What makes a title meaningful? Is it the number of reigns one has as a champion, or is it the way a champion represents the belt? When it comes to the NXT Women’s Championship, the latter applies.
Since its introduction in 2013, the NXT Women’s Championship has been the only consistent thing not only in NXT, but in WWE. The title has been celebrated 14 times, and only two women, Shayna Baszler and Charlotte Flair, have won it twice. Only twice has a reign lasted less than 100 days, not counting Mandy Rose’s current reign at more than 70. To put that in perspective, the NXT Championship has been used 24 times since 2012. Various wrestlers (Samoa Joe 3x, Finn Balor 2x, Tommaso Ciampa 2x, Shinsuke Nakamura 2x, Karrion Kross 2x) have held the leash more than once.
Before the women’s revolution took over WWE around 2016, NXT was the one having breakout matches. Paige, Emma, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bayley and Sasha Banks fought for the title and showed their talents. There was a legitimate match in the ring, and fans realized early on how special this group was.
The creative input of Paul “Triple” H Levesque, along with others within his circle, resulted in a respected division with a valuable title.
“The NXT women’s title is one of the most significant in the business,” Triple H once told Sports Illustrated. “That is a testament to all the women who played a role in it. The women of NXT have something to prove. They are really doing their best to make a name for themselves. ”Women in wrestling have often been restricted and limited in terms of television time and roster size, but they currently enjoy unparalleled freedom and opportunity in NXT.
“NXT is the place people come when they have something to prove. That has been embedded in the women’s division since its inception. The floodgates opened with Charlotte, Becky, Sasha, Bayley, Paige and the whole team, they took it to another level. Since then, it has moved up the line. “
Things got underway when Bayley beat Sasha Banks in Brooklyn in 2015 for the title. The rematch they had, a 30-minute Iron Man match at NXT TakeOver: Respect, won Pro Wrestling’s Illustrated Match of the Year. A new era in women’s wrestling has officially begun in WWE.
After the Four Horsemen came Asuka’s 500+ day reign as champion, further enhancing the aura of the title. Every match felt important and no fan could turn it down. Because she was recruited to the main WWE shows, for the second time, the title was left vacant. Then the new blood took over. Ember Moon, Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane set out to keep the title’s legacy intact, which they did.
The title may have been involved in an awkward period when Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair traded the title, but the meaning behind Flair, one of the world’s best fighters and Royal Rumble winner, who wanted to fight for the NXT Women’s Championship, it only increased in value. The reigns of Io Shirai, Raquel González and currently Mandy Rose, the latter through the new NXT, continue to set the tone for that division.
The NXT Women’s Championship is valuable based on how he and the champion reserve. Bayley’s path to the title was moving for many, Baszler looked like a true monster with his reigns, and when Ripley won it, it seemed like it was going to take a long time. The recent ascent to the throne of Raquel González is the perfect example. Originally competing in the Mae Young Classic, González spent a few years without a reservation. Completely changed, González originally became Dakota Kai’s muscle. His popularity with fans and the skills he possessed impressed the backstage staff. Among other things, he helped to attach the rocket to her. Gonzalez won the NXT Women’s Championship, like Ripley, Moon and Bayley, it was a nice moment due to the proper booking.
A championship is only as valuable as those who hold it, as well as those who fight for it. Although she never won the title, Nikki Cross, Bianca Belair, Lynch, Mickie James, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Nia Jax and others competed in matches that are still remembered today.
At NXT New Year’s Evil, Rose defends her title against González and Cora Jade. Jade, considered the future of NXT 2.0, has grown a lot in her short time with the promotion. That organic growth and fan interest is the standard for a future NXT Women’s Champion. Whether he wins the title or not, his name will be forever tied to his belt. That will be useful in the future.
Winning a title is one thing. What one does next is another. The NXT Women’s Championship is the belt of the workhorse, with a constant passion to maintain its excellence by bringing it all together.