NJPW ‘World Tag League 2018’ Match Preview & Predictions (11.17.18) 17/11/2018

NJPW World Tag League 2018 (November 17th 2018)  New Japan World Tag League 2018 results for Saturday, Nov. 17: Makabe & Henare vs. GoD, Best Friends vs. the Elite Match Preview & Predictions

Seeing as the World Tag League is the least engaging time of the year to be a fan of New Japan, each night before the tournament I’ll be making match predictions. On the bottom of every ‘Results & Review’ article I’ll have a tally of my score so that you can keep up and gage my accuracy. This is my way of trying to keep everyone engaged during the slow months leading up to Wrestle Kingdom. Feel free to give me a hard time on Twitter.

Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin vs Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
Non-tournament match to kick off the tour. The young lions have a chance to prove themselves against a team participating in the tournament. They won’t win but it’ll be fun to watch them be put to the test.
Prediction: Cobb & Elgin

Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi vs Tomoaki Honma & Ren Narita
Another non-tournament match. Honma was excluded from entering this year’s tournament despite making his return from injury earlier in the year. Like the first match, this will be fun to see how the young lion, in this case Narita, fares against the veterans.
Prediction: Sabre & Taichi

Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka & El Desperado vs Killer Elite Squad & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
A rare Suzuki-Gun vs Suzuki-Gun encounter. It’ll be interesting to see how seriously they take the match. This could well turn into a double count out, Iizuka may cheap shot someone with the iron fingers, it’s hard to say. If there is a pin, it’ll likely be on one of the juniors which is silly considering they’re both champions while the other four are not. Since Desperado is the youngest of the two junior champions, that’s the side I’ll say takes the loss.
Prediction: K.E.S. & Kanemaru

World Tag League Tournament Match
Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida

FinJuice are now an official team and they’ll kick off their tournament with a win. The young lions will bring the heat and their spirit won’t go unnoticed but they aren’t here to pick up wins.
Prediction: FinJuice

World Tag League Tournament Match
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi

Even though Tenzan and Kojima are one of the most decorated tag teams in NJPW history, at this stage, it’s doubtful they’ll be collecting many wins throughout the tournament. This is one match they should be able to win, kicking off the tournament in high spirits. Nagata and Nakanishi are another team that won’t be seeing much success either.
Prediction: Tencozy

World Tag League Tournament Match
Beretta & Chuckie T. vs Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi

This one is a little tricky. Best Friends have been featured more than Page & Yujiro as of late but Chuckie T. ate a lot of pins on the Power Struggle tour. Page and Yujiro have somewhat become staples of the tournament, this being their third year in a row as a team. Since Beretta and Chuckie have been featured more as of late I’ll side with them but this feels like a coin flip.
Prediction: Best Friends

World Tag League Tournament Match
Guerrillas of Destiny vs Togi Makabe & Toa Henare

Coming in as the tag team champions, G.O.D. should establish their dominance over the division. Henare has been inching his way up the ladder but a win over the champs would be a lot more than an inch for him. G.O.D. will come out on top and be presented as the team to beat in the tournament.
Prediction: Guerrillas of Destiny

Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, YOH & SHO vs Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi
The possibility of an interaction between Okada and Shingo will have me glued to the screen. The defending tournament champions, EVIL & SANADA, should come out of this looking to pick up where they left off. Chaos has been on the slide for months now so another loss doesn’t seem out of question. Play it smart and send the crowd home happy with an LIJ fist bump.
Prediction: Naito, EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI & Shingo

Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino vs. FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) (World Tag League)

Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata vs. TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) (World Tag League)

Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) vs. the Elite (Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi) (World Tag League)

Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. Toa Henare & Togi Makabe (World Tag League)

Chaos (Kazuchika Okada, SHO, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, & YOH) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA, Shingo Takagi, & Tetsuya Naito)

 

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