The Story of NXT Season 1

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Today NXT is known as one of the better current wrestling TV shows. NXT is used as a WWE developmental platform where superstars of tomorrow can learn to work the "WWE way" and get themselves prepared for weekly arena shows. Just like everything though, NXT had to evolve over time. The very first incarnation of NXT was nothing like the version we see today on Wednesday Nights.
NXT was originally a reality show mixed with professional wrestling, or at least that's how the WWE described it. NXT was more like a contest that was similiar to the WWE's Tough Enough show. Basically, a group of WWE hopefuls would have to compete against eachother to earn a spot on the main WWE roster. Guys like Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel (PJ Black), Skip Sheffield (Ryback) and Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) all appeared on the first season of NXT, and this video will look at the journey these men took on the television show.
Topics covered include:
00:00 - The Evolution of NXT
03:39 - Daniel Bryan's debut
06:58 - The first episode of NXT
12:17 - The second episode of NXT
14:48 - The NXT challenges
19:30 - Daniel Bryan goes after Michael Cole
21:09 - The Winner of NXT Season 1


  1. charles616
    Muaj më parë

    Aside from Bryan, my favorite thing is CM Punk's general disinterest in being there.

  2. Johnathan Lewis
    Johnathan Lewis
    Muaj më parë

    I hope you do the women’s season of NXT cause that truly was a fever dream haha

  3. CharMeng
    2 muaj më parë


  4. Jared Quinney
    Jared Quinney
    2 muaj më parë

    Love this channel

  5. Rodney Chembe
    Rodney Chembe
    2 muaj më parë

    I am also south african like justin gabriel i live south of cape town

  6. Monsieur Dubitatif
    Monsieur Dubitatif
    2 muaj më parë

    provide i've been given also a Mantaur, i would had have succeed... lol

  7. Patrick Peralta
    Patrick Peralta
    2 muaj më parë

    I agree when Daniel Bryan arrived in NXT he was Arguably 90% more talented then the wrestlers on the main roster let alone NXT at the time.

  8. Patrick Peralta
    Patrick Peralta
    2 muaj më parë

    I was not a fan of the early days of NXT those contests were so stupid. I was glad thy dumped the format and focused on Wrestling and feuds as NXT is today. I also was not a Fan of Miz mentoring Daniel Bryan. Bryan was way more experienced then the Miz after all Daniel Bryan was trained by Regal. Yes I know he trained at HBK's school but his main training was done by Regal one of the best Technical wrestlers ever.

  9. ForeverTired2000
    2 muaj më parë

    7:57 LOL

  10. sudochop
    2 muaj më parë

    I had good memories between 2009 - 2012. At that time, I lived in SWFL and we went a lot to the Punta Gorda shows or the Ft. Myers shows at the convention centers. I still remember when I came to the first show. The person that checked me in at the gate was a huge guy. This was before NXT season 1. You know who that was? Wade Barrett or at the time, I believe was "Stu Sanders/Lawrence Knight". Another instance was when there was a guy in the corner around early 2010 at the meet and greet. I didn't know who he was. Never saw him before so I ended up passing any autographs from him. Anyways, he wrestled that night as a heel. I regret NOT meeting him. You know who that was? a new signee. Bryan Danielson (before he was known as Daniel Bryan). You know who he faced? Kaval (Low Ki). It was the first match of the night. I swear to god after that match that both those were the best in wrestling; That they were both going to be stars. Soon after, Daniel Bryan started appeared on TV. Glad I was able to him once in-the-flesh before he became "well known". Most of those guys on NXT Season 1 I saw wrestle at those shows house shows when it had only like 50 people in the audience. Best time in my life meeting people like Dusty Rhodes, Goldust (he wrestled one show and a guest facing Heath Slater), CM punk (meet and greet), Alex Riley, The Shield before they became "the Shield" lol. Paige before she was the Paige (the was known as Saraya - It was like her first house show beyond Tampa - I looked it up). etc. etc. Definitely a great time in wrestling to see all of them in person before they were stars.

    1. sudochop
      2 muaj më parë - Somebody filmed those show and I was in the attendance for most of them. FYI.

  11. sappyfoot
    2 muaj më parë

    barrett should’ve never won it

  12. sappyfoot
    2 muaj më parë

    ‘the ratings bonanza’ david otunga

    2 muaj më parë

    Awesome now I dont need to watch the whole season thank god lol. I'm already watching the monday night wars every episode and your series along with it lol.

  14. Marc Espinoza
    Marc Espinoza
    2 muaj më parë

    Remember the season that had Low-Ki? and one week they played that game that tests your punching power and stupid Low-Ki tried to kick it?

  15. Samo lagano
    Samo lagano
    2 muaj më parë

    Great job i become big fan of your work!

  16. Aditya Singh
    Aditya Singh
    2 muaj më parë

    I was just 10 years old watching my first nxt episode sitting beside my dad seeing a dwarf kiss a hot was quite dad gave me life lectures after that..typical religious family stuff

  17. Pastor cody mitchell
    Pastor cody mitchell
    2 muaj më parë

    Great video mate daniel bryan is my favorite

  18. Blafhoest
    2 muaj më parë

    For some reason this video doesn't show in my subscription feed, yet the videos before and after this one did show up like normal.

  19. LozStrife
    2 muaj më parë

    We want Eugene!

  20. Waluigiisbest99
    2 muaj më parë


  21. rusty shackleford
    rusty shackleford
    2 muaj më parë

    I wish youd put the wrestling songs in the description.

  22. Juan Resto
    Juan Resto
    2 muaj më parë

    Please do Season 2!

  23. tim
    2 muaj më parë

    Today NXT sucks ass. Its nothing like it used to be.

  24. Iron man
    Iron man
    2 muaj më parë

    I hate the "reality show" junk when it comes to wrestling. They should've never mixed the two.

  25. Christopher James
    Christopher James
    2 muaj më parë

    Scary this is now over 10 years ago

  26. Patrick Eid
    Patrick Eid
    2 muaj më parë

    great story, buddy. You better keep going with The Story of NXT to keep celebrating the 10th year of NXT till the end of 2020.

  27. Thomas Crowley
    Thomas Crowley
    2 muaj më parë

    Make the Miz Slap lmao 🤣

  28. TheDoubleZTV
    2 muaj më parë

    The last season of NXT will make you want to drink, no doubt about it.

  29. Ayman Ashley
    Ayman Ashley
    2 muaj më parë

    When I started watching nxt was when paige came to the main roster. I remember the commentary talking about NXT. Once I caught up with it ,I tried to watch from the first episode but it was to painful to watch. Im looking for when it turned good so I can watch from there

  30. Ian Graham
    Ian Graham
    2 muaj më parë

    Ah yes, the version of nxt where EVERYONE EVER looked at the contestants and were like: they've all got contracts already!.

  31. Warren305
    2 muaj më parë

    How does making Daniel Bryan the centerpiece of an entire show bury him?

  32. LionSon
    2 muaj më parë

    U saved me so much time...thank you

  33. Mykal Wagner
    Mykal Wagner
    2 muaj më parë

    Holy ass! This is all terrible!

  34. Mykal Wagner
    Mykal Wagner
    2 muaj më parë

    NXT will always be better than Raw and Smackdown! But it can't hold a candle to AEW!

  35. apark02
    2 muaj më parë

    I would have loved to see a shoot wrestling match between Daniel Bryan vs Miz just like they did with Daniel Puder vs Kurt Angle. I would have bet lots of money Miz would have gotten his ass handed to him.

  36. C C
    C C
    2 muaj më parë

    How about an AJ Lee retrospective? thanks for making all these videos man.

  37. King Romeo
    King Romeo
    2 muaj më parë

    Great video as always champ. Possibly in the near future we see the story behind CM Punk's pipebomb promos.

  38. Thumper Gently
    Thumper Gently
    2 muaj më parë

    You've got the best intros man. Well done. Thanks for everything too.

  39. RapperJJJ
    2 muaj më parë

    I always felt NXT should have taken the 8 guys from developmental (or 6 in later seasons) and had a round robin tournament with the winner of the tournament getting a contract to be on RAW and Smackdown.

  40. Neil Blanckenberg
    Neil Blanckenberg
    2 muaj më parë

    We all know that wrestling is "fake" and I guess there is nothing wrong with a "fake" reality TV show. NXT season one was different to what we were used to and I liked it. I also enjoyed the other seasons. Most of these wrestlers ended up having some kind of carreer in the WWE. I also thought Darren Young was John Cena in disguise.

  41. GutturalReef
    2 muaj më parë

    DB is so tiny!!!!!!!

  42. Curly Bizkit
    Curly Bizkit
    3 muaj më parë

    Losing faith in wrestling bios,where’s the biographies of actual Wrestlers???? Monday night wars is great on a Thursday,but the channels moving away from what made it great to start with

  43. P0cket Rcket
    P0cket Rcket
    3 muaj më parë

    I agree that Miz and Bryan weren't comparable but they've both come along way since NXT's first season

  44. Kenneth Greggs
    Kenneth Greggs
    3 muaj më parë

    I completely forgot about the Nexus theme lol

  45. Matthew Simms
    Matthew Simms
    3 muaj më parë

    Great show Thank you

  46. Charlie James
    Charlie James
    3 muaj më parë

    Who would have thought after all of the NXT call ups Daniel Bryan be the last one standing from the orginal NXT brand...

  47. Ozzy Morrison
    Ozzy Morrison
    3 muaj më parë

    The best part was heel Michael Cole and Rookie Daniel Bryan

  48. Richard Henry
    Richard Henry
    3 muaj më parë

    Nicely done, amigo.

  49. The Central Views
    The Central Views
    3 muaj më parë

    Thought Otunga using Hudson was good for his gimmick.

  50. NoUseForAName06
    3 muaj më parë

    I would like to note that Darren Young was white...

  51. Jawa 2
    Jawa 2
    3 muaj më parë

    Punk wishes he was on OTUNGAS level.... Heel heat

  52. Jawa 2
    Jawa 2
    3 muaj më parë

    Bios knows that he puts out GOLD!!!! :)

  53. Sosig Boi
    Sosig Boi
    3 muaj më parë

    I think NXT is still a long way off from being in the same vein as Raw and Smackdown. It’s definitely become more of a “WWE Product” since moving from the Network to cable TV, but the match quality and storytelling is still head and shoulders above anything we get on the so-called “main roster.”

  54. InsanityX117
    3 muaj më parë

    Am I blind or did I see Kevin Owens working security with Johnny....

  55. Kenjiro Sanga
    Kenjiro Sanga
    3 muaj më parë

    Everyone acted like a total TWAT! In early NXT👎

  56. Tarek Ahmed
    Tarek Ahmed
    3 muaj më parë

    Nexus next pleaaaase!

  57. J.
    3 muaj më parë

    Ahh the Nexus what could’ve been had Vince and creative put more effort and proper direction for this group.

  58. Jameson B
    Jameson B
    3 muaj më parë

    Who hated NXT Season 1!?!?! I loved it. There was so much talent. It was such an interesting concept. And then the Nexus happened because of it. This was the last couple of years WWE was watchable.

  59. talkshowgod
    3 muaj më parë

    Do season 2 and 3 please 😊

  60. Gargajangles
    3 muaj më parë

    2:05 Is that a baby Lance Archer?

  61. joel Chamberlain
    joel Chamberlain
    3 muaj më parë

    It's amazing looking back at that first season of NXT who actually got hired some time after the season premiered if I'm right I counted 5 who had decent runs and became household names (atleast amongst wrestling fans).

  62. JV Harbin
    JV Harbin
    3 muaj më parë

    So.. I just googled David Otunga and YES! He was part of the final 3 on a MTV reality show called "I Love New York". His name on the show was "Punk". New York was the name of a black woman who won the show "Flavor of Love". She tested well with audiences and the relationship between her and Flavor Flave did not work out even though she won the show. Imagine that? Lol 😂🤣😅 If y'all wanna watch David Otunga grovel to a woman that competed for love with a major crack head throughout the 80's&90's and then a regular crack head up until today. Just watch "I love New York". Ms. New York is not pretty. Plus she is really stupid and ghetto. So the guys he competes with are total retards. Also HE LOSES! LOL 😂😂😂😂😂. So you get to see him all punked out and heartbroken. If y'all want to know how I know this it is thanks to a girl I dated named Amanda Dampts. She forced me to watch A LOT of reality TV. So glad she is gone!😘🕊️

  63. JV Harbin
    JV Harbin
    3 muaj më parë

    Was Otanga on a reality show called "I Love New York"?

    1. Slice Tee
      Slice Tee
      2 muaj më parë

      Yea on the 2nd second

  64. Night Streak
    Night Streak
    3 muaj më parë

    Season 1-3 were just what are they thinking? How far it has come

    3 muaj më parë

    People would rather watch this version of NXT than the boring one that there is now. Smarks pretend as if wrestlers with no characters, charisma, mic skills, etc, who don't even look like wrestlers, are a good thing. What a joke.

  66. UnPlugged Gaming
    UnPlugged Gaming
    3 muaj më parë

    Great idea for a series 👍👍

  67. Kevin Krame
    Kevin Krame
    3 muaj më parë

    My first exposure to David Otunga was when he was on I Love New York on VH1. He should've been Miz's rookie lol. But the decade long rivalry Bryan and Miz have had since is easily the best thing to come out of this whole game show version of NXT for sure.

  68. Devin Crusade
    Devin Crusade
    3 muaj më parë

    I absolutely love your videos. The journey I’ve been on integrating myself back into the WWE network has been amazing. I was just wondering if you could do something on the Smackdown 6

  69. Kevyn Hansyn
    Kevyn Hansyn
    3 muaj më parë

    We all know how "Nexus" panned out (since it has been covered farrrrrrr to many times). What almost EVERY "wrestling" youtuber seems to forget is that Wade Barret is an accomplished Actor over In Europe. And hes exciting to watch.

    1. Kevyn Hansyn
      Kevyn Hansyn
      3 muaj më parë

      Side not............. Let's not forget the "X" Division fron TNA. That was hell of a division.

  70. Chris McDonald
    Chris McDonald
    3 muaj më parë

    Do a video on cm punks straight edge society

  71. Mikey A
    Mikey A
    3 muaj më parë

    Hey wrestlingbios we want old Ecw documentaries and I'll b greatly appreciate it if u do it

  72. VideoGameDTS Production
    VideoGameDTS Production
    3 muaj më parë

    Hold on since we going this recent. Can we get a historic title run that the New Day went on!!!!

  73. Sailor Ranger
    Sailor Ranger
    3 muaj më parë

    Aww, you should have mentioned how Dniel Byran's first words in the WWE was "Yes" XD

  74. Azrael Darkness64
    Azrael Darkness64
    3 muaj më parë

    I remember saying they replaced ECW for this after that I tune out.

  75. JosephDiEgidioIII
    3 muaj më parë

    I do remember vividly hating the announcers on this early NXT. Glad ya covered it especially how much of a jerk Babyface Striker was during talking segments. To say this changed three-four years into the best thing on WWE is an understatement.

  76. GrowlerCat
    3 muaj më parë

    You gonna cover AEW or is that too recent?

  77. The Central Views
    The Central Views
    3 muaj më parë

    This is what got me back in to wrestling. I'd stopped watching after cena made the spinning wwe title in 2004 (?). I gave NXT a shot and when Nexus came on air I started watching again. Stopped again when corona kicked off.

  78. sparrow Ag101
    sparrow Ag101
    3 muaj më parë

    Can you please explain the fiend and Alexa’s storyline so far or when it’s over because I really don’t get it and you are so good at what you do

  79. Mick Thomason
    Mick Thomason
    3 muaj më parë

    Nxt. Season two

  80. LB 2.0.
    LB 2.0.
    3 muaj më parë

    Man looking back on this I sometimes forget what Daniel Bryan looked like with a clean shaven face lol.

  81. slapmister
    3 muaj më parë

    20:11 lol is that Johnny Gargano?

    1. youngpimpinking
      2 muaj më parë


  82. robert johnson
    robert johnson
    3 muaj më parë

    Gotta do a video on the misfits in WCW.

  83. Zachary Thomason
    Zachary Thomason
    3 muaj më parë

    Great Job putting out this video like always keep up the great work.

  84. Venem
    3 muaj më parë

    I think Barrett has said in interviews that he wasn't really paying attention when jericho asked to be introduced and kinda went on about himself until jericho stopped him. Its quite hilarious in hindsight

  85. Zemo X2
    Zemo X2
    3 muaj më parë

    PJ BLACK>>>Justin Gabriel. PJ has come a long way since his days in WWE.

  86. Exquisite Lemonade
    Exquisite Lemonade
    3 muaj më parë

    Otunga has been living off the chick he happened to marry in wrestling

  87. MukWresting Dad
    MukWresting Dad
    3 muaj më parë

    i was there live for season one episode one!

    1. SnazzyGameBot Archive
      SnazzyGameBot Archive
      2 muaj më parë

      @MukWresting Dad wow, thanks for sharing

    2. MukWresting Dad
      MukWresting Dad
      2 muaj më parë

      It was on a Tuesday night. Back when smack down was taped. The first hour of the live show was NXT. The crowd reactions were good, but mainly for the “pros” as most were meeting the rookies for the first time. My initial reaction was this was a new packaging for tough enough. I enjoyed it. Crazy to think how big Daniel Bryan got after this, considering Wade Barrett won season 1.

    3. SnazzyGameBot Archive
      SnazzyGameBot Archive
      3 muaj më parë

      If you don’t mind me asking, what was it like at the time? In terms of how excited fans were for it and what was the deciding factor in you going? This NXT, is a few years shy of when I got into wrestling seriously as a fan.

  88. Oscar Mejia
    Oscar Mejia
    3 muaj më parë

    Muy bueno, Incredible job, well done Wrestling Bios, I love the video.

  89. TG5455
    3 muaj më parë

    Daniel Bryan starting at the bottom on NXT didn't bother me because he needed to get the respect from the higher-ups to be a main player in the company.

  90. Pondering Ghost
    Pondering Ghost
    3 muaj më parë

    Wade Barrett never did get his own intro for winning that challenge.

  91. Kenneth Dougall
    Kenneth Dougall
    3 muaj më parë

    I stopped watching wrestling long before this but its wrestling bios so I am going watch it

  92. steven simmon
    steven simmon
    3 muaj më parë

    They had talent but they screwed up

  93. Tim Bartsch
    Tim Bartsch
    3 muaj më parë

    The debut of NXT was the beginning of Heel Michael Cole

    1. Thomas Reynard
      Thomas Reynard
      2 muaj më parë

      1999 was the beginning of heel Cole...

  94. MrNegativecreep07
    3 muaj më parë

    NXT UK is now the WWE's best kept secret

  95. Joie Kelly
    Joie Kelly
    3 muaj më parë

    Would love to hear what Regal thought of Skip, they should of given him Barrett.

    1. Jason Carney
      Jason Carney
      3 muaj më parë

      I agree, but that would mean the WWE creatives have common sense when character building and story lines.

  96. Tim Bartsch
    Tim Bartsch
    3 muaj më parë

    June 7th 2010 The debut of the Nexus

  97. haku here
    haku here
    3 muaj më parë

    Didn't even realize this was new that's how well your videos are made! Great job

  98. Martin Rubio
    Martin Rubio
    3 muaj më parë

    Daniel bryan became a star

  99. Brandon Gonzalez
    Brandon Gonzalez
    3 muaj më parë

    Daniel is the better wrestler but Miz is the better character imo

  100. James Bounds
    James Bounds
    3 muaj më parë

    Also the beginning of heel Michael Cole.