Skip to main content

NJPW World Tag League results: Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Sakuraba & Yano

New Japan Pro Wrestling

World Tag League action is still going strong, as on December 1, NJPW landed in Fukuoka for more tag league action. We’re only covering two matches today as AJ Styles was once again pulled from this card. That gives the Kingdom two more points as that is an automatic forfeit. No word on AJ Styles’ status in this tournament but at this point it looks doubtful he’ll return.

Block A: Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata vs. Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga

It picked up towards the end, but rather boring and short for the most part. Fale and Nakanishi did big guy spots people were into. Nakanishi actually got Fale in the torture rack in a cool spot. Tonga cut him off which allowed Fale to go for the grenade but Nakanishi grabbed his throat. It soon became 2 on 1 with Tonga helping Fale. Nakanishi fell to Bad Luck Fale’s spear, giving them the win.

Block A: Kazushi Sakuraba and Toru Yano vs. Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi

Not a great workrate match or anything, but I liked this for what it was. Really it was just every other tag league match you’ve seen, but with Yano’s tricks that have scored him big wins in the past. He avoided the rain maker at one point with a pin attempt. He shoved Okada into a referee, low blowed him, Sakuraba kicked him and tried for another pin but Okada kicked out. Eventually Okada managed to land the rainmaker on Yano and pinned him.

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- 2

Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga- 2

Block B:

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- 2