AEWxNJPW: Forbidden Door 2024 – Media Scrum Breakdown

A photo of Will Ospreay vs. Swerve Strickland at AEWxNJPW: Forbidden Door 2024.

Forbidden Door 2024 was another successful pay-per-view event for All Elite Wrestling. This is the third Forbidden Door pay-per-view event, after previous successful years. Like previous years, this year’s event included the crossover between AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling, but CMLL and Stardom were also included this year.

Following the event, Renee Paquette hosted a media scrum, where the wrestlers debriefed amongst the reporters and Tony Khan. They answered questions relating to what was next for them after Forbidden Door. Let’s take a look and break down what occurred during this media scrum.

Mercedes Moné

Mercedes Moné entered the scrum with her TBS Championship and the New Japan Strong Women’s Championship alongside Tony Khan. She began by addressing her win against Stephanie Vanquer and how she is the greatest luchador whom she ever stepped in the ring with.

Moné then discussed Britt Baker’s return that night after she had been out for nearly ten months. She expressed her shock that Baker would have the audacity to come out during her celebration. Moné proceeded to say, with Khan in agreement, that she is the largest free agent to have ever been signed to AEW.

Moné states, “I came here for a reason: to make women’s wrestling globalized, and now I can finally do that with the New Japan Strong Women’s Championship.” She proceeds to challenge anyone who wants to step up to her. Including anyone from any company, as long as they step up to her.

Regarding her ankle injury, Moné assures us that she is feeling better than ever. Being a double champion now, she is excited for her career here and knows she is only getting started.

Zack Sabre Jr.

The next wrestler to join the scrum was Zack Sabre Jr., who won over Orange Cassidy earlier in the night. He started strong by saying how much respect he has for Cassidy. They have known one another for the past ten years but never had a match against each other. For both of them, this match was a long time coming.

Sabre is glad with the match’s outcome, not only his victory but also the match itself. He acknowledged how Cassidy was close to winning at points of the match and feels that their story isn’t over. However, Sabre’s focus now is on the historic G1 Climax Tournament. His goal is to be on top of New Japan.

A reporter noticed that Sabre and Bryan Danielson had each won a match against one another, and he wondered if there would be a third match as a tie-breaker. After joking around a little bit, Sabre expressed his desire to have another match against Danielson before he decided to step away from the in-ring competition.

Toni Storm and Mariah May

“Timeless” Toni Storm made her presence known during the media scrum. Storm was joined alongside Mariah May and Luther. She congratulated herself and May for their victories and intense matches that night.

Storm begins to read off a paper of something she wrote, reflecting on everything that occurred that day. In doing this, she recited America the Beautiful, with a few minor changes in the song. However, she assured us that she had written that herself.

Mina Shirakawa, Storm’s opponent earlier in the night, was invited out by Storm. They did Shirakawa’s celebratory dance together before leaving without answering any of the media’s questions.

Swerve Strickland

Strickland attended the media scrum following his phenomenal match against Will Ospreay. He praised Ospreay, saying, “He’s one of the best talents I’ve ever seen, and it’s going to be a long time before you find someone as special as him.”

 

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They pushed one another to limits during that match, keeping the audience invested. However, it wasn’t just the match that kept them invested, but the story leading up to it.

During the scrum, Strickland expressed the importance of telling a story in wrestling. He revealed that part of making a compelling story is fighting with your heart; the audience wants to feel what they are fighting for and what it means to them. The fans make a big match with their anticipation and excitement.

Looking forward, Strickland would like to face Bryan Danielson one more time. There is a chance that will happen if Danielson wins the Owen Hart Tournament, which will be found out on July 10 when the finals take place. Strickland respects Danielson but wants to redeem himself from his previous loss against him.

Tony Khan

Khan remained at the scrum and was the last one to take questions from the media. He discussed the success of Forbidden Door 2024. It was the third straight year with over 11,000 fans in attendance and over a million-dollar live gate. The cable and satellite purchases won’t be known for a while, but he did say that there were plentiful digital buys.

Continuing with crossover wrestling events, Wrestle Dynasty was announced earlier that night. This event will take place in Japan one night after Wrestle Kingdom in January 2025. It will be another combined event with AEW, ROH, NJPW, CMLL, and Stardom. It is expected to be another historic night that will feature phenomenal matches.

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