There’s a four-way tie for first place heading into NJPW’s last World Tag League show before the finals.
The second-to-last show prior to the finals took place in Yamagata this morning, with Best Friends defeating Guerrillas of Destiny to take Guerrillas of Destiny out of sole possession of first place. EVIL & SANADA, Killer Elite Squad, and Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano all won their matches to move into a tie with Guerrillas of Destiny.
Here are the results of today’s tournament matches:
– Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) defeated Guerrillas of Destiny (Tanga Loa & Tama Tonga)
– SANADA & EVIL defeated Takashi Iizuka & Minoru Suzuki
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– Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Toa Henare & Togi Makabe
– Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. defeated David Finlay & Juice Robinson
– Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer) defeated Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page
– Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin defeated Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata
– Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano defeated Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida
Guerrillas of Destiny vs. Ishii & Yano and EVIL & SANADA vs. Killer Elite Squad are set for tomorrow’s show in Akita and will decide which teams advance to the finals.
The finals are being held in Iwate on December 9. If Guerrillas of Destiny don’t win the tournament, the winning team will likely challenge for their IWGP Tag Team titles at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in some form.
Here are the updated World Tag League standings:
Guerrillas of Destiny (9-3) — 18 points
EVIL & SANADA (9-3) — 18 points
Killer Elite Squad (9-3) — 18 points
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (9-3) — 18 points
Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb (8-4) — 16 points
Best Friends (7-5) — 14 points
Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi (7-5) — 14 points
Juice Robinson & David Finlay (7-5) — 14 points
Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (5-7) — 10 points
Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi (4-8) — 8 points
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (4-8) — 8 points
Togi Makabe & Toa Henare (4-8) — 8 points
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi (2-10) — 4 points
Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino (0-12) — 0 points