Kazuchika Okada

Kazuchika Okada Makes Intriguing Remarks About The Forbidden Door

Okada took to Twitter the next day after losing in a four-way match for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday to thank AEW and the fans in Chicago. The door is locked, Okada said as he prepares to return to Japan for this year’s G1 Climax tournament, but I’ll open it again. See you again soon, Okada completed, fueling speculation about a Forbidden Door sequel, potentially next year

Tony Khan has been vocal about his admiration for Gedo, Rocky Romero, along with all the NJPW officials who helped make Sunday’s big cross-promotional event a success, and he has stated numerous times that he hopes for a sequel. NJPW is about to embark on a busy summer with the largest G1 Climax in recent memory, so it stands to reason that they will have other priorities than the forbidden door, though Lance Archer will be travelling through said door to the tournament.


With a slew of injuries in both AEW and NJPW shaking up the card until the show went live from Chicago’s United Center, it’s not out of the question for both promotions to be interested in a rematch to see what they can accomplish with healthy rosters on both sides. The injury to AEW World Champion CM Punk threw a wrench in the show’s main event, which was originally scheduled to pit him against Hiroshi Tanahashi for the AEW Title.

Punk’s surgery necessitated the intervention of Jon Moxley, as well as the establishment of an Interim AEW Championship. Bryan Danielson of Moxley’s Blackpool Combat Club was supposed to wrestle Zack Sabre Jr., however a concussion forced Danielson to be changed by the debuting Claudio Castagnoli.

Both NJPW’s Juice Robinson and Tomohiro Ishii are injured, and Ishii was originally scheduled to compete in the inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Championship 4-way fight. Okada’s inclusion of AEW in the thank you text, as well as the see you next time nearer, strongly indicates that there would be a follow-up event, ideally with both locker rooms at full strength.


Sheena Bhandari is a Pro Wrestling Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News.