Adam Cole, the all-time leading Wrestling President of New Japan, announced on April 20 that the two companies would collaborate to establish a pay-per-view event. The event is titled Forbidden Door, a wrestling term commonly used to refer to a competitor who turns up in one promotion, typically while under contract. Many drafting dreams matches were once considered impossible.
The title defenses from both promotions for the joint AEW and NJPW pay-per-view include AEW''s title defenses. An interim world champion and an inaugural champion will be featured at the pay-per-view. The Ring of Honor Tag Team Championship will also be up for grabs with Khan''s previous acquisition of the company.
On Dynamite, Max Caster of The Acclaimed will compete with Austin, Billy, and Colten Gunn to face Forbidden Door''s Buy In. The DKC prepared for Forbidden Door by taking on HOOK in a one-on-one match on Rampage.
On June 8, AEW announced a tournament to honor an inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Champion, which aimed to enliven AEW viewership from over 130 countries. Each competitor in the tournament represented a different country: PAC (United Kingdom), Buddy Matthews (Australia), Miro (Bulgaria), Ethan Page (Canada), Tomohiro Ishii (Japan), Malakai Black (Netherlands), and Penta Oscuro (M
Jericho has not forgotten about his friendship with Kingston. Following Forbidden Door, Jericho''s ongoing relationship with the Blackpool Combat Club will continue. Yuta and Umino will lead their team, making this matchup the epitome of violence. Suzuki''s former tag team partner Lance Archer''s alliance with JAS only makes it that much more of a brutal brawl that no one wants to miss.
After his team''s loss at DOMINION, Sabre Jr. called out Bryan Danielson for the Forbidden Door. Unfortunately, Danielson admitted that he was not medically cleared to compete, but had hand-chosen an opponent to take his seat that he praised for their technical skill. The other potential opponents are current ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham, Claudio, or Johnny Gargano.
Many have waited to see Rosa have a high-stakes matchup. Storm made her debut the same month, taking part in the Owen Hart Women''s Tournament. Despite being defeated by Britt Baker in the semi-finals, Storm has proved that she is a strong competitor in the women''s competition. Storm now holds the world''s longest-reigning SWA World Champion with 612 days left. At Forbidden Door, Storm wants to win her first championship since 2019.
Ospreay continued Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb''s work by defeating Roppongi Vice and FTR at Forbidden Door, and following Cassidy''s tag team victory alongside Roppongi Vice on Dynamite, he was ready for the match.
On May 25, Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler advanced to the ROH Tag Team Championship against Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero. Harwood and Wheeler will both defend their IWGP Tag Team Championship and each match clinched a third spot in the competition. Although Beretta and Romero have fought for their IWGP Tag Team title, both Harwood and Wheeler will not be promoted at Forbidden Door, but they hope to add another coveted championship to their impressive resume.
Page claimed his intention to defend Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship following defeat by White at DOMINION. Afterward, Cole and Page continued to debate which man deserved to defend the title, but White claimed that it was neither, prompting many fans to believe White would issue an open challenge at Forbidden Door. Instead, Okada made his AEW debut to seal a victory over David Finlay. Both Page and Cole are looking to win their first taste of NJPW gold.
The Young Bucks have announced their return to Bullet Club for one night only at Forbidden Door. Allin has previously expressed delight for Takagi''s wrestling style, hoping to one day have a match with him. It''s unlikely that the match will conclude with a victory, though it may not be announced in the future.
Moxley and Tanahashi will be crowned interim AEW World Champion in the following days after winning the AEW World Championship from Adam Page at Double or Nothing. Moxley was the No.1 contender for Punk''s championship and defeated Kyle O''Reilly in DOMINION to earn his spot in the interim championship. Tanahashi has already been a NJPW Triple Crown Champion and New Jersey Grand Slam Champion.
Despite not competing on the card, Danielson or a returning Kenny Omega may appear at the event. Forbidden Door is now one of the most promising cards to date.
NJPW: Forbidden Door will be live from the United Center in Chicago on June 26, 2022.