AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2022 Guide: Match Card, Predictions


The forbidden door of wrestling has become such a widely used term, AEW and NJPW went ahead and named a PPV after him. For the first time ever, the two promotions will officially team up to put on a show together. AEW wrestlers collide with stars from New Japan, championships on the line and potentially won by stars from rival promotions, and a spectacle that is sure to leave a mark on the wrestling industry as a whole.

This is new ground for AEW in more ways than one. The promotion typically allows about three months between its PPVs, but only has one month left to build Forbidden Door after Double or Nothing. As for how you can watch, that remains the same. B/R Live in the US and Fite everywhere else. Also, thanks to New Japan World in Japan. The Forbidden Gate drops on Sunday, June 26, 2022, and the card will begin at 8 p.m. EST. There will likely be a 30-60 minute buy-in available to watch for free on YouTube ahead of the event as well.


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Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi or Hirooki Goto

Right after Double or Nothing, it was teased that CM Punk would face Hiroshi Tanahashi at Forbidden Door. Since the AEW Champion had to undergo surgery, there will instead be a match to decide an interim champion. A champion that Punk will face when he returns to decide the one true champion.

Jon Moxley has already booked his spot in this match, defeating Battle Royal winner Kyle O’Reilly on Dynamite. Mox will face Tanahashi or Hirooki Goto. The two NJPW stars will face off for a shot at becoming interim champions this weekend at Dominion. The most likely outcome is Moxley winning and taking on Punk down the line. However, with the Tanahashi match previously on the cards, there’s a chance it was simply pushed back until Punk was healed.

Fatal 4-Way Match for the AEW All-Atlantic Championship

AEW will crown a new champion at Forbidden Door. The first-ever All-Atlantic Champion. A title similar to the WWE Intercontinental Championship. A tournament to determine who will be the inaugural All-Atlantic titleholder will culminate in a Fatal 4-Way match on June 26 featuring three wrestlers from AEW and a fourth from NJPW.

So far, Pac is the only wrestler to qualify for the match, defeating Buddy Matthews in the first qualifying match. Many very talented people will have the chance to book their place in this game over the next few weeks. As for who wins, the most likely candidate is Miro. The man needs a big win, and his run with the TNT title is proof that he works best with gold around his waist.

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