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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2018’ (11.29.18) Match Predictions

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Seeing as the World Tag League is the least engaging time of the year to be a fan of New Japan, each night before the tournament I’ll be making match predictions. On the bottom of every ‘Results & Review’ article I’ll have a tally of my score so that you can keep up and gauge my accuracy. This is my way of trying to keep everyone engaged during the slow months leading up to Wrestle Kingdom. Feel free to give me a hard time on Twitter.

The show will be live from Korakuen Hall on NJPW World. Eight matches, seven being tournament matches and the main event featuring the team of Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada and KUSHIDA.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin (3-3) vs Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida (0-6)

Team Bowser is running through everyone since their 0-3 start. They’ll handle the young lions with ease but it’ll be fun to watch the youngsters try.
Prediction: Cobb & Elgin

World Tag League Tournament Match
Juice Robinson & David Finlay (3-3) vs Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (1-5)

Nagata and Nakanishi’s opening day win over Tencozy has worked me good. Since that surprise win I’ve actually predicted more wins for these legends several times throughout the tournament. They’re now 1-5 and feels silly to continue picking them to win.
Prediction: Juice & Finlay

World Tag League Tournament Match
Killer Elite Squad (4-2) vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (2-4)

Tencozy are another team I’ve been constantly picking to win because of their upset victory over the IWGP Tag Team Champions. That win made it feel like there’s another run coming for these legends but with a 2-4 record I’m done picking them in these matches against the established teams.
Prediction: Killer Elite Squad

World Tag League Tournament Match
Beretta & Chuckie T. (4-2) vs Togi Makabe & Toa Henare (1-5)

Makabe and Henare are another team (I’ve been wrong a lot) that I thought would have more wins than they’ve had. Henare seemed to have been at a higher position than he was at this time last year. The results have been just about the same though so I’m steering away from picking him in many more matches.
Prediction: Beretta & Chuckie

World Tag League Tournament Match
Guerrillas of Destiny (4-2) vs Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi (3-3)

The success of the team formally known as Dick & Balls can be attributed to the rise of Page. He’s had a really strong year, challenging for the US title, competing in the G1 Climax and pinning Minoru Suzuki. That said, I’m not convinced that a team featuring Yujiro Takahashi will pull a win out over the tag champions.
Prediction: Guerrillas of Destiny

World Tag League Tournament Match
Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi (4-2) vs Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (3-3)

The team of Sabre and Taichi have been the new hotness all tournament long. They have the lone win over the defending tournament winners and last time they were in Korakuen Hall, forced a stoppage on Tomohiro Ishii. We’ll see if their Suzuki-Gun stablemates have a bone to pick with their surge. Honestly, I can see Sabre and Taichi becoming a permanent fixture in the tag division. I’m sure K.E.S. would be thrilled about that.
Prediction: Sabre & Taichi

World Tag League Tournament Match
EVIL & SANADA (5-1) vs Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (5-1)

Talk about flying under the radar. Since the referee stoppage on night two, Ishii and Yano have rattled off four wins in a row and find themselves tied at the top of the block. The team they’re tied with are last year’s winners, EVIL and SANADA. You never count Yano out but since EVIL and SANADA are the only LIJ representatives on the night, I’ll side with them coming out with the win.
Prediction: EVIL & SANADA

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada & KUSHIDA vs Jay White, Bad Luck Fale & Taiji Ishimori
Since returning as The Rainmaker in 2012, Okada and Tanahashi have always stood across the ring from each other. Their shared hatred for Jay White has brought them together for the first time since the days of young lion Okada. Jay White can do Jay White things and spoil this moment but you would think anyone between Tanahashi, Okada and KUSHIDA would take a loss heading into Wrestle Kingdom. It’s possible he disqualifies his team but whatever the case, I feel pretty ceratin that team Tanahashi will be called as the winners.
Prediction: Tanahashi, Okada & KUSHIDA

Predictions
Tournament: 27/42
Overall: 34/52

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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