The New Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag League 2016 continues to rumble on, and NJPW has uploaded two tournament matches to their world-class NJPWWorld streaming platform. The B-Block matches took place yesterday in Kagoshima and were preceded by a number of multi-man bouts with A-Block participants.
In the tournament’s first match, Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii of CHAOS continued their success throughout the tournament so far, by defeating the Hunter Club duo of Yoshitatsu and Billy Gunn. Goto & Ishii are many people’s favourites to win the whole thing, so this should come as no surprise.
Seeing Billy Gunn in a New Japan ring against Tomohiro Ishii in 2016, that would be the surprise, not to mention that Gunn is consistently outperforming his younger partner.
In the main event of the evening, NJPW continued to build to their forthcoming Tokyo Dome main event, as Kenny Omega and Bullet Club teammate, Chase Owens, combined to defeat the CHAOS duo of Yoshi-Hashi and IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada.
Omega, who wrestled the whole match in a shirt, pinned Yoshi in the middle of the ring, after hitting the One-Winged Angel. The 30 November results mean that Goto & Ishii are now clear at the top of the block with eight points, ahead of Okada & YOSHI-HASHI and the Los Ingobernables de Japon duo of EVIL & SANADA, both of which have six points.
Legendary duo, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima, currently sit top of A Block with eight points, just ahead of War Machine (Hanson & Rowe) and the current IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions the Guerrillas of Destiny, Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa.
In the non-tournament matches, the entire Los Ingobernables stable was successful in 10-man action, against Great Bash Heel, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and David Finlay.
Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi bested Katsuyori Shibata, Yuji Nagata and Henare, and TenKoji and Manabu Nakanishi overcame GoD and BONE SOLDIER. War Machine opened the night by teaming with Tiger Mask to defeat Breaker, Race and Hirai Kowato.
Despite not being the most critically-lauded tournament of New Japan’s year, the World Tag League continues to rumble on, with the winners going on to vie for the tag titles at Wrestle Kingdom 11. There’s a long way to go in this one yet.
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