When NXT Wrestling first aired from 2010 to 2012, its format was akin to reality television, where rookies taken from WWE’s development promotion FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling) would compete in a series of challenges to earn a spot on the main roster.
in August 2012, WWE closed the doors on its Tampa, Florida development promotion. Moving to Full Sail University, a training facility in Winter Park, Florida, WWE re-branded the development promotion under the NXT banner. After that, the show did away with the reality show theme altogether, and became a Raw or Smackdown-like showcase for the developmental talent.
Although a number of current WWE superstars cut their teeth in NXT (most notably Seth Rollins, the first NXT grad to win the World Heavyweight Championship), it wasn’t until 2014 that NXT really started to get serious attention from audiences and industry analysts.
With three big live events under their belt, a touring schedule, and their current champion Kevin Owens making waves on the main roster, NXT is becoming a major force to be reckoned with.