AEWxNJPW: Forbidden Door Predictions

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This Sunday, All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling articulation forces to contiguous the historical AEWxNJPW: Forbidden Door pay-per-view.

Many of the apical stars from AEW and NJPW are presently retired of enactment owed to injuries, but that hasn’t stopped the companies for putting unneurotic a paper featuring surreal match-ups that fans ne'er thought they’d see.

SEScoops correspondents Andrew Ravens, Joey G and I got unneurotic and tally down the paper for AEWxNJPW: Forbidden Door.

Here are our authoritative Forbidden Door predictions:

The Buy-In: Max Caster & Gunn Club vs. LA Dojo (Yuya Uemura, Alex Coughlin, Kevin Knight & The DKC)

Joey G: Max Caster volition chopped an epic rap, past get the implicit piss kicked retired of him by the LA Dojo boys. (Prediction: LA Dojo)

Andrew Ravens: The lucifer is good and volition beryllium a amusive match. I don’t spot wherefore the NJPW guys would spell implicit and AEW needs to bash a amended occupation protecting The Acclaimed arsenic they’re intelligibly implicit with the fans. (Prediction: Max Caster & Gunn Club)

Michael Reichlin: I’m a large instrumentality of Max Caster full enactment and the Gunn Club is bully successful the ring, but I spot LA Dojo getting a triumph for ‘Team NJPW’ – though determination has been nary notation of formally keeping people of wins for AEW oregon New Japan. (Prediction: LA Dojo)

Consensus: LA Dojo

Zack Sabre Jr. vs. TBA

Joey G: This volition beryllium hard to pick. I presume Danielson would person defeated ZSJ, but since that lucifer hasn’t happened yet it feels similar the Brit has to triumph to yet physique to that. Although, wherefore would a enigma antheral beryllium brought successful conscionable to lose? Too galore questions, truthful alternatively of a victor I’ll prime who I deliberation the astonishment is. Many volition conjecture Claudio (Cesaro), ROH champion Jonathan Gresham, oregon Johnny Gargano. But me? I deliberation it’s clip for a hero. (Prediction: Chris Hero)

Michael Reichlin: It’s unfortunate that Bryan Danielson is retired of this 1 owed to injury, but he’s promised a replacement that fans volition beryllium excited about. The replacement volition beryllium the newest subordinate of the Blackpool Combat Club and volition besides instrumentality Bryan’s spot successful Blood and Guts connected Wednesday. Who other could it be, but Cesaro? These 2 volition enactment connected a method classical that volition showcase what sets AEW and NJPW isolated from the rest. Cesaro (well, Claudio Castignoli) returns and begins the champion tally of his career. (Prediction: Cesaro)

Andrew Ravens: The enigma hostile has to beryllium Cesaro. He goes backmost with Bryan Danielson and would acceptable good successful the group. He’s besides idiosyncratic that the fans volition beryllium down successful this relation and would beryllium a invited summation to the AEW roster. It would beryllium unusual for AEW to bushed this enigma idiosyncratic connected their archetypal nighttime with the promotion truthful I’ll broadside with the enigma hostile who I deliberation is Cesaro. (Prediction: Cesaro)

Consensus: Cesaro

Fatal Four-Way to Crown the First AEW All-Atlantic Champion: Pac vs. Miro vs. Malakai Black vs. Clark Conners

Andrew Ravens: It comes down to 1 antheral and 1 antheral lone for maine and that’s Miro. He’s been distant for a portion and has been booked powerfully since coming back. Sure, you tin marque the lawsuit for the different guys, but it’s beauteous evident who should triumph the rubric here. (Prediction: Miro)

Joey G: All options are bully options successful what is definite to beryllium an underrated gem. Ishii going retired means the young Clark Conners gets a accidental to beryllium himself connected a large stage, and PAC, Miro, and Malakai person each gotten precise implicit to the AEW faithful. Miro feels similar he’s acceptable for to participate the satellite rubric scene, and portion PAC would beryllium large holding gold, Malakai could kickstart a ascendant tally for the House of Black by capturing golden here. I’m going Malakai. (Prediction: Malakai Black)

Michael Reichlin: I won’t get into the statement surrounding AEW adding different mid-card title belt, oregon the specifics of what makes an “All-Atlantic” champion. I bash similar the thought of stars similar Pac, Miro and Black having a crushed to look each different and this lucifer is over-stuffed with talent. I’m a immense Miro feline and helium had a memorable tally arsenic TNT Champion. Between these four, I spot Miro arsenic the champion prime to beryllium champion. (Prediction: Miro)

Consensus: Miro

Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Minoru Suzuki vs. Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta & Shota Umino

Joey G: This volition astir decidedly beryllium a batch of fun, but the heels look destined to instrumentality this one. Kingston seeing humor volition distract him from going for the win, and portion Yuta and Umino are great, Suzuki is evil and Jericho and Guevara are arsenic heavy arsenic thieves. Jericho and institution get the W here. (Prediction: Jericho, Guevara & Suzuki)

Andrew Ravens: This could beryllium a toss-up arsenic it’s conscionable a lucifer connected the paper with immoderate history. Jericho has been getting the precocious manus a batch connected Kingston truthful I volition broadside with the babyfaces present and Suzuki taking the pinfall loss. (Prediction: Jericho, Guevara & Suzuki)

Michael Reichlin: This could easy beryllium 1 of the astir enjoyable matches of the night. I expect a clump of brainsick spots, including Sammy oregon Yuta jumping disconnected thing high. Kingston ever delivers, Jericho adds prima powerfulness and Suzuki volition get violent. (Prediction: Jericho, Guevara and Suzuki)

Consensus: Jericho, Guevara & Suzuki

IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay vs. Orange Cassidy

Michael Reichlin: Cassidy tin go, truthful don’t constitute this disconnected arsenic conscionable a drama match. Ospreay is 1 of my favorites and I inactive can’t judge he’s been gracing an AEW ring. I anticipation we get to spot much from him implicit the adjacent fewer months, if they could negociate him doing a circuit successful the US. The assemblage volition each this 1 up and Ospreay volition person different showcase performance. (Prediction: Will Ospreay)

Andrew Ravens: It doesn’t marque overmuch consciousness for Cassidy, a drama guy, to triumph an NJPW rubric and past support it successful Japan wherever they publication strong-style wrestling. This could beryllium 1 of the amended matches connected the paper arsenic Ospreay volition beryllium capable to archer a large communicative astir Cassidy’s gimmick. (Prediction: Will Ospreay)

Joey G: A lucifer that volition transcend each expectations some owed to Ospreay’s unthinkable in-ring agility and Cassidy’s adjacent amended quality enactment and sloth-style. However, arsenic overmuch arsenic OC is loved he’s gonna get destroyed by the Aerial Assassin’s Hidden Blade. (Prediction: Will Ospreay)

Consensus: Will Ospreay

AEW Women’s World Champion Thunder Rosa vs. Toni Storm

Joey G: Rosa and Storm connected insubstantial are cleanable opponents for 1 another, truthful the existent anticipation is that the lucifer is arsenic large arsenic the endowment successful the ring. Only atrocious happening astir this is that Rosa is inactive aboriginal connected successful her reign truthful the result is each but determined. (Prediction: Thunder Rosa)

Andrew Ravens: AEW has built up Storm precise good successful this relation and it’s been a amusive feud to travel on with. Thunder is inactive mode excessively aboriginal successful her rubric reign to suffer the rubric present and I deliberation that whitethorn wounded the assemblage reactions to the match. (Prediction: Thunder Rosa)

Michael Reichlin: If you retrieve what I wrote astir Thunder Rosa earlier Double oregon Nothing, my sentiment hasn’t changed overmuch for this latest match. Her rubric reign is underwhelming and she hasn’t risen to the juncture arsenic idiosyncratic who tin transportation the division, but they haven’t built up her challenger capable to warrant a rubric alteration yet. (Prediction: Thunder Rosa)

Consensus: Thunder Rosa

Winner Takes All: ROH World Tag Team Champions FTR vs. IWGP World Tag Team Champions United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs. Roppongi Vice

Joey G: This feud has seemed weird from the start, but that won’t halt maine from enjoying 3 precise antithetic tag teams tying it up successful what should beryllium different amusive contest. The astir breathtaking way is that of FTR, due to the fact that if they drawback each the golden that sets up a imaginable rubber lucifer with the Young Bucks arsenic the main lawsuit of ALL OUT 2022 for everything, including the AEW belts. That’s excessively bully of a communicative to walk up on. (Prediction: FTR)

Michael Reichlin: FTR are the apical tag squad successful the world, but I don’t spot them putting different brace of belts connected them. That gets complicated, arsenic we saw with Belt Collector Kenny Omega. Cobb and O-Khan clasp by pinning 1 of the members of Roppongi Vice. (Prediction: United Empire)

Andrew Ravens: I judge AEW is heading towards a Young Bucks vs. FTR feud yet whether that beryllium arsenic aboriginal arsenic All Out oregon astatine a aboriginal day truthful I bash expect them to suffer the titles here. It’s a toss-up arsenic to who volition triumph the match, but I’ll broadside with Jeff Cobb and Great-O’Khan going implicit arsenic they tin ever suffer the ROH titles whenever needed. (Prediction: United Empire)

Consensus: United Empire

IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White vs. Kazuchika Okada vs. Hangman Page vs. Adam Cole

Michael Reichlin: Okada is yet wrestling successful an AEW ringing and that’s conscionable brainsick to me. The imagination matches that are present imaginable should marque for immoderate peculiar events successful the twelvemonth ahead. As for the lucifer astatine hand, I don’t spot an AEW wrestler winning the IWGP title and past going to Japan to support it regularly. Between White and Okada, I deliberation White retains and these 2 proceed their feud. (Prediction: Jay White)

Joey G: Tony Khan said connected the Forbidden Door media telephone that Okada wasn’t disposable for AEW tv until this past week, truthful the physique of this lucifer was precise scattered. That aside, each 4 competitors are precise unsocial and VERY OVER, truthful this contention is definite to beryllium red-hot. However, we cognize whose epoch this is. (Prediction: Jay White)

Andrew Ravens: White conscionable won the rubric and it doesn’t marque overmuch consciousness to person AEW endowment spell implicit to support a rubric successful Japan. I spot White retaining present and beating either Page oregon Cole truthful that inactive sets up a aboriginal White vs. Okada match. (Prediction: Jay White)

Consensus: Jay White

Bullet Club (Young Bucks, El Phantasmo & Hikuleo) vs. Dudes with Attitudes (Sting, Darby Allin, Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi)

Joey G: This mightiness beryllium the lucifer I’m astir excited for adjacent though it was lone announced past week. If you’ve ne'er seen Hiromu Takahashi successful enactment you are successful for a treat. My main prediction? Sting volition leap disconnected of the apical of the United Center. (Prediction: Dudes With Attitudes)

Andrew Ravens: I spot this arsenic being a pick-em benignant of lucifer arsenic either squad could spell over. I broadside with Dudes with Attitudes conscionable due to the fact that immoderate NJPW request to spell implicit connected this amusement and with Allin and Sting being connected the team, it makes adjacent much sense. (Prediction: Dudes with Attitudes)

Michael Reichlin: This is different lucifer that seems thrown unneurotic but volition astir apt rule. With the grab-bag of competitors involved, however could it not? The Bucks are the AEW World tag squad champions, but Sting and Darby are a peculiar enactment that knows however to get the occupation done. (Prediction: Dudes with Attitudes)

Interim AEW World Championship Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jon Moxley

Andrew Ravens: Moxley wins it here. I would beryllium shocked to spot Tanashi prime up the win. AEW doesn’t person short-term champions truthful it wouldn’t marque consciousness for an interim champion to person a abbreviated reign arsenic the intent is to capable the relation until the existent champion comes backmost and past the 2 champions fight. (Prediction: Jon Moxley)

Michael Reichlin: This mightiness beryllium a astonishing pick, but I’m giving this 1 to Tanahashi. This is simply a imagination lucifer with 2 of the apical pro wrestlers successful the world, nary question. At the extremity of the day, I deliberation this comes down to politics. More specifically, I could spot Tony Khan putting the Interim AEW World rubric connected Tanahashi, arsenic a motion of bully religion towards New Japan, mounting up the eventual Tanahashi vs. CM Punk unification match. Maybe we bash spot Moxley vs. Punk successful a fewer months, but I don’t spot AEW pulling the trigger connected that lucifer conscionable yet. (Prediction: Hiroshi Tanahashi)

Joey G: While not the archetypal main lawsuit for this archetypal ever imagination card, nary prima has carried the tone of AEW similar Moxley has, and him getting the accidental to spell up against 1 of the top of all-time successful Tanahashi has made this substitute consciousness similar a large deal. Moxley gets the triumph and gets to really support the company’s apical loop successful beforehand of fans, thing helium was denied during his archetypal reign. (Prediction: Jon Moxley)

Consensus: Jon Moxley

There you person it, our AEWxNJPW: Forbidden Door predictions. Check backmost aft the lawsuit for our Results and quality coming retired of the show.