WWE News: NXT Dusty Rhodes Classic Returns in 2021 with 12 Tag Teams Announced

Here is the announcement of the WWE NXT Dusty Rhodes Classic that begins on next Wednesday’s edition of NXT. This comes from

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is back!

The tournament honoring the late WWE Hall of Famer and one of the pioneers behind NXT’s success, returns for 2021, with the winners earning an NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity.

This year’s field includes The Undisputed ERA’s Adam Cole & Roderick Strong, North American Champion Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory, Kushida & Leon Ruff, The Grizzled Young Veterans, and more.

The action kicks off Wednesday on NXT as Cole & Strong battle Breezango, while The Grizzled Young Veterans take on Ever-Rise.

The unlikely duo of Pete Dunne & Riddle won last year’s tournament, and they went on to win the NXT Tag Team Titles at NXT TakeOver: Portland. Other previous winners include Ricochet & Aleister Black, current NXT Champion Finn Bálor & Samoa Joe, and Cole & Kyle O’Reilly.

Who will raise The Dusty Cup this time around?

2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Participants

  • August Grey & Curt Stallion
  • The Bollywood Boyz
  • Breezango
  • Drake Maverick & Killian Dain
  • Ever-Rise
  • The Grizzled Young Veterans
  • Imperium
  • Jake Atlas & Isaiah “Swerve” Scott
  • Kushida & Leon Ruff
  • Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza)
  • The Undisputed ERA (Adam Cole & Roderick Strong)
  • The Way (Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory)


There will also be a women’s edition of the Dusty Rhodes Classic tag team tournament although the start date hasn’t been announced for that. We assume it will begin after the Men’s Dusty Rhodes Classic tag team tournament ends.