January 22, 2021
Orlando, FL – Capitol Wrestling Center
Commentary: Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness
Quick Match Results
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Round 1: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell defeated Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade via side slam by Hartwell on Jade
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Round 1: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher defeated Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari via Willow’s Bell by Ciampa on Nese
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Round 1
Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade vs. Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with our opening bout of the evening here inside the CWC. Hartwell and Jade kick things off for their respective teams. Jade establishes the early offensive advantage and then she tags out. Dolin comes in however she finds herself on the defensive immediately, as Hartwell gets in her first offense in the bout and then tags in LeRae.
LeRae comes in and takes over briefly, however Jade tags back in and gets in some offense. LeRae then turns the tables on her and takes back over control of the bout, working over Jade’s arm on the mat before sending her into the corner with authority. She follows in for a splash and then tags Hartwell back in.
Hartwell puts a three-quarter nelson on Jade however the crowd rallies behind Jade and she fires up and gets back into the mix offensively in the contest. Hartwell cuts her attempts short, however, and then LeRae is tagged back in. LeRae puts her knee into the middle of Jade’s spine and then pulls back on her chin while having her grounded on the mat.
Back on their feet, Jade runs into a couple of back elbows from LeRae, however she then fights back and makes the tag. Dolin comes back in after taking the hot tag and she is taking out everything moving, as she puts it on Hartwell and LeRae in back-to-back fashion before going for a near fall on Hartwell, who also tagged back into the bout. After having a nice offensive run, Dolin tags Jade back in. The two go for a double suplex on Hartwell, however she blocks it and gets rid of Jade before hitting a nice suplex on Dolin.
Both ladies make the tags to their respective partners, leading to some back-and-forth pin attempts by each girl until out of nowhere, Hartwell scores the pinfall via a side slam on Jade and picks up the victory for her team. With the win, Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell advance to the next round of the first-ever NXT Dusty Rhodes Women’s Tag-Team Classic Tournament.
Winners and ADVANCING in the NXT Dusty Rhodes Women’s Tag-Team Classic: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Round 1
Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher
The bell sounds and we see Daivari and Thatcher kicking things off for their respective teams. Thatcher goes behind Daivari and snatches him up with a chin-lock. He turns it into a side head lock and takes Daivari down to the mat. He tries to grind him down to the mat with his old-school, throwback-style of mat wrestling and thus far it is effective, as Daivari works his way back to his feet after a while, but it almost immediately taken back down.
This time Thatcher settles into a surf board submission hold. Daivari escapes but Thatcher slaps a front face-lock right back on him to remain in the offensive control position in the match. Finally, Daivari makes a blind tag to Nese that Thatcher wasn’t aware of. This gives “The Premier Athlete” the ability to get the surprise jump on Thatcher, however within seconds Thatcher has him grounded and is controlling him with grappling while isolating his arm.
He takes Nese over to his corner of the ring and controls his arm and simply stares at Ciampa as he reaches his hand out looking for a tag. Finally, Thatcher obliges and in comes Ciampa, who picks up where Thatcher left off, taking it to Nese with ease and dominating the action. Nese finally turns the tables and makes the tag to Daivari. From the floor, Nese interferes and Daivari smartly capitalizes. The action continues on the floor until finally we see Daivari resume his beatdown of Ciampa in the ring.
Daivari starts to focus his attack on the leg of Ciampa, which has been softened up a bit at this point. Now he capitalizes on that by slapping a figure-four leg lock on him. Nese comes over and gets Thatcher to try and come into the ring, which ties the referee up and allows Daivari to pull Ciampa back into his corner of the ring where he squeezes down tighter on the figure four leg lock. The duo of Nese and Daivari continue to run game behind the referees back to their advantage until finally, Thatcher makes the hot tag.
Thatcher comes into the ring like a man possessed and is taking out any-and-everything that moves until finally some double-team action from the more experienced duo leads to Nese hitting a near-finisher on Thatcher that turns the offensive momentum into his team’s favor. Daivari is in now and he hits a near finisher on Thatcher for a close near fall. Nese tags in but Thatcher pushes him away with his legs and finally makes the tag to Ciampa. Ciampa starts taking on both Nese and Daivari until Nese dropkicks his softened up leg to take his vertical base away.
Nese and Daivari each hop on the top-rope and look to hit a double-team high-spot on Ciampa, however Thatcher hits the ring to make the save. Ciampa ends up hitting his off-the-middle rope finisher, Willow’s Bell on Nese and scores the pinfall victory. With the win, Ciampa and Thatcher advance in the NXT Dusty Rhodes Men’s Tag-Team Classic Tournament.
Winners and ADVANCING in the NXT Dusty Rhodes Men’s Tag-Team Classic: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher