The Forbidden Door opens this Sunday. Live from Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, AEW presents Forbidden Door. AEW introduced the world of pro wrestling to a unique PPV idea last year known as Forbidden Door. This PPV would see the biggest stars of NJPW open that imaginary “forbidden door” and step foot in AEW, taking on their biggest stars in a PPV.
Last year’s Forbidden Door event was a huge success but unfortunately, fans were left disappointed. Due to a series of injuries that kept some of the biggest stars in both companies off the card. The fans this year won’t have to worry. The biggest stars from both companies are healthy, and fans have been given the dream matches they have been asking for. As of this time, there are ten matches announced for this event. Let’s look at the three big matches that headline the card and are true dream matches for wrestling fans alike.
Kenny Omega vs. Will Ospreay
January 4th, 2023 in the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom 17 wrestling fans saw arguably the match of the year. This match pit Kenny Omega against then IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay. They battled for over 30 minutes in a match that, if you haven’t seen it yet, go back and watch it. Kenny Omega was able to get the best of Ospreay, winning the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
Now 6 months later, Ospreay has worked his way back to the title picture. The fans now get round 2 of this intense battle. Whenever these two are in the ring together, it’s like lightning in a bottle. We do have a new wrinkle thrown into the mix for Sunday’s match. Don Callis, this past Wednesday on Dynamite, offered Will some security guarantee. Who this maybe we will have to find out Sunday at Forbidden Door. From the fan’s perspective, we should want to see Will Ospreay coming out on top. This would put the record at 1-1 on the year for Kenny vs Will. From there, we would get a round 3 at All-In this year. Regardless of the outcome of this match. Fans will for sure be in for a treat when these two step foot in a ring together.
Bryan Danielson vs. Kazuchika Okada
A match that put arguably two of the best technical wrestlers of this generation against each other. A dream match that for years has been talked about as a what-if match. The match fans were begging for last year. Unfortunately, due to injury, Danielson was on the shelf and did not compete at the forbidden door 2022. However, AEW and NJPW have made up for last year. Fans now get to see The Rainmaker, the most successful IWGP champion ever. Taking on the American Dragon Bryan Danielson.
Danielson, in the build-up for this match, has talked about how he is tired of hearing for the past ten years about how great Okada is. He is tired of hearing about how Okada is the best wrestler of this generation. Danielson has stated he knows Okada is good, but Danielson is the test of great. Sunday at the forbidden door, Okada will be exposed. Danielson has said that when the Rainmaker steps in the ring with him, he will be in the desert. There isn’t going to be any rain. When fans talk about fantasy booking or dream matches. This is the match that has come up the most over the past ten years. The true winner of the night for this match will be the fans. This will be a can’t-miss five-star match that will have everyone talking for years to come.
MJF vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
MJF is better than you, and he knows it. Sunday, he looks to prove that when the devil MJF takes on the ACE Hiroshi Tanahashi at Forbidden Door. For weeks MJF has made it known repeatedly. He thinks NJPW is a low-rate company, and he will not be competing at the event. Even after Hiroshi Tanahashi called out MJF two weeks ago, challenging him for the AEW title. MJF refused and stated he would not be on the card. MJF kept this demeanor until this past Wednesday on Dynamite.
Adam Cole was able to get one over on MJF. Cole made it seem like MJF feared Hiroshi Tanahashi, which was the reason he was refusing the match at Forbidden Door. This fired up MJF letting Adam Cole know that no one is on the level of the devil and that he accepts at Forbidden Door. This is a very interesting match, one of NJPW’s biggest stars vs. arguably the biggest rising star in all professional wrestling. MJF has proven that he is more than just a talker. When the bell rings, he can go in the ring. With such a great dance partner in Hiroshi Tanahashi, this match will be no different.
Forbidden Door Final Thoughts
This Sunday, the Door is Open will you enter? This year’s hype for Forbidden Door is at a fever pitch. The matches the fans have been asking for are finally being put on. This Sunday, live in Toronto, the wrestlers from AEW and NJPW will tear the house down. What surprises and returns will the fans see? Be sure to tune in live on PPV for this can’t-miss event. When the best from AEW take on the best from NJPW. This event will be talked about for the weeks and months ahead. Don’t miss this unforgettable event. Be sure to check back next week for the results and breakdown of this amazing event.
Joe Wood was born and raised in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. A dedicated father of 2, a boy and a girl. Who is a lifelong Philadelphia 4 for 4-er. Joe found a passion for Professional wrestling from a young age thanks to his father, who took him to live events. Currently, Joe is studying at Full Sail University to achieve his bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and media. Once completed, he hopes to be able to cover sports full-time.