AEW President Tony Khan is clearly a fan of big numbers as he boasts about two different seven-figure numbers generated by Forbidden Door.
The eyes of the wrestling world were on the United Center in Chicago on the 26th of June as AEW’s finest faced off with the best stars New Japan Pro Wrestling had to offer at Forbidden Door.
The main event of the night saw Jon Moxley defeat NJPW’s Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, to crown himself Interim AEW World Champion. There were big wins on the night as well for the likes of Will Ospreay, Claudio Castagnoli, Thunder Rosa, and FTR.
The biggest winners from the night however could be both companies themselves, with Tony Khan discussing the dollar amount generated from tickets as well as the number of pay-per-views sold at the post-show media scrum:
“The show was a big success. We had ticket sales of over $1.1 million. I think it will be within literally thousands, just behind Double or Nothing, but right there, both over $1.1 million live ticket sales. The pay-per-view, I said if we hit 100,00 worldwide buys, I would feel it’s a big success and I feel very comfortable now, based on the early digital numbers, saying we did 100,000 buys and more. I feel great about that.”
Now Tony Khan has taken to social media to firm up his pay-per-view projections and says those watching Forbidden Door at home brought in a staggering $5 million:
“Thank you to everyone, especially wrestling fans around the world, who made last Sunday’s #ForbiddenDoor event a hit, with >$1 million in ticket sales + >$5 million on ppv! We’re back for Wednesday Night #AEWDynamite on @TBSNetwork @ 8pm ET/7pm CT/8pm PT #BloodAndGuts TOMORROW!”
Thank you to everyone, especially wrestling fans around the world, who made last Sunday’s #ForbiddenDoor event a hit,
with >$1 million in ticket sales
+ >$5 million on ppv!
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) June 28, 2022