Despite a litany of injuries affecting the AEW roster, the highly anticipated AEW/NJPW pay-per-view, Forbidden Door, took place Sunday Night in Chicago.
The first match on the main show featured Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara and Minoru Suzuki taking on Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta and Shota Umino. As always, Tay Conti was by Guevara’s side.
Winners: Jericho, Guevara and Suzuki
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Take: Jericho continues to look like he should be behind the commentary booth and I will never understand why people love Suzuki so damn much.
The next match was the triple threat title bout with FTR, Roppongi Vice and United Empire fighting over both the ROH and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Take: FTR continue to show they are the best wrestling tag-team in the world and their next target should be the AEW tag titles.
The All-Atlantic Championship was decided next in a Fatal 4-Way that included Clark Connors, Miro, Pac and Malakai Black. Connors was replacing Tomohiro Ishii after a recent injury kept him from competing.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Take: Poor booking decision putting the belt on Pac. Miro was primed to win it and the fans are behind him more than Pac who still must contend with traveling issues due to COVID restrictions.
The Young Bucks and El Phantasmo took on Sting, Darby Allin and Shingo Takagi in a trios match with nothing but their pride on the line. As the Bullet Club came out, Sting attacked them with a huge dive from the stage.
Winners: Dudes with Attitude
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Take: Sting is lying. No way the dude is in his 60s.
Toni Storm and Thunder Rosa shook hands to show sportsmanship before they locked up for the AEW women’s title. Both of these women have reputations for being great workers, so they made sure to test their limits with some fast-paced exchanges early in the match.
Winner: Thunder Rosa
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Take: I have wanted to support Thunder Rosa but her title reign has just been uninspired. Not to mention AEW continues to bury talent like Toni Storm and Ruby Soho.
Jim Ross was not on commentary for the whole show, but they brought him out to call this match between Orange Cassidy and Will Ospreay for the IWGP U.S. title.
OC started by dodging a dropkick and hitting a shoulder tackle, but Ospreay is just as quick on his feet, so they were able to have a nice exchange of takedowns all while Cassidy kept his hands in his pockets.
Winner: Will Ospreay
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Take: Osprey is a star, would not be surprised to see him make the jump to an American promotion someday sooner than later.
When it was revealed that Bryan Danielson would be unable to compete at this show, he promised a worthy replacement to face Zack Sabre Jr. Needless to say, Claudio Castagnoli was a well-received substitute.
Winner: Claudio Castagnoli
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Take: Claudio was ridiculously misused in WWE. I love seeing him join the Blackpool Combat Club in AEW. This is the change he needed.
The Fatal 4-Way for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship was up next with Jay White defending the belt against Adam Cole, Kazuchika Okada and Adam Page.
Winner: Jay White
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Take: Jay White has made me a fan. Meanwhile Adam Page continues to drop in popularity. What a waste of height.
The main event of the evening was the match to crown an interim AEW world champion between Jon Moxley of AEW and Hiroshi Tanahashi or NJPW.
Winner: Jon Moxley
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Take: Not a Moxley fan but who else is there to put the Belt on? AEW isn’t going to send their main title overseas and with Punk, Danielson, and Omega still out there aren’t many other big name talents to put the belt on. Although I would love to see Miro take a shot at the AEW title.
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