Dusty Cup update

02/06/2021

On NXT Wednesday night, round two of the tournament completed and are four men's tag teams remaining.  

Ciampa & Thatcher defeated Cole & Strong.  The match was by far the most ruthless performance in the tournament.  Each superstar performed incredibly with aggression.  At the end, Ciampa sealed the victory by applying the Willow's Bell.  

In the other match, the Lagado del Fantasma defeated the Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado).  The rivalry lived up to the hype and their performances were very impressive.  Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza ended the feud with the victory that sets up a match with MSK.  


Ciampa & Thatcher will square off against the Grizzled Young Veterans.  For Thatcher, this will be his third meet with Zack Gibson.  On September 3, 2017, Thatcher lost to Gibson.  Both superstars were in two separate tag teams in a Thunderbastard Tag Team Championship.  Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis won the PROGRESS Tag Team Titles.  

Ciampa & Thatcher versus Grizzled Young Veterans will be an exciting match.  GYV are seeking to complete their goals to win the cup but Ciampa and Thatcher can deter them.  The winner will challenge either MSK or Legado Del Fantasma.

Legado Del Fantasma believes that they are the real breakout stars in NXT.  However, they have been under Santos Escobar, who is the leader and the driving force of the group.  They are seeking for their chance of stardom by winning the cup.  But, the group has opened a door they wish they were able to avoid.  Escobar's mouth seems to land him into situations where he is able to handle his business.  With Karrion Kross, it is a different battle.  Escobar mentioned him in his promo a few weeks back stating about how he is the best champion in WWE and that Kross and others find a way to lose titles by injuries or that they were not good enough.  Kross has given Escobar a "tick tock" extension.  Therefore, the fantasma must watch their every move.  

On the other hand, MSK continue to impress the WWE Universe with their talented and well-skilled performance.  They surpassed Swerve & Atlas and Maverick & Dain.  Fantasma are a competitive tag team that can be a challenge for MSK.  

Prediction: Ciampa & Thatcher versus MSK in the finals.  


In the women's division, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzales wait for the winner between Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell/Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon. One could say that the apparent pick will be Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon to advance. But with Candice LeRae, anything can happen. LeRae seems to be the dirtiest superstar in NXT. She is willing to do anything to move up the ladder.

LeRae has never been able to defeat either Blackheart or Moon fair and square. Hartwell has been the pawn and does not realize she is being used to LeRae's advantage. The semifinals will take place Wednesday, but I assume many things can take place.

1. The match could turn out to be with no outside interference. If so, Blackheart and Moon should win.

2. Johnny Gargano and/or Austin Theory could cause a distraction. Kushida & Ruff can intervene and have their moment outside the ring. Regardless, Blackheart and Moon should win.

3. Toni Storm can cause Moon some issues. Storm can takeout Moon leaving Blackheart by herself. LeRae and Hartwell win. But that means Kai and Gonzales can turn as a babyface. I do not believe this scenario, but it would not happen.

4. Kai and Gonzales can view the match by the trophy case. Zero interference would conclude Blackheart and Moon victorious and have a standoff in the middle of the ring with their new opponent.

Prediction: We are one week away from NXT Takeover. It will be Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon versus Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzales.