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Respect for Dash, Dawson, Gable, Jordan at WWE NXT TakeOver: Respect

Dash and Dawson double team WWE NXT champ Finn Balor in the semifinals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic during NXT TakeOver: Respect on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The action-packed show was broadcast live on WWE Network from Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando. Your referee is Drake Wuertz.
Dash and Dawson double team WWE NXT champ Finn Balor in the semifinals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic during NXT TakeOver: Respect on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The action-packed show was broadcast live on WWE Network from Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando. Your referee is Drake Wuertz. Photo By Jim Varsallone

You don’t have to win to be a winner. During the semifinals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, two teams advanced and two others eliminated.

The tournament honored the late, great American Dream Dusty Rhodes, and the semifinals and finals helped highlight NXT TakeOver: Respect on Wednesday, Oct. 7 on WWE Network from Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando.

Rhodes worked closely with WWE developmental talent on their promos at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando. He helped them develop into NXT and WWE superstars and divas.

Watching the semifinals of the tag team tournament, Rhodes would have not only been proud of the winners but more so of them defeated, because of their top-notch efforts. It takes two to make a good match, or in this case, four, and how you work in defeat is just as important as what the winners do.

Dusty also took a liking to the underdogs, the misfits, the overachievers.

The semifinals featured that.

WWE NXT champ Finn Balor and Samoe Joe defeated Dash and Dawson (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson), and Baron Corbin and Rhyno beat Jason Jordan and Chad Gable. Both good matches.

Talk about underdogs, misfits and overachievers, Dash and Dawson, a true Southern heel tag team with solid in-ring work and a country bad boy demeanor which makes fans irate, worked very well together. Two good hands to have on your roster.

As for Jordan and Gable, they won over fans big-time in their semifinal battle. Jordan, an FCW alum who listens intently, is a hard working individual with a positive attitude, reminiscent of another FCW alum, Mojo Rawley. Gable is the All-American, a former U.S. Olympic wrestler transitioning to the WWE sports entertainment style, which includes a great catch phrase -- Ready, Willing & Gable.

So hats off to the winners, finalists and semifinalists of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

Win, lose or draw, how you chase the dream is just as important as reaching it.

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