WWE NXT fans were pleased as punch last week when William Regal opened the show with the announcement that the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic would be returning, culminating in the finals at NXT TakeOver: Toronto the weekend of Survivor Series. The first Dusty Classic was an acclaimed tournament won by the team of Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe, who became forever-enemies shortly thereafter.
WWE had been slowly rolling out the teams who would be involved in the tournament on social media and now we have the full field of 16! Let’s take a look at the competitors who will attempt to get their names etched on the prestigious trophy this year, in order of when they were announced.
Andrade “Cien” Almas and Cedric Alexander
These two may seem like an unlikely pairing … and they are! The two competitors earned one another’s respect after a hard-fought main event matchup on NXT a couple of weeks ago (the week that CWC standout Alexander debuted on both Raw and NXT, as a matter of fact), so now they’re joining forced to try to make it to those big silver boots. Will they be able to stay on the same page? Who knows!
NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)
The current reigning, defending two-time NXT tag champs would seem to have an advantage in this tournament, being the class of the division and all. But then again, that’s what we thought of then-champions The Vaudevillains in last year’s Dusty Classic, and they were defeated in the second round … by Dash and Dawson.
The Revival were defeated in the semifinals last year by eventual tournament winners Bálor and Joe, so they definitely — on paper, at least — are the favorites heading into this one.