Backstage Update On Plans For AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door Main Event

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AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door II is set to take place on June 25th live from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.

The stacked card features many of AEW’s top stars competing against their NJPW counterparts, with two matches above all others particularly catching the eye. In a dream match for many, Bryan Danielson will be tangling with Kazuchika Okada, and Will Ospreay will look to get revenge on Kenny Omega after he was defeated by the now IWGP United States Champion at Wrestle Kingdom 17.

This has led to a great deal of speculation over which match will take the main event spot.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that while Okada vs. Danielson has been positioned as the main event on television, there has also been talk of Ospreay vs. Omega topping the card.

“With every Tony [Khan] show, you know, every Tony pay-per-view. That’s when you look at the match order, it’s always difficult because, you know, there’s theories and, and stuff. And I mean, this is an interesting one because I…

No one has said this, but on TV they kept pushing the idea that Okada and Danielson was the main event. Which leads to the idea that they’re going on last. I know that some have talked about Ospreay and Omega going on last. But it’s not MJF and Tanahashi and I don’t think anyone thinks MJF and Tanahashi is going on last, but that is how many fans think that, like, ‘Oh, MJF, the AEW Champion is going last.’ And in this one, I do not think that,”

AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door Updated Card

  • Bryan Danielson vs. Kazuchika Okada
  • Kenny Omega (c) vs. Will Ospreay – IWGP United States Championship
  • MJF (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi – AEW World Championship
  • Sanada (c) vs. Jungle Boy Jack Perry – IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
  • The Blackpool Combat Club w/ Konosuke Takeshita and Shota Umino vs The Elite w/ Eddie Kingston and Tomohiro Ishii
  • CM Punk vs. Satoshi Kojima – Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Cup
  • Toni Storm (c) vs. Willow Nightingale – Women’s World Championship
  • Orange Cassidy (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jnr vs. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Daniel Garcia – International Championship
  • Filthy Tom Lawlor vs. Adam Cole
  • Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara and Minoru Suzuki vs. Sting, Darby Allin and a partner TBA on Collision
  • Athena vs. Billie Starkz – Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Cup

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