Date: January 22, 2021
Location: Capitol Wrestling Center, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness
It’s another special show this week with two more Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic matches. That’s a very good idea as the tournaments are going to consist of twenty two matches and after tonight, nearly than a fifth of them will have taken place here. That’s going to relieve some pressure on NXT, which is a good service that 205 Live can provide. Let’s get to it.
We open with a long tournament recap, including the stories that lead into tonight’s matches.
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round: The Way vs. Gigi Dolin/Cora Jade
It’s Indi Hartwell/Candice LeRae for the Way and that would be Priscilla Kelly/Elayna Black, both of whom are making their debuts. This is also the first ever women’s match in 205 Live history. Jade gets in a shot to Hartwell’s arm to start and hands it off to Dolin in a hurry for some shots to the face. LeRae comes in but misses a legdrop, allowing Dolin to drive her back into the corner.
It’s back to Jade, who gets caught in an early neck crank to put her in trouble. Hartwell adds a running shot in the corner before slapping on the cravate. A side slam gets two on Jade and it’s back to LeRae for her own chinlock. Jade kicks her away without much effort and hands it back to Dolin to kick away at Hartwell. Hartwell powers her way out of a double suplex and hands it back to LeRae. That means Jade can grab a few rollups for two each but a belly to back slam lets Hartwell pin Jade at 5:57.
Result: The Way b. Gigi Dolin/Cora Jade – Belly to back slam to Jade (5:57)
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round: Ariya Daivari/Tony Nese vs. Tommaso Ciampa/Timothy Thatcher
Ciampa and Thatcher have taken the spot of the injured Ashante Adonis/Desmond Troy. They just beat the heck out of each other in the Fight Pit earlier this week but agreed to team together after the match. Thatcher grabs Daivari by the face to start and headlocks him to the mat. A hammerlock takes Daivari down again and the surfboard makes it even worse. Daivari gets up and manages to push Thatcher over for the tag to Nese.
That’s fine with Thatcher, as Ciampa takes over on Nese’s arm and hands it off to Ciampa. Nese takes him down by the leg but is quickly caught in a front facelock as this is a very grappling heavy match so far. Daivari comes in but Nese gets in a cheap shot, allowing Daivari to wrap Ciampa’s knee around the post. Back in and the Figure Four keeps Ciampa’s knee in trouble, with Nese offering a distraction so he can pull Daivari into the corner.
Ciampa gets out and scores with an enziguri, allowing the hot tag off to Thatcher. Uppercuts abound with Nese having to break up an ankle lock. Daivari’s Persian Splash gets two and the next hot tag brings Ciampa back in to clean house. Thatcher and Ciampa knock them both to the floor and it’s Willow’s Bell for the pin on Nese at 8:15.
Result: Timothy Thatcher/Tommaso Ciampa b. Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari – Willow’s Bell to Nese (8:15)
Here are the second round brackets:
Tommaso Ciampa/Timothy Thatcher
Grizzled Young Veterans
Drake Maverick/Killian Dain
Lucha House Party
Legado Del Fantasma
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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