Hiroshi Tanahashi is certainly one of the most beloved pro wrestlers of all time. The Ace of NJPW has cemented himself as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of this generation. Khan also prevented Tanahashi vs Jon Moxley from happening many times.

Jon Moxley has been adamant about squaring off against Hiroshi Tanahashi, since before AEW All Out last year. Finally, the two will be duking it out at AEW x Forbidden Door.

While speaking on Busted Open Radio, AEW President Tony Khan talked about Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanashi facing off finally. Khan explained why he prevented the match from happening in the past.

That’s a match that has been talked about in New Japan for a long time, well over a year. There’s some backstory as to why it never happened. I would never allow it to happen.


I’ll make an old WWF reference, Armageddon, Vince (McMahon) came out with the truck to stop the six-way cage match [Hell in a Cell], that’s like me with this match. They tried to do it so many times, Moxley vs. Tanahashi, and I’ve always been there to stop it from happening because it’s such a huge match and we had to be involved if it was going to happen. Lo and behold, at a time when everything changed, CM Punk won the world title, he gets injured, we have to set up a huge match to crown an Interim World Champion. Going back to the relationship between AEW and New Japan, it’s been building towards this and it’s fate. Moxley vs. Tanahashi was a match that was supposed to happen many times and it never happened. Now, it’s the right time and right place. It could have happened a lot of times and heaven knows I stepped in and tried to stop it and now it’s finally happening at the perfect time for AEW and New Japan and all the fans.”

We will have to wait and see whether Jon Moxley or Hiroshi Tanahashi will end up winning the AEW Interim Title. Fans would love to see either of them win in the end.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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