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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2018’ (11.30.18) 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.

This will be a second night in a row, live from Korakuen Hall, featuring Japanese commentary and the full camera treatment. All fourteen teams have a tournament match and the main event sees Tanahashi and Okada teaming again.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Togi Makabe & Toa Henare (2-5) vs Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida (0-7)

Makabe and Henare picked up their second win of the tournament today, though by disqualification. They haven’t had the most success but Henare is supposed to be a step ahead of these young lions. A loss to them would be a step backwards in his progression and I don’t see that happening.
Prediction: Makabe & Henare

World Tag League Tournament Match
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (1-6) vs Beretta & Chuckie T. (4-3)

After this morning’s events, I don’t see how Best Friends are able to focus on beating the legends. Chuckie T. seems to have turned on Beretta but we’ll have to see how this plays out. Right now, it doesn’t look good for Chaos.
Prediction: Nagata & Nakanishi

World Tag League Tournament Match
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (3-4) vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay (4-3)

Despite their losing record, Tencozy have wins over both G.O.D. and K.E.S. so it feel like they’re going to be a potential spoiler team as the tournament progresses. A team picking up wins over key teams shouldn’t be hanging out with a losing record; I think they even it out.
Prediction: Tenzan & Kojima

World Tag League Tournament Match
Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (3-4) vs Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi (3-4)

Both teams are coming off great performances from earlier today. Each come in with losing records, it can go either way and we’ve seen Page pin Suzuki before, but I think Suzuki gets the win back. Korakuen loves them some Hangman Page. He’s always the hardest worker every night and it doesn’t go unnoticed to the hardcore fans. I see them rallying behind Page but he comes up short.
Prediction: Suzuki & Iizuka

World Tag League Tournament Match
Killer Elite Squad (4-3) vs Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi (5-2)

The team of Sabre and Taichi have been the surprise of the tournament. They’ve been churning out some of best matches all the while working themselves up towards the top of the block. K.E.S. are the established Suzuki-Gun heavyweight tag team. Them dropping to their stablemates, Sabre and Taichi, would cause a rift in the Suzuki-Gun landscape. I don’t see that happening but it’d be very interesting.
Prediction: Killer Elite Squad

World Tag League Tournament Match
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (5-2) vs Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin (4-3)

After dropping the first three, Cobb and Elgin have rattled off four straight. They could feasibly get through Ishii and Yano but considering we didn’t see the Yano hijinks pay off the previous show, I see it happening here. Giving Yano the goofy underdog win on a team that looks like they should destroy him sounds about right.
Prediction: Ishii & Yano

World Tag League Tournament Match
Guerrillas of Destiny (5-2) vs EVIL & SANADA (6-1)

If EVIL and SANADA are to win the tournament a second year in a row, why not have them drop one to the champions? It makes the Wrestle Kingdom revenge even sweeter while making G.O.D. feel credible by beating the first place team.
Prediction: Guerrillas of Destiny

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, KUSHIDA & Rocky Romero vs Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo
Jay White helped Ishimori create a path in defeating KUSHIDA on the previous show. Now each side adds another member, both of which are known for taking falls. They held off on the dream team win, I don’t see them doing it again. Send Korakuen home happy with a babyface win, especially if EVIL and SANADA are dropping the match before. I wonder if we’ll see some development between Chuckie T. and Beretta post-match.
Prediction: Tanahashi, Okada, KUSHIDA & Romero

Predictions
Tournament: 32/49
Overall: 39/60

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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