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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 Men’s Brackets Revealed

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The tournament brackets for the 2022 edition of the men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic have been announced with 8 teams in the running.

NXT has played host to the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic since 2015 when the tournament was first held to commemorate the life and career of the great Dusty Rhodes.

Rhodes was an icon of the NWA and held the NWA World Heavyweight Champion three times during his career. After hanging up his boots, Rhodes worked backstage for NXT, helping nurture the next generation of wrestling talents until his untimely death in June 2015.

The tag team tournament held in Rhodes’ honour harkened back to the days of the Crockett Cup. The tag team tournament held in the NWA to honour Jim Crockett Sr. was devised by Dusty Rhodes.

The 2022 edition of the tournament will kick off on the 18th of January episode of NXT with WWE announcing the participants and the brackets for the tournament on social media.

The first round matches are as follows:

  • MSK (Wes Lee & Nash Carter) vs. Jacket Time (Kushida & Ikemen Jiro)
  • Legado Del Fantasma (Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde) vs. Malik Blae & Edris Enofe
  • The Creed Brothers (Julius & Brutus Creed) vs. Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen
  • Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake) vs. Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward

The winners of this year’s tournament will become the number one contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championship currently held by Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner of Imperium.

The second edition of the women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is slated to begin in February.