World Tag League returns to Korakuen Hall on November 28 as the league approaches two thirds distance
Main Event: SANADA & EVIL (6-1) vs Dangerous Tekkers (Zack Sabre Junior & Taichi) (3-5)
After being in absentia for the first days of the league, SANADA and EVIL got off to a perfect start once involved in the action. Sprinting to win after win, it was hard to see anyone besting them in the entire WTL campaign; until Colt Cabana and Toru Yano came along. Cabana and Yano have beaten both the current WTL winners and the current IWGP Tag Team Champions, and pride on EVIL & SANADA’s part is severely injured. Then, Zack Sabre Junior and Taichi should in no way be discounted. ZSJ and SANADA have a long standing issue, and the British technical wizard has more than a few clashes with EVIL under his belt too. He and Taichi know their way around the back to back WTL winners, and having already beaten another top contender team in Finjuice in an earlier Korakuen Hall main event, they’ll be looking to further curtail the champions’ winning streak.
7th Match: Mikey Nicholls & Jeff Cobb (5-4) vs Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (5-2)
It’s a statement of just how strong the competition is this year that GoD aren’t topping the field with only two losses at two thirds distance. That is the case however, and it’s of vital importance that they don’t drop another two points. Back in June, Mikey Nicholls and Juice Robinson couldn’t wrest tag gold from the champions; it’s Nicholls’ opinion that he’s ‘upgraded’ partners by teaming with Jeff Cobb, can he prove that point tonight?
6th Match: CHAOS (SHO, YOH & Kazuchika Okada) vs Yota Tsuji, Yuya Uemura & Kota Ibushi
After the early part of the tag league tour saw previews of January 4’s IWGP Intercontinental Championship match, the latter part of the league will see Kazuchika Okada and Kota Ibushi feel one another out ahead of their meeting in the main event of January 4 for the IWGP heavyweight Championship. What statement will these two make as they continue along the Double Gold Dash road, and can Ibushi effectively lead his team of Young Lions here?
5th Match: HenarACE (Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare) (2-6) vs Terrible & Shingo Takagi (4-5)
Tanahashi and Henare have had a patchy performance through the league thus far, while Terrible and Takagi have overcome a rough start to go on a veritable ‘Doble Rampage’ in week two. With Henare’s defeat to Takagi in Korakuen back in October still fresh in the Maori Warrior’s mind, can he and the Ace overcome?
4th Match: GBH (Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe) (3-6) vs Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki (5-3)
Despite their detest for all of Suzuki-Gun, Great Bash Heel recognise the strength of Lance Archer, and especially his formidable partnership with the boss, Minoru Suzuki. In fact, it was Makabe that took on Suzuki and Archer early in the genesis of what Suzuki-Gun would become, and these four men know each other very well indeed. This should be a wild Korakuen brawl; just who will come out on top?
3rd Match: TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) (4-5) vs Yujiro Takahashi & KENTA (3-4)
As the World Tag League rounds the corner into its final third, TenCozy and the BULLET CLUB duo’s chances of tag league glory may be fading. Every match and every win is crucial however, and the veteran Third Genration team will definitely be eager to get their hands on BULLET CLUB competition.
2nd Match: Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata (1-8) vs Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale (2-5)
Both these teams are nearer the bottom than the top of the World Tag League table. Still though, this generational battle sees much to prove for both men, as teacher and student in Fale and Nagata face off, and Fale and Owens seem to be passing the midway point of the league with renewed zeal and energy. Can they capitalize, and shatter expectations and ‘conspiracies’ to finish strong?
1st Match: Karl Fredericks & Hirooki Goto (2-5) vs Colt Cabana & Toru Yano (5-3)
Goto might be picturing NEVER Openweight Champion KENTA in this match as their feud continues to develop. Should he do so however, he would be in danger of being caught by Toru Yano, as has happened in the past. Their singles matches are always quick and intense affairs, will this Korakuen opener go longer than this year’s G1 bout? Yano and Cabana are riding high after defeating EVIL & SANADA Wednesday night, and will want to keep a hot streak going.