danilo Anfibio

WWE NXT Full Episode Guide

  • 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!

  • As 2017 comes to a close, the #1 Contendership is on the line as Aleister Black, Killian Dain, Lars Sullivan, and Johnny Gargano battle in a Fatal 4 Way Match.

  • The Holidays come early when both the WWE United Kingdom Championship and the NXT Tag Team Championships are on the line!

  • Featuring Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole, NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce, and NXT Champion Andrade "Cien" Almas in action.

  • Zelina Vega presents the NXT Championship celebration of Andrade 'Cien' Almas. Ruby Riott and Sonya Deville meet in a No Holds Barred Match.

  • NXT invades San Antonio with a massive UK Tag Team match, as Tyler Bate & Trent Seven battle Mark Andrews & WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne!

  • After an unforgettable NXT Takeover: WarGames, the NXT action continues from Houston with WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne taking on Johnny Gargano!

  • It's NXT TakeOver: War Games from Houston, Texas!

  • NXT Champion Drew McIntyre and Andrade "Cien" Almas come face-to-face before their NXT Championship clash at NXT TakeOver: War Games.

  • The Undisputed ERA's Adam Cole looks for revenge when he takes on Roderick Strong!

  • The NXT Tag Team Championships are on the line when Sanity defends against the Authors of Pain!

  • The Women's Division of NXT competes in a Battle Royal to earn a spot at NXT Takeover Houston.

  • SAnitY looks for revenge when they battle Undisputed ERA in 6 Man Tag Team action!

  • Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce battle to see who will join Kairi Sane in a Fatal 4-Way Match for the NXT Women's Title at TakeOver: WarGames.

  • Drew McIntyre and Roderick Strong clash for the NXT Championship!

  • Adam Cole faces Eric Young in his NXT in ring debut!

  • What does the destructive trio of Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish have in store for NXT this week?

  • The United Kingdom Championship will be on the line when The Bruiserweight Pete Dunne defends his title against The Last King of Scotland Wolfgang.

  • The undefeated Asuka addresses the NXT Universe about her future.

  • Drew McIntyre returns from Brooklyn as the new NXT Champion.

  • Witness the fallout from last Saturday night's NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III.

  • NXT takes center stage on SummerSlam weekend for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

  • With NXT Takeover Brooklyn only days away, Drew McIntyre battles Roderick Strong in the main event!

  • With less than two weeks to go from NXT Takeover Brooklyn, Bobby Roode stands face to face with Drew McIntyre.

  • Johnny Gargano returns to in ring action!

  • Hideo Itami takes on his one-time friend Kassius Ohno in our main event!

  • Drew McIntyre takes on Killian Dain to decide the #1 Contender for the NXT Championship.

  • Johnny Gargano returns to Full Sail for the first time since Tommaso Ciampa's shocking double cross at Takeover: Chicago.

  • The NXT Championship is on the line as Bobby Roode defends the Title against the emotionally driven Roderick Strong.

  • Asuka defends the NXT Women's Championship against Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match!

  • Two of NXT's hottest Superstars go one-on-one for the first time ever, as Kassius Ohno battles Aleister Black in the main event!

  • Will Asuka’s NXT Women's Championship reign survive this week's Triple Threat Elimination Match?

  • Featuring Hideo Itami in action against Oney Lorcan and SAnitY's Killian Dain one-on-one with No Way Jose.

  • Roderick Strong and Kassius Ohno team up to take on SAnitY in our main event!

  • What's in store for the NXT Universe following this past Saturday's NXT TakeOver: Chicago?

  • Which NXT superstars will change the game at NXT TakeOver: Chicago?

  • What will happen only 3 days before this Saturday's NXT TakeOver: Chicago?

  • Will it be Hideo Itami or Roderick Strong who challenges NXT Champion Bobby Roode at NXT Takeover: Chicago?

  • The #1 Contender for the NXT Women's Championship will be decided when the Women's Division competes in a Battle Royal!

  • Twenty-year-old prodigy Tyler Bate puts up the WWE United Kingdom Championship against Gentleman Jack Gallagher.

  • NXT Champion Bobby Roode addresses the NXT Universe for the first time since defeating Shinsuke Nakamura at Takeover: Orlando.

  • This week, two-time NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura bids farewell to the NXT Universe.

  • After a memorable TakeOver: Orlando event Saturday night, what’s next for NXT?

  • It's NXT TakeOver: Orlando on WrestleMania Weekend!

  • Kassius Ohno and Elias Samson clash in a Loser Leaves NXT match, only days before NXT TakeOver: Orlando on WrestleMania weekend.

  • SAnitY will be put to the test when the frightening faction faces Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose & Roderick Strong in a huge Six-Man Tag Team Match.

  • Bobby Roode and Kassius Ohno clash for the NXT Championship!

  • After being sidelined with an injured knee during his NXT Title Match against Bobby Roode at TakeOver: San Antonio, Shinsuke Nakamura makes his long-awaited in-ring return.

  • Two huge championship matches headline this week's edition of NXT!

  • NXT Women’s Champion Asuka will find out who her next challenger will be when Ember Moon, Liv Morgan and Peyton Royce battle in a Triple Threat No. 1 Contender’s Match.

  • History will be made on this week's episode of NXT, as the WWE United Kingdom Championship will be defended for the first time ever.

  • The Bobby Roode era begins with a GLORIOUS celebration!

  • Witness all the fallout from NXT TakeOver: San Antonio!

  • NXT invades Texas for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio!

  • All four competitors in the NXT Women’s Championship match come face to face in the first ever Fatal 4 Way Face Off!

  • NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode sign the contract for their TakeOver: San Antonio showdown.

  • NXT returns to Full Sail University with a rematch between the NXT Tag Team Champions #DIY vs. The Revival.

  • In a special two-hour edition of NXT, see Superstars like TM61, Buddy Murphy and Billie Kay return home to Australia, along with a brutal Steel Cage Match between NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe.