More World Tag League time! Monday morning they were in Fukuoka with three more World Tag League tournament matches. Results are below, as well as the current standings.
Block A: Toru Yano and Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata.
Not much of a match. Nagata looked fine, as did Sakuraba. Nakanishi is immobile and Yano is just there. Brawl into the crowd early. The more I see of the Tag League, the more I wish all of the teams spots were less predictable. Nagata and Nakanishi have done the same armbar/torture rack spot for the entire tour and they’ve never gotten a win with it once. Sakuraba went for a sleeper, but Nagata transitioned while they went down to the floor then rolled him up for a flash pin.
Block B: Tencozy vs. Katsuyori Shibata and Hirooki Goto
Crowd was totally into Tencozy and they helped this match a ton, making it one of the more memorable matches outside of opening day thus far. The work itself was solid, nothing particularly interesting, but the crowd and atmosphere were great and added a lot to the match. Shibata and Kojima were having some great back and forth, with Shibata getting the better it with punches and hitting the ropes, allowing Kojima enough time to recover by laying out Shibata with a lariat and pinning him.
Block B: Tetsuya Naito and Evil vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Shinsuke Nakamura
This was boring for the first half, but things picked up big time towards the end with Ishii/Evil looking really good. Nakamura and Ishii nearly had it won as Nakamura was going for the boma ye on Evil but Naito pulled him out of the ring at the last minute. They isolated Ishii. Evil and Ishii exchanged some pretty good nearfalls. Bushi went to do the mist spot, but Ishii headbutted him as Nakamura cleared the ring. Ishii hit a lariat but Evil kicked out at one. Nakamura came in with a boma ye to the back of Evil’s head, allowing Ishii to follow that up with the brainbuster for the win.
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin- 6
Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma- 6
Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi- 4
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian- 4
Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata- 4
Kazushi Sakuraba and Toru Yano- 2
Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga- 0
Evil and Tetsuya Naito- 6
Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata- 6
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- 0