Looking Back On Tama Tonga’s Bullet Club Beginnings And G1 Climax 28 Run, Guerrillas Of Destiny’s Battle With FinJuice
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WrestleZone recently spoke with Tama Tonga and Ross Berman, hosts of the new “Tama’s Island” podcast. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling star called back to a run of matches shortly after Bullet Club formed, and seeing so many important names involved is a reason why that time—specifically a match in Fukuoka—was so memorable.
“I think it was down in the city of Fukuoka, that’s all the details that I know. It might have been a year after [Bullet Club] formed, so maybe 2014,” Tama said. “Prince Devitt was going against Tanahashi, and me, Karl Anderson, Rey Bucanero were seconding him. Captain New Japan and Tiger Mask were on Tanahashi’s side and just because I was right there to watch it is probably why it’s one of my favorite matches.”
Ross Berman’s pick was Tama’s run in the G1 Climax 28 tournament in 2018, noting that it was a great run in Tama’s career.
“Off the top of my head, Tama’s G1 run in 2018. He’s trying to burn down those buildings some of the time. That legitimately is one of my favorite runs in the G1 Climax,” Berman said. “[Tama] tweeted it out earlier and I was like ‘yeah, that’s the one.’”
We added some free-to-watch recommendations to the list and selected a good mix of bouts from Tama’s career, including two bouts with Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa as the Guerrillas Of Destiny, as well as one of Tama’s matches with DEFY.
Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs. Roppongi Vice (Big Top Tag Team Championship Match)
WrestleCircus Dive Hard With A Vengeance — June 24, 2017
Tama Tonga vs. Ethan HD
DEFY Super 8XGP Tournament — July 26, 2019
Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Guerrillas Of Destiny
New Japan Pro-Wrestling The New Beginning in Atlanta — February 1, 2020
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Ross’ selection of the 2018 G1 Climax tournament can be seen in full on the New Japan World app (subscription required) You can also check out our full interview with Tama and Ross where we discuss how they got the project started, their dynamic as a team, New Japan’s timetable for a return and much more at this link.