The sixth annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is well underway nowadays. It is the first-ever women’s tournament kicked off on last night’s episode of NXT. During the show, fans saw the team of Kushida and Leon Ruff overcome Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory. The team of Way to progress to the next round.
The show was headlined by Ciampa and Thatcher, who battled it out in NXT’s Fight Pit. After an intense showing, Thatcher snatched the win by submission.
In an online exclusive post-show interview, Ciampa approached Thatcher and reminded him that there was an opening in the Dusty Classic tournament. The latter responded with a nod.
Tommaso Ciampa has previously competed in Tag Team Classic
In 2019, Tommaso Ciampa and his then-tag team partner Johnny Gargano, known as #DIY, took part in the tournament. The pair successfully defeated Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish of the Undisputed Era to progress to the semifinals. They were knocked out by the eventual tournament winners Aleister Black and Ricochet. This year’s Dusty Cup is bigger than ever, with 16 tag teams battling it out to try and win the coveted prize. This is double the competitors from the 2020 edition.
As Tommaso Ciampa has previously competed in the tournament and is also an experienced tag team wrestler, this could give him and Thatcher an advantage as they compete in the prestigious matches.