AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door First Two Matches Announced And They're Insane + More Wrestling News

AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door First Two Matches Announced And They're Insane + More Wrestling News

- By Rob Pasbani

Columnist Rob Pasbani has your first look that this month's Forbidden Door PPV, plus what happened on Raw, and news on the next Brock vs. Cody match, who has advanced in Money in the Bank and a preview of all wrestling on TV this week.

AEWxNJPW Double or Nothing Shaping Up To Be The Event of the Year

After this weekend's big NJPW Dominion show, two major matches have been announced for AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door, happening at the end of this month. The inter-promotional super show will feature a rematch of a leading contender for match of the year, Kenny Omega vs. Will Ospreay for the IWGP US Championship and the blockbuster dream match announcement of Bryan Danielson vs. Kazuchika Okada.

Will Osprey defeated Lance Archer in the title tournament qualifier and immediately challenged Omega, and the entire country of Canada. Ospreay wants to head in the heel saying that everybody from Canada has been a jerk. "Chris Jericho? Asshole. Don Callis? Asshole. El Phantasmo? Asshole. Bret Hart just moans all the fucking time. I just figure all you Canadians are fucking assholes."

Meanwhile, Bryan Danielson cut a great promo challenging Okada to a match. Danielson says "You call yourself the Rainmaker? When you step into the ring with me, and you're getting into the fucking DESERT… there ain't gonna be NO RAIN." That's hard!

Okada officially accepted saying at Forbidden Door fans will see who is the real "Best in the World."

With only two matches announced, this is already shaping up to be one of the biggest events of the year. The rest of the card could be all six-person tag matches and this would still be a crazy card. I can't even imagine what other matches there could possibly be.

With Tanahashi still available, will we finally get that match-up with CM Punk? How will SANADA and MJF be positioned on the card as champions? Are we going to see a TV Title unification match between Samoa Joe and Zack Sabre Jr.? With Naito in Mexico later this month, could we be seeing him reunite with Rush and Andrade (PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE!!)

There are so many possibilities, which is why Forbidden Door season is one of the best times of the year! Forbidden Door happens on June 25th in Toronto and will be available on PPV and Bleacher Report.


Goth Hulk Hogan is back on this edition of Nitro, and they make sure to keep him backstage to avoid getting boo'd. Jordan is fascinated with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. We discuss how to handle watching and reviewing Chris Benoit, his killer match with Eddie Guerrero. We criticize The Giant's green promo ability and start to get tired of count out finishes.

Colin Young and Rob Pasbani are lifelong wrestling fans, and Jordan Olds is a newer fan who has never seen one episode of WCW Monday Nitro. Join the trio as we chronologically watch the entire series, week-by-week on our new show, Knotfest KNITRO. More episodes here.

What happened on RAW?

The match everybody was talking about from RAW was the physical confrontation between GUNTHER and Kevin Owens. These two really went at it hard!

Dominick Mysterio continues to get massive heat from WWE crowds:

Seth Rollins launched his new weekly World Heavyweight Championship open challenge, successfully defending against Damian Priest:

What's on TV this week?

Dark Side of the Ring is on tonight at 8pm on Vice focusing on the life of Magnum T.A.

WWE NXT is live tonight at 8pm on USA Network:

  • NXT Women's Championship number one contender battle royal
  • Eddy Thorpe vs. Damon Kemp
  • Blair Davenport vs. Dani Palmer
  • The Schism (Jagger Reid, Rip Fowler & Ava) vs. Diamond Mine (Ivy Nile, Brutus Creed & Julius Creed)
  • Mustafa Ali vs. Joe Gacy
  • Ilja Dragunov returns

AEW Dynamite is tomorrow at 8pm on TBS:

  • AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy defends against Swerve Strickland
  • Blackpool Combat Club (Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta) vs. CHAOS (Trent Beretta, Rocky Romero & Chuck Taylor)
  • Jay White vs. Ricky Starks
  • MJF promo
  • JungleHook (Jack Perry & Hook) vs. Preston Vance & Dralistico in a Texas Tornado match

Thursday night at 7pm Ring of Honor will stream:

  • NJPW Strong Women's Champion Willow Nightingale defends against Rachael Ellering
  • Matt Sydal vs. Zack Clayton
  • Dark Order (Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & John Silver) vs. The WorkHorsemen (JD Drake & Anthony Henry) and Shane Taylor
  • ROH Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Embassy (Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona) vs. Marcus Kross, Eli Isom & Cheeseburger in a Proving Ground match
  • Kiera Hogan vs. Robyn Renegade
  • Mercedes Martinez vs. VertVixen
  • Darius Martin, Action Andretti & AR Fox vs. Sonny Kiss, Jeeves Kay & Slim J
  • Griff Garrison vs. Lee Moriarty
  • Kyle Fletcher vs. Christopher Daniels
  • Dralistico vs. Willie Mack
  • The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) vs. El Cobarde & El Dragon
  • Rey Fenix vs. Gravity

Impact Wrestling is on Thursday at 8pm with this lineup:

  • Digital Media Champion Joe Hendry vs. Sheldon Jean in a non-title match
  • Knockouts Tag Team Champions The Coven (Taylor Wilde & KiLynn King) defend against The Death Dollz (Jessicka & Courtney Rush)
  • Moose & Rich Swann vs. Nick Aldis & Jonathan Gresham

WWE Smackdown on Friday at 8pm has this lineup:

  • Jey Uso makes his choice
  • Men's Money in the Bank qualifying match: Santos Escobar vs. Mustafa Ali
  • Men's Money in the Bank qualifying match: Butch vs. Baron Corbin
  • Women's Money in the Bank qualifying match: Bayley vs. Michin
  • Women's Money in the Bank qualifying match: IYO SKY vs. Shotzi

Impact will host Against All Odds on Impact Plus, Fite TV and Impact's Youtube:

  • Impact World Champion Steve Maclin defends against Alex Shelley
  • 8-4-1 match for Impact World title shot: Nick Aldis, Bully Ray, Jonathan Gresham, Heath, Moose, "Speedball" Mike Bailey, Rich Swann, and PCO
  • X-Division Champion Trey Miguel defends against Chris Sabin
  • Dog collar match: Masha Slamovich vs. Killer Kelly
  • Impact Tag Team Champions Chris Bey & Ace Austin defend against The Good Hands (John Skyler & Jason Hotch)
  • Deonna Purrazzo & Trinity vs. Gisele Shaw & Savannah Evans
  • Eddie Edwards vs. Frankie Kazarian
  • Digital Media Champion Joe Hendry defends against Dirty Dango
  • Ohio Street Fight: oVe (Sami Callihan, Jake Crist & Madman Fulton) vs. The Design (Deaner, Kon & Angels)

More Wrestling News

Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar III is scheduled for SummerSlam according to Dave Meltzer. Bryan Alvarez added "It’s not just gonna be a straight match. They’ve got some sort of stip that allegedly we have not seen in a while and that means not Hell in a Cell."

Zoey Stark and Becky Lynch advanced to be in the Women's Money in the Bank joining Zelina Vega. On the men's side, Ricochet, Shinsuke Nakamura and L.A. Knight have advanced so far.

Vince McMahon was backstage at RAW last night in Hartford, since its so close to his home city of Stamford, according to PWInsider. A lot of WWE executives were backstage as well. McMahon reportedly changed a good amount about the show.

Tay Melo told TMZ Sports that she was worried the crowd would boo the announcement she and her husband, Sammy Gueverra made, announcing her pregnancy. "We didn't know what to expect. We talked about it before and I'm like, I don't know, maybe the crowd is going to boo and we just need to be ready for it because we never know what to expect," Melo said. "They were so excited which made it so much better. I was, like, about to cry because I was not really expecting the love. So, it was pretty special," she continued."The crowd's coming back around on me," Guevara said. "We were not always the most loved people out there. For them to give us that big reaction. Everyone's happy, showing us the love. It was just like, overwhelming in a way where I was like, ok, we gotta get back into it."

Mike Knox & Trevor Murdoch were the winners of the 2023 NWA Crockett Cup.

Blake Christian won the Game Changer Wrestling title at Cage of Survival 2 on Sunday from the Showboat in Atlantic City, defeating Masha Slamovich.

Here's a very nice clip of John Cena being complementary of Edge:
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