AEW and NJPW Announce First-Ever Joint PPV Event, “AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door”

April 20, 2022 — Moments ago on AEW: Dynamite live on TBS, the hinges were fully ripped off  the Forbidden Door, as it was announced that AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling will present  their first ever joint pay-per-view special this summer. “AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door” will  take place live on Sunday, June 26, at the United Center in Chicago, featuring marquee  matchups between members of AEW and NJPW’s world-class rosters. 

Tickets for the historic PPV event go on sale on Friday, May 6, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT at and Fans in the United States and Canada can watch the PPV  via purchase on the Bleacher Report app or via their local Cable or Satellite provider. The  program will be available with both English and Spanish commentary. The PPV will be available  in international markets on Fans in Japan can watch on iPPV on with  live Japanese commentary.  

“As the world continues to reopen, I’m making sure the Forbidden Door follows suit and we can  finally give fans the dream events they’ve always imagined,” said Tony Khan, CEO, GM and  Head of Creative of AEW. “The United Center was home to one of AEW’s biggest events of all  time, The First Dance, where CM Punk made his return to wrestling after a seven-year hiatus.  This summer, fans of AEW and NJPW can expect the unexpected during this extraordinary, first of-its-kind pay-per-view between our two incredible companies.” 

“As we have done for more than 50 years, the power of pro-wrestling can energize people by  fulfilling their dreams,” said Takami Ohbari, President of NJPW. “Now, it’s quite an important  mission for us, the pro-wrestling industry as a whole. We are not only opening this door. We  will show you NJPW’s genuine Strong-Style beyond the Forbidden door.” 

This announcement furthers the opening of the Forbidden Door, coming just over a month after  Tony Khan announced that he agreed to acquire the assets of Ring of Honor, and less than  three weeks after he produced the ROH Supercard of Honor pay-per-view in Dallas, featuring a  number of major title changes and ROH alumni appearances including Samoa Joe, The Young  Bucks, Wheeler Yuta, Jay Lethal, Lee Moriarty, Matt Sydal, Sonjay Dutt and Mercedes Martinez.