For years, AEW stars like Chris Jericho have referred to the forbidden door: the compelling idea that All Elite Wrestling could work with New Japan Pro Wrestling, one of the largest promotions in the world. That dream will come true on Sunday with the aptly named Forbidden Door pay-per-view, in which AEW’s biggest stars clash with New Japan’s top talent.
The main event is the Interim AEW Championship. With current champion CM Punk temporarily out with a foot injury, New Japan legend Hiroshi Tanahashi will face Jon Moxley for the belt. Presumably, the winner will face CM Punk upon his return. New Japan’s top title – the IWGP, or International Wrestling Grand Prix title – is up for grabs in a Fatal Four Way starring Adam Cole, Hangman Page, Kazuchika Okada, and champion Jay White.
Bryan Danielson would face Zack Saber Jr. during the show, but Danielson is also out with an injury. Danielson and AEW teased a big surprise replacement, which should be fun too. As with any AEW pay-per-view card, the show is stacked. It will also have a contest to determine the inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Champion, an AEW Women’s Championship contest, and matches with Jericho, The Young Bucks, and FTR.
Wrestling nerds love New Japan Pro Wrestling for its hard-hitting ‘strong style’, and many of AEW’s top stars, such as Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, rose to fame performing for the brand.
Interim AEW Championship: Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi.IWGP Championship: Jay White (c) vs. “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Adam Cole vs. Kazuchika Okada.Zack Saber Jr. vs. a mystery opponent.AEW Women’s Championship: Thunda Rosa (c) vs. Toni Storm.AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Malakai Black vs. Miro vs. Clark Connors vs. Pac.Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, and Minoru Suzuki vs. Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta, and Shota Umina.Winner-take-all Ring of Honor and IWGP Tag Title match: FTR vs. Roppongi Vice vs. United Empire. Will Ospreay vs. Orange Cassidy. The Young Bucks, El Phantasmo and Himuleo vs. Sting, Darby Allin, Shingo Takagi, and Hiromu Takahashi.Kickoff show match: Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee vs. El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru.Kickoff show match: QT Marshall vs. Hiroki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi.Kickoff show match: Max Caster and the Gunn Club vs. Yuya Uemura, Alex Coughlin, Kevin Knight, and The DKC.
How To Watch AEW Forbidden Door, Start Times
For struggling fans in the UK, the 5:00 pmbidden8:00 pm show kicks preshow Monday at 1 am GMT (midnight preshow). The main show starts Sunday at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET, with a presh1am startingg an houpreshowe. Down Under the show begins on Monday at 10 am (pre-show) at 10 am.
AEW Forbidden Door is available through PPV for $50 but is also availa10 amonpreshowng se10 ames. You can watch via the app or the website. If you’re in the US, it costs $50 through Bleacher Report. In the UK and Australia, you watch it via Fite TV instead, costing $20 (£16, AU$28).