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NJPW ‘World Tag League 2018’ (12.7.18) 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 have English commentary as well as the full camera treatment. PWG’s Excalibur will be on commentary alongside Kevin Kelly. The tournament is winding down with this being everyone’s last block match.

World Tag League Tournament Match
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (2-10) vs Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida (0-12)

This could be an attaboy win for the young lions after such a long tour. The legends winning doesn’t bump them up in the standings and a loss doesn’t put the young lions above them. That’d be a nice, sweet way to start off the night but New Japan history says that’s not happening.
Prediction: Nagata & Nakanishi

World Tag League Tournament Match
Togi Makabe & Toa Henare (4-8) vs Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi (7-5)

I had this match circled before the start of the tournament. Henare stated on the last tour that when Taichi walks past him in the locker room, he laughs at Henare. This has stuck with me throughout the month and I think it’s going to lead to a Henare win. He closes off his tournament on a high note.
Prediction: Makabe & Henare

World Tag League Tournament Match
Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi (4-8) vs Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin (8-4)

Since both teams come into the night already eliminated there’s no reason for Page and Yujiro to take another loss. Page is such a powerhouse but being tied to Yujiro hasn’t done him any favors. I really hope he guts out this process because there’s so much potential in Page becoming a star in New Japan.
Prediction: Page & Yujiro

World Tag League Tournament Match
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (4-8) vs Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (5-7)

Why not lump all these teams up in points together to close out the tour? What’s another loss do to Suzuki and Iizuka? Let’s end the tour with Tencozy finishing strong.
Prediction: Tenzan & Kojima

World Tag League Tournament Match
Juice Robinson & David Finlay (7-5) vs Beretta & Chuckie T. (7-5)

The success of FinJuice have been one of the nicer developments to watch throughout the tour. Weird stuff is going on with Best Friends and their future is shaky. Give the win to FinJuice and let them celebrate the end of the tour with happiness beers.
Prediction: FinJuice

Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, KUSHIDA & Rocky Romero
The dream team has yet to find much luck and zero wins against Bullet Club. On a show like this, I see no reason for that to change. Maybe on the final night but no need for the big win right now.
Prediction: White, Fale, Ishimori & Gedo

World Tag League Tournament Match
Guerrillas of Destiny (9-3) vs Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (9-3)

G.O.D. have made it to the finals in back-to-back years and since Ishii currently has an unscheduled match at Wrestle Kingdom against Sabre, I see them making it a third year. The focus the company has given this new era of Bullet Club is the most attention G.O.D. have had in a while so there’s no need to end their finals streak if Ishii and Yano aren’t winning the tournament.
Prediction: Guerrillas of Destiny

World Tag League Tournament Match
EVIL & SANADA (9-3) vs Killer Elite Squad (9-3)

Seems fitting that the two teams who met at this year’s Wrestle Kingdom will close out the block action. Neither team looks to have a place at Wrestle Kingdom if they don’t win here. It’s hard to picture either team being left off WK but there’s absolutely no way EVIL and SANADA are left off so by process of elimination this seems like an easy pick.
Prediction: EVIL & SANADA

Tournament: 59/84
Overall: 67/98

Along with being FightBoothPW's editor for NJPW, Robert McCauley also covers show reviews for the key promotions across Japan.