New Japan icon Kazuchika Okada appeared on AEW for the first time on the June 22nd broadcast of AEW Dynamite.
On Dynamite, “Hangman” Adam Page would take on former ROH TV Champion Silas Young. Adam Cole provided guest commentary throughout the match, which was won by Page following the Buck Shot Lariat. Shortly after the match, Adam Cole teased storyline, but was interrupted by IWGP Heavyweight Champion Jay White.
White stated that he was responsible for making Forbidden Door as big as it can be, and that unfortunately Adam Cole can’t challenge for the title, as he lost to Page twice. White made his way to the ring to confront Page, where The Switchblade also stated that it wouldn’t be Page. All 3 men then started to brawl, where Cole nearly struck White with the gold.
The music of The Rainmaker then rang out through the arena in Milwaukee as Okada made his way to the ring. The Rainmaker and The Cowboy would team up to take down Jay White and Adam Cole and stand tall to close the segment. It was later announced that the IWGP Heavyweight championship will be defended in a 4 Way match at Forbidden Door.
Okada is widely regarded as one of the best ever wrestlers in New Japan and of all time. The Japanese legend has won 6 World Championships in New Japan Pro Wrestling and has at the time of writing 22 matches rated 5* or higher by The Wrestling Observer Dave Meltzer.
The updated card for Forbidden Door is as follows:
- Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi – The winner will be crowned the interim AEW World Champion.
- PAC vs. Miro vs. Malakai Black vs. Tomohiro Ishii – 4 Way match to crown the inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Champion.
- Will Ospreay vs. Orange Cassidy – Singles match for the IWGP United States Championship.
- Thunder Rosa (c) vs. Toni Storm – Singles match for the AEW Women’s Championship.
- Chris Jericho, Minoru Suzuki and Sammy Guevara vs. Eddie Kingston Wheeler Yuta and Shota Umino
- FTR vs. Roppongi Vice vs. Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan – Winner takes all match for the ROH and IWGP Tag Team Championships.
- Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Opponent TBD.
- Jay White (c) vs. “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Kazuchika Okada vs. Adam Cole – 4 Way match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
- The Young Bucks, El Phantasmo and Hikuleo vs. Darby Allin, Sting, Shingo Takagi and Hiromu Takahashi
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