We start a new episode of WWE NXT with a match from the team tournament dedicated to Dusty Rhodes. Beth Phoenix is once again present at the commentary table after conducting her remote activities in recent months.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2021 (Round 1)
The Way (Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory) vs. Kushida and Leon Ruff
Ruff dodges Austin’s moves and gains the advantage for his team. Kushida enters the ring and starts with the brace. The theory breaks free and together with Gargano, they begin a counterattack. The one from Japan receives punishment from his rivals until he escapes from Austin’s shoulders and runs towards Leon. The technicians have the upper hand until Gargano distracts his opponent so that Theory applies a Powerbomb in the center of the ring.
The Way remains in the lead after the commercial break until Ruff accidentally throws Theory at Kushida. The rude take advantage of the situation, but a Neckbreaker from Leon on Austin forces both to relieve. The Japanese levels the balance in his favor and attempt an Armbar on Gargano, but Theory comes to the rescue. Ruff stops a Double Superkick taking Austin with him and Kushida applies one last Suplex to Johnny. 1 … 2 … 3 …
Winners: Kushida and Leon Ruff on account of three
Kushida and Leon Ruff will face Grizzled Young Veterans in the second round of the competition.
Pete Dunne sends a warning to Finn Balor . He clarifies that he represented WWE in the UK with a better bearing than The Prince, and he will not let someone like Bálor stain the legacy he built with the NXT UK top title.
Malcolm Bivens is interviewed backstage until he is interrupted by his client Tyler Rust . Both confirm that the fighter will have a new opportunity to shine in a heads up tonight.
Karin Kross (with Scarlett) vs. Ashante “Thee” Adonis
Two Side Suplex leave Ashante very sore. Carrion ends an all-too-short encounter with an elbow to the back of the head for victory in record time.
Winner: Carrion Kross on the count of three
MSK are looking back on their debut from last week. Those previously known as The Rascalz clarify that they demonstrated the connection that unites them, and they promise to reach the top by winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2021 (Round 1)
Fight House Party (Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado) vs. Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel)
Marcel beats Lince in the first moments of the fight. The masked man gains momentum and passes the baton to Metalik who uses his shoulders to propel himself into a Frog Splash. Fabian enters the ring and is overtaken by Lucha House. Metalik looks for momentum on the third string, but loses his balance and receives a Double Dropkick.
Imperium dominates after the commercial break, but Aichner loses the advantage with a Dorado DDT. Both men relieve, and Metalik manages to surpass Fabian. Those from Europe surprise the masked man with an assisted knee. Lynx rescues his partner and together they apply a combination of Dropkick and Powerbomb. They are outmatched until Metalik drives Fabian away and Lince connects his Shooting Star Press on Marcel. 1 … 2 … 3 …
Winners: House Party Fight for three
Lucha House Party will face Legado del Fantasma in the second round of the competition.
Alexander Wolfe surprises his companions from Imperium after the match. The three-show mutual respect without intuiting what Wolfe’s appearance on the scene means.
William Regal and Beth Phoenix welcome us to the female version of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The eight participating couples are presented to the public and the first two approach the ring for the opening night.
Dusty Rhodes Women’s Tag Team Classic 2021 (Round 1)
Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez vs. Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro
The Rudas outperform in the first instance, but Catanzaro’s relief provides them with an opportunity to counter. Martinez enters the ring and beats Kacy before the commercial break.
Storm and Martinez remain ahead until Catanzaro applies a surprising Hurracarrana on the latter. Double relief and Carter dominates with several blows on Storm. Io Shirai reappears and gets rid of Martinez! Carter takes height and falls on Toni for the victory of his team.
Winners: Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro by a count of three
Carter and Catanzaro will face the winner of Aliyah and Jessi Kamea against Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzales in the semifinal of the competition.
Finn Bálor approaches William Regal and demands a match against Pete Dunne. However, he wants a tag team showdown with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch in the first instance to exact revenge. Regal accepts the requirements and forces him to choose a partner.
It is announced at the last minute that Ashante Adonis was discharged for in-ring competition . The competitor was on a team with Desmond Troy and they were scheduled to close out the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic against Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese on 205 Live.
Tyler Rust (with Malcolm Bivens) vs. Bronson Reed
After several minutes of struggling, Reed manages to launch his rival towards ringside. The largest competitor applies a thunderous Chokeslam and seeks height. Rust lands a Powerslam after several shots to the body, but his opponent gets up and manages to knock him out for the Tsunami. 1 … 2 … 3 ..
Winner: Bronson Reed on the count of three
Finn Balor enters the dressing room of Undisputed Era . He asks Roderick Strong to stop being in the shadow of the Undisputed Era and team up together. Strong accepts and under all the tension they part ways.
Santos Escobar declares in the ring that he is a true champion who does what he wants when he wants. He clarifies being the champion of champions and compares himself as someone superior over others like Finn Balor, Johnny Gargano, or Carrion Kross. He praises Legado del Fantasma for their victory in 205 Live, and clarifies that Lucha House Party will not be able to with them in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Lince Dorado and Great Metalik come to attack! The rude dominate until Curt Stallion shows up to support the masked men.
It announced Finn Balor and Roderick Strong against Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch and Santos Escobar vs. Curt Stallion for the Cruiserweight Championship for next week.
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic quarterfinals begin next week on NXT. MSK will face Drake Maverick and Killian Dain, while Kushida and Leon Ruff will face off against Grizzled Young Veterans.
Raquel Gonzales and Dakota Kai will face Aliyah and Jessi Kamea for the quarterfinals of the Dusty Rhodes Women’s Tag Team Classic next week.
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Timothy Thatcher
The two men start the action in the upper half of the cage. Thatcher connects a Suplex, but Ciampa responds by stomping it several times on the ground. The exchange of blows between the two is constant. Tommaso hangs him with one of the security bars before the commercial break.
The fight continues inside the cage. Thatcher applies pressure to her opponent’s arm using the edges of the frame. He keeps applying braces to Tommaso’s fingers until he chooses to bend his leg. Ciampa reacts and counterattacks, but is thrown towards the steel structure. Timothy locks his rival in The Sleeper, but he gets away with a low blow and applies a Modified DDT with the referee in between. An exchange of blows begins that stops when Ciampa applies her Fairytale Ending. He applies a key to the skull, but Thatcher throws it into the cage and returns to The Sleeper. Ciampa escapes by climbing, but a lock on his leg forces him to score his defeat.
Winner: Timothy Thatcher by surrender
Timothy Thatcher approaches Tommaso Ciampa and shows him respect with a simple glance to end the show.