AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door is the first pay-per-view event where stars from both companies were present, with some NJPW and AEW stars facing off against each other and others teaming up to face their enemies.
While on Basted Open Radio, AEW owner Tony Khan confirmed what the purchase rate was for the joint pay-per-view.
“Forbidden Door Pay-Per-View was a huge success,” Khan said. “Our estimate is now around 127,000 purchases and still, including the replay, trickling by, it was ahead of all estimates and expectations. And I would love to do it again and I think we will do it again in the future, I hope. “
Forbidden Doors was the title of two World Championship matches, where the main event promised to be a new interim AEW champion when CM Punk was injured. In the second-to-last match, Jay White successfully defended the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Adam Cole, ‘Hangman’ Adam Page and former champion Kazuchika Okada, against Cole pinning for the win. In the main event, John Moxley defeated eight-time IWGP heavyweight champion Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the Interim AEW World Championship.
PPV not only saw the big match, it also saw the big debut, as Claudio Castagnoli was revealed as Jack Saber Jr.’s surprising opponent. It was Castagnoli’s first appearance in a ring since February when he lost to Happy Corbin in less than four minutes. An episode of WWE “Friday Night SmackDown.” About 18 minutes later, after an in-ring action, Castagnoli defeated Saber Jr.
The surprise didn’t stop there, although Will Osprey defeated Orange Cassidy to retain the IWGP United States Championship. Cassidy did not advance to kill. Once confronted with the United Empire, instead of putting glasses on himself, Cassidy put his famous glasses on Shivata.
In the undercard, Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, and Minoru Suzuki defeated Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Utah, and Shota Umino in the opening match, FTR retained their ROH tag title, and United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and Theme defeated Chimp Tag IWP. Great O’Khan and Ropangi Vice, PAC Miro, Malakai Black, and Clark Connors, Sting, Derby Alin, and Shingo Takagi became the opening All-Atlantic Champion by defeating Young Box and El Fantasmore, and Thunder defeated Rosa. Tony Storm holds the AEW women’s world title.
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