Five huge matches have been confirmed to take place on next week’s WWE NXT episode on the USA Network. The main event of the night will see NXT Champion Finn Balor team with Kyle O’Reilly to face NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch in a non-title tag team match.
This match was announced after Balor visited WWE NXT General Manager William Regal and asked for a match against Lorcan and Burch, so he can take them out before his upcoming title defense against Pete Dunne. Regal advised him to find a partner so that the match could be made official, which led to Balor contacting O’Reilly to join him. Next week’s episode will also see Curt Stallion getting his NXT Cruiserweight Title shot from Santos Escobar.
The first round of the 2021 WWE NXT Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continued last night on the USA Network where two first-round matches went down. Kushida and Leon Ruff defeated The Way (Austin Theory, NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano), while Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado) defeated Imperium (Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel) to move to the next round.
Ruff and Kushida will now face The Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake, Zack Gibson) in the quarterfinals. Lucha House Party will face Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde, Raul Mendoza) as per the official bracket.
The first round of the Men’s Dusty Classic was originally scheduled to finish on this Friday’s WWE 205 Live episode with the matchup of Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Desmond Troy vs. Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari. But, Adonis was not medically cleared to compete after he was injured during his match against Karrion Kross.
The Men’s Dusty Cup quarterfinals will begin through the next WWE NXT episode with the matchups of MSK (Wes Lee, Nash Carter) vs. Drake Maverick and Killian Dain, plus The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Ruff and Kushida. The other quarterfinal lineup will see The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Roderick Strong) face the winners of Nese and Daivari vs. Troy and Adonis’ replacement.
WWE NXT: Women’s Dusty Tag Team Classic 2021 Begins
The first round of the beginning WWE NXT Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic also opened through this week’s WWE NXT episode. Beth Phoenix returned to calling the action live from ringside at the Capitol Wrestling Center with Vic Joseph and Wade Barrett. The first-round match saw Team Ninja (Carter, Catanzaro) defeat Storm and Martinez to advance to the quarterfinals. NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai interfered to take out Martinez that allowed Team Ninja to double team on Storm.
Team Ninja will now face the winners of Aliyah and Jessi Kamea vs. Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez in the quarterfinals, airing next Wednesday night. With that, the updated line-up for next week’s WWE NXT stands as follows,
* Kyle O’Reilly and NXT Champion Finn Balor vs. NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch in a non-title match
* NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar defends against Curt Stallion
* Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinals: The Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake, Zack Gibson) vs. Leon Ruff and Kushida
* Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinals: Drake Maverick and Killian Dain vs. MSK (Wes Lee, Nash Carter)
* Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round: Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez vs. Aliyah and Jessi Kamea