|NXT North American Championship|
|Date established||March 7, 2018|
|Current champion(s)||Johnny Gargano|
|Date won||December 6, 2020|
The NXT North American Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE, defended on their NXT brand division. It is one of three secondary championships in WWE, along with the United States Championship on Raw and the Intercontinental Championship on SmackDown. The current champion is Johnny Gargano, who is in his record third reign.
Introduced during the March 7, 2018 tapings of NXT (aired March 28), the title was established as the secondary championship for NXT, which at the time was still regarded as a developmental territory for WWE. The inaugural champion was Adam Cole. Around this time, NXT was in the midst of establishing itself as WWE's third major brand, which became official in September 2019 when NXT was moved to the USA Network.
The title is distinct from the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship, as it does not carry the lineage of the former title, which was contested from 1979–1980.
In June 2012, WWE established NXT as their developmental territory, replacing Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). It was not until 2018, however, that a secondary championship was established for the brand. During the March 7, 2018, tapings of NXT (aired March 28), NXT General Manager William Regal announced a ladder match for TakeOver: New Orleans to determine the inaugural NXT North American Champion. Later that night, EC3, Killian Dain, Adam Cole, Ricochet, Lars Sullivan, and Velveteen Dream were announced as the participants in the match. At the event, Cole won the match to become the inaugural champion.
While NXT had originally been established as WWE's developmental territory, the NXT North American Championship was introduced in the midst of NXT establishing itself as WWE's third major brand. This became official when NXT was moved to the USA Network in September 2019, thus making the NXT North American Championship a third secondary title for WWE, along with the WWE Intercontinental and United States Championships.
The design of the belt was unveiled by WWE Chief Operating Officer and NXT head Triple H on April 3, 2018. Featuring three gold plates on a thick brown leather strap, the rounded center plate features a globe that only shows the continent of North America. The banner above the globe reads "North American" and above the banner is the NXT logo. The lower banner at the bottom of the globe reads "Champion". In what has become a prominent feature of WWE's championship belts, the two side plates feature a removable center section which can be customized with the champion's logos; the default side plates feature a vertical NXT logo on a globe. This was WWE's first secondary title to feature customizable side plates. It is also the only NXT championship to feature the NXT logo for the default side plates; the others feature the WWE logo.
As of January 27, 2021, there have been ten reigns between eight champions and one vacancy. The inaugural champion was Adam Cole. Velveteen Dream has the longest reign as champion at 231 days and is the youngest champion, winning the title at 23. Johnny Gargano has the most reigns at three, with his first reign being the shortest at 4 days. Due to tape delay, WWE recognizes that Dream's reign lasted 209 days while Gargano's lasted 25 days (which still recognizes Dream’s as the longest; however, this makes Gargano’s second reign of 14 days the shortest). Damian Priest is the oldest, winning at 37.
Johnny Gargano is the current champion in his record third reign. He won the title by defeating previous champion Leon Ruff and Damian Priest in a triple threat match on December 6, 2020 at TakeOver: WarGames in Orlando, Florida.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|Days recog.||Number of days held recognized by the promotion|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Adam Cole||April 7, 2018||TakeOver:
|New Orleans, LA||1||133||133||Defeated EC3, Killian Dain, Lars Sullivan, Ricochet, and Velveteen Dream in a six-man ladder match to become the inaugural champion.|||
|2||Ricochet||August 18, 2018||TakeOver:
|3||Johnny Gargano||January 26, 2019||TakeOver:
|Phoenix, AZ||1||4||25||WWE recognizes Gargano's reign as ending on February 20, 2019, when the following episode aired on tape delay.|||
|4||Velveteen Dream||January 30, 2019||NXT||Winter Park, FL||1||231||209||WWE taped two endings for the match, one with Gargano retaining and the other with Dream winning. The latter was revealed as the true result when the episode aired on tape delay on February 20, the date WWE recognizes for Dream's reign.|||
|5||Roderick Strong||September 18, 2019||NXT||Winter Park, FL||1||126||126|||
|6||Keith Lee||January 22, 2020||NXT||Winter Park, FL||1||175||181||WWE recognizes Lee's reign as ending on July 22, 2020, when the episode in which he vacated the title aired on tape delay.|||
|—||Vacated||July 15, 2020||NXT||Winter Park, FL||—||—||—||Keith Lee voluntarily relinquished the title two weeks after winning the NXT Championship in order to focus on defending the latter. This episode aired on tape delay on July 22, 2020.|||
|7||Damian Priest||August 22, 2020||TakeOver XXX||Winter Park, FL||1||67||67||Defeated Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Johnny Gargano, and Velveteen Dream in a five-way ladder match to win the vacant title.|||
|8||Johnny Gargano||October 28, 2020||Halloween Havoc||Orlando, FL||2||14||14||This was a Devil's Playground match.|||
|9||Leon Ruff||November 11, 2020||NXT||Orlando, FL||1||25||25|||
|10||Johnny Gargano||December 6, 2020||TakeOver:
|Orlando, FL||3||52+||52+||This was a triple threat match, also involving Damian Priest.|||
As of January 27, 2021.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
rec. by WWE
|6||Johnny Gargano †||3||70+||91+|
- 209 days as recognized by WWE due to the episode airing on tape delay, but still the longest.
- 25 days as recognized by WWE due to the episode airing on tape delay; the shortest reign recognized by WWE is Gargano’s second at 14 days.
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