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Alex Shelley teams with Kushida at NXT house show

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The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic won't be the first time Alex Shelley has wrestled for NXT.

Ahead of taking part in the tournament, Shelley made his NXT debut at the brand's house show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania tonight. Shelley & Kushida defeated The Forgotten Sons in the opening match of the event.

Shelley & Kushida won the match with their neckbreaker/moonsault combo finishing move.

It was announced on this week's NXT that Shelley & Kushida will reunite in the Dusty Classic. They previously held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles twice as the Time Splitters in NJPW.

Kushida & Shelley will face The Grizzled Young Veterans in the first round of the Dusty Classic on NXT this coming Wednesday. A first round match between Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne and Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster is also set for the show.

The tournament began with Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish defeating Gallus and Imperium defeating The Forgotten Sons on NXT this week. 

O'Reilly & Fish will face either Kushida & Shelley or The Grizzled Young Veterans in the semifinals. Imperium will face either Riddle & Dunne or Andrews & Webster.

NXT will be at Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio for a house show tomorrow and Buffalo RiverWorks in Buffalo, New York for a house show on Sunday.