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WWE’s love affair with tournaments continues

2018 is the year of the tournament in WWE.

Shortly after SmackDown completed their United States title tournament, new 205 Live General Manager DRAKE MAVERICK announced the next Cruiserweight champion would be determined in the same manner.

Not to be outdown, the brand which rekindled the company’s love affair with brackets brought back one of their own.

At last night’s NXT taping in Atlanta it was revealed The Dusty Rhodes Classic would be returning for a third time. The tag tournament debuted in the Fall of 2015 and occurred around the same time the following year, but didn’t happen in 2017.

We don’t have much information on what teams will take part yet (you can learn what little we do know from our Feb. 1 spoiler report here), but past winners have done pretty well for themselves, either as a team or singles competitors - Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe’s win was a catalyst for their NXT title feud, and the Authors of Pain used theirs to propel them toward a lengthy tag championship run.

Who will win this year? Will the finals be part of WrestleMania weekend? We’ll let you know, in whatever form you prefer: either as tonight’s taping goes down, or on future Wednesdays for those who don’t like to be spoiled.

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