- As noted, this week's WWE NXT episode saw the final first round matches in the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Alex Shelley made his TV in-ring debut for the company as he and Kushida reunited The Time Splitters for a loss to The Grizzled Young Veterans - James Drake and Zack Gibson. You can click here for full updates on the Dusty Classic coming out of this week's NXT episode.
There had been some speculation on Shelley's future with WWE, but he indicates in the video above that he and Kushida will continue to team together on the brand.
"We may have lost tonight but quite frankly, we owe the NXT Universe a big thank you," Shelley said. "We wouldn't be teaming together again if it weren't for them, and really, truly, if it weren't for the best competition in the entire world, re-grouping and coming together in NXT, OK? So, NXT tag teams - we're putting you on blast, we're putting you on notice. I don't care where you're from. I don't care if you're from Japan, Canada, Mexico, the UK, the US of A, Alex Shelley and Kushida may have lost tonight, but I can guarantee our skills are the best, the #1, and we'll prove it anytime. That's the good thing about us - we re-group, we re-collect, and we get better."
Nigel will be back calling the NXT action with Mauro and Beth on next Wednesday's Worlds Collide go-home edition of NXT.
- WWE issued an announcement today to congratulate WrestleMania 2 star Jim "Jimbo" Covert on his 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.
It was announced on Wednesday that the former nine-year Chicago Bears tackle will be inducted into the Hall of Fame's Centennial Class, which will be formall enshrined into Hall on Saturday, August 8 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio from 7-10:30pm. It will air on CBS. Covert was a part of the big NFL vs. WWE Battle Royal at WrestleMania 2, which was won by WWE Hall of Famer Andre the Giant.
Below is WWE's full announcement:
WrestleMania 2 star Jimbo Covert to be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jimbo Covert is joining an exclusive group as one of the few to grace both a WWE ring and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The former Chicago Bears left tackle was elected to the Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 on Wednesday.
Less than three months after winning Super Bowl XX, Covert joined several other players — including Hall of Famer and Bears teammate William "The Refrigerator" Perry — in the historic WWE vs. NFL Battle Royal at the Rosemont Horizon that was ultimately won by Andre the Giant.
Covert spent all of his nine-year career with Chicago and was a two-time first-team All-Pro.