While it had appeared as though the Dusty Rhodes Classic wouldn’t be revived, those plans changed with the announcement by NXT General Manager William Regal, of this year’s tournament, the third annual edition.
However, unlike the first two tournaments, this one has a much smaller collection of teams involved. Normally there has been 16 teams involved, but this year is made up of only eight.
There are fewer possibilities as to who will walk away as the winners, however, having fewer tag teams could mean more intense matches, and the chance of rivalries coming out of the tournament.
Which of the eight teams will walk away as the winners, and which tag teams are less likely to win? Here are five potential winners of the third annual Dusty Rhodes Classic.
#5 Heavy Machinery
This duo is a very interesting tandem and has previously challenged for the NXT tag team championship. Now a year removed from that push, this young and hungry tag team will unquestionably showcase just how intense they can be as a tag team.
Dozovic and Knight are two homegrown talents that may very well go far, if not win the 3rd annual Dusty Rhodes Classic because they have a number of the qualities that the brand may want to push.
They have youth, size and an intense nature that makes them a threat in the ring, one fans can truly get behind. Their first-round match is against another favorite in Sanity. A win by Tucker and Knight against an experienced former champion like Eric Young would indicate management stands behind them and believes in them.
Could Tucker and Knight walk away from the tournament as the winners? It could very well happen.