Since its inception in 2019, AEW has come a long way and has made significant improvements in various aspects of its operations. The organization continues to make changes to enhance its offerings to fans. One of the notable successes of AEW was the Forbidden Door event, which proved to be a major success in many respects last year. Now it appears that quite a few notable talent will miss out on this year’s event.

The Scotiabank Centre in Toronto will host the second Forbidden Door event on June 25th. This will be another big opportunity for Tony Khan’s company to show off his partnership with NJPW.

Among the matches for the event, it is expected that Kenny Omega will defend his IWGP United States Championship against either Lance Archer or Will Ospreay. That said, quite a few talent might not be competing at the event.

According to Dave Meltzer in the current Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the likes of Andrade El Idolo, Bandido, Vikingo, Rush, Komander, Penta, Fenix are unlikely to compete at Forbidden Door due to New Japan’s strong ties with CMLL.


“It looks like Andrade will be ready for the Collision debut since he booked himself in a match on 6/15 in Mexico. It’s an independent date, not with AAA or CMLL.

“His situation is interesting because last year New Japan wouldn’t let him on Forbidden Door because CMLL said he was an AAA wrestler, even though Kenny Omega actually is the former AAA world champion and he is headlining TripleMania in a title match weeks after Forbidden Door but he’s fine not only to work Forbidden Door but for New Japan in Japan.

Lots of AEW guys have worked for AAA and been champions there like FTR and Sammy Guevara. But there is a list of AEW talent which I believe would include Bandido, Vikingo, Rush, Komander, Penta, Fenix, Andrade, Dralistico and probably others who aren’t expected to be allowed on Forbidden Door due to New Japan’s strong ties with CMLL. The rules are different if you are Mexican.”

As previously reported, it was officially announced that Andrade El Idolo will be making his return to AEW television as part of AEW Collision. In fact, Idolo legitimately had no idea he was going to be on the show. AEW Collision will be making its debut on June 17th, so we’ll have to see if Andrade will be part of the show as his Forbidden Door status seems unlikely right now.

What’s your view on the upcoming Forbidden Door event? Do you think the event will suffer due to the lack of Andrade El Idolo and others? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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