Def by Ariya Daivari. In a Triple Threat Match, Jake Atlas and August Grey
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic did not quite go according to Jake Atlas, August Grey or Ariya Daivari’s schedule, as all three of their respective tandems were eliminated in the first round of the tournament, and in an exciting Triple Threat Match on 205 Live, all three turned their focus back to singles competition.
Daivari, who verbally lambasted on social media each of his fellow Cruiserweights to convert the scheduled single match between Atlas and Grey into a Triple Threat, got off to a rocky start, whiffing entirely from the top rope on a crossbody as Grey and Atlas simply stepped out of the way.
But Daivari Dinero had a couple of other tricks up his sleeve, allowing Atlas and Grey to fight one at a time and mostly attacking when his rivals were vulnerable.
At the bout’s conclusion, the tactic paid off, as Atlas almost spiked Grey with a Cartwheel DDT through the canvas, only to be yanked out of the ring by Daivari, who clocked Atlas with a right fist wrapped in a gold chain. Moments later, in order to score the draw, Daivari clobbered the staggered Grey with a Hammerlock Lariat.
Ember Moon & Blackheart Shotzi def. In the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First-Round Contest, Marina Shafir & Zoey Stark
Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart collided with Marina Shafir and Zoey Stark in an edge-of-your-seat slugfest in the final Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First-Round Contest.
By wearing green face paint and perching herself on the back of Blackheart’s tank for the pre-match trip to the arena, Moon got into the battle spirt and showed some team unity, while Stark came storming out of the starting blocks, raising Moon high above the canvas and violently chucking her into turnbuckles before raining down stomps.
However, Moon got the best of a wild exchange of punches once Shafir earned the tag, and she and Blackheart had their opponents reeling when they put them on the second rope and nailed them to the head with kicks.
When she dropped Blackheart on her knee, Stark almost won the upset, but Moon disrupted the count at the last second and entered the ring as if she had been shot from a cannon when she got the tag.
Moon trapped her foe in a submission hold after blistering Stark with multiple punches and snap mare, to force the tap out.
Moon and Blackheart are primed for a semifinal clash against Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell with the win.