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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2018’ (12.6.18) Match Predictions



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 see the return of English commentary as well as the full camera treatment. PWG’s Excalibur will make his NJPW commentary debut alongside Kevin Kelly. The tournament is winding down with everyone only having two more block matches remaining.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (8-3) vs Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida (0-11)

Yano is one of those guys who can take a surprise roll up by a young lion and it be fair play because that’s a part of his game. I wouldn’t bet on it but if the young lions are to get a win, one over Yano is more likely than most others.
Prediction: Ishii & Yano

World Tag League Tournament Match
Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin (7-4) vs Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (2-9)

Nagata and Nakanishi got their first win since opening night! Good for the legends, a feel good win was well deserved. I don’t think they’ll have the same success against Team Bowser. After the slow start, Cobb and Elgin have put together one of the best runs in the tournament. They’ll continue to surge into these final nights.
Prediction: Cobb & Elgin

World Tag League Tournament Match
Killer Elite Squad (8-3) vs Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi (4-7)

Big time spoiler match for Page and Yujiro. They’ve had one of the more disappointing tournament in terms of wins and take the loss to Yuji Nagata as a prime example of why. They’ve been continuously taking the gas off Yujiro for years now. They don’t see him as a guy to invest in and that’s holding Page back.
Prediction: Killer Elite Squad

World Tag League Tournament Match
Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi (6-5) vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay (7-4)

FinJuice scored the upset win over tournament favorites, EVIL and SANADA in what has to be one of the biggest shocks we’ve seen so far. After a puzzling G1 Climax, Juice has been surging as a tag team with Finlay. Maybe this is their next immediate role in the company. I don’t see them winning the tournament, not even this match, but it’s really nice to see the molding of a new babyface team.
Prediction: Sabre & Taichi

World Tag League Tournament Match
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (3-8) vs Togi Makabe & Toa Henare (4-7)

Here I go again picking Tencozy. When will I ever learn? They have to finish above three wins, right? Henare is someone they can reasonably beat right now and it locks the two teams up in points. It’d be a big win for Henare and I can see it happening but three wins? There has to be more coming.
Prediction: Tenzan & Kojima

World Tag League Tournament Match
EVIL & SANADA (8-3) vs Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (5-6)

Two days removed from the surprise loss to Best Friends, EVIL and SANADA find themselves in must-win territory. They only have two matches left and they’re locked up two other teams for second. That loss to Best Friends was supposed to create doubt but there’s no doubt they’ll beat Suzuki and Iizuka.
Prediction: EVIL & SANADA

World Tag League Tournament Match
Beretta & Chuckie T. (6-5) vs Guerrillas of Destiny (9-2)

Incoming: Another surprise win for the Best Friends. If Chuckie didn’t get them disqualified twice, this win would’ve brought them to the top of the block. That’s going to be the story. G.O.D. need to lose another one in order to keep the blocks open for the final block night so this seems like it’s the direction we’re headed towards.
Prediction: Best Friends

Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, KUSHIDA & Rocky Romero
Our heroes have lost five straight to the Bullet Club. I’ve completely lost faith that they’ll be winning anything until Wrestle Kingdom. Okada is convince that they’re getting close and I think that leads to something big as the tour winds down. He could have White in his sights and that’s when the newest member is unveiled.
Prediction: White, Fale, Ishimori & Gedo

Tournament: 52/77
Overall: 59/90

Along with providing show reviews from across Japan, Robert McCauley is also an editor for FightboothPW.

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