Dusty Rhodes Classis Round 2 and Debut of Women's Tournament
The Dusty Rhodes Men's Tag Team Classic completed the first round with a few surprises. The biggest surprise is that of Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher teaming up and replaced Adonis & Troy. Ciampa & Thatcher were able to defeat Nese & Daivari and move on to the second round. Their presence can be a game changer for the left side of the tournament. On the other side, MSK debuted NXT in the first round by defeating Serve & Atlas. MSK is favored to win the right side of the tournament. However, Santos Escobar believes that the outcome will be that the Legado Del Fantasma will win it all. Here is the breakdown and predictions:
Cole & Strong vs Ciampa & Thatcher
As stated previously, Ciampa and Thatcher is the biggest surprise in the tournament. They have both split their competition when Thatcher tapped out Ciampa in the fight pit. Somehow they got by Nese and Daivari together and await to square off against the Undisputed Era.
Cole and Strong have their agenda set to win the tournament. But, there is a strong concern about outside distraction that may interfere with their goals. Pete Dunne and the NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch assaulted Finn Balor that also got Kyle O'Reilly involved. The Undisputed Era always stick together no matter what and we should see if Cole and Strong can focus in their next match.
Prediction: Cole & Strong - the hardest pick in all tournament. Adam Cole seems to have Ciampa's number when it comes to tag team competition. The only time Ciampa defeated Cole and the Undisputed Era was with Keith Lee.
Kushida & Ruff vs Grizzled Young Veterans (GYV)
The GYV are the favorites to reach the finals. In this match, I can see that there will be help to advance to the semifinals. Kushida and Rudd defeated Gargano and Theory. Expect Gargano and Theory to harass Kushida and Ruff to get pinned by one of the GYV.
Prediction: Grizzled Young Veterans
MSK vs Maverick & Dain
MSK are the hottest tag teams in the tournament. After their debut, many are hoping that they win the tournament and receive an opportunity at the tag team championship. On the other side, Maverick and Dain have a strange partnership that may not be enough to advance to the next round.
Lucha House Party vs Legado del Fantasma
The rivalry is one of the great ones in the current time. Which Hispanic teams are the best? The Lucha House Party have been all over the WWE brands. Their last competition was a loss to the Hurt Business on Monday Night Raw. Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado may had gotten by from Imperium but their biggest challenge will be to square off against Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde. Lucha House Party lost their last meet.
Prediction: Legado Del Fantasma
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In the women's division, Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter debuted the tournament by defeating Mercedes Martinez and Toni Storm. In 205Live, Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell defeated Gigi Dolin and Cora Jade. Here are the rest of the first round predictions:
Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon vs Marina Shafir & Zoey Stark
Shafir and Stark will be working for the first time together. Shafir last wrestled in the NXT Battle Royale on September 23, 2020. Stark last wrestled at United Wrestling Network on November 10, 2020 as Lacey Ryan. They will square off against Blackheart and Moon who are veterans and able to work together.
Prediction: Blackheart & Moon.
Aliyah & Jessi Kamea vs Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez
Aliyah and Kamea have no winning track record. Kai and Gonzalez will more than likely dominate this match.
Prediction: Kai and Gonzalez
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