Major Star Pulled From AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door

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Adam Cole has been pulled from tonight’s AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door PPV after suffering an undisclosed illness, as a result his scheduled match against Tom Lawlor has been cancelled.

Tony Khan would announce the devastating news via Twitter, noting that no replacement for Cole will be scheduled and that he thanks fans for their support during what is sure to be an amazing show.

“Due to illness, Adam Cole isn’t cleared tonight, therefore the Adam Cole vs Tom Lawlor match is canceled. Despite the change, tonight will be an amazing show! Thank you to everyone watching #ForbiddenDoor, either here live in Toronto Scotiabank Arena or on ppv tonight!”

No information is available at this time as to the nature of Cole’s illness or how long he will be out of action, but Inside The Ropes will look to update you as soon as more information becomes available.

Cole’s absence continues the curse of Forbidden Door that back in 2022 saw multiple top stars injured and therefore unable to compete at the event.

The scheduled match was set to see former MLW star Tom Lawlor make his AEW debut, taking on Adam Cole on behalf of current AEW Champion MJW.

MJF’s scheduled AEW Championship defence against Hiroshi Tanahashi is set to open tonight’s blockbuster PPV event.

You can check out Inside The Ropes full predictions for tonight’s show, here.

Full Revised Card For AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door

  • Stu Grayson vs. El Phantasmo – Zero Hour Buy In
  • United Empire Jeff Cobb, Kyle Fletcher, and TJP vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon Hiromu Takahashi, Shingo Takagi, and BUSHI – Zero Hour Buy In
  • Mogul Embassy Swerve Strickland, Bishop Kaun, and Toa Liona vs. CHAOS Rocky Romero, Trent, and El Desperado – Zero Hour Buy In
  • Athena vs. Billie Starkz – Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Cup – Zero Hour Buy In
  • MJF (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi – World Championship
  • Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevera and Minoru Suzuki vs. Sting, Darby Allin and TBD
  • Orange Cassidy (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jnr vs. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Daniel Garcia – International Championship
  • Toni Storm (c) vs. Willow NightingaleWomen’s World Championship
  • CM Punk vs. Satoshi Kojima – Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Cup
  • 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
  • Kenny Omega (c) vs. Will OspreayIWGP United States Championship
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Kazichuka Okada