As previously reported, WWE NXT will be crowning it’s first ever NXT Champion in the coming weeks. At Thursday night’s tapings from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, an 8 man “Gold Rush Tournament” began to crown the first NXT Champion.

First Picture of the New NXT Championship Belt

The 8 participants include:

  • Bo Dallas
  • Richie Steamboat
  • Leo Kruger
  • Jinder Mahal
  • Seth Rollins
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Michael McGillicutty
  • Justin Gabriel

The first 2 rounds of matches took place Thursday night, with the finals set to take place at the next NXT tapings later this month.

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