NJPW BOSJ 27 And WTL 2020: Goto/Yoshi-Hashi v Tanahashi/Henare

Could HenarACE Get Their First WTL 2020 Victory?

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Moments After The Beginning Of The November 22, 2020 World Tag League 2020 Match Between Hirooki Goto And Yoshi-Hashi Against Hiroshi Tanahashi And Toa Henare via New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) continued the World Tag League 2020 series (WTL 2020) on November 22, 2020, at the Saku City General Gymnasium in Nagano, Japan. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus, 2019) reduced crowd of 838 made for a lively crowd in the well-lit venue.

The second series match of the event saw CHAOS members and two-thirds of the reigning NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions Hirooki Goto (WTL 2012 & WTL 2014 winner) and Yoshi-Hashi against HenarAce (Hiroshi Tanahashi/Toa Henare). The CHAOS tandem came into the match after losing their November 19th WTL 2020 contest against CHAOS unit mates and former IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, one-third of the reigning NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions “Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano. While HenarAce dropped their previous match to former IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and WTL 2019 winners FinJuice (Juice Robinson/David Finlay) on the same night.

While Tanahashi is trying to refind his form as NJPW pushes closer to Wrestle Kingdom 15, Toa Henare attempts to knock off the rust that has plagued him since his return to the ring at the beginning of the tour. They wrestled a competitive match against Goto/Yoshi-Hashi, troubling the duo with far more experience teaming together.

However, their efforts were not enough with Goto taking the fall over Henare at the 12 minutes and 39 seconds mark after he and Yoshi-Hashi used their GYW tandem technique. The victory moved them to (2-2) [4 points] while HenarAce dropped to (0-4) [0 points]; effectively, eliminating them from WTL 2020 Finals contention.

Goto/Yoshi-Hashi would go on to face the team of Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) members Sanada/”The Dragon” Shingo Takagi on November 24th, while HenarAce went on to face the Bullet Club team of Evil/Yujiro on the same night.

The CHAOS team remains in contention for a WTL 2020 Finals spot with the hard-fought victory as Yoshi-Hashi continues to show improvement throughout 2020.

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