The cross-branded AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door PPV is less than a week away and that means it is time to reveal the Forbidden Door betting odds. While the card still has some openings that will likely be filled in the coming days following Dynamite and Rampage, BetOnline has released their first round of odds for the highly anticipated show. All confirmed matches are included in the odds with some wrestlers coming in as huge favorites. Perhaps the most interesting note about these odds, however, is that they may have spoiled the last two qualifying matches for the AEW All Atlantic Championship four-way. So let’s start there.
AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door Betting Odds
All-Atlantic Championship Four-Way: Malakai Black (+125, 5/4) vs Miro (+125, 5/4) vs PAC (+400, 4/1) vs Tomohiro Ishii (+800, 8/1)
Well, this one is interesting. As of the June 17th episode of AEW Rampage, only two of the four qualifying matches for the All-Atlantic Championship four-way had been announced. Miro and PAC had advanced from their respective sides of the bracket, leaving just two spots left. One of those spots will be decided in just a few hours on the June 20th New Japan Road tour. But prior to that match and prior to the final qualifying match of Malakai Black vs Penta Oscuro, BetOnline released their odds. Granted, these could just be like any other betting odds in that the sportsbook is simply identifying their picks for favorites to advance. After all, Tomohiro Ishii seems a clear choice and Black has recently been at the center of a big push. It won’t be a surprise if Vegas is right and Black and Ishii join Miro and PAC in the finals.
Odds currently have Black and Miro on an even playing field when it comes to being co-favorites to crown the inaugural All-Atlantic champion. Both have definitely been guys AEW has been able to rely on recently. Black is of course leading his own faction and Miro is ready to return from injury fresh off of his excellent ‘God’s Favorite Champion’ angle. The All-Atlantic Championship would look great around either of these guys’ waists. We’ll know by Wednesday if Black will indeed take his place in this match. Make sure to watch the odds closely for any late movement around the official announcement of Black’s involvement.
AEW Interim World Championship: Jon Moxley (-250, 2/5) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (+170, 17/10)
It appears AEW is about to crown its first-ever two-time world champion if the odds have anything to say about it. The favorite to emerge from AEW as their No. 1 contender for this match, Jon Moxley, is now also the favorite to emerge victorious for the interim title. And that really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. As great as it is to see NJPW have a role to play here, it feels very unlikely AEW would give even an interim world title to a wrestler outside of their promotion and not a member of their roster. Hiroshi Tanahashi is amazing and the ace would be a fine choice to be an interim titleholder. But he’s not based in the U.S. When Tanahashi is stateside, it is to fulfill NJPW Strong commitments as he truly is the ace in every sense of the word. Tanahashi has a busy dance card and while he certainly could be a regular fixture in AEW if needed, giving the interim title to Moxley just makes more sense. Plus, it sets up Moxley vs CM Punk, which is definitely something fans want to see. Moxley is the perfect choice to carry the title until Punk gets back, and then, that’s when the real fun begins.
AEW Women’s Championship: Thunder Rosa (-500, 1/5) vs Toni Storm (+300, 3/1)
One of the huge favorites of Forbidden Door betting odds is Thunder Rosa, who is expected to successfully defend her AEW Women’s Championship against the No. 1 contender in Toni Storm. Storm has had a great run in AEW thus far, only losing once since arriving a few months ago. Rosa has also been on a tear ever since claiming her first title within the promotion. Both Rosa and Storm are strong competitors and either of them would be a fine choice for AEW Women’s champion. Right now, the odds are looking at Rosa to keep her title. Perhaps Britt Baker, DMD, will have a role in the outcome as Baker still believes Storm has taken her spot in this match.
IWGP US Championship: Will Ospreay (-800, 1/8) vs Orange Cassidy (+400, 4/1)
When Will Ospreay arrived in AEW, he hadn’t yet been crowned the IWGP United States champion. But then at Dominion, Ospreay claimed his title and with it, an opportunity to defend the newly won belt at Forbidden Door. It is unlikely many expected he’d be defending against Orange Cassidy, but it fits with the storyline as Ospreay’s United Empire has been causing problems for some of Cassidy’s close friends and allies. That said, Ospreay is on a different level here and the odds support that. Ospreay is a huge favorite and Cassidy is a huge longshot. Anything can happen on live TV, but right now, it definitely looks like Ospreay will successfully defend his IWGP United States Championship.
IWGP/ROH Winner-Take-All World Tag Team Championship: FTR (-150, 2/3) vs Roppongi Vice (+200, 2/1) vs United Empire (+275, 11/4)
Unlike this boss, United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and The Great O-Khan are staked to a much more even match when it comes to the betting odds and Vegas’ predictions for this one. As noted above, United Empire has been causing trouble for Roppongi Vice and FTR. Much like Ospreay, Cobb and O-Khan also didn’t have hardware when this angle first started but now they are in possession of the IWGP World Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. And it is that title that opened the door for United Empire to enter the conversation. Roppongi Vice just wanted a fair rematch for FTR’s Ring of Honor World Tag Team Championship, but now they find themselves in a three-way for two titles in a winner-take-all free-for-all. As of now, FTR are slight favorites to retain their ROH titles and win their first-ever IWGP titles, but the odds are close as Roppongi Vice and United Empire aren’t that far behind. Definitely a match – and odds – worth keeping attention to.
Chris Jericho, Minoru Suzuki & Sammy Guevara (-150, 2/3) vs Shota Umino, Wheeler Yuta & Eddie Kingston (+110, 11/10)
It should come as no surprise that one of the most anticipated matches on this card is also looking to be the most even when it comes to the Forbidden Door betting odds. Chris Jericho is incredibly conniving and clever. The Jericho Appreciation Society has run afoul of quite a few people in AEW of late so enemies are certainly lining up around the door to take the former champion down a peg. But Jericho is always one step ahead and after reintroducing Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti into JAS, Le Champion had another surprise up his sleeve. Jericho turned to an old friend in Minoru Suzuki to level the playing field. So now, it’s Jericho, Guevara, and Suzuki vs Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta, and Shota Umino. This match will no doubt be a brawl of epic proportions and unlike the other matches on the card, there are no titles on the line. The results are somewhat inconsequential and perhaps that is why the odds are as close as they are. It’s hard to peg which team would benefit more from the win. But no matter who wins, don’t sleep on this as the potential match of the night.
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