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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2018’ (11.26.18) Results & Review

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The return of the no commentary, hard camera setup for the eighth night of the 2018 World Tag League. All fourteen teams have a tournament match. Let’s get started.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi (2-2) def. Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida (0-4) @ 8:33 via Taichi Last Ride on Umino – **

Since they’re going against young lions, TAKA didn’t poll the audience on who they thought would win. This upset the young lions so they jumped before the bell. That was a nice touch. Another nice touch was the focus on Yoshida. Since he comes from TAKA’s promotion, there was a concerted effort to get him more involved. It didn’t really work but they tried. Once again, Umino was the star. He ducked a superkick into a school boy, got a backslide and cradle but was eventually caught by the superkick and finished with the Last Ride. Umino is so good.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Killer Elite Squad (3-1) def. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (1-3) @ 8:51 via Killer Bomb on Nakanishi – **1/2

I always enjoy seeing the current generation paying respect to the legends and you could see both Archer and Smith have so much respect for these two. Archer had a test of strength with Nakanishi and took an Exploder suplex from Nagata and bless Nakanishi’s heart, although he can’t take a straight back bump it’s nice to see him give it a go. Smith is someone who is so underutilized. I’d like to see if they could give him more singles opportunities.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi (2-2) def. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare (1-3) @ 11:09 via Yujiro Pimp Juice on Henare – ***

Expertly crafted tag match with a great finishing sequence. Having Yujiro and Henare in the end created an aura of uncertainty on whether or not Henare would get the upset win. They creatively played off the Makabe double lariat spot and crafted the Henare top rope shoulder tackle well. Page had his fall away slam, coast to coast tope spot. This had everything you could possibly want from a match between these two teams.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (1-3) def. Beretta & Chuckie T. (3-1) @ 10:21 via Suzuki Gotch-Style Piledriver on Chuckie – **

Work boots Iizuka came to play! After the jump and brawl, Iizuka was left in the ring to work with Beretta. He took a plancha, a sunset flip, a top rope crossbody, and most painfully, a bite! Good for Iizuka. Suzuki took control in the late stages and put Chuckie away with the piledriver.

World Tag League Tournament Match
EVIL & SANADA (3-1) def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (2-2) @ 12:08 via SANADA Moonsault Press on Tenzan – **3/4

Cool moment with the match kicking off with SANADA and Kojima. These guys go back to 2007 when SANADA was a young boy in AJPW. SANADA has still never beat Kojima in a singles match. Him beating Tenzan here with a Moonsault, signaling to his mentor, Keiji Mutoh, was really cool too. A lot of nice touches sprinkled throughout.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (3-1) def. Juice Robinson & David Finlay (3-1) @ 11:43 via Ishii Brainbuster on Finlay – **1/2

FinJuice do a great job at embracing whatever type of wrestler they’re facing. Juice had no problem getting goofy with Yano. They did an airplane spin and stumbled around a bit before pulling each other down by the hair. Finlay and Ishii had some creative spots. I’d like to see more between the two because Ishii always brings the best out of his opponents and Finlay is someone in need of a breakout performance.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin (1-3) def. Guerillas of Destiny (3-1) @ 13:34 via Cobb Tour of the Islands on Loa – *1/2

Nine minute heat segment on Elgin, Cobb hot tag, ref bump, Jado cut off, Cobb overcomes and wins. Way too long, not engaging in the slightest. Bummer of a tournament main event.

Overall this was a solid house show. Nothing big to recommend but most of the tournament matches, outside of the main event, were good enough. Three way tie for first after eight nights.

Predictions
Tournament: 23/35
Overall: 30/45

Standings
Ishii & Yano (4-1)
Killer Elite Squad (4-1)
EVIL & SANADA (4-1)
Best Friends (3-2)
Guerrillas of Destiny (3-2)
FinJuice (3-2)
Page & Yujiro (3-2)
Sabre & Taichi (3-2)
Tencozy (2-3)
Suzuki & Iizuka (2-3)
Cobb & Elgin (2-3)
Makabe & Henare (1-4)
Nagata & Nakanishi (1-4)
Umino & Yoshida (0-5)

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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