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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2017 Night 11′ 12.1.17 Results & Review

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Back to hard camera only for the eleventh night of the World Tag League. New Japan edited the show, only providing us with the tournament matches.

Yujiro & Page def. Tencozy @ 9:48
When keeping up and watching all these tag league matches, things begin to blur together and have a similar feel to them. You see a match like this on paper and somewhat dread it as you hit play. Let me tell you, they over delivered on my expectations. Tenzan hit a nice spin kick, Yujiro excelled in mocking the legends, Page a nice standing Shooting Star and Kojima was solid as always. The set up for the finish was also inspired. Everything here worked just as good as anyone could have hoped. Yujiro hit Pimp Juice on Kojima for the victory.

Evil & Sanada def. Nagata & Nakanishi @ 10:16
This had a similar feel the previous match did before I hit play. Unfortunately, it was as lackluster as I had expected. Nakanishi was in the ring a lot and did practically nothing. He did hit a top rope crossbody but nothing else of significance. Nagata and Evil had a nice, but small, exchange around the middle. Ultimately, the young guys needed to cheat in order to beat the legends which is lame but standard New Japan booking. You’d prefer the young guys were able to pin aged veterans clean, but what can you do? Evil and Sanada pinned Nakanishi after giving him a chair shot to the face and hitting the Magic Killer.

Suzuki & Iizuka def. Death Juice @ 8:57
There isn’t a better feel good story in New Japan than the progression of Juice Robinson. He’s done everything the right way and is constantly rewarded by both the company and the fans. Here however he was rewarded with the Iron Finger from Hell, Gotch-style piledriver and the loss. What’s to note is that he took the pin, not the new guy, Callihan. They trust that even in defeat that the fans will stick by Juice’s side and that’s why he is the feel good story. The match wasn’t anything special and that shouldn’t have been expected. Callihan paired against Suzuki-Gun is a fun idea to play with at a later date. All parties are extremely chaotic and could lead to something crazy.

Goto & Yoshi-Hashi def. Fale & Owens @ 9:37
Maybe I’m over thinking this (and I probably am) but the more tag team combinations Goto and Y-H use, the more confident I am that they will win the block. On this show, they added Y-H’s Bunker Buster onto Goto’s knee. They pulled out the win using the newly named GYR, I think they are destined to be A block winners. The match was a lot of brawling on the outside, BC cutting Chaos down until they got their two-minute comeback and win. Pretty cut and dry as far as the story. Owens ate the GYR and that ended the tournament matches for the night.

Like all these hard camera shows have been, this was fine. The opener was far better than expectations and everything fell close to what I had expected going into the show. I won’t outright recommend anything but if you catch the opener you wouldn’t be disappointed.

Standings

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi (3-2)
Evil & Sanada (3-2)
Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page (3-2)
Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (3-2)
Death Juice (3-2)
Tencozy (2-3)
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens (2-3)
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (1-4) ELIMINATED

Saturday’s Tag League Matches
War Machine vs Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
Killer Elite Squad vs Guerrillas Of Destiny
Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb vs Togi Makabe & Henare
Best Friends vs David Finlay & Katsuya Kitamura

Robert McCauley is an NJPW enthusiast who has seen every show live since Jan. 4, 2015

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