Around a week ago I was writing a match of the week article and after seeing that the World Tag League was underway I thought why not check that out. I was impressed by David Finlay and Juice Robinson holding the first place in the round robin tournament so far. For those who don't know or are unsure the World Tag League is basically the tag equivalent to the G1 Climax including the winners of the Tag League earning a title shot against the IWGP Tag Team Champions at the following years Wrestle Kingdom. The only way the winners don't receive a title shot is if the champions win the tag league. The teams included earn two points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.
The tournament normally runs for about two weeks from the middle of November to the first of second of December depending on when the company wants to run the event. This year the Tag League started on November 16 and will run until December 8 when the finals will be determined. It is all about the rankings in New Japan and the top two teams are the ones that matter on the final day as they will fight for the trophy. Check out the updated standings:
EVIL and SANADA: (20 pts)
* David Finlay and Juice Robinson: (18 pts)
* Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa: (18 pts)
* Toru Yano and Colt Cabana: (16 pts)
* Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI: (16 pts)
* Minoru Suzuki and Lance Archer: (14 pts)
* Jeff Cobb and Mikey Nicholls: (14 pts)
* KENTA and Yujiro Takahashi: (12 pts)
* Shingo Takagi and El Terrible: (12 pts)
* Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi (12 pts)
* Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima: (8 pts)
* Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens: (8 pts)
* Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma: (6 pts)
* Hirooki Goto and Karl Fredericks: (4 pts)
* Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare: (4 pts)
* Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata: (2 pts)
To check out the cards for the four remaining for shows that include tournament matches click here!
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