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Samoa Joe Discusses Previously Speaking Out Against ‘Forbidden Door’ Concept

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AEW and NJPW’s co-promoted Forbidden Door event is heavily anticipated, but Samoa Joe still isn’t too keen on the whole ‘Forbidden Door’ concept.

Following Kenny Omega’s shocking appearance in IMPACT Wrestling in December 2020, the term ‘forbidden door’ has become a buzzword. With the Forbidden Door event now confirmed for 26 June, AEW star Samoa Joe has clarified his past comments regarding the Forbidden Door concept, doing so on the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast.

Samoa Joe stands by what he said, explaining how people have different definitions of the term (h/t Wrestling Inc.):

“I stand by my comments, here’s the thing, maybe my definition of Forbidden Door, and yours is different. But, mine was always WWE, okay, well that door is still not open. If you’re talking about co-promotion with like New Japan and other promotions, Ring Of Honor, that’s fine.

But, to me, that’s never been considered a Forbidden Door. I co-promoted with Ring Of Honor and New Japan years ago, and we did the Best Of [The] Super Juniors. It didn’t turn out well, it wasn’t a good collaboration, from that experience, that’s what I base my experiences on.

Even to this day when you talk about a Forbidden Door, I am talking about it from a standpoint of where I am at and where the people are at. The door that’s currently up is what adds value to a lot of the wrestlers. To me, even though I have dealt with Tony, and I have a very different feeling now that I am dealing personally with Tony.”

Samoa Joe spoke out about the Forbidden Door while speaking to SO CATCH by Hal 2 last August, explaining how this sort of thing isn’t done with professional footballers. He still stands by these comments today as he explained:

“My opinion is still the same, and as far as I see it, that door is still up. But there’s benefits for that door being up, and there’s benefits for that door being open. That door can be open, but there’s going to be a lot of industry change industry-wide before I can be comfortable with it from a performer.

And for where I am standing as an entertainer who has been in this business, who has actually dealt with the financials, and knows what this business is about. I know you have your glorified view of what this is. But, the real war is us, trying to entertain you people.”

Samoa Joe was released from WWE for the second time in January. He reappeared on NXT programming the previous June as an on-air authority figure, while also serving as a talent scout behind-the-scenes, after initially being let go from the company in April 2021.

AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door takes place on Sunday, 26 June from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Although no matches are currently announced, speculation is rife as to which matches will take place on the landmark event, and whether or not Samoa Joe will partake in the event.