Dubbed “AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door,” the event will feature matches showcasing the very best from AEW and NJPW. The event can be watched on FITE, NJPWWorld, and traditional pay-per-view formats. There were rumors of a legitimate collaboration between the two companies finally happening, with Super J-Cast one of the first to confirm.
.@AEW & @njpwglobal Announce First-Ever Joint PPV Event, #AEWxNJPW: #FORBIDDENDOOR live from the @UnitedCenter in Chicago on Sunday, June 26! Tickets go on sale Friday, May 6 at 10am CT / 11am ET at https://t.co/UN1cNj1kQq & @Ticketmaster— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 21, 2022
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“As the world continues to reopen, I’m making sure the Forbidden Door follows suit and we can finally give fans the dream events they’ve always imagined,” said Tony Khan in a release. “The United Center was home to one of AEW’s biggest events of all time, The First Dance, where CM Punk made his return to wrestling after a seven-year hiatus. This summer, fans of AEW and NJPW can expect the unexpected during this extraordinary, first-of-its-kind pay-per-view between our two incredible companies.”MORE: AEW’s Tony Khan has purchased Ring of Honor Wrestling
Since 2019, AEW has showcased talent from all over, whether on its main roster or YouTube programming. Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Lance Archer, and Trent Beretta have competed under the NJPW banner before. There were rumors of an early team-up before the COVID-19 pandemic made international travel difficult.
When AEW was hosting events at Daily’s Place during the pandemic, several wrestlers from New Japan were able to make their way to the promotion. KENTA, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima, Minoru Suzuki, and Jay White are just a few who have been able to compete in an AEW ring. AEW’s Jon Moxley and Archer at one point held and defended the IWGP United States Title.
Recently, travel restrictions have been lessened, especially in Japan. Those who haven’t been competing in New Japan shows in Japan have been wrestling under the NJPW Strong brand in the United States.
“As we have done for more than 50 years, the power of pro-wrestling can energize people by fulfilling their dreams,” said Takami Ohbari, President of NJPW. “Now, it’s quite an important mission for us, the pro-wrestling industry as a whole. We are not only opening this door. We will show you NJPW’s genuine Strong-Style beyond the Forbidden door.”
The event is the first collaborative pay-per-view effort between NJPW and another company since they teamed with Ring of Honor for the G1 Supercard show inside Madison Square Garden in 2019. NJPW has also sent some talent to Impact Wrestling over the last few months. Tony Khan now knowns ROH.