Get your brackets ready. We’re in a new year and that means a time to look forward and look backwards at the same time. In wrestling, you can do both of those things at the same time and that is what NXT is trying to do. While they are all about the future, they also know how to see what happened before, which is where we are going in the upcoming weeks.

Last month, NXT announced the return of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The idea of the tournament is to pay tribute to Rhodes, who was a major influence on NXT, while also pushing some new talent in the tag team division. The tournament has been held several times before and this year will be no different, although there is a little bit of a twist on this year’s lineup.

WWE has announced the lineups for this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. This year will again feature eight teams, though this time there will be four from NXT and four from NXT UK. At the moment it is not clear when the finals will be taking place or what the prize will be. The brackets have been released and there will be matches between NXT and NXT UK in the first round.

Here are the teams:

NXT
Undisputed Era
Forgotten Sons
Matt Riddle/Pete Dunne
Kushida/???

NXT UK
Grizzled Young Veterans
Flash Morgan Webster/Mark Andrews
Gallus
Imperium

And here are the brackets, as announced on WWE.com:

Imperium
Forgotten Sons

Matt Riddle/Pete Dunne
Mark Andrews/Flash Morgan Webster

Grizzled Young Veterans
Kushida/???

Gallus
Undisputed Era

In case you’re more of a visual person. Check out the teams being announced:

video

Opinion: This is one of the places where NXT shines: they know how to give you something to look forward to in the future. That’s what they’re doing here and I want to see how this tournament goes. There is a good reason to believe that the finals will take place at When Worlds Collide, perhaps as one of the biggest matches on the show. I can always go for this thing and it’s nice to have a little twist this time around.

Do you like the field? Who do you see winning the whole thing? Let us know in the comments below.

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. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. We are proud to offer our popular Wrestling Rumors app and encourage you to download it for an optimized user experience. It is available for Android and also on iOS. Thank you for reading!

MORE IN WRESTLING

  • Vince McMahon Reportedly ‘Happy’ about Wacky Lashley/Lana Wedding Angle

    News
  • Congratulations! WWE Couple Officially Announces Their Engagement

    News
  • AEW Dynamite Live Coverage And Results – January 1, 2020

    Live Coverage
  • Major League Wrestling Fusion Results – December 28, 2019 (Best Of 2019)

    News
  • NXT Results – December 25, 2019

    Results
  • VIDEO: He Can Do It All: NXT Talent Lifts Weights While Playing The Guitar At The Same Time (Because He Can)

    News
  • Peer Reviews: The Wrestling World Reacts To The Big Surprise Angle At The End Of Monday Night Raw

    News
  • RUMOR: What Could Have Been? Here’s What Was Planned For Lars Sullivan In The Very Long Term

    News
  • RUMOR: It’s A Long Time Coming: Vince McMahon And Paul Heyman Are VERY Pleased With Someone On Monday Night Raw

    News
  • I’d Watch It: The Revival Could Be In For A Dream Match At The Royal Rumble That You Never Knew You Needed

    News