AEW World Championship holder, MJF, is scheduled to defend his title against Hiroshi Tanahashi at the upcoming AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door 2 event.
The organisation confirmed the bout during Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite’‹.
Previous Forbidden Door Pay-Per-View
This match follows last year’s Forbidden Door pay-per-view, where Jon Moxley emerged victorious over Tanahashi, securing the interim AEW World Heavyweight Title in the main event.
That match set a high bar for this year’s event and promises another exciting face-off between AEW and NJPW wrestlers’‹.
Tanahashi’s Standing Within NJPW
Noted wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer discussed the upcoming match on Wrestling Observer Radio, highlighting Tanahashi’s shifting status within NJPW.
According to Meltzer, Tanahashi, once seen as an unbeatable figure, is no longer viewed as a top guy immune to defeat by wrestlers from other promotions.
This change in perception has broadened the possibilities for cross-promotion matches with stars like Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito’‹.
Forbidden Door 2: The Rationale Behind the Matchup
Meltzer has also speculated on the reason behind Tanahashi’s selection as MJF’s opponent at the upcoming event.
The choice suggests a strategic move to capitalise on Tanahashi’s reputation and the intrigue surrounding his potential defeat.
With the anticipation building, fans and critics alike are eager to see how the match will unfold at the Forbidden Door 2 event’‹.
As the AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door 2 approaches, the wrestling community is abuzz with predictions and expectations. The stage is set for an intense clash between MJF and Hiroshi Tanahashi, promising a thrilling spectacle for wrestling fans worldwide.