NJPW: World Tag League – Days 5 & 6 Review

(These Reviews are based on the available matches on NJPW World which is limited to tournament contests only.)

World Tag league is really starting to get into the swing of things but here we are in the middle of the house show loop so we could be about to see a notable drop in quality. It must be said before we begin, whoever decided to add the tracking shot entrances and more than just the one static-cam for these shows, thank you. You’ve really earned your Yen. Anyway, on with the show:

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Day 5 Results:

Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) def. Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji // Loa pinned Tsuji after going Apeshit.

Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) def. TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan), Tomoaki Honma & Ren Narita // Taichi pinned Narita off a Tensho Jujiho

WTL Tournament Match: Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) def. Ren Narita & Ayato Yoshida // Chuckie pinned Yoshida off a Piledriver

WTL Tournament Match: Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Lizuka) def. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi // Suzuki pinned Nakanishi with a Gotch-Style Piledriver

WTL Tournament Match: FinJuice (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) def. Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb // Robinson pinned Cobb after a Pulp Friction

WTL Tournament Match: Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) def. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare // EVIL pinned Henare off an Everything is Evil

CHAOS (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto) def. The Elite? (Kota Ibushi, Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page) // Yano pinned Yujiro with a Schoolboy

CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, SHO & YOH) def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI) // Okada pinned BUSHI off a Rainmaker

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Day 6 Results:

Yota Tsuji vs Yuya Uemura // Wrestled to a 10min Time Limit Draw

Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin def. Togi Makabe & Shota Umino // Cobb pinned Umino off a Tour of the Islands

Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Lizuka) def. Yuji Nagata & Ayato Yoshida // Suzuki pinned Yoshida off a Gotch-Style Piledriver

Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) & Toa Henare def. FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) & Ren Narita // Henare pinned Narita with a Toa Bottom

WTL Tournament Match: The Elite? (Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi) def. Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) // Page pinned Taichi off a Rite of Passage

WTL Tournament Match: TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) def. Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) // Kojima pinned Loa off a Lariato

WTL Tournament Match: CHAOS (Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) def. Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) // Yano pinned Archer off a Schoolboy

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Best Matches:

Best Friends vs Yoshida & Umino (Day 5) – A showdown between two of the highlights of the league. Yoshida and Umino continue to convince that they could win a match. Who knows, maybe one day they will? Till then, I will never not be delighted by Best Friends.

FinJuice vs Cobb & Elgin (Day 5) – Good, zippy fun with all four delivering but Cobb & Elgin particularly impressing with good co-op offence, their powerbomb-backstabber combo looked particularly painful. Just solid tag wrestling.

CHAOS vs Killer Elite Squad (Day 6) – It started off slowly but built to a really fun closing stretch, plus any Ishii big boy action is better than none.

Worst Matches:

Suzuki-Gun vs Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata (Day 5) – There was a time when I used to believe that hope was rewarded. Then I saw a Takashi Lizuka match.

The Elite? vs Suzuki-Gun and TenCozy v Guerillas of Destiny  (Day 6) – Neither of these matches were precisely ‘bad’ so to speak but also, I don’t remember a single thing about them beyond ZSJ being a beautiful bastard as always. How that man isn’t holding all the belts I’ll never know.

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World Tag League Standings:

Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) – 4pts – (3-0-0)

Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) – 4pts – (3-0-0)

FinJuice (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) – 4pts – (2-0-1)

Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) – 4pts – (2-0-0)

Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) – 4pts – (2-0-0)

CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) – 2pts – (1-0-1)

Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) – 2pts – (1-0-1)

Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) – 2pts – (1-0-2)

TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) – 2pts – (1-0-1)

Togi Makabe & Toa Henare – 2pts – (1-0-2)

Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi – 2pts – (1-0-2)

Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino – 0pts – (0-0-2)

The Elite? (Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi) – 0pts – (0-0-2)

Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb – 0pts – (0-0-3)