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While AEW continues to celebrate the New Year this week, NXT kicked off the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in its Wednesday performance.
The game will take place in the next few weeks, with new and existing teams competing, and the last two teams will compete for the coveted trophy.
Adam Cole and Roderick Strong of the undisputed era took over Breezango, while the Grizzlies young veterans fought against Eternal Rise.
When Candice LeRae faced Shotzi Blackheart and Johnny Gargano fighting Dexter Lumis, we also saw the top couple of NXT.
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NXT took action without hesitation. After the opening video, LeRae and Blackheart participated in the opening game.
They immediately began to play at a fast pace, until Black Heart put LeRae in the short arm scissors, they seemed to be average.
Indi Hartwell cheered LeRae from the side of the circus when he started the counterattack. They knocked the battle out of the circle, and Blackheart jumped off the steel steps. Hartwell’s interference brought The Poison Pixie under control.
They traded for advantage several times, but until LeRae hit the swinging neck breaker from the middle turnbuckle to change the needle, no competitor could push him away. Hartwell once again distracted her and gave her victory.
Both Blackheart and LeRae are known as adventurers, so it’s no surprise when they start flying in circles to eliminate each other.
Even if the attendance is small, you can say that fans love Blackheart. LeRae’s heels are good, but for most of the game, she is a girl with green hair.
Hartwell has done a good job as an executor of LeRae in the circus, but it would also be a good thing to add some more segments to let us better understand her character.
In general, this is a good way to start working overnight. Black hearts can easily recover from this loss.
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In the first round of Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Ever-Rise took over The Grizzled Young Veterans.
Zack Gibson immediately took control and asked James Drake to maintain the pressure. Chase Parker yanked Drake with his hair to turn the table. Gibson must calm Drake so that he will not be disqualified.
Gibson came in, hit Matt Martel on the apron, and turned his attention to Parker. It took GYV the next few minutes to get Parker through.
Martel finally gained popularity and chased two opponents with a series of strikes. Both teams participated in a series of two-team moves that led to Gibson and Drake victory.
It was a fast-paced game with some solid tag teams fighting, but too much happened in the last two minutes.
Several consecutive marker teams are in good positions, but once the referee leaves and only allows everyone to participate in the game as they wish, it would be too confusing.
Other than that, this is an interesting round. The young veterans of the Grizzlies are impressed every time they travel, but Ever-Rise can use some fine-tuning.
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After Blackheart and Ember Moon quickly promoted, Lumis and Gargano participated in the Dustyrod Cup competition.
Gargano’s North American Championship did not go live, but he still has Austin theory to provide him with some support. Gargano tore off one of Lumis’s paintings, and the tortured artist easily knocked him down.
He drove Gargano out of the game in a creepy manner, but Johnny Wrestling was still able to kick it. They fought on the highest ropes until Loomis knocked him down. At the end of the performance, Gargano avoided the sentinel bomb.
Loomis started to make a comeback, letting go of his two stiff right hands. It seemed that he had a good game at hand, but the interference with Theory caused Gargano to push Lumis to victory.
After the game, Gargano and the Theory team tried to attack Loomis, but Kusida ran to save. Ushida made it clear that he will participate in the North American Championship.
Lumis is one of the most unique talents of all NXT, but management may not yet know how to use him. Obviously, WWE wanted to promote him, but was not in a hurry for him to establish his own role.
Both of these superstars have incredible talents, but it feels like they flinched a little in this game. We have seen many wrestlers reserve their best ideas for PPV matches, but in this round, it was much more obvious than usual.
The game was pretty good, but it never felt like a level that two people can achieve. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what is missing. It’s just a little insufficient. This should be the night’s game, but it won’t stand out in the end.
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MSK played against Jake Atlas and Isaiah Scott in another first-round match of Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and made a comeback this week.
Atlas began to confront Nash Carter. They conducted very good transactions, including delisting transactions and counter transactions, which gave Atlas two advantages.
Swerve added the label, Carter brought in Wes Lee. Moments later, Scott and Atlas (Atlas) fought for a two-team combination for the newcomers. Scott and Atlas adopted some dirty tactics, which led to a huge argument between the four men beside the circus.
We came back from the break and saw Carter holding Scott in a pair of scissors. They both made labels, and Li went wild. Both teams were close, but in the end it was MSK who won and made progress in the game.
grade: C +
This is another game that consumes a lot of energy, but as MSK’s debut (formerly known as The Rascalz), it makes the game even more interesting.
WWE did not spend a lot of time to promote the arrival of the team, but recently it did make fun of some graphics. Starting in this game is an interesting decision, because if MSK does not win, it means it will lose NXT’s first game.
Atlas and Scott work very well together, but they will never become a permanent team, so it is best to eliminate them as soon as possible. They make MSK look good.
The only major complaint in this game is the lack of rhythm. It feels like they just moved from one location to another without spending the proper time selling anything. They may want to participate in the game as much as possible, which has more to do with them, but sometimes, less is more.
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After returning with a decisive victory last week, Xia Li returned this week to fight another staff member. She hit a right hand and spin kick to win. After the game, she added a little more punishment.
As a game, this is not much. As a way to make Li look unstoppable, it’s great. The score of two shots and post-match offense is almost impossible, so the rating depends on the performance of that part.
Li has information about her existence, which makes her unique on the roster. If WWE continues to book her in this way, she will win the championship soon.
The entrance, music, appearance and attitude changes are all very suitable for her. It is interesting whether Boa can find the same success when he starts to fight more frequently.
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The main event featured Tyler Breeze and Fandango playing the undisputed era of Cole and Strong in the third “Dusty” classic round of the night. Kyle O’Reilly accompanied his teammates to the game, although it was not cleared by the doctor.
Breeze and Cole reached a stalemate after the first interaction, shook hands in respect, and then locked again. Both of them tagged their partners so that Strong and Fandango can go hand in hand.
We came back from the break and saw Breezango dominate Cole with some standard tag team tactics. The person in charge of UE brought the owner of Backbreaker into his best field.
Strong attacked the two. After Cole returned to health, Strong marked him as a two-team move and nearly fell. Breeze turned the table, tagged Fandango, and started a sequence involving all four men who eliminated each other in various ways.
Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch attacked KOR at the circus until Finn Balor tried to save him. Pat McAfee’s friends took them away, but Cole overcame the distraction and hit a super big hand to let Breeze win.
As expected, this was the best game of the night. The chemical reaction between all four people in the ring is beyond the chart, and they use it to show memorable performance.
The climax of the circus marked the end of the third game of the week due to interference, but from a storyline perspective, these three games are the most meaningful. WWE effectively resolved three different disputes simultaneously.
This round is an excellent example of Breeze and Fontango. They make everything look easy and always improve opponents. This is the best way to end this week’s performance.