Jon Moxley has voiced his displeasure at the term “Forbidden Door”, citing an official working relationship as meaning there’s nothing forbidden about it anymore.
AEW and NJPW are just days away from presenting the much-anticipated Forbidden Door pay-per-view. One of the event’s marquee attractions will see Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi collide over the interim AEW World Championship in lieu of CM Punk’s ill-timed injury.
Despite being heavily featured in the event, Jon Moxley has admitted he’s not so keen on the event name. ‘The Death Rider’ joined Renee Paquette for the latest edition of The Sessions, explaining how it no longer makes sense:
“I really am over that term myself. Everybody’s using it. Yeah, Tanahashi kind of coined it, but now it’s not forbidden anymore because now there’s a nice little working relationship, so the door is not forbidden. There are forbidden doors but there does not exist one between AEW and New Japan. It did, however, a couple years back, things are near like a joint show of dream matches between AEW in New Japan. It’s like I’ve been in New Japan for three years and I’ve been in AEW for three years. I’ve been in both.
So kind of different for me but [the] thing is like, you know the relationship was not good. So I was a good, like, neutral party, I think to help bridge the gap over the last few years, because I love both and owe so much to both. I signed, like a little six-month contract from like my first match to the Tokyo Dome with New Japan, I signed up before I signed with AEW. So I’ve been there this whole time. And I kind of figured a bunch of people would be doing that too.”
After departing WWE in the spring of 2019, Jon Moxley would resurface at the inaugural AEW event, Double or Nothing. His first match out of WWE, however, came in New Japan, as he dethroned Juice Robinson for his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship during that year’s Best of the Super Juniors finals.
Moxley has since featured heavily across both promotions, though the pandemic halted his New Japan appearances. He still hasn’t returned to Japan, as his post-pandemic NJPW outings have come via the company’s US-based branch. Moxley most recently competed at Capital Collision in a four-way match.
The former AEW World Champion was named as the AEW representative in the Forbidden Door interim World Championship match when he defeated Kyle O’Reilly, who had won the Casino Battle Royale to advance to face Jon Moxley. Hiroshi Tanahashi, meanwhile, earned his spot by pinning Hirooki Goto at Dominion.
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