The World Tag League Final is the culmination of New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s tag team tournament and New Japan has released the final card for the show.
The biggest news is the return to the ring of Will Ospreay. Ospreay has not wrestled for New Japan since he suffered a rib injury in October. He was originally supposed to wrestle then-NEVER Openweight Champion Taichi at Power Struggle but the injury kept him from competing. Now he will return to face Taichi in a NEVER Openweight Championship number one contenders match. The winner of the match will likely get their title shot at Wrestle Kingdom 13.
The finals of the World Tag League will be between the Guerrillas of Destiny and Evil & Sanada. The same match was the finals of last year’s tournament where Evil and Sanada were able to pick up the win. The team who wins the match will win the tournament, while it is entirely possible these two teams could face each other again at Wrestle Kingdom 13.
The rest of the card includes many multi-person tag matches as well as a NEVER Openweight Championship match between Hirooki Goto and Kota Ibushi. The rumored plans for Ibushi to wrestle Will Ospreay at Wrestle Kingdom 13 may come to fold if the two men win their matches at the event.
The final card for the World Tag League Finals is as follows:
- World Tag League Finals – Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. EVIL & SANADA
- NEVER Openweight Championship Match – Hirooki Goto (c) vs. Kota Ibushi
- NEVER Openweight Championship Number One Contenders Match – Will Ospreay vs. Taichi
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks & Marty Scurll
- Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & KUSHIDA vs. Jay White, Bad Luck Fale & Taiji Ishimori
- Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi vs. Hangman Page, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
- Tomohiro Ishii, SHO & YOH vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
- Michael Elgin, Jeff Cobb, Beretta & Chuckie T vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
- Togi Makabe, Toa Henare, Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi