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NJPW World Tag League day 3 results: Tencozy vs. Rush and Tetsuya Naito

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We are already at the third day of World Tag League action, this time held in Guma. You’ll find prelim results, thoughts on the tournament matches and latest rankings below. Let's do this!

Prelim results:

- Teruaki Kanemitsu defeated Hirai Kawato after Kawato submitted to the Boston Crab.

- Katsuyori Shibata, Jushin Thunder Liger, Yuji Nagata and Tiger Mask defeated Yoshitatsu, Billy Gunn, David Finlay and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA when Nagata pinned Finlay following the backdrop driver.

- SANADA, BUSHI and EVIL defeated Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and Ryusuke Taguchi when SANADA submitted Taguchi with the skull end.

- IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI defeated Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens and Bone Soldier when Goto pinned Bone Soldier with the GTR.

Main show results:

- Yujiro Takahashi and Hangman Page defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Henare

Henare and Nakanishi come off as a good team based on the look alone while Henare comes off as a total heavyweight, at least by New Japan standards. He was worked on a lot throughout this match. This was an okay match since Henare did most of the work on his team. Yujiro got the win with the Pimp Juice DDT on Henare.

- IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerillas of Destiny defeated Leland Race and Brian Breaker

The action was fine, but the crowd was dead for a lot of it. Breaker comes off as having something while Race is just kinda there, at least at this point in the tournament. Tonga took out Breaker and sent him to the outside. They ganged up on Race and leveled him with the Guerilla Warfare for the win.

- War Machine defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi and Juice Robinson

This ws a good match. War Machine is very good, Tanahashi provided the star power and Juice works hard. It all came together here. Juice was worked on for the bulk of it until Tanahashi made the hot tag. He kept beating on War Machine until he tired out and War Machine went back on the offensive. Juice came back but War Machine dominated him. They went for their wheelbarrow/springboard clothesline combo, but Juice rolled up Rowe for a cool nearfall. They levelled Juice with a double chokeslam but he still kicked out. They finally hit Fallout to end the match.

- Tencozy defeated Rush and IWGP I-C Champion Tetsuya Naito

This was a pretty standard main event. Rush took out Kojima early outside of the ring and both Ingobernables worked on him for a long time. Then, Kojima just fired back with a lariat and pinned Rush -- an anticlimactic finish. This was fine, but nothing special. Tencozy then cut a promo to close out the show.

War Machine/Tanahashi and Juice was great, and the show was fine overall, but there’s nothing here fans absolutely need to watch.

Current Standings as of 11/20:

Block A:

  • War Machine [4]
  • Tencozy [4]
  • Brian Breaker/Leland Race [2]
  • Rush/Tetsuya Naito [2]
  • Hangman Page/Yujiro Takahashi [2]
  • Guerillas of Destruction [2]
  • Henare/Manabu Nakanishi [0]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi/Juice Robinson [0]

Block B:

  • Billy Gunn/Yoshitatsu [2]
  • EVIL and SANADA [2]
  • Hirooki Goto/Tomohiro Ishii [2]
  • Great Bash Heel [2]
  • Bad Luck Fale/Bone Solider [0]
  • Chase Owens/Kenny Omega [0]
  • Katsuyori Shibata/Yuji Nagata [0]
  • Kazuchika Okada/YOSHI-HASHI [0]