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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2018’ (11.24.18) Results & Review

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The sixth night of the 2018 World Tag League was more of the no commentary, single camera setup. The next night will be back to multiple cameras but Japanese commentary only. This show had three tournament matches, let’s get started.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi (0-2) def. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi (1-1) @ 15:08 via Page Rite of Passage on Taichi – ***

Sabre and Taichi have been the surprise of the tournament. Their tag team dynamic works so well together. Page and Sabre had a great mat wrestling exchange where Page more than held his own. They needed to double Page in order to keep him from firing back up. Taichi pulled out the mic stand to gain the edge but Yujiro later responded with the cane which helped Page land the Rite of Passage for the win. This was a very good match and the chemistry between Page and Sabre came as a huge surprise. I want to see more between them.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (1-1) def. Guerrillas of Destiny (2-0) @ 11:13 via Kojima Lariat on Loa – *3/4

The match opened with an extended five minute beat down on Tenzan, working towards a Kojima hot tag. There were three moments of Jado interference and a ref bump. Not the most exciting match, in fact it was pretty boring throughout. The crowd reacted big for the Tencozy win and that was a nice surprise but definitely a lot of down time to get to the result.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (1-1) def. Killer Elite Squad (2-0) @ 13:53 via Yano Schoolboy on Archer – **1/4

Never count Yano out. That’s a motto best to abide by when watching these tournaments. Ishii and Yano spent the majority of the match getting beat down, Ishii putting up more of a fight but still meeting the same fate more times than not. Yano took a Killer Bomb but Ishii broke it up and lariats Smith over the top while Yano pulls a shirt over Archer’s face. Ishii hits the blinded Archer with a lariat and Yano rolled him up for the win. This match worked but would’ve done better a little shorter. Nevertheless, both Ishii and Yano playing the underdog to the much larger team worked well.

What a night of upsets. Not just in terms of my predictions, but every match had the underdog come out with the win. The highlight of the show were the exchanges Page had between and Sabre and Taichi. He gives standout performances every night. If you’re going to watch one match, make it that one.

Predictions
Tournament: 13/21
Overall: 20/30

Standings
Best Friends (3-0)
EVIL & SANADA (3-0)
Guerrillas of Destiny (2-1)
Killer Elite Squad (2-1)
FinJuice (2-1)
Ishii & Yano (2-1)
Tencozy (2-1)
Sabre & Taichi (1-2)
Makabe & Henare (1-2)
Nagata & Nakanishi (1-2)
Suzuki & Iizuka (1-2)
Page & Yujiro (1-2)
Umino & Yoshida (0-3)
Cobb & Elgin (0-3)

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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