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Will Ospreay’s Original Forbidden Door Opponent

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NJPW’s Will Ospreay will go one-on-one with Orange Cassidy at Forbidden Door but a new report has revealed who Ospreay’s original opponent was going to be.

At AEW Road Rager Will Ospreay defeated Dax Harwood in his AEW debut, with his United Empire group continuing to attack Harwood after the match. This prompted Roppongi Vice and Cash Wheeler to make the save with Orange Cassidy making a surprise appearance to face down the IWGP United States Champion.

AEW soon announced that the two men will meet in the ring at Forbidden Door with Ospreay’s title on the line.

However, another AEW star has revealed that he was going to be Will Ospreay’s opponent for the 26th of June show.

Andrade El Idolo, who previously spoke of being banned from appearing at Forbidden Door, spoke to Hugo Savinovich of Lucha Libre Online (translation via Luis Pulido) where he explained that he was going to be Ospreay’s opponent before politics got in the way:

“My bother is not with AEW, because they had an idea for me to face Will Ospreay. He’s a magnificent wrestler, but that was the original pitch for the (IWPG) US Championship. The idea was also to go to Japan for a week or two and come back to be on this event (Forbidden Door). A week passed and I was informed that I could not work the show because the Mexican wrestlers that work with AAA could not work with NJPW.”

“It was weird to me because many wrestlers from many nationalities work with NJ and AAA, like Kenny (Omega) and Young Bucks, so it was odd. I don’t understand the reasoning either, but it really bothers me as I was excited, but the Mexican people that work with AAA could not work with New Japan.”

“I think Penta and Fenix could not work the show either, but that’s what I know. It’s frustrating because of how me and Rush helped elevate Los Ingobernables, but I know about the CMLL-NJPW Partnership. I understand that AAA had opened the doors to resolve the issues, but have not been resolved.”

h/t Fightful