NJPW focuses on World Tag League for today!
NJPW may be running two tournaments at once, but even they know 10 matches every day would be a lot! So for day two, it’s JUST World Tag League! Will the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions keep on winning?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- World Tag League 2020: Guerrillas of Destiny VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Guerrillas of Destiny win.
- World Tag League 2020: YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto VS Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb; Hashi & Goto win.
- World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
- World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS SANADA & Shingo Takagi; Sanada & Takagi win.
- World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
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Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 1-0
The Empire: 1-0
The Dangerous Tekkers: 1-0
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 1-0
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 0-1
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 0-1
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 0-1
Guerrillas of Destiny: 0-1
Guerrillas of Destiny w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
Bullet Club VS Bullet Club? Will this be okay? We saw how this stuff went in the G1 Climax. Will Bullet Club still (not) be fine?
Being that this is all Bullet Club, they all Low Sweet to show they’re still united. GOD and Jado do a second Low Sweet and Owens is a little confused. Owens looks to Fale, but turns around into Tama Tonga’s dropkick! The bell rings and the Good Bad Guy waits on the Crown Jewel. Owens is upset, they’re all Bullet Club so why would Tama do that? Tama apologizes and holds the ropes open for Owens. Fans cheer and Owens gets in the ring, but Tama jumps him from behind! Tama throws hands, Owens bails out and Owens is again upset. Jado has his kendo stick and Owens tells him to stay back. Tama slides out but Owens slides in. Owens is ready and he tackles Tama to rain down rights!
Tama turns things around to rain down rights but Owens turns things back. The ref reprimands as the two scrap and Tama gets the edge. Tama clubs Owens and throws body shots in the neutral corner. Tama also throws elbows, then he whips Owens corner to corner. Owens goes up and over and speeds things up. Tama hurdles but runs into Owens’ calf kick! Owens rains down angry rights but the ref pulls him away. Owens calms down, brings Tama up for a headlock punch! Jado protests but Owens brings Tama up. Tama throws Owens out, Loa leaps to ax handle! Fale protests but the ref keeps him back. Loa whips Owens into railing! Loa blames it on the camera crew. Owens gets up and Tama drags him through the ropes for a DDT! Cover, TWO!
Tama keeps on Owens with a chinlock then a cravat. Owens endures but Tama snapmares him down. Tag to Loa for the slingshot senton, then Tama adds his own! Loa covers, TWO! Loa keeps between Owens and Fale and stomps Owens down. Loa drags Owens up, carries him back into the GOD corner, and Tama tags in. The ref reprimands but he has to keep Fale back. GOD gets away with mugging Owens in the corner! Tama digs his heels into Owens’ head but lets up as the ref counts. Tama goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Fans rally and Fale goes after Jado, but Loa keeps Fale back. Tama covers Owens but the ref is too busy. The ref finally counts, ONE! Tama gets in the ref’s face about being distracted, but Owens body shots Tama!
Tama rakes Owens’ eyes, drags him over and puts him in the corner for body shots of his own! Tag to Loa and Loa brings Owens up to headbutt and stomp! Loa digs his boot in, the ref counts, Loa stops at 4. Owens hurries for his corner but Loa keeps him back, and uses a straddle hip drop to knock Owens down! Loa adds elbows but Owens body shots back! Owens gest up and throws forearms. Loa eggs Owens on, Owens CHOPS but Loa kicks low. Owens fires off a flurry but he swings into the backbreaker and COMPLETE SHOT! Into a CROSSFACE! Fale breaks it up! Fans cheer for Fale as he and Loa argue. Loa shoves Fale, Fale swipes at Loa! The ref has them stay back and Loa runs at Owens in the corner.
Owens boots Loa away but Loa grins. Loa runs in, but into a corner complete shot! Fans cheer as Owens rolls, hot tag to Fale! Fale drags Loa up but Loa throws forearms. Fale shakes those off but Loa keeps throwing more! BOth men roar, Loa runs but he can’t run Fale over! Loa tries again but still Fale doesn’t budge! Loa fires up, then he stomps Fale’s foot. Fale blocks the whip with size and strength to whip Loa to a corner then corner splash! Loa eggs Fale on but Fale fires off! Fale whips Loa out then into the same corner for a back elbow! Jado gets on the apron but Fale grabs his beard! Loa clubs away on Fale and then tags Tama. GOD mug Fale at the ropes, then they double whip. Fale runs through them both!
Fans fire up as Fale goes back and tags Owens! Owens runs and forearms Tama, then Fale runs in to corner splash! Fale rolls Tama for Owens’ SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Owens keeps his cool as he stalks Tama. Tama flounders around, Owens runs but no Jewel Trigger! Tama spins Owens around but Owens drops to victory roll! TWO, and Owens reels Tama in for an O’Conner Roll! TWO and Owens boots Loa! Loa LARIATS Owens! Fale runs Loa over! Fans cheer as Owens and Tama are alone in the ring. Tama turns around, sees Owens and rushes in but gets rolled up! Owens has the ropes but Jado pushes him over! Well, Jado is keeping Owens fair, sorta.
Tama jumps in but Owens denies Gun Stun! Owens reels Tama in but Tama back drops free! Tama leaps, misses Owens and almost hits the ref! Jado kendo stick SMACKS Owens in the distraction! SPINE BUSTER and SHARPSHOOTER! Owens endures and Loa keeps Fale out! Owens TAPS, GOD wins!
Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by submission; now 1-1, Fale & Owens are now 0-2
Tama and Loa rebound, but with plenty of help from Jado! Will Jay White be proud or disappointed in his Firing Squad for winning like this over their own?
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto VS Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb!
The Head Hunter and Fierce Warrior couldn’t get back at the IWGP Heavyweight Champions but were very close. However, it wasn’t even close when The Dominator revealed “X” was the Hawaiian Hulk and they both dominated HenarACE! Will this be anything but competitive as The Empire continues to grow stronger?
The teams sort out and Cobb starts against Hashi. Fans cheer and rally as the two stare down. Cobb and Hashi approach, tie up, and Cobb shoves Hashi to a corner! Cobb smirks to dare Hashi to come back. Hashi gets up, fans rally up and Hashi ties up with Cobb. Cobb shoves Hashi to the corner again and shakes his head. Hashi throws forearms but Cobb doesn’t budge. Cobb eggs Hashi on and Hashi keeps throwing forearms, but then Cobb throws Hashi into the corner! Cobb stomps away, the ref counts, and Cobb lets off at 3. Cobb slaps Hashi around, egging him on mroe. Hashi fires up and fires forearms! Cobb ROCKS Hashi but Hashi hits back! And again! And again! Hashi isn’t backing down even though Cobb ROCKS him again!
Hashi throws forearms, body shots and CHOPS! Fans fire up with Hashi as he runs, dodges, but gets run over! Cobb tags in Khan and Khan DECKS Goto! Khan and Cobb bring Hashi up, and the Empire double whips Hashi corner to corner. Khan whips Cobb in but Hashi dodges the splash! Hashi CHOPS Khan, dropkicks Cobb down, and Goto returns so he and Khan can double whip Khan and run him over with double shoulders! Then the hip toss senton! Cover, TWO! Hashi stomps Khan, brings him up and throws forearms! Hashi CHOPS Khan to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Khan reverses the whip but runs into boots! Hashi runs in but into a headlock takeover! ARM TRIANGLE! Cobb clobbers Goto while Hashi fades! Hashi gets a second wind but Khan cranks tighter!
Fans rally and Hashi kicks his way around, to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Khan leans all his weight on Hashi but lets go at 3. Khan drags Hashi up by his hair just to CLUB him down! Khan tags Cobb and Cobb takes his time looming over Hashi. Cobb brings Hashi up to headbutt him on the back! Cobb ROCKS Hashi with a right, scoops him and shows off his strength, to then hit a side backbreaker! And another! Cobb TOSSES Hashi aside as he stares Goto down. Fans rally for Hashi while the ref keeps Goto back. Tag to Khan and the Empire mugs Hashi in the corner. Khan digs his boots in, the ref reprimands but Khan gives one last jam before letting off. Khan sucker punches Goto before dragging Hashi up. Hashi forearms and CHOPS back! But Khan Mongolian CHOPS Hashi down!
Khan drags Hashi up, bumps him off buckles, and holds him in by sitting on him! The ref counts, Khan stands up, but then sits back down! Khan grabs the arms for the inverted motorcycle stretch! The ref counts, Khan lets off at 3, but fans rally with their clapping, “YO-SHI, HA-SHI!” Tag to Cobb and Cobb slaps Hashi around. Hashi hits back with elbows and body shots, but Cobb CLUBS Hashi down! Cobb mocks Goto then drags Hashi up. Cobb fireman’s carries but Hashi fights out! Hashi waistlocks but Cobb elbows free. Hashi spinning mule kicks Cobb back! Fans fire up as Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Goto DECKS Khan for earlier, then runs and clotheslines Cobb! Cobb stays up so Goto throws forearms! Cobb throws them back and fans fire up as the two men brawl back and forth!
Goto gets the edge, but Cobb knees low! Cobb whips Goto corner to corner but Goto reverses, to then corner clothesline! Goto holds on to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Cobb resists the fireman’s carry lift, but Goto still gets him up! But Cobb slips off, knees low and tags Khan. Khan drags Goto up, whips him corner to corner, then follows up with a clothesline to the back! Khan hoists Goto up top backwards, then Mongolian CHOPS Goto into a Tree of Woe! Khan digs his boot into Goto’s face! The ref counts, Khan jams Goto at 3. Khan goes corner to corner to then run back in, sliding BOOT! Goto falls out of the Tree and Khan covers, TWO! Goto survives and Khan grows frustrated. Khan drags Goto up but fans rally up. Goto CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
Khan fires up to Mongolian CHOP back! Khan drags Goto up for another! Goto wobbles, Khan brings him back up for a third Mongolian Chop! Khan runs, but Goto follows and LARIATS him down! Both men are down, Hashi DECKS Cobb! Hashi brings Khan up and he whips Khan to a corner! Hashi whips Goto in for MURAMASA! Hashi runs in to CHOP! Feed to a kick, then combine for GOTO HUNTER! Cover off the combo, but Cobb drags Goto up! Cobb kicks Hashi, knees Goto, and then gets them both for a DOUBLE CROTCH LIFT SUPLEX! Cobb’s strength continues to amaze! The Empire regroups, whips Goto corner to corner and Khan whips Cobb in for a big back elbow!
Cobb gut wrench TOSSES Goto and Khan drags Got up. Khan shows he can gut wrench suplex, too! Cover, but Hashi breaks it at the last second! Cobb throws Hashi out and Khan looms over Goto. Khan sits Goto up to dragon sleeper but Goto fights back! Goto spins things around but Khan uses the claw to get free! Khan lifts, Goto slips out and shoves Khan into Hashi’s SUPERKICK! Goto gets a sleeper hold, then rolls Khan to a cradle! Goto and Hashi win!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi by pinfall; now 1-1, The Empire is now 1-1
Chaos conquers The Empire!! They’ve brought Khan and Cobb down, but Khan stomps Goto out of the ring! The Dominator does not take losing lightly, but will this be the loss that keeps The Empire from winning it all?
FinJuice VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!
Juice Robinson and David Finlay continued where they left off in World Tag League, but they’re up against the underhanded King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp! Will FinJuice taste Pimp Juice and find Everything Is Evil?
The teams sort out and after a Low Sweet, and after Juice puts his sunglasses away, Juice and Yujiro start. The fans rally up already as the two circle. Juice lunges in but Yujiro dodges and shoves Juice. Yujiro kicks low and headlocks but Juice throws body shots and powers out. Yujiro rams shoulders but Juice stays up. Yujiro tries again but still Juice doesn’t budge. Juice dares Yujiro to try again, but Yujiro kicks him low instead! Yujiro headlocks, Juice powers out and tags Finlay. Finlay scoops and slams Yujiro, then Juice scoop slams Finlay onto Yujiro! Juice keeps Evil away while Finlay covers, TWO! Finlay drags Yujiro up, wrenches an arm and wristlocks, tag to Juice. Juice climbs up and lets out a “WOO!” before he drops ax handles! Juice jogs around Yujiro then drags him up.
Tag to Finlay, Finlay climbs up and drops ax handles! Finlay double guns and Juice whips Yujiro. FinJuice double kick then double BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Finlay drags Yujiro up but Yujiro elbows. Finlay knees low then runs but Dick swipes at him! Finlay chases Dick but Evil clobbers him! Yujiro BOOTS Juice then Evil drags Finlay up to throw knees. Evil rakes Finlay’s eyes as he brings him around and RAMS him into the timekeeper’s area! Evil loves doing this to Abe for some reason. Then Evil drags Finlay away and puts him in the ring. Evil mocks the fans rallying while Yujiro drags Finlay up. Yujiro keeps Finlay from his corner with a scoop slam! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Yujiro tags Evil in. Bullet Club whips Finlay to ropes and double shoulders him over!
Yujiro runs to drop a leg, brother! Evil runs to drop a senton! Cover, TWO! Evil tries again, TWO! And again, TWO! Evil is frustrated but he keeps Finlay from Juice. Finlay throws body shots and forearms! And uppercuts! Evil whips Finlay into bare buckles! Yujiro threw the blue buckle pad away at some point! Tag to Yujiro and he taunts Finlay. Yujiro snapmares Finlay to then run and basement BOOT down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Finlay reaches for Juice. Yujiro brings Finlay away to stomps and stomp! Yujiro slaps Finlay around but Finlay throws forearms and uppercuts! Yujiro knees low, fans rally harder as Yujiro back suplexes, and Finlay lands on his feet! Finlay dodges Yujiro, hot tag to Juice!
Juice rallies on Yujiro, scares off Evil and Dick, then goes back to JAB Yujiro! And JAB! JAB! Over and over and over, then he pumps up, but Yujiro ducks the Left Hand! Juice facelocks but Yujiro BITES the hand! Juice blocks the kick, gives a kick and still hits the DDT! Juice DECKS Evil off the apron then fires up. Juice runs corner to corner at Yujiro, big corner clothesline! And then a LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up but Evil gets in, only to get a high and hard back suplex! And a senton! Yujiro gets up but runs into a full nelson SLAM! Cover, TWO! Juice argues the count but fans clap along. Juice drags Yujiro up, fireman’s carries, spins around, but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro slides off to throw forearms! Juice wobbles and Yujiro eggs him on. And then rakes his eyes!
Yujiro runs, blocks a boot and trips Juice, then hits a basement boot! Tag to Evil and Evil drags Juice up by his hair. Evil keeps Juice from Finlay but Juice elbows free! Hot tag to Finlay! Finlay rallies on Evil with forearms and uppercuts! Evil reverses the whip but Finlay leaping uppercuts! Evil bails out, Finlay PLANCHAS! Dick hurries away and Finlay puts Evil in the ring. Finlay runs corner to corner to uppercut! And then hops up and leaps to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Finlay tags Juice back in, Juice whips Evil to pick up, UPPERCUT HART ATTACK! Jackknife cover but Yujiro breaks it! Finlay stomps Yujiro out and regroups with Juice. Tag to Finlay, Juice brings Evil up, but Yujiro drags Finlay up! Evil whips Juice into bare buckles!
Dick drags Juice out to throw hands! Then Dick distracts the ref as Yujiro chokes Finlay with the pimp cane! Evil JAMS Finlay with a chair! Juice trips Dick then JABS Evil! Yujiro kicks Juice but FinJuice DOUBLE FLAPJACK him down! Fans fire up as Juice drags Evil up. FinJuice tries again, SHOTGUN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but FinJuice coordinates another combo. Finlay brings Evil up to the top rope in one corner, Juice climbs up in the other. Finlay has Evil up top, but Yujiro trips Juice! Evil shoves Finlay down and Bullet Club regroups. Bullet Club whips Finlay, Finlay gets around to shove Evil into Yujiro! STUNNER on Evil! STUNNER on Yujiro! Dick gets in, he gets a STUNNER too!
Finlay slashes the throat and drags Evil up! Cravat and Sliced- No! Evil shoves Finlay at the ref then LOW BLOWS! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall; now 2-0, FinJuice is now 1-1
The King of Darkness and his dastardly tricks bring down the WTL 2019 winners! Will this year’s tournament belong to Bullet Club one way or another?
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS SANADA & Shingo Takagi!
The provisional Mr. KOPW and the perennial Stone Pitbull managed to use Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens against each other quite literally to get their first win! Meanwhile, Cold Skull and The Dragon want to rebound from losing to traitorous Evil! Will it be a Skull End for Yano and Ishii already?
Yano hurries through the check and then demands Red Shoes hurry up with LIJ. LIJ take their time putting their fancy entrance attire aside, much like their leader would. Takagi tells Yano to stop his barking, but he lets Sanada start. Fans rally as Sanada stares coldly at Yano. Yano keeps talking a lot and then goes for a corner pad! Sanada stops that, whips Yano away but Yano reverses to finish his work! Sanada ducks the pad shot to dropkick the pad into Yano! Sanada gets the legs, Yano scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Sanada stomps Yano then wrenches the arm. Sanada whips, Yano holds the other ropes and then baits Sanada in. Yano dodges and rakes Sanada’s eyes, to then trip Sanada up.
Yano says here goes nothing, and he goes after Sanada’s limbs! Yano steals- Well, he tries to steal the Paradise Lock, but Yano has no idea how that thing works! Yano tries again but Sanada kicks him into bare buckles! Sanada shows Yano how to do the lock by putting Yano in it! Yano is stuck in Paradise but Ishii runs in to run Sanada over! Ishii and Takagi ram shoulders, then again and again! Takagi throws a forearm, runs and rams Ishii but Ishii comes back to ram Takagi! Takagi rebounds to run Ishii over then Sanada basement dropkicks Ishii out! Takagi has Red Shoes take a much closer look at Yano’s props, and Yano shouts to be let out of Paradise! Sanada grabs the buckle pad and brings it over to SMACK Yano out of Paradise! And out of the ring!
Takagi goes after Ishii on the outside while Sanada brings Yano up. Sanada whips, Yano reverses but Sanada stops himself from hitting railing. But he turns around into Yano’s pad SMACK! Ishii whips Takagi into railing while Yano… wraps Sanada up in the apron skirt?! Sanada is stuck as Yano gets away to the ring! The ring count is 15 as Sanada undoes the layers, and he gets in at 19.9!! Yano stomps Sanada down then whips him to the bare buckles! Tag to Ishii and Ishii drags Sanada up. Ishii CHOPS Sanada, then CHOPS him again! Ishii eggs Sanada on so Sanada CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Ishii CHOPS and Sanada falls! Ishii eggs Takagi on but goes back to Sanada. Red Shoes keeps Takagi in the corner as Ishii headbutts Sanada.
Ishii bumps Sanada off buckles, tags Yano in and Yano eggs Takagi on? That’s not smart! Red Shoes stays in Takagi’s way and Yano bumps Sanada off the bare buckles! Yano stomps Sanada down then brings him up to hip toss! Cover, ONE as Takagi steps in and scares Yano off. Red Shoes has Takagi go back to the corner and Yano bumps Sanada off buckle pads. Ishii tags in and drags Sanada up. Ishii CLUBS Sanada on the back, then eggs him on. Sanada throws body shots but Ishii doesn’t flinch. Ishii headbutts Sanada then suplexes. Sanada resists and fans rally up, Sanada tries to suplex Ishii! Ishii resists, the two fight for suplex control, and Ishii gets Sanada up. Sanada slips out to waistlock but Ishii elbows him away. Ishii runs but Sanada dropkicks the legs out!
Fans fire up as Sanada heads for his corner! Hot tag to Takagi! Takagi tells Yano he’ll get his, but first blocks Ishii’s boot to clothesline! Ishii blocks the suplex but Takagi still gets him up. Yano clubs Takagi and they double whip him. Takagi sends Yano into Ishii, runs Yano over then spins Ishii all around to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Takagi toys with Ishii and talks trash as he kicks. Ishii just gets mad. The two throw forearms back and forth and fans fire up as they pick up speed! Back and forth, forearm for forearm but Ishii ROCKS Takagi! Ishii runs but Takagi clotheslines at the rope! Takagi runs but Yano trips him! And hotshots him! Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES! Takagi and Ishii are both down as fans cheer!
Ishii rises first and gives back those toying kicks. Takagi eggs Ishii on so Ishii kicks harder! Ishii runs, but Takagi blocks the boot to give elbows from all sides! Takagi runs but Ishii swats him away! Ishii runs into the elbow, JAB, but he ducks the lariat! Ishii waistlocks, ducks the elbow but so does Takagi! Ishii ROCKS Takagi but Takagi comes back with the LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Takagi tags in Sanada and Sanada drags Ishii up. Sanada whips Ishii corner to corner but Ishii reverses. Sanada elbows Ishii away, Quebrada but Ishii gets under! Sanada fireman’s carries and throws Ishii to the dragon sleeper!
Ishii fights out but gets caught again! Ishii slips around to suplex Sanada high and hard! Fans rally up and Ishii tags in Yano! Yano brings Sanada up, whips for the bare corner but Sanada stops himself. Sanada sends Yano into the buckles! ROLLING CRADLE! They go around and around and around and around and around… And around, to the cover! TWO!! Sanada and Yano are both dizzy but fans rally up! Sanada steadies himself, fireman’s carries Yano but Yano fights out. Sanada kicks but Yano grabs hair! Sanada knees low, runs, but into an atomic drop! Catapult at the bare buckles! Yano goes to low blow but Takagi stops that. Yano rakes eyes and whips Takagi but Takagi stops himself from hitting buckles. Takagi sends Yano into the buckles now!
Ishii returns but Takagi dodges him to feet to Sanada’s boot! Dropkick snap saido! LIJ goes after Yano with a double whip corner to corner! They back elbow, clothesline, boot and lariat, then MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives but Sanada vows to end it! Sanada drags Yano into the dragon sleeper, but Yano turns that to a cradle! TWO, and Yano dodges to drag Sanada down again, M O U! TWO!! Sanada waistlocks, feelds Yano to Takagi’s elbow then rolls Yano up, TWO!! Yano staggers up, but into another waistlock! Yano standing switches, feeds to Ishii’s LARIAT, roll up, TWO!! Yano is mad, but he gets caught to O’Conner Roll with bridge!! LIJ wins!!
Winners: Sanada & Shingo Takagi, by pinfall; now 1-1, Ishii & Yano are now 1-1
LIJ had an answer for all of Yano’s tricks, and they rebound from the opening round! Will Sanada and Takagi be able to take the tournament the way Sanada took the G1 B Block?
HenarACE VS Dangerous Tekkers!
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare could not withstand the assault of The Empire, and The Ace’s leg is a liability against his old foes. Will Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. make Tanahashi #JustTapOut? Or can Henare carry the load and get a win over the tag team champions?
At this moment, NJPW takes a moment with help from HenarAce to announce a charity donation for COVID relief. After that, the Tekkers make their entrance, HenarAce shows off their muscles, but Taichi shows off the dancing pecs. The teams sort out and ZSJ starts with Henare. Fans rally as the two circle and tie up. ZSJ gets around to waistlock and drag Henare down, but Henare gets up to turn things around. Henare has ZSJ on ropes and throws knees. ZSJ gets clear of the back hand, headlocks but Henare powers out. Henare dodges the boot, catches ZSJ’s leap for a SLAM! Fans fire up as Henare DECKS Taichi then tags Tanahashi in.
HenarAce double whips ZSJ and elbows him down! Tomahawk and elbow drop combo! Then the flex! Then the DOUBLE HALF CRAB! ZSJ endures, Taichi gets in but takes his time to CHOKE HenarAce! ZSJ is free, HenarAce kicks Taichi down and gives him the DOUBLE HALF CRAB! Red Shoes counts, they let Taichi go and Tanahashi focuses forearms on ZSJ. Tanahashi whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSJ reverses and runs in, only for Tanahashi to elbow him away! Tanahashi leap sup to crossbody! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi eggs ZSJ on, runs but into a cheap shot from Taichi! ZSJ BOOTS Henare, then the Tekkers mug Tanahashi with the ENDLESS DRAGON SCREWS!
Tanahashi drops, Taichi drags him out and ZSJ goes after Henare! HenarAce is whipped into railing on opposite sides! Taichi puts Tanahashi’s leg up and over the railing to then bend it back! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Taichi stops at 3. Tanahashi clutches the leg, but Taichi takes Milano’s chair from him! Taichi JAMS Tanahashi’s leg with it! Red Shoes takes the chair back and it is returned to Milano on commentary. Taichi chuckles as he looms over Tanahashi. A ring count starts as Taichi drags Tanahashi up by his hair. Tanahashi hobbles on the bad leg as the count reaches 10. The count reaches 15 but Taichi puts Tanahashi in at 17. ZSJ stands on the bad leg and digs his heel in! Then ZSJ wrenches the leg with a toehold!
Taichi adds on and the Tekkers stand on Tanahashi’s leg at the ropes. Tag to Taichi and he drags Tanahashi around by his leg. Taichi stomps the leg, then drops down on the leg in a deathlock! Tanahashi has the ropes, ZSJ stands on Tanahashi’s hand but Red Shoes reprimands. Taichi lets off and tags ZSJ in. ZSJ BOOTS Henare down and Taichi stomps Tanahashi. ZSJ twists Tanahashi’s bad leg all around then drops down on it! ZSJ has the toehold then spins through to get the butterfly deathlock! ZSJ mocks the air guitar and tags in Taichi. Taichi chokes Tanahashi but Red Shoes counts! ZSJ lets off and Taichi stops choking, but Taichi drags Tanahashi around to a Half Crab! Taichi also stomps Tanahashi’s head at the same time!
Tanahashi endures, Taichi steps all the way through to sit deep on the Crab! Fans rally and Tanahashi continues to endure. Tanahashi fights his way to the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taichi lets go, and Tanahashi clutches the leg. Taichi kicks at Tanahashi, egging him on with trash talk. Taichi stomps the bad leg, Tanahashi gets mad and gets to his feet to throw forearms! Fans rally but Taichi KICKS the bad leg! Tanahashi falls but Taichi kicks again! Tanahashi catches it to DRAGON SCREW! ZSJ gets in to BOOT Henare down and then kick Tanahashi, but Tanahashi blocks that, too! Another DRAGON SCREW! The Tekkers are down, Tanahashi tags in Henare! Henare rallies on ZSJ, tanks Taichi’s boot to CHOP back!
Taichi reverses the whip but Henare dodges him to come back with a flying shoulder tackle! ZSJ leaps in, but Henare makes the guillotine into a suplex! Henare glares as he drags Taichi up. Taichi fights out of the fireman’s carry but Henare fights off the saido. Henare whips and clotheslines Taichi, then fireman’s carries to a running SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Henare keeps his focus as fans fire up. Henare aims from a corner and fires himself up with “OH! OH!” Taichi rises, Henare roars and runs in, but Taichi reakes his eyes! Henare ROCKS Taichi with a forearm, runs in but misses in the corner, GAMANGIRI from Taichi! Both men are down but fans rally up! Taichi and Henare stir, and Taichi gets to ropes. Henare heads that way but Taichi brings him up first.
Henare fights back but Taichi eggs him on. Henare throws more forearms, and he ROCKS Taichi! Taichi comes back to KICK, Henare forearms! Kick, forearm, kick! Henare eggs Taichi on and he even leans into the kick! Henare double CHOPS Taichi down! Fans fire up as Henare runs, but into a boot! Henare dodges Ax Bomber, double clotheslines collide! And again! Taichi flounders but Henare stays up! Henare runs, but Taichi boots! HAMMERHEADBUTT!! Henare and Taichi are both down, but Henare heads for his corner. ZSJ trips Tanahashi off the apron! And puts Tanahashi in an ANKLE LOCK! Henare still runs at Taichi but misses in the corner. ZSJ runs in to EuroUpper! Taichi mule kicks, ZSJ penalty kicks, Taichi BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO!
Taichi is annoyed but fans rally up, and off come the pants! Taichi waits for Henare to stand, but Henare dodges the kick! Taichi resists the Urenage, ZSJ hops on for a sleeper! Henare rams ZSJ into buckles! Taichi Alabama lifts Henare but Tanahashi keeps ZSJ from adding on! Tanahashi kicks Taichi, ZSJ goes after Tanahashi but gets TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Taichi waistlocks, DANGEROUS- SLING BLADE! Tanahashi counters the saido and saves himself! Fans fire up as Henare rises and watches Taichi stir. Henare fires up, runs, LARIAT! Fans fire up more as Henare drags Taichi back up. Taichi resists the urenage and smothers Henare into a cobra twist! ZSJ goes after Tanahashi, takedown into a KNEEBAR!
HenarAce endure dual submissions, but Henare reaches and fights over to the ropebreak! Taichi lets Henare go and fans fire up more! On the outside, ZSJ whips but Tanahashi reverses and sends ZSJ into railing! Back in the ring, Taichi drags Henare up and reels him in. Henare resists the lift and powers Taichi away with a back drop! Both men are down again but fans rally back up. Taichi aims but the buzzsaw is caught! Henare elbows, Taichi ROUNDHOUSES! Henare HEEL KICKS! Taichi ENZIGURIS, but Henare is back up to POUNCE!! Fans fire up for Henare as he and Taichi stir. Henare sits up and Tanahashi returns. HenarAce drags Taichi up and coordinate, but ZSJ grabs Tanahsahi! Taichi fights out and kicks Henare down!
Taichi ROCKS Tanahashi, ZSJ scoops and Taichi SUPERKICKS! TENSHO ZACK DRIVER! ZSJ runs at Henare but the boot is blocked! Henare ELBOWS ZSJ down, but he swings into DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?! Henare survives and fans are thunderous! Taichi gets up, beside himself on how to put Henare away. Taichi fires up, aims from a corner and watches Henare rise. Henare again blocks the kick to lift Taichi! TOA BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but Henare fires up! Henare drags Taichi up as fans rally. ZSJ gets in but Henare ROCKS him with a right! Taichi spins Henare around, Alabama, ZACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Dangerous Tekkers win!!
Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall; now 2-0, HenarACE is now 0-2
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions win again! Not just against Tanahashi but in World Tag League! ZSJ doesn’t even let Henare have an ice pack, he takes it away to give to Taichi. Will the Submission Master and the Sliest Wrestler in the World take everything this tournament has to offer?
ZSJ gets the mic and says, “Oi, cretins of Komatsu, did you enjoy that? Tag team champions in the main event, like we should be? Oi, Henare. Sorry, dick head.” But you’re not only looking at the tag champions, but the future winners of WTL 2020! “Oi, Taichi, talk to these morons in Japanese, eh?” Taichi takes the mic and asks where the hell are they, “I can hear all kinds of critters flying around.” He thought he was going crazy. This town needs to shut up. “This town is so backwards, convenience stores aren’t even open 24 hours.” Be grateful that your tag team champions are here. Though Taichi is managed commentary found their way here. Liger, go home.
As you all saw, there’s no way Taichi and Zack aren’t going to win the tournament, just like Zack said. There’s no way they aren’t going to be champions going into next year, either. No other team can win this league, no other team can win these belts. “Got that, you country bumpkins?” Will the bold predictions come true to make 2020 even more upsetting than before?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
The Dangerous Tekkers: 2-0
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 2-0
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 1-1
Guerrillas of Destiny: 1-1
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 1-1
The Empire: 1-1
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 0-2
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 0-2
Not a bad continuation from yesterday’s really big start to both tournaments. All the matches were really good, but really just one surprising result in Hashi and Goto getting a win off The Empire. I really thought Khan and Cobb would dominate a bit longer, but perhaps this is NJPW taking the story between Okada and Ospreay to another level by including the factions. The Empire isn’t very big yet, and they only lost to a quick pinfall, so naturally them taking on Chaos isn’t going to be as easy as they’d think. Maybe The Empire gains another member, and then Khan, Cobb and the new guy take on the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions at WrestleKingdom.
I figured Guerrillas would beat Fale and Owens but I liked that there was some chippy play despite them both being Bullet Club. I’m still betting on a new Bullet Club Civil War that gets to play out because everyone is staying in NJPW, unlike when The Elite were basically out the door with their plans for AEW. I just wonder if GOD is Team White or Team EVIL. Yujiro has stated White is the best leader in his opinion, but teaming with Evil might be slowly changing his mind. Seeing that Bullet Club VS Bullet Club match in this tournament might tell a lot towards that story.
And as I said yesterday, I still think this could and should come down FinJuice and Dangerous Tekkers. FinJuice may have lost today but “Darkness Club” likes to cheat so it’s not like FinJuice looks weaker for the loss. Henare looked great in the match, as I figured yesterday since Tanahashi’s leg was attacked by The Empire, but Tekkers still won. It’d be big to be champions of both the division and the tournament. 2020 can still be historic for something good, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
My Score: 8.9/10