This past Sunday, wrestling fans witnessed a collaboration between All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling at the highly anticipated Forbidden Door pay-per-view event. While the in-ring action took center stage, there were several developments happening behind the scenes. Here are several backstage notes from the event:

One question on many fans’ minds was whether CM Punk, the returning legend, would cross paths with The Elite. There were no known interactions between CM Punk and The Elite at the Forbidden Door PPV. It was reported earlier in the day before the event that they planned on keeping the talents on opposites sides of the venue.

AEW President Tony Khan was said to be overjoyed with the outcome of the PPV. As the driving force behind this collaboration between AEW and NJPW, Khan’s satisfaction speaks volumes about the success and potential of this cross-promotion.

One notable figure spotted backstage was Chris Hero, known for his impressive in-ring skills. However, instead of stepping into the ring, Hero assumed the role of a producer/coach at the Forbidden Door PPV.


Unfortunately, two wrestlers sustained injuries during the PPV. Bryan Danielson suffered broken forearm. While this setback is undoubtedly disappointing, the hope is that Danielson will recover in time for All In: London.

Toni Storm possibly broke her nose. However, this injury is not expected to sideline her for future action.

Contrary to expectations, Ace Steel was not present backstage at the Forbidden Door PPV. Steel’s absence leaves fans speculating about the reasons behind his non-involvement.

The AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door PPV left a lasting impact on the wrestling landscape, showcasing the potential of interpromotional collaborations. While CM Punk and The Elite’s paths did not intersect this time, the event was still a resounding success.

What are your thoughts on the backstage developments at the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door PPV?

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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