Welcome back to another round of Quick Takes—a post that indulges in the topics that aren’t worth dedicating a full article to, but are still on my mind.
Each week, I try to cram in as many smaller talking points as I can via a speedier process, and I invite you to chime in with your own thoughts about these topics and anything else by keeping the discussion going in the comments below! Drop some more talking points in there for everyone to chat it up about, too!
Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s topics.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Team Speculation
It was announced that next week on New Year’s Evil, the bracket will be announced for the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. So far, we only know one team for sure (The Undisputed ERA being represented by Adam Cole and Roderick Strong) but I think it’s safe to say we have a few other teams in mind for potential options.
Breezango and Grizzled Young Veterans should be guarantees. After all, it was their segment where this was announced. That includes Ever-Rise, who were in the same segment.
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch shouldn’t be in the tournament. The winning team gets a title shot. They’re the champions. It just doesn’t make any sense.
Imperium’s Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel should be guarantees, as should Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza).
Lucha House Party now seems to be in NXT, so Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik could easily take part in this.
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain seems like the final team.
I’m assuming there are only eight teams, as sixteen would be too difficult to fill. However, it’s not impossible, depending on how WWE would want to go about doing things and who is able to travel.
If you incorporated NXT UK, you’ve already got Pretty Deadly, The Hunt, Gallus, South Wales Subculture and maybe even Saxon Huxley & Tyson T-Bone as well as Moustache Mountain. That’s six already. However, Trent Seven said he was stepping aside, T-Bone hasn’t been seen and, most importantly, there’s been no crossover between rosters in a while.
There are still a few other teams, though. Indus Sher hasn’t been seen in a while and may be available. The Bollywood Boyz are certainly active. Timothy Thatcher could team with one of his students. Curt Stallion and August Grey have teamed up several times recently. Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott have, too. Jake Atlas could team with Kushida as a random team of two babyface cruiserweights. Hell, Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari hang around each other all the time, so they’d be fine for a first-round elimination.
Most importantly, you could also have The Way represented with Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory.
All in all, though, I’d anticipate it’s just the 8 teams and that’s it, if not just to keep it simpler.
As far as the winners? Well, with Lorcan and Burch as tag champs, I have to assume it’s a babyface team who gets the title shot after winning this tournament. I don’t think it’s Lucha House Party, Maverick/Dain or Breezango. I’d narrow it down to Cole/Strong or Grizzled Young Veterans playing a babyface role. Since the latter isn’t a guarantee and it would make more sense for The Undisputed ERA to keep their feud going, I’m picking Cole and Strong winning.
Latest WWE Trademarks
WWE filed trademarks for Nash Carter, Wes Lee, Shi Gun, Shi Zui and Tian Sha.
I’m fully assuming Nash Carter is the new ring name for Steve Cutler while Wesley Blake is now Wes Lee. They were recently repackaged as Knights of the Lone Wolf alongside King Corbin, for those who may not know. As they’re no longer The Forgotten Sons, there’s no need to keep those names or previous gimmick aspects. Corbin can knight them with their new ring names or WWE can just flat out start calling them those names instead.
Shi Gun, Shi Zui and Tian Sha have to be new names for Xia Li, Boa and their master. I’m assuming Tian Sha is her name, while Boa and Li are Shi Gun and Shi Zui in some fashion.
TNT Championship Belt Design Retired
I could go on and on about how the tribute show for Brodie Lee was very touching and that I’m very glad AEW pushed other plans back a week in order to do that. That would be an entirely separate article to just run down all those moments.
But as far as the Quick Takes goes, let’s focus on the TNT title design being retired in honor of Lee.
This is a very classy thing to do, first off. After all the issues of not getting the title completed, only for Lee to have his relatively short reign actually revolve a little around the design of the belt itself, this is rather fitting.
I’d like to see them ditch the red strap. That’s always been my biggest gripe with it. Obviously, the TNT logo is going to remain the same and it will probably still have a circular design, so it might not change that much, but I think going with a traditional black strap could help represent that shift to something new right from the moment we all set our eyes on it.
Maybe go with something more rectangular that has the circular TNT logo in the center where a globe would normally be, like the classic Intercontinental Championship design?
What are your takes on these topics? Keep the discussion going in the comments below!