AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door

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AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door
AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door logo
PromotionsAll Elite Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
First event2022

AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event co-promoted by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). Established in 2022, it is held annually in June and features direct competition between wrestlers from the two promotions. The event takes its name from the same term often used by AEW when referring to working with other professional wrestling companies. The 2024 event will also see involvement of wrestlers from NJPW's sister company World Wonder Ring Stardom and the Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).

History[edit]

In February 2021, the American professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) started a partnership with the Japanese promotion, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW).[1] Since then, both AEW and NJPW have had their wrestlers appear on each other's shows in the United States. On April 15, 2022, it was reported that a planned co-promoted event held by the two promotions was in the works.[2]

On the April 20, 2022, episode of AEW Dynamite, AEW President Tony Khan introduced NJPW President Takami Ohbari to make a major announcement regarding their respective companies. They were interrupted by AEW wrestler Adam Cole, who officially announced that a co-promoted pay-per-view (PPV) event titled Forbidden Door would be held on June 26, 2022, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.[3] The event took its name from the same term often used by AEW when referring to working with other professional wrestling promotions.[4]

On March 15, 2023, a second Forbidden Door event between AEW and NJPW was scheduled to be held on June 25, 2023, at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, thus establishing Forbidden Door as an annual event between the two companies. The event also marked AEW's first PPV held outside of the United States and NJPW's first PPV held in Canada.[5]

On April 11, 2024, the third Forbidden Door was announced to take place on June 30, 2024, at the UBS Arena in the Long Island hamlet of Elmont, New York.[6] This marked the first Forbidden Door event to see involvement from World Wonder Ring Stardom, a women's Japanese promotion recently purchased by NJPW, as well as Mexico's Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), a partner promotion to both AEW and NJPW.[7]

Events[edit]

# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Forbidden Door (2022) June 26, 2022 Chicago, Illinois United Center Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the interim AEW World Championship [8]
2 Forbidden Door (2023) June 25, 2023 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Scotiabank Arena Bryan Danielson vs. Kazuchika Okada [5]
3 Forbidden Door (2024) June 30, 2024 Elmont, New York UBS Arena Swerve Strickland (c) vs Will Ospreay for the AEW World Championship [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AEW, New Japan Pro Wrestling Established Working Relationship". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. February 4, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  2. ^ "Update on joint AEW/NJPW show rumor". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. April 18, 2022. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  3. ^ Barrasso, Justin (April 20, 2022). "Tony Khan Announces First-Ever AEW, NJPW Joint Pay-Per View Event". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  4. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (February 10, 2022). "Tony Kahn Admits He Butchered His 'Forbidden Door' Definition, Which Led To Securing Jay White". Fightful. Retrieved April 28, 2022. The term "forbidden door" has always been used in reference to companies working together and not signing exclusively with one company.
  5. ^ a b Casey, Connor (March 15, 2023). "AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2023 Date, Location Confirmed". ComicBook.com. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  6. ^ a b Joseph Lee (April 11, 2024). "AEW Announces 2024 PPV Schedule: Forbidden Door Set For Long Island, More". 411 Mania. Retrieved April 11, 2024.
  7. ^ Lee, Joseph (May 8, 2024). "Rocky Romero Confirms STARDOM Involvement in AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, CMLL 'Very Likely'". 411Mania. Retrieved May 29, 2024.
  8. ^ Powell, Jason (June 26, 2022). "AEW-NJPW Forbidden Door results: Powell's live review of Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the Interim AEW World Title, Jay White vs. Kazuchika Okada vs. Hangman Page vs. Adam Cole for the IWGP World Heavyweight Title, Thunder Rosa vs. Toni Storm for the AEW Women's Title, Will Ospreay vs. Orange Cassidy for the IWGP U.S. Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved June 26, 2022.

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