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NJPW News: Roppongi 3K wins 2017 Junior Tag Tournament; challenged by the Young Bucks

Soumik Datta
215   //    05 Nov 2017, 16:47 IST

Sho and Yoh are the current IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions
Sho and Yoh are the current IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions

What’s the story?

Earlier today, current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Roppongi 3K defeated the tag team of Ryusuke Taguchi and ACH in order to win NJPW’s Junior Tag Team League, 2017.

In case you didn’t know…

Roppongi 3K is a tag team that comprises of former NJPW dojo trainees, Sho and Yoh, who were most notably known as “The Tempura Boyz” prior to their return to Japan earlier this year.

In 2016, both Sho and Yoh were sent to an overseas learning excursion by NJPW, first to Mexico, where they performed in the country’s top promotion CMLL, and followed by a trip to the United States, where they wrestled for American promotion Ring of Honor.

The duo made their NJPW return earlier this year when they challenged and defeated Ricochet and Ryuske Taguchi to win the IWGP Junior Tag Team Titles. They are also currently managed by former IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champion, Rocky Romero.

The heart of the matter

During NJPW’s Power Struggle event, Roppongi 3K faced off against the team of Taguchi and ACH in order to determine the winner of the 2017 NJPW Junior Tag League.

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions were victorious on the night after hitting their finishing move ‘3K’ on ACH and became the winners of the Junior Tag League.

Following their win over Super 69 earlier today, both Sho and Yoh were challenged to a match by Bullet Club members, Young Bucks, who competed earlier on in the night in a thrilling tag team match against Dragon Lee and Titan.

What’s next?

Both Roppongi 3K and The Young Bucks will collide at next year’s Wrestle Kingdom event which takes place at the Tokyo Dome, on January 4th.


Matt and Nick will look to regain their junior tag team titles, which they lost to Ricochet and Taguchi, earlier this year. But, with Rocky Romero in their corner, Roppongi 3K will feel a lot more confident of pulling off an upset win over The Bucks.

Author’s Take

I think, as of right now, the Young Bucks are the ideal and rightful challengers for the Junior Tag Team Titles, and in my opinion, the Junior Tag Title match at the Tokyo Dome next year will be one to watch out for.

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