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Men's Dusty Classic quarterfinals to begin on WWE NXT next week


The quarterfinals of the men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will kick off on NXT next week.

WWE has announced that the next round of the men's Dusty Classic will begin with MSK vs. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain and The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Kushida & Leon Ruff taking place on NXT next Wednesday. Kushida & Ruff advanced in the tournament by defeating NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory in a first round match on NXT tonight.

MSK and The Grizzled Young Veterans both won first round matches on last week's NXT, while Maverick & Dain advanced by winning a first round match on last Friday's 205 Live. MSK made their debut by defeating Isaiah "Swerve" Scott & Jake Atlas, The Grizzled Young Veterans defeated Ever-Rise, and Maverick & Dain defeated Curt Stallion & August Grey.

MSK were formerly known as The Rascalz. Dezmond Xavier's new in-ring name is Wes Lee and Zachary Wentz is now Nash Carter.

There's still one first round match remaining in the men's Dusty Classic. Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari vs. Ashante "Thee" Adonis & Desmond Troy had been announced for this week's 205 Live, but it was said that Adonis isn't cleared to compete in the match after losing to Karrion Kross on NXT tonight. Kross also put Troy in the Kross Jacket after that match.

The Nese & Daivari vs. Adonis & Troy winner was set to face Undisputed Era's Adam Cole & Roderick Strong in the quarterfinals. WWE uploaded a post-NXT video tonight where -- after their Fight Pit match against each other -- Tommaso Ciampa told Timothy Thatcher that he's heard there's an opening in the Dusty Classic

Cole & Strong, Kushida & Ruff, and The Grizzled Young Veterans have advanced to the quarterfinals from the left side of the bracket. MSK, Maverick & Dain, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado, and Legado Del Fantasma's Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde have advanced from the right side of the bracket. The team that wins the tournament will get the Dusty Cup and a shot at Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch's NXT Tag Team titles.

Next Wednesday's NXT will also feature NXT Champion Finn Balor & Kyle O'Reilly facing Lorcan & Burch in a non-title match and NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar defending his title against Curt Stallion.