On Sunday night, the first-ever Forbidden Door event took place in Chicago, Illinois. It brought together wrestlers from All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Some of the best professional wrestlers in the world got together at the United Center for an event that was billed as a pay-per-view like no other. It’s safe to say that the Forbidden Door was violently kicked down, and most expectations were surpassed. During the event, it was easy to tell that Forbidden Door was a huge success just by looking at Twitter or listening to the crowd.
Fans had a great time watching almost every match on the card. Pro wrestling was on display, and it was good. There were, of course, some highlights in and between the matches that will probably stay with wrestling fans for a long time.
In no particular order at all, here are the seven biggest (and most memorable) moments of AEW Forbidden Door.
Eddie vs. Suzuki Chop-Off
Dax Harwood’s Triumphant Return
Orange Cassidy, Will Ospreay, and Shibata
The cherry on top was seeing Orange Cassidy pass his shades over the Shibata and give the most mellow thumbs-up he could muster.
Sting’s Classic Entrance
Sting doesn’t fight as often as he used to, which is to be expected for a 63-year-old icon, but when he does, he still brings the house down. The fight was cool, but even cooler was how he came in. The first time Sting’s music played, he didn’t come out of the tunnel. But when the Bullet Club got there, the lights went out and a spotlight seemed to show Sting up in the rafters. The lights went out again, and Sting’s shadow showed up on top of the tunnel. He jumped off the structure to attack Bullet Club to start the match, and that was just the first of many great things Sting did during the match.
PAC Is All-Atlantic
At Forbidden Door, AEW showed off a brand-new title belt called the All-Atlantic Championship. Malakai Black or Miro seemed like they would be the first All-Atlantic Champion for a long time, but PAC surprised everyone and won the belt. It was a very intense match, and it was nice to see one of the best athletes finally get some hardware to hold over his head.
It’s too bad that CM Punk got hurt at the beginning of his first reign as AEW World Champion. Straightforward. But Jon Moxley is one of the best people to stay in his place until he comes back. His main event with Tanahashi was one of the best matches of the night, and the Wild Thing’s face was covered in blood by the end. Moxley will have some great matches over the next few months as he defends the interim AEW title, and the possibility of a unification match with CM Punk is exciting.