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AEW-New Japan ‘Forbidden Door’: Full card, preview, predictions, betting odds

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AEW-New Japan “Forbidden Door”
Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi will face off in the main event at AEW-New Japan “Forbidden Door.” Photo courtesy All Elite Wrestling.

A rash of injuries has impacted the AEW-New Japan “Forbidden Door” lineup, with AEW world champ CM Punk, Bryan Danielson and New Japan star Tomohiro Ishii among those who won’t be able to compete.

Punk broke his foot four days after winning the AEW world title at “Double or Nothing” on May 29, forcing Tony Khan to come up with an interim title scheme that will play out in the main event Sunday night (8 p.m. ET, PPV, Bleacher Report, FITE).

Danielson had been booked to face Zach Sabre Jr., but now a mystery opponent will take his place.

Ishii had won a spot in the AEW All-Atlantic championship four-way, but his left knee injury means Clark Connors, who had lost the New Japan qualifying match to Ishii, will step in to take his place.

The show won’t go off as planned, but the card has more than enough to interest AEW and New Japan fans.

AEW interim world title match: Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Moxley is a former AEW champ; Tanahashi is New Japan’s “Ace,” is an eight-time former IWGP champ.

Tanahashi, at 45, isn’t anywhere close to what he was in the ring at his height, but he’s still Tana.

Conventional wisdom has Moxley winning the belt, if only because Tanahashi isn’t a full-time AEW guy, but …

Khan had originally booked this one to be Punk-Tanahashi. Would he give Tana a couple of months with the belt to face off with Punk at “All Out” in September?

Odds

  • Jon Moxley -250
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi +170

IWGP world title match: Jay White (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada vs. Adam Page vs. Adam Cole

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Kazuchika Okada. Photo courtesy All Elite Wrestling.

Jay White defeated Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP belt at Dominion earlier this month. It’s feeling to me that New Japan booked that so that Okada could win the belt back on U.S. soil.

Adam Page and Adam Cole are here mainly to advance their own feud, if you can call it a feud, with Page having two clean falls over Cole to this point.

Not that it matters here, but Cole has been booked so, so poorly since his debut at “All Out” last year.

Odds

  • Jay White -200
  • Kazuchika Okada +250
  • Adam Page +500
  • Adam Cole +700

AEW women’s world title match: Thunder Rosa (c) vs. Toni Storm

Toni Storm got a clean pinfall win over former AEW champ Britt Baker earlier in the month on “Dynamite.” I don’t know that Khan gives Storm a clean win over the face of the division to then lose on the pay-per-view.

Thunder Rosa‘s title reign has been flat. It looks to be time for a change.

Odds

  • Thunder Rosa -500
  • Toni Storm +300

IWGP U.S. title match: Will Ospreay (c) vs. Orange Cassidy

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Will Ospreay. Photo courtesy All Elite Wrestling.

Will Ospreay deserves a better match on this show. No offense to Orange Cassidy.

This one won’t quite be a squash, but Ospreay will get a relatively quick and decisive win.

Khan will make sure Cassidy will get protected, of course.

He booked the guy to beat Chris Jericho right after Jericho’s AEW title run, for instance.

This will be a showcase for Ospreay to shine for the U.S. audience.

Odds

  • Will Ospreay -1000
  • Orange Cassidy +550

AEW All-Atlantic title match: Clark Connors vs. Malaki Black vs. Miro vs. Pac

Miro elevated the TNT championship in his reign with that belt last year. Malachi Black could use this new title to elevate the status of his House of Black faction, which is fizzling. Pac has seemed rudderless since joining the company in 2019.

Odds

  • Miro -130
  • Malakai Black+175
  • Pac +400
  • Connors N/A

Winner-takes-all match for IWGP and Ring of Honor tag titles: Jeff Cobb/Great-O-Khan (IWGP champs) vs. FTR (Ring of Honor champs) vs. Roppongi Vice

FTR wins to add another set of belts on its way to a huge winner-takes-all with the Young Bucks at “All Out.”

Odds

  • FTR -300
  • Roppongi Vice +300
  • Jeff Cobb/Great O’Khan +400

Zach Sabre Jr. vs. TBA

Bryan Danielson
Bryan Danielson. Photo courtesy All Elite Wrestling.

The real betting interest here should be on who the mystery opponent will be: Cesaro? Johnny Gargano?

Jonathan Gresham was a popular third choice, but Gresham was featured on “Rampage” on Friday getting ready to start a feud with Tully Blanchard Enterprises, in a tease for a return to TV for Ring of Honor.

The new guy is also the newest member of Blackpool Combat Club. I’m going back and forth on this, but I’m thinking now it’s Gargano.

Odds

  • Mystery guy -180
  • Zack Sabre Jr. +140

Chris Jericho/Minoru Suzuki/Sammy Guevara vs. Eddie Kingston/Shota Umino/Wheeler Yuta

Not a lot here, other than a chance to advance the Chris Jericho-Eddie Kingston feud.

Odds

  • Jericho/Suzuki/Guevara -300
  • Kingston/Umino//Yuta +200

The Young Bucks/El Phantasmo/Hikuleo vs. Darby Allin/Sting/Hiromu Takahashi/Shingo Takagi

The Bucks set up their next opponent (Darby Allin/Sting), and we get to see Shingo Takagi.

Odds

  • Bucks/Phantasmo/Hikuleo -150
  • Sting/Allin/Takahashi/Takagi +110

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham, the king of "fringe media," is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].