A month ago, MSK were strangers to the NXT Universe. Now, they’re winners of the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Nash Carter & Wes Lee put a bow on one of the most amazing first months in NXT history, knocking off Grizzled Young Veterans to earn a future NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity.
GYV initially seemed stymied by MSK’s style, not having run into such explosive offense to this point in the tournament. But MSK’s high-octane attack also got them into early trouble.
Lee helped launch Carter to the outside to take down Drake, but Gibson was unscathed, and she nearly beheaded Carter with a huge clothesline. They continued to take the wind out of Carter’s sails with quick tags and double-team offense, highlighted by a top-rope dropkick by Drake into a flatliner from Gibson.
Carter dodged Drake’s spinning heel kick to find his way to the corner and tag in Lee, who battered GYV with an electric series of strikes, then uncorked a jaw-dropping Swanton over the corner post to the outside, taking down both opponents.
Gibson finally slowed the onslaught with a running knee to Lee. The writing seemed to be on the wall for an MSK loss with Gibson dropping Lee via Helter Skelter and Drake following with a 450 splash, but Lee somehow kicked out.
Lee dodged GYV’s first attempt at a Doomsday Device, then suffered an even worse fate as Drake used a tope suicida to blast Lee off Gibson’s shoulders on the outside.
Carter somehow fought off both men long enough for Lee to recover and remerge, and MSK tattooed their foes with superkicks in stereo before hitting their double-team blockbuster on Drake for the win.