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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2017 Night 2’ 11.19.17 Results & Review

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

Best Friends def. Guerrillas of Destiny @ 11:07
Early on the Best Friends showcase what they’re about to an audience new to the team. They use finesse in the early goings to gain the upper hand so G.O.D. takes them to the outside where Tanga Roa delivers a suplex to Beretta onto the apron, changing the complexion of the match. G.O.D. grind Beretta down with their power but Chucky T makes the save by hitting a springboard dropkick followed by a tope con hilo. Still with the power advantage on their side, G.O.D. muscle their way back into control and set Beretta up for the Magic Killer but Chucky T again makes the save and Beretta drops Tanga with the Crunchy to win the match. Not much reaction from the crowd but the work was solid. Best Friends are new to the NJPW audience so it’ll take a while before they know what to expect from them but Chucky T had a few great highspots which will ultimately help him to get over.

Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb def. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano @ 13:28
Jeff Cobb is in a similar position as Chucky T, he’s yet to make a name for himself in New Japan. To combat this, he started off the match with Ishii. The two traded forearms and shoulder tackles to make it known Cobb can hang with the heaviest hitter in the company. Yano and Elgin’s dynamic is bordering on levels of Yano and Suzuki. The super serious wrestler and the goofball dynamic is a lot of fun. Both Elgin and Cobb should become fan favorites by the end of the tour. Two great power dudes who can throw around any and everyone on the roster. In a suprise, it was Ishii who took the pin rather than Yano. Elgin used his patented Buckle Bomb + Elgin Bomb comination to put away the Stone Pitbull. Again, solid work from both teams. The crowd was more into these guys and that’s to be expected since they’re more established and crowd favorites in their own way.

I wouldn’t go as far to say that either of these matches are must see but both were easy, solid watches.

Tomorrow’s Tag League Matches
Tencozy vs Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi

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

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