World Tag League night two preview

Tag League takes over in Aichi as dual tournament tour continues


After the World Tag League gets underway alongside Best of the Super Jr. in Aichi Sunday, the tag tournament heads to Komatsu for the second night of action.

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Main event: HenarACE  (Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare) (0-1) vs Dangerous Tekkers (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) (1-0)

Tag record: 1-0 Dangerous Tekkers

The main event sees Toa Henare and Hiroshi Tanahashi take on Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi. Tanahashi has suffered under Dangerous Tekkers for a significant period in 2020, after he and Kota Ibushi lost the IWGP Tag Team Championships to the Suzuki-Gun tandem at Dominion in July. Tanahashi was humiliated by Dangerous Tekkers through the summer, and fell short in a championship rematch in Jingu Stadium on August 29, but managed to defeat ZSJ one on one in his last G1 Climax match. After a harsh loss in the opener against the background of Jeff Cobb’s shocking departure from Hontai to The Empire, two points against the tag champions would be sweet redemption indeed for the Ace, and a huge win for Henare, but the reigning champs, one up after defeating Goto and YOSHI-HASHI Sunday, present a tough mountain to climb. 

5th match: CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) (1-0) vs Los Ingobernables De Japon (Shingo Takagi & SANADA) (0-1)

Power, speed and tactical smarts will be the order of the day when LIJ and CHAOS collide second from the top of the card. G1 memories of Yano and Ishii are not fond for the LIJ duo after SANADA and Shingo respectively suffered damaging losses during the tournament in singles competition, but how will they fair as a team tonight? Sunday in Aichi saw Yano and Ishii use their tactical wiled to misdirect Chase Owens and Bad Luck Fale into one another, scoring the first points of the league. For Shingo Takagi and SANADA though, everything was firing on all cylinders before a low blow from EVIL led to defeat. Yano isn’t afraid of going low when his opponents go high; do LIJ have adequate countermeasures for the CHAOS side?  

4th Match: FinJuice (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) (1-0) vs BULLET CLUB (EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi) (1-0)

After battling Guerrillas of Destiny Sunday in Aichi, FinJuice face their second BULLET CLUB team in two matches when they take on Yujiro Takahashi and EVIL. That opening match for the reunited former tag team champions was hard fought but victorious for last year’s league winners, a Doomsday Device leading to the win. On the other side, Yujiro and EVIL were also victorious, but barely so Sunday, plumbing the tactical depths with Dick Togo interference and a low blow needed to get past an impressive side in Shingo Takagi and SANADA. 

3rd Match: CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) (0-1) vs The Empire (Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb) (1-0)

Sunday night saw the newest member of The Empire revealed as Jeff Cobb, in a huge acquisition for the newest faction in NJPW. Cobb and O-Khan presented a formidable, powerful team that blew through HenarACE Sunday, and will be a hard prospect to ignore for the rest of this tournament. With a lot of questions no doubt lingering about the Empire’s rise in the wake of former teammate Will Ospreay’s departure from CHAOS, how will Goto and YOSHI-HASHI react in Komatsu?

2nd Match: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (0-1) vs BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens) (0-1)

It’s a BULLET CLUB derby in our first World Tag League match of the evening as G.o.D take on Owens and Fale. Bad Luck Fale returned to competition Sunday in awesome shape, but without the benefit of in-ring action for the bulk of the year, he and Owens fell to the superior tactics of Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii. G.o.D are themselves recovering from a difficult first night Sunday, FinJucie proving their 2020 league win was no fluke as they connected with a Doomsday Device to score two points. Of all the BULLET CLUB combinations, with Fale and Tonga being original members, these are the closest teammates in the entire faction. Put opposite one another however, how will the two sides fare?

1st match: Yota Tsuji vs Gabriel Kidd

Singles record: 7-5 Tsuji

The night’s action will kick off with Yota Tsuji facing Gabriel Kidd one on one. The Young Lions continue their competition with one another through the World Tag League and BoSJ double tour. Tsuji appears to have a slight edge on Gabriel Kidd in the win loss records, but as Yuya Uemura celebrates a last minute Best of the Super Jr. entry, both men will be looking to prove that they shouldn’t be left behind when it comes to consideration for next year’s tournaments.