NJPW World Tag League 2017 Results
NJPW World Tag League 2017 continued on Sunday from Aichi. Sunday’s event didn’t air live on NJPW World, but they have uploaded the four tournament matches for everyone to watch. This will be the trend until the next live show on November 30th.
In Sunday’s tournament matches, B Block resumed with Michael Elgin and Jeff Cobb taking on David Finlay and Katsuya Kitamura. I am just going with “meh” on this one. Nothing special, nothing memorable. Despite his size and questionable tanning practices, Kitamura is still a Young Lion, so we knew going in that his team would lose. Finlay is getting a lot smoother in the ring, but Kitamura’s still so green in so many obvious ways. Cobb got the pin on Kitamura for the win.
Next up, it was Best Friends vs Togi Makabe and Henare. The Japanese fans still aren’t warming up to Trent and Chuck, and there was pretty much silence during their entrance. The crowds just don’t seem to get their gimmick. This was a match that basically felt like filler. Once again, there was a Young Lion on one of the teams, so we knew his team was going to lose. Trent got the pin on Henare for the win.
Killer Elite Squad squared off with Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano, and I am sure that the fans in the crowd wished they had brought umbrellas and raincoats, because Archer ran around the building spitting water on everyone. Yano and Ishii always make me happy; they are polar opposites and simply adorable together. Good match between these four, with Ishii continuing to have great showings in every bout he’s in. But, he fell victim to the Killer Bomb, and KES got the win.
War Machine and GoD faced off next, and I just have zero investment in GoD. Tanga’s constant screeching like a banshee hurts my ears, and despite the fact that I really like Tama and would love to see him get a significant singles run (maybe with the NEVER Title), these two as a team do nothing for me at all. Another “meh” match that had some decent moments. It got a lot better in the closing stretch, and GoD ended up winning after Tama basically choked out Rowe.
And, even though we normally only get the WTL matches uploaded to World for these shows, we got a special tag match uploaded from Sunday’s show that had Tetsuya Naito and Hiromu Takahashi taking on Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay. Naito is still trying to use Hiromu as target practice with the briefcase, but Hiromu jumped out of the way today, avoiding getting nailed in the ankles. Okada seemed less “caffeinated” during this match; he was starting to freak me out more than a little over the past few months. I really wanted to see Hiromu kick Ospreay’s ass; that little shit deserves a good ass-whooping, no matter how good he is at flip-flopping around. Entertaining bout with these four, fighting in and out of the ring. Naito got the pin on Ospreay after nailing him with the Destino.
NJPW World Tag League 2017 Current Standings
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 4 points
- Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 4 points
- Juice Robinson & Sami Callihan: 4 points
- Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi: 4 points
- Hooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 2 points
- Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi: 2 points
- Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka: 2 points
- SANADA & EVIL: 2 points
- Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.: 6 points
- Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa: 4 points
- War Machine: 4 points
- Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin: 4 points
- Trent Barreta & Chuck Taylor: 4 points
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 2 points
- Katsuya Kitamura & David Finlay: 0 points
- Togi Makabe & Henare: 0 points