AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2022 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights | Bleacher Report

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    Credit: AEW

    Welcome to Bleacher Report’s coverage and recap of the first-ever AEW and NJPW joint pay-per-view, Forbidden Door.

    Hopefully, this is the first of many crossover events for AEW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, especially since so many prominent talents were injured and unable to compete on Sunday.

    The card is stacked with a dozen matches featuring stars at every level, but the handful of championship matches were the most heavily promoted bouts leading up to the show.

    Let’s take a look at what went down in Chicago on Sunday.

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    The first match on the buy-in was the tag match with Aaron Solo and QT Marshall taking on Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi. Solo and Marshall were playing the heels, so the crowd gave them plenty of heat.

    This was a fast-paced match with some good action, but it did not exactly include a lot of selling. It felt like they were just moving from spot to spot at times. Goto and Yoshi-Hashi scored the win to kick the show off.

    Winners: Goto and Yoshi-Hashi

    Grade: C+

    The next match saw Nick Comoroto take on Lance Archer. This kept The Factory in the ring for two matches in a row and gave us two powerhouses throwing down.

    The physicality was good here because both guys have the size and power to really make their hits look good, but it didn’t have much else to it. They didn’t have a ton of time to work, but they packed in a decent amount of action in the minutes they were given.

    Archer was able to pick up the win with his Blackout finisher in what ended up being a quick but entertaining showdown.

    Winner: Archer

    Grade: B-

    The third buy-in match was a tag team bout with Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee facing Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado. Swerve and Lee spent more time on defense than offense, but the announcers made sure to mention their recent communication issues as a possible reason.

    Swerve and Desperado were the stars of this match and had the best exchanges out of the different possible combinations. The last few minutes were the best part of the match. Lee and Swerve were able to secure the win before Team Taz taunted them from the crowd.

    Winners: Swerve and Lee

    Grade: B

    The final Buy-in match was an eight-man tag bout with Max Caste and The Gunn Club taking on Yuya Uemura, Alex Coughlin, The DKC and Kevin Knight. Austin and Colten ended up running backstage to look for Danhausen after he taunted them from the big screen.

    This allowed the NJPW stars to get an early four-on-two advantage. Caster and Billy were able to get in some offense here and there, but it wasn’t much. They were the underdogs as soon as Billy’s kids ditched them.

    However, Caster and Billy were able to make a comeback and get the win with the Mic Drop. This was decent, but there were a few too many sloppy moments.

    Winners: Caster and Billy

    Grade: C

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Marshall is really good at playing a jerk. He has the body language down well. 
  • The way Archer landed on his head when he hit the cannonball into the ring was scary, but he got right back up and kept going. 
  • Seeing a guy like Archer walk the top rope and hit a moonsault will always be impressive. 
  • The stretch muffler submission spot with Swerve and Desperado at ringside was great. 
  • The way Lee saves himself and Swerve from submissions at the same time was awesome. 
  • Billy was the biggest dude in his match by a wide margin. 

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    Credit: AEW

    The first match on the main show featured Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara and Minoru Suzuki taking on Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta and Shota Umino. As always, Tay Conti was by Guevara’s side.

    This match was a fight from the moment the bell rang. They barely tried to use tags and make this a traditional bout for the first few minutes. Everyone eventually settled into their corners and started obeying the rules. Actually, saying they obeyed the rules is a bit of a stretch.

    This match was chaos, but the good kind of chaos. AEW has been able to make some of these wild multi-man fights exciting on more than one occasion. Everyone performed their role perfectly. There wasn’t a single weak link in this chain. The match wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was as entertaining as it needed to be.

    Conti interfered by hitting Umino with a bat but it barely slowed him down. It took several superkicks from Guevara and a headbutt from Suzuki to get him to release a Boston crab on Jericho. When the dust settled, Jericho hit The Judas Effect on Umino to get the win.

    Winners: Jericho, Guevara and Suzuki

    Grade: B+

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Suzuki’s entrance music alone is over with the crowd more than a lot of stars on the roster. Suzuki the man is just about as over as anyone right now. 
  • Umino’s jacket should be sold on merch sites. 
  • Kingston exposing his chest the moment he saw Suzuki get tagged in was a very specific kind of energy. 
  • Suzuki no-selling Kingston’s chops was a fun moment. The way Kingston reacted really helped make it work. 
  • Everything Yuta does looks great. He is one of those guys who just gets it. 

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    Credit: AEW

    The next match was the triple threat title bout with FTR, Roppongi Vice and United Empire fighting over both the ROH and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.

    Dax Harwood and Trent Berreta started as the legal men, so Jeff Cobb and Great-O-Khan had to sit on the sidelines at first. A few minutes into the match, Harwood was escorted to the back at one point, so he may have suffered an injury.

    When he returned several minutes later to keep fighting, his shoulder was wrapped up. Even with a potential injury, he was going hard in this match.

    This match had a lot of moving parts and they had to improvise due to what happened with Harwood, but the competitors in the ring are all pros and made sure everything looked smooth when they could. It never felt like any team was contributing less than the others.

    After several close calls, FTR was able to win and earn their third set of tag titles to add to their collection.

    Winners: FTR

    Grade: B+

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • FTR is as over as anyone else on this entire card. The crowd absolutely loved Wheeler and Harwood.
  • It looked like Harwood may have been injured when he went for an elbow drop, but it’s tough to say for sure what happened. At least he was able to return, but let’s hope he didn’t do anything to potentially make any damage worse. 
  • Cobb might be Rhyno’s son. Can we get Maury Povich on this?
  • AEW needs to get a title on Trent at some point. He has been such a reliable performer for so long.

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