AEW President Tony Khan has discussed the company’s relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling and says Forbidden Door has been in the works for quite some time.
The wrestling world was stunned when Adam Cole stole Tony Khan’s thunder on Dynamite and announced that AEW and NJPW were to work together and produce the Forbidden Door pay-per-view that will be held in Chicago.
Prior to that announcement, the two companies have been working together with talent from each working shows produced by the other for quite some time.
Speaking to comicbook.com, Tony Khan discussed the relationship between AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling and it seems that Forbidden Door has been a long time coming:
“So, Gedo and I, generally anything that involves AEW & New Japan, I think we’re both going to have to agree on what the matchup is, and what the ideas are for the show. And in general, that’s what we’ve been doing for over a year now. And it’s worked really well.”
“It started with AEW wrestlers going there and I had some thoughts and ideas about what they should or shouldn’t be doing. And then New Japan started sending wrestlers here later in 2021, and for over a year, the Forbidden Door has gone both ways with wrestlers coming in from both companies and out and working for each other.”
“So it is different when we’re working together like this and it’s been a great collaboration for a long time now with AEW and New Japan, and I like working with Gedo.”
Forbidden Door will be headlined by Jon Moxley finally taking on NJPW’s Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, with the winner of that match being crowned Interim AEW World Champion in CM Punk’s absence.