AEW pay-per-views have become many fans’ most anticipated wrestling shows of the entire year. However, one complaint from some fans regarding them is that they tend to run a bit long. Even AEW commentator Jim Ross believes that one of the more recent shows may’ve overstayed its welcome.
On the latest episode of his Grilling JR podcast, the legendary commentator spoke specifically about the length of Forbidden Door. While he referenced some fan’s complaints about the show’s length, he enjoyed the quality of matches overall and said that all mattered to him in the end.
I thought that [Forbidden Door] was exceptional. It was long, that was maybe a negative for some people, but the talent worked their asses off and that, to me, is where it starts and ends. Great effort and preparation … We had a lot of show-stopping matches and a lot of matches where guys put on spots to raise their game. For example, the very unique Orange Cassidy, who is a gimmick guy, had a hell of a match with Will Ospreay, who’s a much better wrestler than is Orange Cassidy, but we saw Orange Cassidy could wrestle. He did the honors, he lost the match, so what? I just enjoyed the hell out of that show.
Orange Cassidy battled Will Ospreay for the IWGP United States Championship in a 17-minute slugfest. Although Cassidy fought his hardest to win, he ultimately failed to capture the championship. The IWGP United States Championship match was one of many on the show that ran up to 20 minutes long. It was a lot of fun, but it still resulted in a very long night.
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