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NJPW ‘Super Jr. Tag League 2019’ (10.28.19) Results & Review

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Four tournament matches on the tenth night of the 2019 Super Junior Tag League from Korakuen Hall. The main event sees Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi taking on Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles. Let’s get started!

El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (4-2) def. Tiger Mask IV & Yuya Uemura (0-5) @ 14:55 via Desperado Numero Dos on Uemura – ***1/2
Uemura set the tone of the match by attacking Suzuki-Gun before the bell. The match was off from there, never losing its pace. Both Desperado and Kanemaru sold big for the young lion and his aggression setting off Desperado to the point that he unmasked Tiger Mask made sense which in turn brought Tiger to another level. Nearly everything about the match rules. There’s not a single down moment until the whiskey distraction spot that’s completely unnecessary. At the end of the match there’s a great moment where Tiger tells Uemura to keep his chin up. Beautiful moment to cap everything off.

El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori (5-1) def. TJP & Clark Connors (0-6) @ 11:13 via ELP Flying Squirrel on Connors – **3/4
The match starts fast and has a great hot tag from TJP, filled with a flurry of aerial maneuvers. Soon after it begins to slow down with uninteresting moves and bad comedy from Bullet Club before breaking down even further with a flat finish. The first half of the match rides off the high of the last match but ultimately they lose the steam in the closing stretch.

Roppongi 3K (3-2) def. Volador Jr. & Titán (3-3) @ 16:25 via YOH Dragon Suplex on Titán – **1/2
Right off the jump this felt artificial. Roppongi 3K started by grinding down on Titán because they want that hot Titan comeback that’s been stealing the tournament. The problem is, 3K aren’t a team who dominates and cuts the ring in half so this was out of character and jarring to watch. Volador Jr. and Titán had some hot sequences but the match felt so out of context to who 3K are that it was impossible to invest in.

Birds of Prey (4-2) def. Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi (4-2) @ 22:13 via Ospreay Stormbreaker on Romero – ***1/2
For how slow the first half was, I expected this match to go long. Instead, it had a relatively short runtime with a finishing sequence that felt like it came out of nowhere. The first ten minutes was riddled with comedy and Ospreay being a comical heel on Romero. The highlight of the match were the exchanges between Taguchi and Eagles as they traded smooth counters back and forth. Romero’s comebacks on Ospreay were well done and the Birds of Prey double teams were great as always. I wish they had taken less time for the comedy because it began to drag but the last ten minutes were really strong exchanges by all parties.

Recommended Matches
Birds of Prey vs Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi
El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Tiger Mask IV & Yuya Uemura

Standings
El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori (5-1)
Birds of Prey (4-2)
Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi (4-2)
El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (4-2)
Roppongi 3K (3-2)
Volador Jr. & Titán (3-3)
Tiger Mask IV & Yuya Uemura (0-5)
TJP & Clark Connors (0-6)

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

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