WWE NXT is the professional wrestling developmental branch for WWE, based in Winter Park, Florida. From its inception in August 2012 to June 2013, it was a distinct but affiliated developmental territory for WWE under the name NXT Wrestling. In June 2013, the NXT Wrestling website was shut down and NXT content was moved to within WWE.com. NXT started a new pay-per-view called NXT TakeOver in May 2014. WWE COO Triple H acts as the booker for the organization's television and live events.
In August 2012, WWE ceased operating Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), its developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida, deactivated FCW titles, and began running all of its developmental events and operations atFull Sail University under the "NXT Wrestling" banner. WWE had been using the NXT name for a television program featuring rookies from FCW competing to become WWE main roster members, though the "reality television" aspects of the show had been dropped earlier in 2012; WWE NXT now serves as the primary television program for the promotion.
In 2013, several wrestlers who had been released by WWE made allegations regarding wrongdoings in NXT. Trent Barreta and Briley Pierce accused the NXT strength coach of sexually harassing the female NXT wrestlers, while Chase Donovan and Chad Baxter accused Bill DeMott of using homophobic slurs, breaking yardsticks over the backs of developmental wrestlers and pulling out a gun during training. In response, WWE released a statement in July, stating that "There have been no sexual harassment complaints filed against any employee at the WWE's training facility in Orlando. Instead there have been baseless allegations made by disgruntled talent recently released by WWE. Regardless, WWE takes these issues seriously and investigated this matter, concluding that there was no wrongdoing."
On February 27, 2014, NXT held its first live two-hour special event called NXT Arrival, which was also the first live in-ring program broadcast on the WWE Network. Eventually, WWE scheduled more live two-hour special events.
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