NJPW World Tag League Night Sixteen Review

Henare does not look happy. Credit: NJPW

This is our last two match show. For all my whining, I’m sad about that. Every wrestling show should be two matches long. It makes them so easy to watch. Let’s dish out some stars.

War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe) (8) defeated David Finlay and Katsuya Kitamura (0)

There goes his chest. Credit: NJPW

David Finlay’s failed sneak attack on War Machine sums up the year he’s had. It just ain’t working.

There was never any doubt about the result in this one. What was interesting was how Young Kit and his dancing pecs did with two of New Japan’s best hosses. And, while those pecs might be a bit sore, he did his job.

Kitamura is in a weird place. He attacks like a monster and sells like a Young Lion. In a few years, you imagine he’ll be going blow for blow with the likes of Hanson and Rowe, but at the moment he’s flopping around for them. It’s a good learning experience, although I’m dying to see the proper monster, Kitamura.

This was a fun match. Kitamura and Finlay gave their all as they strived for victory. However, War Machine were too big and too willing to kick ass. Sometimes the simple stories are the best.

Verdict: Two And A Half Stars

Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr and Lance Archer) (8) defeated Togi Makabe and Henare (0)

Go Henare, go! Credit: NJPW

Young Lion was obviously for dinner on this card as the champs also got a chance to get a few bites in.

This started with Henare showing off that newfound aggression. If this is what he learns from teaming with Makabe, then it will all be worth it. This determination to throw himself at opponents and cause as much damage as possible is a lot of fun.

Although it has to be said, he should maybe stop and think occasionally. Killer Elite Squad are big dudes, and they took a lot of enjoyment out of beating him up. More than I did anyway as I have to say I found their heat section a bit dull.

It all built to the Makabe hot tag which wasn’t worth the wait. Believe it or not, this was followed by Henare coming back in and taking the fall. It’s the formula they’ve used all tournament, and by this point, it’s hard to get excited by it.

Verdict: Two Stars

Overall Show

It was the last thing he ever saw. Credit: NJPW

The only reason to watch this show is if you’re a completionist. Otherwise, move right on past.

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