After months of hypothesis, rumor turned actuality. AEW proprietor Tony Khan introduced on AEW Dynamite on Wednesday that the primary supershow along with his firm and New Japan Professional Wrestling would happen on June 26 within the United Heart.
AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door is certainly the largest cross-promotional supershow of all-time. Exhibits like this have occurred prior to now, most notably in 2019 when Ring of Honor and NJPW offered out Madison Sq. Backyard — however that is very, very totally different. RoH had bled loads of expertise on the time, making that supershow actually a extra New Japan-focused occasion with some RoH expertise. This, however, is AEW on the peak of its reputation, and New Japan on the verge of launching its personal offshoot model in the US.
It’s inconceivable to even start to think about among the potential matches we’ll get, however I put my fantasy reserving hat on to place collectively my absolute dream card for these two corporations.
Champion vs. Champion
“Hangman” Adam Web page (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada (c)
A present like this wants a champion vs. champion match, and I feel Hangman and Okada may tear the home down. It wouldn’t damage Web page in any respect to lose to somebody like Okada, who's already being thought of as one of many biggest wrestlers of this era. I feel your complete back-and-forth premise of those two champions each making an attempt to hit their ending lariats (the Buckshot and Rainmaker, respectively) makes for an excellent match.
Hangman confirmed he has stamina in his 60-minute epic in opposition to Bryan Danielson, and everyone knows Okada can go without end. These two can be poetry within the ring.
Champion vs. Champion
Thunder Rosa vs. Syuri
I’m together with the ladies from Stardom on this card, as a result of I can’t think about the supershow received’t have any girls’s matches on it. I just like the symmetry of two champ vs. champ matches, and it will be superb publicity within the U.S. for Syuri, who some may bear in mind from her temporary stint in UFC. This is sensible, particularly if New Japan need their sister promotion to develop extra of a following within the west.
Jay White and the Undisputed Elite vs. The Golden Elite
Okay, okay … I do know that is pie within the sky considering. I don’t care, that is my card. Are you able to think about for a second what would occur if Kenny Omega AND Kota Ibushi returned from harm in Chicago after which reunited the Golden Lovers on the identical evening? The roof would blow off that constructing.
Every little thing is about up for this tenuous relationship between Adam Cole and The Younger Bucks to boil over, and it’s right here I’d arrange a large story arc of The Elite turning face and rallying in opposition to the Bullet Membership and The Undisputed Elite. Forbidden Door can be the turning level for Omega to come back again into the sunshine after going to his darkest locations since his “Cleaner” persona in New Japan, and the final time that occurred it was Ibushi who was the catalyst.
Give me this match and I received’t ask for something out of wrestling once more.
FTR vs. G.O.D
Two of the perfect tag groups on this planet give us one to recollect. It is a actually attention-grabbing time in story for each groups. FTR appear to be making a full face flip after parting methods with MJF and The Pinnacle, whereas G.O.D have been lately kicked out of Bullet Membership.
These 4 guys stay and breathe tag group wrestling, and to my data they’ve by no means met within the ring. I don’t suppose it hurts anybody to have both group win, and it may very well be the inroad to doubtlessly see FTR go on a quest to gather extra tag gold and set their sights on Nice-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb, who presently maintain the belts.
Sting vs. The Nice Muta
AEW loves giving us blasts from the previous, and nothing would press that nostalgia button like this. Sting and Muta final met on the 1991 supershow between WCW and NJPW, making this match one which’s been 30 years within the making. We don’t want this to be lengthy, as each guys are actually previous, however rattling would this be nice to see.
Muta is presently underneath contract with NOAH, however I’m certain a deal may very well be finished that might make this dream match occur.
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Group Championship
Blackpool Fight Membership vs. Home of Torture (c)
Right here’s the one place on the cardboard the place I’d even have a title on the road, and even see it change palms. William Regal’s Blackpool Fight Membership is among the most fun new stables in wrestling, and placing Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson and Wheeler Yuta in opposition to the Bullet Membership offshoot of EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi and Sho can be a banger.
BCC’s strong-style tendencies would match completely as champions in New Japan, and the NEVER Openweight 6-Man titles can be a technique to foray them into AEW lastly introducing trios titles of their very own, which we’ve all been ready for.
PAC vs. Will Ospreay
Simply let these two go. The one threat I see in placing PAC and Ospreay on a card this low is that they could steal the entire rattling present and put on the group out. Two of the perfect excessive flyers on this planet placing on a clinic can be a spectacle, GIF-filled match made for social media. I additionally suppose they’d have nice chemistry within the ring.
Daniel Garcia vs. Zach Sabre Jr.
I’m so excessive on Daniel Garcia it’s not humorous. I’ve haven’t seen a technical wrestler carry out at his degree, at his age since … properly, ZSJ. This is able to be an enormous pace-change for the present the place as an alternative of strikes and large strikes, we’re principally going to have two guys attempt to break one another’s limbs in a wide range of methods we’ve by no means thought of. I feel this might be an incredible match.
C.M. Punk vs. Kenta
The battle of the GTS. This has been brewing for some time, and Kenta is calling out Punk on social media wanting this. Two guys who share the identical ending transfer (if we’re being technical, Punk took it from Kenta), making an attempt to win by hitting it on one another. The gang can be scorching for this, and I feel the 2 wrestlers may actually construct curiosity on this match on Twitter, in addition to promos main as much as the occasion.
Sammy Guevara vs. El Desperado
That is one other type of champion vs. champion match, however we received’t name it that as a result of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title and TNT Championship don’t actually align. Both method, right here we’ve acquired two excessive flyers with Guevara being a future cornerstone of AEW up in opposition to a longtime, legendary cruiserweight in El Desperado.
Britt Baker vs. Saya Kamitani
One other likelihood to provide some publicity to Stardom’s roster, I like the concept of placing Britt Baker and Saya Kamitani collectively. Britt is among the finest, most over girls’s wrestlers on the planet, and Kamitani has an enormous following as a former idol who was a part of the group AKB48.
The Greatest Mates and Rocky Romero vs. Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, and Andrade El Idolo
I want Andrade El Idolo to get a greater angle, as a result of he’s dying on the vine for me in AEW. This complete money-based boss chief factor actually isn’t doing it for me, and the perfect flip comes by the use of a Los Ingobernables reunion.
We’ve already established CHAOS in New Japan with Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero reforming Rappongi Vice on a number of events, so this simply continues the faction struggle — and permits the melding of those NJPW stables into AEW slightly extra. I feel it will be a hell of a technique to kick off the present, and reestablishing Andrade may very well be the increase he must push him into essential occasion standing.