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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2017 Night 17′ 12.8.17 A Block Finals Results & Review

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A Block Finals! New Japan gave us the entire show live with commentary and multiple camera angles. Evil & Sanada, Goto & Yoshi-Hashi and Yujiro & Page all came into the show with a chance to move on to the finals.

Tama, Tanga & Leo def. Finlay, Kitamura & Oka @ 7:15
Each member of the Bullet Club team took turns on Kitamura until he powered out with a brainbuster onto Tama. Finlay got the hot tag, gave Oka a chance but unfortunately for the young lion, he ate Apes**t from Tanga which ended the match. Fine, nothing special but Leo looked more confident than usual.

Hanson, Rowe, Elgin & Cobb def. Ishii, Yano, Beretta & Chucky T @ 8:35
Elgin refused the customary handshake from War Machine. The two teams battle on the final B block night of the tournament. The story was that the two teams couldn’t get on the same page. A lot of miscues lead to boiling tensions from everyone. Despite this, Cobb was still able to finish Chucky T via Tour of the Islands. The match was solid but not anything particularly great to recommend. This Elgin news really has soured things a bit.

Archer, Smith Jr. & Desperado def. Makabe, Henare & Liger @ 8:44
Liger came into the tour in relief of Tanahashi who is working through injury that will keep him off the remainder of the shows. Team Suzuki-Gun were filled with more piss and vinegar than usual. They fired off on everyone with a little extra aggression. Henare showed spirit by battling out of a Killer Bomb attempt but was eventually defeated with a powerbomb by Smith Jr. Not bad, much smoother than the tag league match these two teams had and it’ll always nice to see Liger.

Okada, Ospreay & Gedo def. Naito, Hiromu & Bushi @ 12:14
Great preview for Hiromu and Ospreay’s upcoming 4-way for the junior title. Naito took one of his famous crazy bumps for Okada. Gedo got his beard pulled. One of these three things isn’t like the others. Okada once again applied his new submission onto Naito and proceeded to do the same to Bushi. Hiromu was unable to hit the Timebomb on muliple attempts but Ospreay was able to connect with the Oscutter onto Hiromu, securing the win. These matches always have a lot of great work in them and it’s no wonder why. Not on the level where I’d recommend but as far as I’m concerned it’s always a pleasure to watch this paring.

World Tag League Match
Nagata & Nakanishi def. Fale & Owens @ 8:06

As the tournament went on, these teams faded. Neither were lighting the world on fire to begin with but as they went along, the matches got more and more forgettable. The work is standard, uninspired and just what you’d expect. Nakanishi managed to win with an Argentine backbreaker on Owens.

World Tag League Match
Tencozy def. Suzuki & Iizuka @ 11:48

When Suzuki is fired up you know you’re in for an entertaining match. Here with his classmates he truly seemed inspired to go out there and have fun. The veterans had a match filled with spirit and despite their age were able to deliver an entertaining match from beginning to end. Iizuka again was DQ’d due to using the Iron Finger from Hell in front of the referee. Maybe this is a case of them throwing in the towel because of being mathematically eliminated from the tournament. If that’s indeed the story I’m much more willing to accept these results. Don’t go out of your way but if you were planning on watching anyway I did enjoy the match.

World Tag League Match
Death Juice def. Yujiro & Page @ 11:13

Hard work put in by everyone and more than typical Yujiro fare made this a fun watch. For the entire tour Death Juice have shown the most fire, always showing up and performing at a higher level than most on this tour. Juice hit Pulp Friction, eliminating Yujiro and Page from winning the tournament. Really fast, hard and relatively crisp work from everyone here. Both teams exceeded my expectations throughout the tour and have earned my respect as credible participants to this year’s tournament.

World Tag League Match
Evil & Sanada def. Goto & Yoshi-Hashi @ 18:12

The final match of the A block. Winner moves on to the finals. This was a great match! Both teams for the entire tour had some above average matches. All four worked extremely hard, there were multiple great false finishes and several kick-outs of finishers. The match was laid out great from start to finish. These are the types of matches you watch this tournament to see. One of the few must-see matches of the tour and I do truly mean must-see. Evil and Sanada won with the Magic Killer and Evil gave a promo post-match before heading to the back.

Recommended Matches
Evil & Sanada vs Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi

A Block Results

Evil & Sanada (5-2) WINNERS!!!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi (4-3)
Death Juice (4-3)
Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page (4-3)
Tencozy (3-4)
Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (3-4)
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens (3-4)
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (2-5)

Saturday’s Tag League Matches

Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs Guerrillas of Destiny
War Machine vs Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb
Killer Elite Squad vs Best Friends
Togi Makabe & Henare vs David Finlay & Katsuya Kitamura

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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