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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2018’ (11.30.18) Results & Review

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Night eleven of the 2018 World Tag League takes place at Korakuen Hall, featuring Japanese commentary and the full camera treatment. All fourteen teams have a tournament match and the dream team of Tanahashi and Okada tag for a second time in the main event. Let’s get started!

World Tag League Tournament Match
Togi Makabe & Toa Henare (2-5) def. Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida (0-7) @ 8:05 via Henare Samoan Drop on Umino – **1/2

Again, another strong outing from Umino. He’s been showing up every night, giving great performances. This was also the best Yoshida’s looked in a while. It’s been an awkward transition for him going from wrestling standard matches to the cut and dry lion style. Once he’s able to unload on people he’ll start to shine. Henare too, showed some fire. All around good spirit.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Beretta & Chuckie T. (4-3) def. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (1-6) @ 7:21 via Chuckie Roll Up on Nagata – **1/4

Chuckie T. came into the match with a big smile, not acknowledging his actions from yesterday. He kept urging Beretta to join him in their double teams and although unsure of what to make of all this, Beretta went along with the act. We got an incredible plancha from workboots Nakanishi. He and Beretta were brawling on the outside when Chuckie got a surprise roll up pin on Nagata. A perplexes Beretta walked off with the overjoyed Chuckie.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Juice Robinson & David Finlay (4-3) def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (3-4) @ 8:08 via Juice Pulp Friction on Kojima – **3/4

The dojo boys knows how to make Tenzan look good. This was the best he’s come off so far in the tournament. They goofed on the veterans multiple times throughout but in the end they had to double team Kojima with each of their finishers to put him down for the count. Very solid match. FinJuice can work with the dads in their sleep.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (3-4) def. Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi (3-4) @ 10:43 via Suzuki Gotch-Style Piledriver on Yujiro – **3/4

Suzuki-Gun jump, take Page to the outside, isolate Yujiro, crowd rallies. Page makes a comeback, lands a dropsault but Suzuki pops up and puts him in a sleeper. Iizuka keeps Page occupied on the outside while Suzuki takes care of Yujiro. He slides out of one piledriver but Yujiro can’t evade the second and is finished. Fiery performances from Page and Yujiro.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Killer Elite Squad (4-3) def. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi (5-2) @ 11:01 via Killer Bomb on Taichi – *1/2

The first four minutes saw Archer chase Taichi around the building. The next four was solid mat wrestling exchanges between Sabre and Smith. Archer brought Taichi out from the back, carrying him on his shoulder. Sabre caught a pounce into a triangle and Taichi managed a Gedo clutch but neither afforded them the win. K.E.S. put Taichi away with the Killer Bomb. All four shook hands after the match. No more of this Taichi, please.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (5-2) def. Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin (4-3) @ 13:58 via Ishii Brainbuster on Elgin – ***1/2

Like the Ishii and Yano match the night before, this was the perfect balance of Yano hijinks mixed with Ishii power moves. Elgin was the main focus of the match. Yano goofed on him early on but was more serious with Cobb, hitting him with a surprise belly-to-belly suplex. The match highlights though went to Ishii. High quality from Ishii. His first involvement was with Cobb and they had nice exchanges but the last three minutes were all Ishii and Elgin. They beat the hell out of each other, had several great nearfalls in the closing stretch. This is in the top three tournament matches so far. Definitely must-see.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Guerrillas of Destiny (5-2) def. EVIL & SANADA (6-1) @ 17:22 via Loa Super Powerbomb on SANADA – **

Extremely long but sound tag team logic. Great energy from the crowd as they rallied behind EVIL and SANADA the entire way through. G.O.D. may have a new finish with the powerbomb off the second. By no means an exciting match, there were pacing and tonal issues with the extended heat on SANADA into then being goofy by trying to lock him in the Paradise Lock. It felt long for the sake of going long. G.O.D. matches are better with a sense of urgency and there was more jaw jacking than any real sense of this being a fight.

Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo def. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, KUSHIDA & Rocky Romero @ 14:36 via Ishimori Bloody Cross on Romero – ***1/4
Even hotter than the night before. Korakuen was hot for the dream team to get their revenge. Rather than jumping in, Okada stayed on the outside and waited for his team. Tanahashi and Okada hit a double team suplex and teamed up to lariat Fale over the top. Okada looked to get some revenge on Gedo but Gedo continues to weasel his way out of confronting him. Romero was on fire. He had several hurricanrana flurries and peppered everyone with forever clotheslines. Ultimately though, it was Romero taking the loss to Ishimori. Post-match, Okada wanted more from White, going as far to shove young lions out of his way. Yet again, White is able to lay Okada out with a Blade Runner. White tells Korakuen he’s now 2-0 over the dream team and declares his team the real dream team.

Not as strong as the night before. The matches were shorter in order to give the G.O.D. match more time which was unnecessary and wound up hurting the flow of the show. We got the nightmare version of Taichi and the Sabre/Smith exchange wasn’t engaging enough to turn the nightmare around. Chuckie seems to be under the impression that yesterday didn’t happen. That’ll be interesting to continue monitoring. The Ishii and Yano dynamic works for a second night in a row, this time stealing the show thanks to an incredible finishing sequence. We got a little bit more of the dream team but they again fell short to the Bullet Club. A two match show with most everything else falling short from yesterday.

Recommended Matches
Ishii & Yano vs Cobb & Elgin
Dream Team Tag

Predictions
Tournament: 37/56
Overall: 44/68

Standings
EVIL & SANADA (6-2)
Ishii & Yano (6-2)
Guerrillas of Destiny (6-2)
Sabre & Taichi (5-3)
Killer Elite Squad (5-3)
Best Friends (5-3)
FinJuice (5-3)
Cobb & Elgin (4-4)
Suzuki & Iizuka (4-4)
Page & Yujiro (3-5)
Tencozy (3-5)
Makabe & Henare (3-5)
Nagata & Nakanishi (1-7)
Umino & Yoshida (0-8)

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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