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WWE NXT
WWE NXT.png
Format Sports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Reality television
Created by Vince McMahon
Opening theme "Wild & Young" by American Bang[1]
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1[2]
No. of episodes 4 (as of March 16, 2010)
Production
Running time 60 minutes[2]
Broadcast
Original channel Syfy
Original run February 23, 2010 – Present
Chronology
Related shows WWE Raw
WWE SmackDown
WWE Superstars
External links
Official website

WWE NXT is a professional wrestling television program produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) which debuted on Syfy on February 23, 2010.[2] Described as a hybrid between reality television and WWE's scripted live event shows, the premise of the show follows select talent contracted to WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in a competition to become a contracted member of the Raw roster with the help of mentors from WWE's Raw and SmackDown brands.[2][3][4]

Contents

Format

WWE NXT pairs up eight wrestlers from WWE's existing Raw and SmackDown brands (dubbed "Pros") with talent from WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (dubbed "Rookies"). Each episode feature the Rookies being mentored by the Pros as they develop their characters, as well as their microphone and performance skills in front of a live audience. The pairings also enable the show to crossover into WWE's Raw and SmackDown programs.[2][3] In various weeks, votes will be held between each of the Pros that will determine which Rookie should be eliminated from the contest.[5][6] However, no Pro can vote for or against their own Rookie.[5] The first vote and elimination will be held on the March 30 episode.[6] The ultimate prize for one of the Rookies at the end of the season is a contract to perform on the Raw brand.[4][6]

Cast

Rookie[7] Pro[7]
Daniel Bryan The Miz
Darren Young CM Punk
David Otunga R-Truth
Heath Slater Christian
Justin Gabriel Matt Hardy
Michael Tarver Carlito
Skip Sheffield William Regal[A]
Wade Barrett Chris Jericho

A Sheffield's Pro was originally announced to be Montel Vontavious Porter, but was replaced by William Regal before the show's premiere.[8]

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Host

Host Dates
Matt Striker February 23, 2010 - Present

Commentators

Commentators Dates
Michael Cole and Josh Mathews February 23, 2010 - Present

Ring announcers

Ring announcer Dates
Savannah February 23, 2010 - Present

Production

On February 2, 2010, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced that a new weekly program 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."[9]

On the February 4, 2010 episode of WWE Superstars, the new show's name was announced as WWE NXT.[10] The name was later discovered to be trademarked already in the United Kingdom by National Wrestling Alliance 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.[11][12]

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.[2][3] NXT is the second reality-based series produced by WWE, the first being WWE Tough Enough which aired between 2001 to 2004.[2] Due to WWE's nature of airing weekly shows without hiatus, the current plan for NXT will be to split the year's set of episodes into two or three seasons.[2] The first season of NXT will be 17 weeks long.[13]

Special episodes

Episode Date Rating Notes
NXT February 23, 2010 1.3[14] Debut episode

International broadcasters

In addition to being broadcast on Syfy in the United States, NXT is broadcast on a number of channels in many different countries.

Country Network Ref
Algeria, Egypt and Qatar Showtime [15][16][17]
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia,
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama,
Peru and Venezuela
FX Latin America [18][19][20][21]
[22][23][24][25]
[26][27][28]
[29][30]
Australia Fox8 [31]
Bangladesh, India and Pakistan TEN Sports [32][33][34]
Cambodia CTN [35]
Canada Global TV [36]
France Action [37]
Germany Sky Deutschland [38]
Italy Sky Italia [39]
Japan J Sports 1 [40]
Malaysia Astro SuperSport [41]
New Zealand The Box [42]
Philippines Jack TV [43]
Portugal SportTV 3 [44]
South Africa e.tv [45]
Taiwan Videoland Max-TV [46]
United Kingdom and Ireland Sky Sports 3 & Sky Sports HD 3 [47][48]

See also

References

  1. ^ "WWE NXT: "Wild & Young" by American Bang is the official theme song of WWE NXT". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/content/media/video/vms/wwenxt/2010/february8-14/13491168. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Graser, Marc (2010-02-16). "WWE's 'ECW' ends run on Syfy". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118015260.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ a b c "WWE NXT debuts on Syfy". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-02-16. http://corporate.wwe.com/news/2010/WWECorporate-.jsp. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  4. ^ a b Medalis, Kara A. (2010-02-23). "An early clash". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/archive/13609274/. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  5. ^ a b Murphy, Ryan (2010-03-02). "Rising to the challenge". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/archive/03022010/. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  6. ^ a b c Medalis, Kara A. (2010-03-16). "Clash in the City of Angels". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/results/13800386/. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  7. ^ a b "WWE NXT Superstars". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wwenxt/. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  8. ^ "WWE NXT: Meet the NXT Rookies and their WWE Pros!". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-02-16. http://www.wwe.com/content/media/video/vms/wwenxt/2010/february15-21/13532536. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  9. ^ Parks, Greg (2010-02-02). "Parks' ECW TV Report 2/2: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of the show, including Vince McMahon's announcement on the future of ECW". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://www.pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_38686.shtml. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  10. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-02-04). "Caldwell's WWE Superstar TV Report 2/4: Complete coverage of Team Morrison vs. Team McIntyre six-man tag, awesome Bourne vs. Carlito match". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_38751.shtml. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  11. ^ Hay, Cameron (2010-02-06). "Wrestling Dispute". Paisley Daily Express. http://www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk/renfrewshire-news/local-news-in-renfrewshire/paisley-news/2010/02/06/wrestling-dispute-87085-25772518/. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  12. ^ Murphy, PJ. "Source". Scottish Wrestling Alliance. http://scottishwrestling.co.uk/fanaccess/news/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1266008978&archive=&start_from=&ucat=14&. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  13. ^ "The NXT Interview: Justin Gabriel". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-03-05. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/nxtinterview/gabrielinterview. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  14. ^ "WWE NXT debuts to strong ratings on SyFy". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-02-26. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/articles/13639330/nxtratings. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  15. ^ "WWE's Algeria Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Algeria. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  16. ^ "WWE's Egypt Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Egypt. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  17. ^ "WWE's Qatar Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Qatar. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  18. ^ "WWE's Argentina Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Argentina. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  19. ^ "WWE's Brazil Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Brazil. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  20. ^ "WWE's Chile Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Chile. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  21. ^ "WWE's Colombia Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Colombia. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  22. ^ "WWE's Costa Rica Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Costa%20Rica. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  23. ^ "WWE's Dominican Republic Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Dominican%20Republic. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  24. ^ "WWE's Ecuador Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Ecuador. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  25. ^ "WWE's El Salvador Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/El%20Salvador. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  26. ^ "WWE's Guatemala Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Guatemala. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  27. ^ "WWE's Mexico Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Mexico. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  28. ^ "WWE's Panama Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Panama. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  29. ^ "WWE's Peru Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Peru. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  30. ^ "WWE's Venezuela Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Venezuela. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  31. ^ "WWE's Australia Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Australia. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  32. ^ "WWE's Bangladesh Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Bangladesh. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  33. ^ "WWE's India Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/India. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  34. ^ "WWE's Pakistan Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Pakistan. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  35. ^ "WWE's Cambodia Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Cambodia. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  36. ^ "WWE's Canada Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Canada. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  37. ^ "WWE's France Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/France. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  38. ^ "WWE's Germany Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Germany. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  39. ^ "WWE's Italy Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Italy. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  40. ^ "WWE's Japan Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Japan. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  41. ^ "WWE's Malaysia Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Malaysia. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  42. ^ "WWE's New Zealand Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/New%20Zealand. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  43. ^ "WWE's Philippines Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Philippines. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  44. ^ "WWE's Portugal Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Portugal. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  45. ^ "WWE's South Africa Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/South%20Africa. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  46. ^ "WWE's Taiwan Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Taiwan. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  47. ^ "WWE's United Kingdom Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/United%20Kingdom. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  48. ^ "WWE's Ireland Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Ireland. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 

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