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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2017 Night 12′ 12.2.17 Results & Review

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Hard camera only for the twelve night of the World Tag League. New Japan edited the show, only providing us with the tournament matches.

Best Friends def. Finlay & Kitamura @ 7:26
Beretta and Chucky’s brand of comedy was a great catalyst to get over Kitamura’s size and strength. When Kitamura finally got the hot tag he excelled in his role as a big scary monster more so than he has throughout the tournament. His gutwrench suplex onto Beretta was his highspot and the reaction was more than deserving. Best Friends hit Strong Zero on the big man to score the win. This wasn’t something that you should stop everything and go watch but it was a good showing for Kitamura.

Elgin & Cobb def. Makabe & Henare @ 7:35
Not more than a showcase for Elgin and Cobb’s strength. They crumpled both men with forearm shots, threw them around the ring and slammed them down hard. Henare was able to show some spirit but the result was never in question; Elgin and Cobb were too strong for the young lion and aged veteran at this stage in the tournament. Elgin slammed Henare with a spinning Elgin Bomb to end the match. I really hope these two continue growing their chemistry because them as a staple in the tag division would be a welcome addition.

Guerrillas of Destiny def. Killer Elite Squad @ 9:41
Fiery babyface Tama Tonga is something we rarely get to see and is a treat when we do. His athleticism makes him a natural face but is unable to show that part of himself being in Bullet Club. This was a really good match that we will hopefully see more of in 2018. Tama hit the Gun Stun on Smith Jr. to give K.E.S. the loss. Although only shot on hard camera, I recommend taking time for this one. We see a side of Tama that needs to be seen more often.

Ishii & Yano def. War Machine @ 13:06
Much is made about the annoyance that Ishii is teamed with Yano. Ishii being the fantastic workhorse he is, teamed with the guy who works the least can be seen as a weird team. This can be a good dynamic though and that is shown to be true here. Ishii can’t out-power everyone and when this is the case he has Yano to outsmart the opponents. Although he tried his best, Ishii couldn’t make ground on War Machine. When he realizes he won’t be able to get it done, he distracts the referee while Yano hits a low blow + roll up combination to sneak out a win. You get the best of both worlds here by having Ishii showcase spirit while Yano showcases his smarts. The match was laid out smart and despite being strictly hard camera I did find a fair amount of merit in this match.

This was the best of the exclusively hard camera shows. Everyone matched up exceedingly well and gave inspired performances for the most part.

Recommended Matches

Guerrillas of Destiny vs Killer Elite Squad
Ishii & Yano vs War Machine

Standings

Guerrillas of Destiny (4-1)
Best Friends (4-1)
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (3-2)
War Machine (3-2)
Killer Elite Squad (3-2)
Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb (3-2)
Togi Makabe & Henare (0-5) ELIMINATED
David Finlay & Katsuya Kitamura (0-5) ELIMINATED

Sunday’s Tag League Matches

Evil & Sanada vs Tencozy
Death Juice vs Fale & Owens

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

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