It’s time to see who moves forward to NXT Takeover for the finals of the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! MSK were a surprise debut into the tournament, but have made it all the way to the semi finals of their half of the bracket. Now they face a team who will be able to match them in the speed department, Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde of Legado Del Fantasma. This is sure to be a fast paced and chaotic tag team match, especially given the stakes.
MSK & Legado Del Fantasma Go Hold For Hold
Lee started with Wilde, who dodged the opening lock up before taking Lee down to the mat with a wrist lock. He’d hit an arm drag and show off his lucha libre flair, before applying a tight double knee lock. Lee was able to fight out of this and apply an armbar of his own. Carter tagged himself in as Lee went Wilde into the corner, Wilde being hit with a flurry of kicks before a bronco buster.
Wilde got the wrist of Carter before being sent across the ring by an arm drag, and Carter asked for Mendoza. Mendoza went for the arm, but Carter was able to wrestle hold for hold with the technical savage. Carter got the blind tag from Lee, and MSK picked Mendoza apart with strikes before a double foot stomp to the back.
Legado took some control after getting Lee in their corner, using quick tags and running lariats before the double suplex followed by the assisted springboard moonsault. Carter got the tag and was able to nearly take Mendoza out with a PK, before being sent over the top rope and hit with a moonsault from the now legal Wilde as we went to a commercial break.
Innovation Moves By The Second
Coming back from the break, Carter would counter a German Suplex from Mendoza, dodge a kick and get the tag to Lee. Lee ran Mendoza down with a lariat before the jumping lariat. Wilde rushed in, Lee sent over the top rope, before Carter hit the moonsault off the apron, with Lee shoving him forward before Lee soared over the top rope.
Mendoza countered a second dive with a kick to the head, hitting a springboard dropkick on his way in, tagging in Wilde for a springboard reverse hurricarana, before Mendoza hit a twisting suplex. Carter ran in, was put on the shoulders of Mendoza, before Wilde bounced off Carter into a 450 Splash on Lee. Lee countered into a pinfall after getting his knees up. A superkick from Carter took Mendoza out before MSK would end this one by hitting their finisher on Wilde!
You didn’t realize how much NXT needed a team like MSK until you see matches like this from them. Legado was able to go at their full pace in this one, and it was a hell of a ride from bell to bell. MSK continues to pull out more and more of their skillset, and will likely finally go all out at Takeover! Match Rating: 3.75/5 (*** ¾)
MSK will face the winners of Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Thatcher at NXT Takeover! Will MSK win the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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