New Japan Pro Wrestling
World Tag League 2019 – Night 14
December 3, 2019
Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium
Kochi, Japan

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WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2019
ZACK SABRE JR. & TAICHI (14) DEF. YUJI NAGATA & MANABU NAKANISHI (2)

It’ll sound harsh but this such a pointless match. Maybe because the way this year’s Tag League is designed is for 1 person to not watch every match or maybe its the physical limitations of Manabu Nakanishi but this was the exact same match I have now seen 13 times! It would be different if it was 13 good matches in a row but good, these are not. **

WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2019
JUICE ROBINSON & DAVID FINLAY (20) DEF. TORU YANO & COLT CABANA (16)

Way, way, way too much comedy in this one. I’m not usually a grinch and really don’t mind the Yano comedy but this was a little too silly. Yano’s best comedy is when he’s doing funny things but its all in the hope of winning, this was just a lot of turnbuckle slapstick. The result of this was a formality as I would bet Finjuice don’t drop another match at least until the final. **1/4

WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2019
KENTA & YUJIRO TAKAHASHI (14) DEF. TOGI MAKABE & TOMOAKI HONMA (6)

Another one of these big fat “who could possibly care?” matches. Both teams are done, and KENTA albeit something pretty exciting is the only one with anything on the Tokyo Dome horizon. I’ve come to expect a certain level of sloppiness from these GBH matches and of course, this lived up to my expectations. KENTA should save the G2S for big singles matches because bringing it out against a guy like Honma who for all intents and purposes shouldn’t be taking a move like that, makes it look pretty shitty. Not a good start to this show folks. **1/4

WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2019
MINORU SUZUKI & LANCE ARCHER (16) DEF. HIROSHI TANAHASHI & TOA HENARE (4)

This was a good little match but it really suffered from being too long. Could’ve easily shaved 4 minutes off it and it would’ve made the world of difference. Henare is slowing down a bit, which is understandable considering his workload this tour. He did take a great EDB Claw in the finish though, really sold it like he was being murdered. ***

WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2019
BAD LUCK FALE & CHASE OWENS (10) DEF. TOMOHIRO ISHII & YOSHI-HASHI (16)

Well, this officially means Big Tom Ish and YH are out of contention for this year’s Tag League. This was a pretty good match, especially when Chase was in there with either of his opponents. Chase is so good at closing stretches he might be the most underrated match finisher in the world. ***1/4

WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2019
EVIL & SANADA (22) DEF. HIROOKI GOTO & KARL FREDERICKS (4)

EVIL and SANADA and match of the night are becoming pretty synonymous with each other this tour and Goto and Fredericks sure pulled their weight. Goto like KENTA has many more exciting things coming up in his near future, but instead of teaming with Yujiro, Goto is teaming with Karl Fredericks who is looking to impress every chance he gets. Seriously, I’ve been banging on about for a few reviews in a row now but he’s been terrific. Need not waste time with him anymore, it’s time to send him off on excursion. A really great closing stretch bumped this up a quarter star. Not a full recommend but if you’re trying to watch something from each night this is certainly the match from night 14. ***1/2

WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2019
TAMA TONGA & TANGA LOA (20) DEF. SATOSHI KOJIMA & HIROYOSHI TENZAN (8)

Man, was this live crowd ever behind Tenkoji in this one. I thought this was humming along quite nicely and then there was the 5-minute call and I could not believe it, how has it only been 5 minutes? Average crowd brawling came next, followed by a long heat spot on Tenzan. This did regain some favor with a firey Kojima comeback and really solid closing stretch but another ‘good but disappointing’ G.O.D main event in the books. ***

FINAL THOUGHTS

The semi-main might be the only thing really worth watching, even then it was nothing to go out of your way to see. Three nights left, only three teams are still alive. That and the next two cards looking a little dire – we could be out of the frying pan and into the fire here. The final night looks good, so we all just have to hang on till then.