The teams involved and dates for the tournament will be announced on the New Year’s Day edition of NXT.
The #DustyClassic RETURNS in 2020! ??
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 19, 2019
The tournament was founded in 2015 as a tribute to the legend and Hall Of Fame entrant, Dusty Rhodes. A three-time NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion, and a multi-time United States and Tag champion. He will be most remembered by younger fans as being a huge part of the WWE Performance Center. Where he helped future WWE stars realize their potential before being placed on RAW and SmackDown.
The past winners of the tournament are –
- Finn Balor and Samoa Joe
- Authors Of Pain
- Undisputed Era
- Aleister Black and Ricochet
Blake’s Take – This is pretty much nailed on as an annual event now. The only difference is now NXT is a live TV show as opposed to being a Network-specific taped show. Could the fact that it’s now a live show give the tournament a new different feel? The last two years Classics, in this writer’s opinion, have felt a bit flat. The live TV crowd could inject some new enthusiasm into the tournament. But when all is said and done, the NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is always a draw, just for the “makeshift” teams 😉