The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic To Return – First Entrants Announced

What are we thankful for? That The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is back for 2021 in NXT.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

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During Wednesday night’s episode of NXT it was announced that the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will return next year – in fact it begins in two!

The popular tag team tournament will begin on January 13th on NXT. The bulk of the official team announcements are expected next week during the New Year’s Evil episode.

However, Adam Cole and Roderick Strong have already announced that they will represent The Undisputed Era.

The tournament, named in tribute to the late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, began in 2015 and has been held every year since with the exception of 2017. Samoa Joe and current NXT Champion Finn Balor won the original edition and the following year it was the The Authors of Pain who came out on top. The Undisputed Era, Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly, won in 2018, Ricochet and Aleister Black won in 2019, and most recently the 2020 tournament was won by Riddle and Pete Dunne under the team name ‘The BroserWeights’.

The official announcement from WWE.com is below:

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is back!

As announced on Wednesday’s NXT, the 2021 edition of the tournament honoring the late WWE Hall of Famer and one of the pioneers behind NXT’s success, will commence in two weeks on NXT. The winners earn an NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity.

Adam Cole & Roderick Strong already declared their intention to compete on behalf of The Undisputed ERA. Brackets and the remaining competitors will be revealed next week on NXT New Year’s Evil.

The unlikely duo of Pete Dunne & Riddle won last year’s Dusty Classic, and they went on to defeat The Undisputed ERA for the NXT Tag Team Titles at NXT TakeOver: Portland. Other previous winners include Ricochet & Aleister Black, current NXT Champion Finn Bálor & Samoa Joe, and The Undisputed ERA’s Cole & Kyle O’Reilly.

Who will raise The Dusty Cup this time around? Find out by tuning in to NXT on Wednesdays at 8/7 C on USA Network!

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