New Japan Pro Wrestling
World Tag League 2020 – Night 7
November 30, 2020
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

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Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma def. Yuji Nagata & Yota Tsuji

Much like the match between these two teams on Night 6, Honma was the babyface in peril as Nagata and Tsuji worked him over. Kojima got the hot tag, had some good exchanges with both of his opponents, and eventually pinned Tsuji following a lariat. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. These opening tags have all been relatively the same. The only real changes you see are in the young lion involved (either Gabriel Kidd or Yota Tsuji) and who works the babyface in peril role during the first few minutes. Lately, it’s been Honma, but sometimes it’s the young lion. Even with the repetitiveness, you can always count on these matches being solid, at bare minimum. ***

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The Great O-Khan & Jeff Cobb (8) def. EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi (6)

So The Great O-Khan has only been back in New Japan for a month-and-a-half, and we’ve already got fans dressing up as him in Korakuen Hall. This one guy wore O-Khan’s fully decked out entrance garb, which was actually quite impressive. What wasn’t impressive at all was this match. It wasn’t outright terrible or anything, but I thought it was one of the worst matches of the tournament thus far. The Empire got the early jump, and once they got back in the ring, the story was that Yujiro worked the entire match for his team. EVIL did some shenanigans on the outside to help give his team the edge at points (such as attacking both members of The Empire on the floor with a chair), but never tagged in once. Kevin Kelly speculated on whether EVIL might be injured, though we never got a definitive answer (as far as I know). This win put The Empire back in contention, while also giving the EVIL/Yujiro team their third straight loss. **1/4

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Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI (8) def. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens (4)

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this Bad Luck Fale/Chase Owens team. Are they going out having really good matches? Of course not! Their matches have been topping out at around three stars for me, but that’s a lot better than I was expecting going into this tournament. I thought all of their matches were going to suck. However, they haven’t been that bad, and while their bout here against the CHAOS duo of Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI wasn’t quite as good as some of their previous matches, I still liked it for the eight or so minutes that it lasted. Am I enjoying these Bad Luck Fale/Chase Owens matches because they’re the only Bullet Club team not doing any interference? Maybe. It also helps that their best matches have been against good teams like Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI. Speaking of which, the CHAOS duo picked up the win here after hitting Owens with the GYW. As for Fale and Owens, this loss pretty much eliminated them from the tournament. Again, this was decent for what it was. **3/4

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Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (10) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare (2)

Speaking of CHAOS, the other CHAOS team in this tournament of Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano became the first team to reach 10 Points after their win here over Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare, who were already eliminated coming into this show. Henare was staring at Ishii from the moment he came through the curtain, and for the most part, this match was centered around the interactions between Henare and Ishii, which were nothing short of great. Those two have such awesome chemistry, and I cannot wait to see these two have another singles bout at some point in the future. The final sequence between them was particularly strong, as Henare connected with a big headbutt on Ishii, and then managed to avoid the Vertical Drop Brainbuster twice. However, the third time proved to be the charm for Ishii, as he eventually connected with Vertical Drop Brainbuster for the win. I liked how the English Commentary helped to advance the story of Henare getting closer and closer to beating Ishii, but not quite getting there. As for Tanahashi and Yano, they were both fine in this match as well. While one of the turnbuckle pads did get removed at one point, we really didn’t see a ton of Yano shenanigans, which was good. I know people aren’t a fan of the Ishii/Yano pairing (since Ishii could be paired with Goto for a much better in-ring team), but if Yano’s shenanigans are kept to a minimum, then his presence in these matches isn’t that big of a deal. ***1/2

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The Guerrillas Of Destiny (8) def. NEVER Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi & SANADA (8)

The Guerrillas Of Destiny came into this match with only 6 Points, so they pretty much needed a win here to stay in the hunt. Fortunately for them, they managed to get that win, as they defeated Shingo Takagi & SANADA in what ended up being another really solid tag team encounter. In particular, I enjoyed some of the different pairings we got in this one. SANADA and Tama Tonga had some fun exchanges throughout, while Shingo had some very good back-and-forth battles with Tanga Loa. I know Tanga Loa hasn’t had a lot of singles matches in New Japan (if any), but I would love to see a singles match with him and Shingo. That’s how good I thought their exchange was. At one point, we got some accidental blood, as Shingo got busted open right above one of his eyes. It was serious enough that the doctor did take a moment to check on him when he was on the floor, but Shingo was able to continue. While LIJ was able to fight off a few interference attempts by Jado, they weren’t able to fight off all of them. During an exchange between SANADA and Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa distracted the referee, which allowed Jado to hit SANADA with the kendo stick. This allowed Tama to hit the Gun Stun, and he got the pin. The interference was a negative for sure, but that being said, the action from start to finish was still pretty good. ***1/2

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David Finlay & Juice Robinson (8) def. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Dangerous Tekkers (8)

After getting a big win over LIJ on Night 6, FinJuice were able to continue their momentum into Korakuen Hall, as they scored another major victory over a top tag team. On this night, they were able to defeat the current IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions in what was a very strong main event. I wouldn’t call it a great match, but it still edged out the previous two bouts for match of the night honors. Juice and Finlay managed to get the early advantage, but as a whole, the first few minutes featured some solid back and forth between the two teams. Then, Dangerous Tekkers started going after the previously injured arm/shoulder of Finlay, who (of course) spent much of last year on the shelf because of that injury. Juice was finally able to tag in to provide some relief for his partner, and the match once again became a more ever affair down the stretch. Both teams exchanged a number of big moves and submission attempts, but in the end, FinJuice were able to get the win after hitting a series of finishers on Taichi. With that win, FinJuice now joined the logjam of teams at eight points. Again, I didn’t think this was a super great match or anything, but it was a very good main event to close the show. ***3/4

Final Thoughts

This show didn’t feature anything that I would call great, but I thought the main event was the best of the three, but I won’t argue with you if you prefer one of the other two. The opener was the typical kind of opener that’s been seen on this tour, while the opening tournament matches on this show are skippable.

In terms of the World Tag League standings (and I’m typing this as someone who hasn’t seen the shows following this one yet), Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano were able to take sole possession of 1st Place with 10 Points on the board. Behind them, there’s a BIG logjam, as six teams sit at 8 Points. Then, bringing up the rear, you have EVIL and Yujiro at 6 Points (they’re effectively out of it), Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens at 4 Points (they’re out), and Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare at 2 Points (they were already eliminated).

  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano – 10 Points
  • Dangerous Tekkers – 8 Points
  • David Finlay & Juice Robinson – 8 Points
  • The Great O-Khan & Jeff Cobb – 8 Points
  • The Guerrillas Of Destiny – 8 Points
  • Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI – 8 Points
  • SANADA & Shingo Takagi – 8 Points
  • EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi – 6 Points
  • Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens – 4 Points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare – 2 Points