Are you ready to open the Forbidden Door? Well get ready....
Yes, this Sunday it's the long-awaited AEW/NJPW crossover PPV, Forbidden Door, featuring a who's who of both companies, minus a few badly timed injuries. Goddammit Bryan....
Despite the one match I was most looking forward to no longer being on the show, this is still a fine lineup and should provide some excellent in-ring action. A few too many multi-man bouts for my taste but a) that's not unlike your average NJPW PPV and b) that's to be expected on a cross-promotion event for political reasons. Don't wanna have too many of your guys lose one-on-one matches to the other company. That said, I'd tweak the lineup in a few places, but I'm not gonna complain too much about it.
The build for this show has been very mixed, some of it exciting, some of it sloppy, and I'm not sure how many new fans either company will make with this show - it's more of a gift to the core audience like me, salivating at the chance to see both companies in one place. It has felt weird to see so many of the important AEW talents de-emphasized during this build, so next week's Dynamite will sorta feel like getting back on the clock. But I'm looking forward to this show.
Let's take a gander....
Pre-Show: Max Caster & Gunn Club vs. Yuya Uemura, Alex Coughlin, The DKC & Kevin Knight
This Buy-In match is pure filler but should be mildly amusing. I'm not familiar with any of the NJPW side, but I think they probably win here, as the Gunn Club can afford a loss.
Pick: Team NJPW
Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Minoru Suzuki vs. Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta & Shota Umino
This should be a fun schmozz that furthers the Jericho-Kingston feud while also spotlighting Suzuki and introducing the AEW audience to Shota Umino, who is absolutely loaded with potential. This kid has it. Sammy will do some nutty things and Yuta will look like a badass. Should be fun.
Pick: I think Umino probably eats the loss and then Team Eddie will get their revenge at Blood & Guts
AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Malakai Black vs. PAC vs. Miro vs. Clark Connors
Another fucking injury. What the hell is going on with this show?? I was really looking forward to seeing Ishii and Miro mix it up but I guess that's another one we'll have to see another day. Christ. Anyway, I'm not crazy about the idea of this new title unless they do something special with it so it stands out. Either have it defended weekly or have it defended on non-AEW shows on a regular basis. And it should really be renamed since Japan and China aren't on the Atlantic. Should be a helluva match though, even with the substitution. I think either Black or Miro probably wins here. Eh, I guess I'll go with Miro.