After a rare two day break from the tournament action in NJPW, World Tag League is back! We’re nearing the final stretch, and we have a clear leader in the team of SANADA & Shingo Takagi, who are at 8 points going into tonight’s show. Following them closely are Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano, Dangerous Tekkers, Guerrillas of Destiny, EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi, and The Empire all at 6 points. FinJuice and the CHAOS tandem of Yoshi-Hashi & Hirooki Goto are right behind at 4 points. At the bottom of the pile is HenarACE and the Bullet Club team of Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens.
World Tag League 2020 Match: CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) vs. The Empire (Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb)
Kicking off the tournament action is two of the teams trailing behind the leaders. Toru Yano might be off his game despite this being a huge match however, as his King of Pro Wrestling 2020 trophy was broken by an irate Tanga Loa last time. Meanwhile, The Empire is hot off a loss to Dangerous Tekkers, and will look to take this out on Yano & Ishii, if they’re able.
The Empire struck hard and fast to start this match, and would simply ragdoll Yano. Ishii came in, put up a great fight but was also outmatched. Eventually, Yano would just be thrown around the ring and nearly choked out. However, a save from Ishii who then took Cobb out, followed by the veteran instincts of Yano using the ring to his advantage, a sneaky low blow, lariat from Ishii and a rollup let them steal this win, but walked away quite battered. This moves Ishii & Yano up to 8 points.
Match Rating: 3/5 (***)
World Tag League 2020 Match: BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens) vs. HenarACE (Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare)
This is a must win match for both sides, as the two bottom teams in the tournament meet. Both have a very unlikely path to the Budokan final, as even a single loss can eliminate either team. They’re both coming off their first wins of the tournament, as Fale & Tanahashi helped to carry their teams to victory in big matches. Who will remain in the running when the dust settles?
Despite a well laid gameplan of isolating Chase Owens, HenarACE would fail to keep him in the ring. Fale is always an overwhelming force, and that changed the tide of this battle. Add in Owens taking out the leg of Tanahashi and leaving him laying on the outside, leaving Henare in the ring alone? Things looked bleak. A Grenade would drop him, and all but end the campaign of HenarACE. Owens & Fale move up to 4 points, and with three matches left? They still have a chance.
Match Rating: 2.75/5 (** ¾)
World Tag League 2020 Match: Dangerous Tekkers (Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.) vs. BULLET CLUB (EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions intended on winning every single match in this tournament, yet sit at a record of 3 wins and 2 losses. This ties them with EVIL & Takahashi, as both of these teams start their mad dash to stay in the mix as we enter the final stretch. Tekkers are coming off a big win, while EVIL & Takahashi loss to HenerACE might have had their confidence levels lowered.
Taichi would be jumped during his dramatic singing entrance, and that set the tone for this one. It was essentially just a brawl with ZSJ hopping onto people’s backs for submissions. Dangerous Tekkers would beat down EVIL, and drop Takahashi with the Zack Mephisto for the win, moving them up to 8 points/
Match Rating: 3/5 (***)
World Tag League 2020 Match: FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón (SANADA & Shingo Takagi)
Previous year winners FinJuice have been having a rough time this year, hanging out in the bottom of the rankings despite some great matches. They need to beat the hard hitting front runner team of SANADA & Shingo Takagi to have any hope of making it to the finals. It’s a good thing Robinson & Finlay both love a good fight, because that’s exactly what’s coming to them.
FinJuice had a rough time getting moving in this tournament, months apart will do that. However, they just needed a nice pure with people better than them, to trigger their underdog hearts. This is exactly what this match was, as both men were outgunned, with only their superior teamwork to help them. They wrestled a perfect match, and were able to beat down both men with an insane offensive fury, all while surviving anything that was thrown their way. Takagi would take the fall after a running cutter from Finlay, getting them up to 6 points, and potentially getting Finlay a crack at the NEVER Openweight Championship.
Match Rating: 4/5 (****)
World Tag League 2020 Match: Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI)
In our main event, we have Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI as hungry as ever for a win after being inches from a win over Shingo Takagi & SANADA. They have a hard draw in the Guerrillas of Destiny, but with them hanging out around the bottom of the rankings, it’s a must win match to stay in the mix. However, Guerrillas of Destiny are just as keen at making the finals and winning WTL for their first time ever, meaning it’s just a must win for both teams here.
In any other year, this would have been a complete mismatch. However, YOSHI-HASHI is arguably better than ever in 2020. He’d withstand insane punishment from Guerrillas of Destiny, who easily isolated him for the bulk of the match. They’d hit the headshrinker and Magic Killer, but YOSHI-HASHI held on, countered a Gun Stun and rolled up Tama Tonga for the win. This moves he & Goto to 6 points, and it’s another passionate performance from the late bloomer YOSHI-HASHI.
Match Rating: 3.5/5 (*** ½)
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