In the world of professional wrestling, excitement is mounting as the 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is set to commence on January 9, during the "WWE NXT" episode. This highly anticipated event was announced during the "New Year's Evil" special by Ava Raine, stirring up enthusiasm among wrestling enthusiasts and competitors alike.
The tournament, named in honor of the late wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes, promises to be a thrilling showcase of teamwork and athleticism. Several teams have already thrown their hats in the ring, indicating a fierce competition ahead.
Among the notable entries are Idris Enofe and Malik Blade, a formidable duo known for their synergy and in-ring prowess. They revealed their participation following a tense backstage exchange with Nathan Frazer and Axiom, another pair of well-regarded competitors in the "NXT" universe.
Adding to the dynamic lineup, Chase U, a prominent faction in "NXT," will be represented differently this year. Instead of the usual pairing of Andre Chase and Duke Hudson, Duke Hudson will team up with Riley Osbourne, the runner-up in the Men's Breakout Tournament.
This new combination could be a wild card in the tournament, bringing a fresh strategy and style to the ring.
Corbin & Breakker Unite
In a surprising turn of events, Baron Corbin, a seasoned wrestler with a history in the Dusty Classic, has partnered with former "NXT" Champion Bron Breakker.
Corbin, who reached the finals in the inaugural Dusty Classic in 2015 alongside Rhyno, is confident that this alliance with Breakker will prove to be dominant. Their combined experience and skill set could very well make them the team to beat.
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic has a storied history, last held in 2022. Its return was announced by Cody Rhodes, Dusty's son, during his tenure as the guest General Manager of "NXT" on October 10. The stakes are high, as the winning team will earn a shot at the tag team championship, currently held by Tony D'Angelo and Stacks Lorenzo.
Past winners of this prestigious tournament include an array of wrestling's finest, such as Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, the Authors of Pain, Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Aleister Black, Ricochet, Pete Dunne (now Butch), Matt Riddle, Wes Lee, Nash Carter, and the Creed Brothers.
As the wrestling world eagerly anticipates the start of the 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, fans and competitors alike are gearing up for what promises to be an unforgettable display of tag team wrestling at its finest.