AEW President Tony Khan, has revealed just how successful the first-ever joint AEW and NJPW show really was.
AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door had quite the hurdle to overcome. Not only were so many stars left off the card for political reasons but many prominent talents were injured ahead of the enormous event. Despite all that, fans of both promotions were overall satisfied with how the PPV came out. Now, Tony Khan has confirmed the buy rate for the unique event.
Speaking on “Busted Open Radio,” Khan discussed the success of the joint PPV and teased a possible second one in the future:
“The Forbidden Door Pay-Per-View was a huge success,” Khan said. “We estimate about 127,000 buys right now and still, with replay, buys trickling in, it was ahead of all projections and expectations. And I absolutely would love to do it again, and I think that we will do it again going forward, I anticipate.”
The show’s main event saw Jon Moxley defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi to become the Interim AEW World Champion. CM Punk was initially scheduled to defend the title against Tanahashi, but an unexpected foot injury forced Punk to relinquish the title. The event saw the debut of Claudio Castagnoli, who took the place of Bryan Danielson in a match against Zack Sabre Jr.
Following the success of the super-show, Khan has also talked up the possibility of making it an annual event.
H/t – Wrestling Inc