NJPW World Tag League: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls stand on top of A Block

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TMDK’s Shane Haste and Mikey Nicholls stand on top of the A Block standings in the ongoing World Tag League.

Friday’s show in Wakayama featured four A Block matches as the tournament enters the home stretch and will conclude on December 10.

Haste & Nicholls extended their record to 4-1 by beating NOAH’s Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa with the Tankbuster and jumping to eight points and sole possession of first place in the block.

Four teams came out of Friday’s show with six points including Kiyomiya & Oiwa, who are joined by Alex Coughlin & Gabe Kidd, Shota Umino & Ren Narita, and Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano in a tie for second place.

The latest card was headlined by Ishii & Yano beating Umino & Narita after Ishii pinned Umino following the Vertical Drop Brainbuster.

The Gates of Agony fell to 1-4 and were mathematically eliminated from the Tag League.

*A BLOCK: Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (6) over Shota Umino & Ren Narita (6) in 22:31
*A BLOCK: Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin (6) over Great O-Khan & HENARE (4) in 9:55
*A BLOCK: Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste (8) over Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa (6) in 11:38
*A BLOCK: EVIL & Yujiro (4) over Gates of Agony (2) in 10:54
*Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI, YOH & Oleg Boltin over Shingo Takagi, Yota Tsuji, Zandokan Jr. & BUSHI in 9:57
*Yuji Nagata, Minoru Suzuki & Master Wato over Lance Archer, Alex Zayne & Ryusuke Taguchi in 9:42
*Taichi, Yuya Uemura & DOUKI over Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr. & Tiger Mask in 10:48
*Bad Luck Fale, Jack Bonza & Taiji Ishimori over El Phantasmo, Hikuleo & Jado in 6:21

The World Tag League continues Saturday in Osaka with the following card:
*B BLOCK: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI (3) vs. Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. (4)
*B BLOCK: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne (8) vs. Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki (0)
*B BLOCK: Taichi & Yuya Uemura (6) vs. Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr. (5)
*B BLOCK: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo (4) vs. Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza (2)
*Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Kosei Fujita vs. Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Master Wato
*EVIL, Yujiro, SHO & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Alex Coughlin, Gabe Kidd, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo
*Great O-Khan, HENARE & Callum Newman vs. Gates of Agony & Oleg Boltin
*Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube

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