NJPW World Tag League Results – Day 8: Updated Tournament Standings & Analysis

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NJPW World Tag League Results
November 25, 2019 – Night 8
Yoshitsune Arena, Ishikawa, Japan

Tournament Match Results

1. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Colt Cabana & Toru Yano

2. David Finlay & Juice Robinson def. Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata

3. Mikey Nicholls & Jeff Cobb def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Henare

4. Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki def. Shingo Takagi & Terrible

5. Guerrillas of Destiny def. Hirooki Goto & Karl Fredericks

6. Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI def. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma

7. EVIL & SANADA def. KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi

Updated Block Standings

  • David Finlay & Juice Robinson – 12 pts (6-1)
  • Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI – 12 pts (6-1)
  • EVIL & SANADA – 12 pts (6-0)
  • Jeff Cobb & Mikey Nicholls – 10 pts (5-3)
  • Toru Yano & Colt Cabana – 8 pts (4-3)
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima – 8 pts (4-4)
  • Guerrillas of Destiny – 8 pts (4-2)
  • Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer – 8 pts (4-3)
  • Shingo Takagi & Terrible – 6 pts (3-5)
  • Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma – 6 pts (3-5)
  • KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi – 6 pts (3-4)
  • Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi – 4 pts (2-5)
  • Hirooki Goto & Karl Fredericks – 4 pts (2-4)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare – 4 pts (2-6)
  • Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens – 4 pts (2-4)
  • Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi – 2 pts (1-7)

Killam’s Analysis

We’re around the halfway point in this year’s World Tag League, and we’re starting to see a few top contenders breaking away from the pack. I sound like a broken record at this point, but it’s still too early to really make any definite statements. Even Nagata and Nakanishi, sitting with a single win, still have a possible 14 points left to compete for, and others have more. Still, short of a last-minute miracle run, I think you can safely call the chances of the bottom 8 teams “doubtful”, at best.

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Suzuki and Archer are a powerhouse team right above the middle of the pack. They’ve already checked off a few major teams, but it’s going to be an uphill battle. They’ll definitely pick up at least 2-3 more wins just based on who is left, but the rest will be a battle, including all three of the current top point-getters.

Finlay and Juice Robinson have been the somewhat unexpected breakaway stars, and while I expected Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI to do well, I didn’t expect them to do this well. I think at this point, you’d have to be a moron not to consider EVIL and SANADA a favorite. They’re going to be in contention in the last few days, that’s an easy guarantee.

That said, both FinJuice and ISHII-HASHI are absolutely going to lose one or two upcoming matches. And if they don’t, they win. Both teams still have to face EVIL & SANADA, Suzuki & Archer and the Guerrillas of Destiny, not to mention each other – so basically, all the people expected to do really, really well in the World Tag League. In 2-3 more shows, the field will be a lot more clear as we head towards the finals.