The 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament kicks off on the January 8th episode of NXT on the USA Network. Slated for this week’s show is Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel) taking on Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake of The Forgotten Sons. The current NXT Tag Team Champions Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly will be in action against the current NXT U.K. Tag Team Champions Gallus (Mark Coffey & Wolfgang).
Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne versus Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews, and Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) versus KUSHIDA and a mystery partner will take place at a later date. This week’s NXT is being headlined by a Fatal 4-Way match pitting Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, Cameron Grimes and Damian Priest against one another to earn an opportunity at Roderick Strong’s NXT North American Championship.
The theme of this year’s Dusty Classic is NXT versus NXT U.K. heading into the Worlds Collide event during Royal Rumble weekend. The teams representing NXT U.K. in the Dusty Classic will all be competing at NXT U.K. TakeOver: Blackpool II on January 12th in a four-way Ladder match with the NXT U.K. Tag Titles hanging in the balance.