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NJPW World Tag League results: The Kingdom vs. Shibata and Goto


One day off and we’re back for yet another day of World Tag League matches! This time we’re in Kumamoto for more tag team action. Since AJ seems to be out of the tournament (New Japan still hasn’t commented on what’s going on here) his and Yujiro’s match against Evil and Tetsuya Naito results in another forfeit, giving them another two points. Let’s get to the matches that actually took place Wednesday morning:

Block A: Toru Yano and Kazushi Sakuraba vs. The Addiction

Not much to this at all, very basic stuff aside from the usual Yano antics. I did like the spot where Yano went to whip Daniels into the exposed turnbuckle but Kazarian flung his body into the ropes, absorbing the blow for Daniels. Match ended when Yano shoved Daniels, low blowed him, Sakuraba kicked him and Yano rolled him up for the win.

Block B:The Kingdom vs. Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata

Another match that really was just there. Hard time getting into it. Not that anyone was bad here, but the crowd was dead for the most part and the work was fine at best. They took out Beneett with a STO/Side Russian Legsweep combination, then did the same to Taven and pinned him. Finish was pretty anti-climatic.

Current Standings:

Block A:

Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin- 6

Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma- 6

Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi- 6

Christopher Daniels and Kazarian- 4

Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata- 4

Kazushi Sakuraba and Toru Yano- 4

Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga- 2

Block B:

Evil and Tetsuya Naito- 8

Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata- 8

Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson- 4

Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima- 4

Shinsuke Nakamura and Tomohiro Ishii- 4

AJ Styles and Yujiro Takahashi- 2

Matt Taven and Michael Bennett- 2