Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez Advance to the Next Round of Dusty Rhodes Classic Tag Team Tournament

Published 01/28/2021, 6:30 AM EST


On this week’s NXT (27.01.21), we walked into the third week of the Dusty Rhodes Classic Tag Team Tournament. In this episode, WWE booked three matches for the event.

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MSK defeated Drake Maverick and Killian Dain

We started off with the quarterfinal bout. Maverick and Dain waited in the ring as MSK made their entrance.

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Early in the match, MSK wore Drake Maverick down with their agility and quick tags. However, Dain got into the business and they double-teamed for an opening but failed.

Maverick almost had the win following a moonsault from Dain, but Wes Lee was kicked out at the brink. Nash Carter came in and hit a double team standing Blockbuster on Maverick to pick up the win.

Because of this win, MSK will move onto face the winner of Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado vs. Legado Del Fantasma in the next round.

Grizzled Young Veterans defeated Kushida and Leon Ruff

The match started slowly as Zack Gibson made fun of Kushida and Ruff. But the team shut the veterans as they got a quick opening.

Kushida tried his best with submissions to stay alive in the match, but Gibson and James Drake kept tagging in and out to tire him. Kushida tagged in Ruff.

With a Senton, Ruff almost took the victory home. However, Drake broke the pin at the last moment. Grizzled Young Veterans planted Ruff with the Ticket to Mayhem and picked up the win.

Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez defeated Aliyah and Jessi Kamea

The first round of the first-ever Dusty Rhodes Women’s tournament began as Gonzalez and Kai made their way into the ring with boos from the fans. Gonzalez previously won an intense match with Rhea Ripley.

Raquel Gonzalez dominated Kamea early in the match, but the latter tried to turn it around with repeated offenses. Robert Stone tried to encourage his clients, but things soon turned sour.

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Gonzalez ad Kai kept double-teaming on their opponents. Aliyah kept kicking out from various pin attempts, and Kamea tagged in to give her partner some rest.

Gonzalez leveled Kamea in the middle of the ring, followed by a chokeslam for the pin to win and advance to the next round.

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