Former IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace has expressed her disappointment at the lack of female traffic crossing through wrestling’s forbidden door.
The Forbidden Door has been smashed open in recent months with competitors from AEW, IMPACT, Ring Of Honor, AAA, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and the NWA all appearing on, or being represented on other company’s shows.
The phrase ‘Forbidden Door’ seemed to originate when Chris Jericho was preparing to face NJPW Ace Hiroshi Tanahashi at WrestleKingdom 14 in 2020 while Jericho was still AEW Champion. In the run-up to the match, Tanahashi told Jericho that if he defeated AEW’s Demo-God then Jericho would have to open the Forbidden Door and defend his championship against him. In the end, Jericho defeated Tanahashi but wrestling fans were interested to see more cross-over between companies.
For IMPACT Wrestling star Jordynne Grace, however, she expected more movement in the women’s division of the respective companies who seem to be taking a cooperative approach to professional wrestling.
Speaking to talkSport’s Alex McCarthy, Thicc Mama Pump had this to say:
“Honestly, I was super excited when it first got announced, but as the months have dragged on with only a few things happening and never really happening for the women, I’ve been more disappointed than anything else really. Because I thought the forbidden door was definitely going to wide-open instead of having to knock and only a few people get in at a time [laughs]. But you know, that’s the nature of the business, right!”
As for why the movement hasn’t been as great as Grace had hoped, she surmises that perhaps politics is at play:
“I have absolutely no idea. I’m sure it has a lot to do with politics and who can go over there etc, you know how it is. People don’t want their people to lose, so on and so forth.”
IMPACT Wrestling has been something of an epicentre for talent crossing between promotional boundaries. Chelsea Green re-debuted in the promotion just days after appearing for Ring Of Honor. The NWA’s Mickie James has appeared recruiting talent for the all-female NWA Empowerrr show. She confronted IMPACT Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo and revealed at the event she will face NWA star, Melina.
Talent from the National Wrestling Alliance has also been on the move with Thunder Rosa appearing for both AEW and IMPACT Wrestling before officially signing with AEW. Serena Deeb has defended the NWA Women’s Worlds Championship on AEW shows, including against former NWA Women’s Worlds Champion, Allysin Kay. At AEW Homecoming current NWA Women’s Worlds Champion Kamille was strictly business when she confronted her new number one contender, ‘Legit’ Leyla Hirsch.