NXT has held the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic since 2015, honoring the American Dream who passed away in June of that year. Dusty’s sons Cody and Dustin appeared to present the trophy to the winners of the first tournament, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe. And while Cody hasn’t been back since his departure from the WWE in 2016, he’s been invited back for the Dusty Classics.
On Twitter, Cody responded to a fan who was asking why NXT doesn’t invite Cody to the finals of the tournament anymore. The American Nightmare stated that, even after he left, he has always been welcomed back for the finals of the Dusty Classic to honor his father.
They always very kindly do. That's for Regal & the students. It's their moment. I personally can't honor him by standing next to a trophy(as beautiful as that trophy is). They do a great job promoting/protecting his influence/legacy. https://t.co/6cbbaP4fGh
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) April 5, 2018
To know that WWE and NXT still invite Cody back for the finals of the tournament is heartwarming. While Cody had his issues creatively with the WWE, it’s great to see that the two sides can put that aside to honor the legendary Dusty Rhodes.
Cody’s reasoning as to why he doesn’t go is interesting, as well, claiming that the tournament is for Regal and the students and that they do a great job honoring him. Clearly, Cody still respects and appreciates the company, and it’s great to see such a showing of class here.
The finals of the Dusty Classic were interrupted by the Undisputed Era this year, which saw Pete Dunne and Roderick Strong taking on the Authors of Pain. The trophy, along with the NXT Tag Team Titles, will be on the line this Saturday at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.