We had the last two matches of the first round in the Dusty Rhodes Memorial Tag-Team classic tonight with four teams battling it out for the last two spots. We also had women’s division action plus an epic return by a former WWE Superstar. Read on for more details.
#DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa) vs Hoho Lun and Tian Bing
We got another first-round match in the Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Classic to start us off tonight. Ciampa and Bing started us off tonight with Ciampa failing to make headway with shoulder charges to the much bigger Bing before Lun got tagged in and they hit tandem elbows to Ciampa.
Ciampa managed to tag in Gargano but the boys from #DIY failed to connect with the double-team move. Gargano and Lun traded kicks with Lun managing to get a 2-count after a middle-rope dropkick before Ciampa got tagged back in.
Ciampa delivered a vicious chop and a lariat that almost took Hoho Lun’s head off before Gargano tagged himself in and hit Lun with a slingshot spear through the middle rope. #DIY then hit Hoho Lun with their patented double-team Superkick-knee combo for the win.
#DIY def. Hoho Lun and Tian Bing
Gargano and Ciampa will face The Revival in the next round.
TJ Perkins and Kota Ibushi are backstage speaking to Dasha Fuentes. Perkins says that their epic semi-final match at the Cruiserweight Classic led to a deep mutual respect, and when Hideo Itami was declared unable to compete, he jumped at the chance to tag with Ibushi.
Samoa Joe is backstage talking to Dasha Fuentes. Dasha asks Joe about his failed sneak-up on Nakamura last week but Joe refutes this saying that he’s just evening the odds. He says that Nakamura started the mind games but Joe is in the middle of psychological warfare.