Tommaso Ciampa makes his way to the ring and the Florida crowd is about as unsympathetic as the Center Stage crowd.
Ciampa gets the crowd to be quiet for a moment but when he starts to talk they get loud enough to keep him from speaking, but the chants are a mix for Ciampa and Gargano.
Ciampa tells everyone that He’s Gone. Newsflash, he’s not walking down that damn aisle. He is gone.
The crowd chants ‘Ciampa Sucks’ and he raises both arms and drops the mic before leaving the ring.
Some fans taunt Ciampa with the Gargano signs and he takes one and rips it up. He then takes a larger sign and he rips it in front of the fan. Ciampa continues to take signs from fans as he goes around ringside.
Johnny Gargano is in the crowd and he attacks Ciampa. They go into the ring and security pulls Johnny away. Gargano is escorted out of the building.
We go to the Dusty Rhodes Classic Control Center and they recap the three first round matches. We are told that Mustache Mountain cannot compete due to an injury suffered by Tyler Bate. Tyler is asked about his meeting with the medical staff. He has been told to take a couple of weeks off so as a result, Mustache Mountain has to withdraw from the tournament.
Who will face Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan? One of the men will be Roderick Strong, who requested to be a part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. He says he has been a model talent and has done everything that Regal asked him to do. He asks to be able to pick a tag team partner to compete.
We go to commercial.
We see some social media interaction between Adam Cole and Kassius Ohno. That led to tonight’s match between the two men.
Adam Cole was with Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. Cole talks about Roderick Strong being added to the tournament. Kyle says that Roddy does not belong in the Dusty Classic and he isn’t even a tag team guy. They wonder who would team with Roddy. Bobby says winning the Dusty Classic signs you up to face the baddest team on the planet. Cole talks about facing Kassius Ohno and how it will be a walk in the park. He tells Bobby and Kyle to watch from the locker room tonight. Cole says that is undisputed.
Match Number One: Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch versus Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round Match
Lorcan and Strong start things off and they lock up. Strong with a take down and arm bar. Lorcan with a head scissors but Strong escapes and applies a chin lock with the legs trapped. Lorcan escapes and applies a wrist lock and tags in Burch. Burch with a wrist lock but Strong with a reversal and take down. Dunne tags in and he works on the wrist. Dunne takes Burch to the mat and works on the fingers. Dunne gets a near fall but Burch kips up and takes Dunne down with a leg sweep but misses a stomp. Burch grabs the leg on a leap frog attempt.
All four men get in the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and Dunne works on Burch’s wrist and fingers. Dunne with a head lock and he gets a near fall. Dunne slaps Burch and pushes him into the corner. Strong tags in and he kicks Burch and follows with a back breaker for a near fall. Dunne tags in and they hit a double gourdbuster followed by a double chop for a near fall. Dunne with a wrist lock and a chop. Burch with a boot in the corner followed by a missile drop kick. Strong and Lorcan tag in and Lorcan with chops and Strong with forearms. Lorcan with boots and a drop kick followed by a running European uppercut for a near fall.
Lorcan with a clothesline for a near fall. Lorcan with a blockbuster for a near fall. Burch tags in and they try for a double suplex but Strong lands on his feet and he sends Lorcan into Burch. Strong with kicks and then Dunne with a boot off the turnbuckles followed by an X Plex for a near fall. Strong sends Lorcan to the floor and goes to the floor but misses Lorcan. Lorcan with a European uppercut. Burch and Dunne exchange slaps and Burch gets the advantage. Burch with a German suplex and Lorcan with a half and half suplex of Strong onto Dunne. Burch with a crossface on Dunne and Lorcan with a single leg crab on Strong. Strong kicks Lorcan into Burch to get him to release the hold.
Burch with a forearm and Dunne with an enzuigiri. Burch with an exploder. Strong makes the tag and hits a back breaker followed by End of Heartache for the three count.
Winners: Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne
We go to commercial with a video package for Ricochet, who is coming soon.
Match Number Two: Aliyah versus Ember Moon in a Non Title Match
They shake hands before locking up. Moon with a take down and they lock up again and Aliyah takes Moon to the mat. Aliyah with a side head lock take down and Moon with a head scissors. Aliyah escapes. Aliyah with a waist lock but Moon with a hip lock take down. Aliyah with a head scissors and Ember escapes. Ember with a side head lock. Aliyah sends Ember into the turnbuckles and then she pulls Ember down to the mat and she gets a near fall.
Shayna Baszler shows up on the stage and moves to the announce table.
Aliyah with a flying forearm for a near fall. Aliyah gets a near fall while Shayna tells everyone that she runs the division even though Ember is the champ. Aliyah with a rear chin lock. Ember with a wrist lock take down and Ember with a rollup for a near fall. Ember with a sliding flatline but Aliyah gets a boot up. Aliyah comes off the turnbuckles but Ember catches her and hits a Samoan drop. Ember with a handspring clothesline into the corner and then she goes up top for Eclipse and hits it for the three count.
Winner: Ember Moon
After the match, Ember gets on the turnbuckles and shows Shayna her title belt. Shayna gets on the announce table.
Next week will see the semifinals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic.
Raul Mendoza makes his way to the ring for his match, but he is attacked on the ramp by Andrade Almas.
Almas and Zelina Vega make their way to the ring.
Almas asks Aleister if he thinks he is smart. Almas speaks in Spanish and he says that he is El Idolo. You didn’t respect Zelina, you didn’t respect him. Almas calls Black out and he uses some naughty words to describe Black. He tells Black to face him.
We go to commercial with a Lars Sullivan video package and he will be back next week.
We are back and we are told that Aleister Black will be on NXT week.
William Regal is in his office and he says he is finalizing the details for an announcement for next week that will change the landscape of NXT forever.
Match Number Three: Adam Cole versus Kassius Ohno
They lock up and Cole with a wrist lock. Ohno with a reversal and hip lock take down. Ohno picks Cole up and then lifts him in the air by the wrist and takes Cole back to the mat. Cole with a knee to the midsection and a kick to the head. Cole with a forearm and knee to the midsection. Cole with a shoulder tackle bay bay. Cole goes for a leap frog and Ohno with a boot to the chest. Ohno with a back senton. Ohno with a chop but Cole with a jaw breaker. Cole is sent to the apron and he lands hard on the apron and appears to have hurt his knee. The referee checks on him and returns to the ring.
Ohno grabs Cole by the hair and Cole is okay as he hits an enzuigiri. Cole returns to the ring and he punches Ohno. We go to commercial.
We are back and Cole kicks Ohno. Cole with an uppercut and boot to the head for a near fall. Cole with a neck breaker for a near fall. Cole with a kick to the back of the leg. Cole with more kicks to Ohno and he applies a rear chin lock. Cole takes Ohno to the mat and puts his knee in Ohno’s back. Cole with a lungblower for a near fall. Cole taunts Ohno and he calls Ohno a loser. Cole fakes out the crowd on the Bay Bay Chant. Cole lands on his feet on a suplex attempt. Ohno holds on to the ropes when Cole goes for an O’Connor Roll. Ohno with a punch.
Ohno with a knee and boot to Cole followed by a clothesline and boot. Ohno with a slam and leg drop for a near fall. Ohno with a forearm and then Ohno goes to the apron and connects with a boot through the ropes. Ohno with a spinning front kick for a near fall. Ohno with a forearm but Cole with forearms to Ohno. Ohno with a bicycle kick but Cole with a brainbuster neck breaker for a near fall.
Cole goes for a Shining Wizard but Ohno blocks it and he hot shots Cole onto the top rope from a power bomb position followed by forearms that send Cole to the floor. Ohno brings Cole back into the ring but Cole with a crucifix for a near fall. Cole with super kicks and another brainbuster neck breaker and the Last Shot for the three count.
Winner: Adam Cole
We go to credits.
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