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The World Tag League, also known as NWA World Tag League was a professional wrestling tournament annually held by Japanese Wrestling Association from 1970 until 1972. The 1973 edition was not held as JWA folded that year. Wrestlers from all over the world participated in the various editions of the tournament, as it was meant to be a world tournament. It was created in 1970 as the tag team counterpart of World Big League.

Its prestige led Antonio Inoki and Giant Baba to create in their respective promotions, New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling, tournaments which were presented as the direct followers to the JWA World Tag League. Therefore, respectively, the G1 Tag League for the NJPW and the World's Strongest Tag Determination League for the AJPW are the indirect descendant of the original World Tag League. In fact, in 2012, NJPW renamed the G1 Tag League to World Tag League.

List of winnersEdit

Year Winners Total won
1970 Antonio Inoki and Kantaro Hoshino 1
1971 Antonio Inoki (2) and Seiji Sakaguchi 1
1972 Akihisa Takachiho and Seiji Sakaguchi (2) 1

1970Edit

The 1970 World Tag League ran from September 25 to November 5, 1970. The participants teams were splitted in one block of gaijins and the japanese the other. The round robin part of the tournament consisted of the Japanese wrestling the foreigners.

Round one
Gaijin Japanese
Nick Bockwinkel and John Quinn 12 Antonio Inoki and Kantaro Hoshino 13
Ernie Ladd and Rocky Johnson 10 Giant Baba and Mitsu Hirai 12
Lars Anderson and Bob Roop 7 Michiaki Yoshimura and Shniya Kojika 10
Frankie Laine and Bud Ratelle 6 Kintaro Ohki and Kotetsu Yamamoto 10
Results Anderson
Roop
Bockwinkel
Quinn
Ladd
Johnson
Laine
Ratelle
Baba
Hirai
Baba
Hirai
Bockwinkel
Quinn
Baba
Hirai
Baba
Hirai
Inoki
Hoshino
Inoki
Hoshino
Draw Ladd
Johnson
Inoki
Hoshino
Ohki
Yamamoto
Ohki
Yamamoto
Bockwinkel
Quinn
Ohki
Yamamoto
Ohki
Yamamoto
Yoshimura
Kojika
Yoshimura
Kojika
Bockwinkel
Quinn
Ladd
Johnson
Yoshimura
Kojika
Finals
Antonio Inoki and Kantaro Hoshino 2-1
Nick Bockwinkel and John Quinn 1-2
Inoki
Hoshino
Bockwinkel
Quinn
(33:30)
Inoki
Hoshino
(48:50)
Inoki
Hoshino
(72:09)
Bockwinkel
Quinn
Bockwinkel
Quinn
(33:30)
Inoki
Hoshino
(48:50)
Inoki
Hoshino
(72:09)

1971Edit

The 1971 World Tag League ran from September 24 to November 1, 1971 The participants teams were splitted in one block of gaijins and the japanese the other. The round robin part of the tournament consisted of the Japanese wrestling the foreigners twice in three fall matches where each fall was worth one point. Laine commited a sexual assult after his last match with Bob Ellis against Kintaro Ohki and Mitsu Hirai, and Laine was departed from Japan.

Round one
Gaijin Japanese
Killer Kowalski and Buddy Austin 18 Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi 15
Nelson Royal and Paul Jones 11 Giant Baba and Michiaki Yoshimura 14
Bob Ellis and Frankie Laine 8 Kintaro Ohki and Mitsu Hirai 12
Sunny War Cloud and Jimmy Snuka 5 Kantaro Hoshino and Kotetsu Yamamoto 10
Jim and Jack Dalton 5 Shniya Kojika and Umanosuke Ueda 8
Results Cloud
Snuka
Ellis
Laine
Jim
Jack
Kowalski
Austin
Royal
Jones
Baba
Yoshimura
Baba
Yoshimura
Baba
Yoshimura
Baba
Yoshimura
Kowalski
Austin
Baba
Yoshimura
Inoki
Sakaguchi
Inoki
Sakaguchi
Inoki
Sakaguchi
Inoki
Sakaguchi
Double
Countout
Inoki
Sakaguchi
Ohki
Hirai
Ohki
Hirai
Ellis
Laine
Ohki
Hirai
Kowalski
Austin
Royal
Jones
Hoshino
Yamamoto
Hoshino
Yamamoto
Ellis
Laine
Hoshino
Yamamoto
Kowalski
Austin
Royal
Jones
Kojika
Ueda
Cloud
Snuka
Ellis
Laine
Kojika
Ueda
Kowalski
Austin
Royal
Jones
Finals
Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi 2-0
Killer Kowalski and Buddy Austin 0-0
Inoki
Sakaguchi
Inoki
Sakaguchi
(5:40)
Inoki
Sakaguchi
(15:37)
Kowalski
Austin
Inoki
Sakaguchi
(5:40)
Inoki
Sakaguchi
(15:37)

1972Edit

The 1972 World Tag League ran from September 25 to October 31, 1972. The participants teams were splitted in one block of gaijins and the japanese the other. The round robin part of the tournament consisted of the Japanese wrestling the foreigners twice in three fall matches where each fall was worth one point.

Round one
Japanese Gaijin
Seiji Sakaguchi and Akihisa Takachiho 10 Larry and Joe Hamilton 11
Kintaro Ohki and The Great Kojika 8 Danny Hodge and Nelson Royal 10
Umanosuke Ueda and Mr. Matsuoka 8 Waldo Von Erich and Fritz Von Goering 8
Michiaki Yoshimura and Kantaro Hoshino 6 Joseph Hippie and Jerome Hippe 5
Mitsu Hirai and Haruka Eigen 4
Results Erich
Goering
Hodge
Royal
Joseph
Jerome
Larry
Joe
Hirai
Eigen
Erich
Goering
Hodge
Royal
Hirai
Eigen
Larry
Joe
Ohki
Kojika
Ohki
Kojika
Ohki
Kojika
Ohki
Kojika
Larry
Joe
Ueda
Matsuoka
Ueda
Matsuka
Hodge
Royal
Ueda
Matsuka
Larry
Joe
Sakaguchi
Takachiho
Sakaguchi
Takachiho
Sakaguchi
Takachiho
Sakaguchi
Takachiho
Draw
Yoshimura
Hoshino
Erich
Goering
Hodge
Royal
Yoshimura
Hoshino
Larry
Joe
Final
   
G1 Larry and Joe Hamilton
J1 Seiji Sakaguchi and Akihisa Takachiho

GalleryEdit

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