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NJPW ‘Super Jr. Tag League 2019’ (10.19.19) Results & Review

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The third night of the 2019 Super Junior Tag League sees the tour taken on the road and as such there will only be two tournament matches, neither in the main event. That trend will continue for the next five shows and they will also be void of any commentary. With all that out of the way, let’s get started!

El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori (2-1) def. Tiger Mask IV & Yuya Uemura (0-3) @ 11:36 via Ishimori Bloody Cross on Uemura – **1/4
By the simple reduction of Bullet Club shenanigans, it’s tough to not appreciate this match. Tiger put a stop to ELP’s rope-walking by pulling him down to the mat, a spot everyone should do when in there with ELP because anyone who takes that move looks like a goober.

You get big moves like the Tiger Driver, Uemura’s belly-to-belly, ELP’s spinning neckbreaker and both a handspring enzuigiri followed by the Bloody Cross from Ishimori. There was flash without anyone having to look like a dork. Not a match to seek out but one I appreciated.

Birds of Prey (1-2) def. Volador Jr. & Titán (2-1) @ 10:58 via Eagles Rob Miller Special on Titán – ***1/4
Like the first two nights, this was a Titán showcase match. Volador Jr. took a backseat once again but Eagles and Ospreay were more than willing to mix it up with Titán. They cut off his flurry early, Titán quickly comes back and it’s a sprint from there.

Eagles in particular was able to showcase alongside Titán who caught him with a DDT on the apron and turned a sliced bread into a DVD. Ospreay came in with the double team which helped Eagles keep Titán grounded for the Ron Miller Special. This is the match of the tournament to this point.

Solid one-two punch for the third night of the tournament. The Bullet Club Shenanigans being kept to a minimum and being completely disregarded by Tiger was nice. Titán has been showing up big in his first three matches and on this show had Ospreay and Eagles who were more than happy to work his style of match.

That’s not to say this was a blow away match by any means but it was strong and the first match of the tournament I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. It was kept short and told a story centered around Titan’s knee, what’s not to like?

Recommended Match
Birds of Prey vs Volador Jr. & Titán

Standings
El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2-0)
Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi (2-0)
Volador Jr. & Titán (2-1)
El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori (2-1)
Roppongi 3K (1-1)
Birds of Prey (1-2)
TJP & Clark Connors (0-2)
Tiger Mask IV & Yuya Uemura (0-3)

Along with providing show reviews from across Japan, Robert McCauley is also an editor for FightboothPW.

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