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CM Punk To Face Hiroshi Tanahashi At AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door

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On AEW Dynamite, CM Punk laid down an open challenge for anyone from New Japan to meet him at Forbidden Door and he didn’t have to wait long for an answer!

At AEW Double or Nothing, CM Punk claimed the AEW World Championship for the first time after defeating Hangman Adam Page. Even more impressively, it was Punk’s first World Championship win in almost a decade.

Fast forward to AEW Dynamite and Punk was back in action alongside FTR, taking on Max Caster and Austin and Colten Gunn.

In the opening match of the show, FTR and CM Punk proved why they are currently at the top of their respective divisions, earning an impressive win with a GTS into a Big Rig. However, it was after the bell when things really got interesting.

After the bout, Punk got a microphone and toasted the crowd, commenting that he’d never taken drugs but he imagined this is what they’d feel like. He continued by promising to keep improving and keep learning, before saying that despite what people think of him, they have to call him “the champ.”

At this Dax Harwood picked up the baton, joking that he’d done some of those substances Punk was talking about. He added that professional wrestling was the most important thing in his life other than his wife and baby girl who were both in attendance.

Punk then took over once more, saying that Forbidden Door was coming up, laying down the challenge to anyone from New Japan Pro Wrestling. As it turned out, Punk didn’t have to wait long to get an answer as all-time great Hiroshi Tanahashi appeared on the ramp.

The match was made official later in the show.