AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door notes: Jay White retains, Blood & Guts advantage, Claudio Castagnoli

Jay White pins Adam Cole to retain, Jericho Appreciation Society gets the Blood & Guts advantage, Becky Lynch & Xavier Woods react to Claudio

The IWGP World Heavyweight Championship remained in Jay White’s possession at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door. He bested Adam Cole, Kazuchika Okada and Hangman Adam Page. White pinned Cole to retain, but before Cole was pinned, he had just ducked a ‘Rainmaker’ from Okada. Cole was checked on by the medical staff immediately after the match. Excalibur did state that Cole walked off without assistance.

Claudio Castagnoli, the former ‘Cesaro’ is signed to All Elite Wrestling and he made his debut by defeating Zack Sabre Jr. in singles competition. Castagnoli’s colleagues Becky Lynch and Xavier Woods reacted to his debut:

In the opening match of the main card, Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara and Minoru Suzuki defeated Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta and Shota Umino. With that victory, The Jericho Appreciation Society (Jericho, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Daniel Garcia, Matt Menard & Angelo Parker) secured the advantage in Blood & Guts this coming Wednesday on Dynamite.

Post-match, Jericho, Menard and Parker approached Shota Umino and Jericho congratulated him on his performance, but then blew a fireball in Umino’s face.

Before the six-man tag that saw Sting, Darby Allin and Shingo Takagi take on El Phantasmo and AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Sting arrived by diving off the entrance tunnel onto the opposition.

Thunder Rosa retained her AEW Women’s World Championship by besting Toni Storm.

On The BUY-IN, Max Caster and Billy Gunn were able to defeat L.A. Dojo’s Kevin Knight, The DKC, Yuya Uemura and Alex Coughlin. Austin and Colten Gunn ran to the backstage area after Danhausen made a joke about them.

Excalibur, Taz and Kevin Kelly were the primary commentary team. Both Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone joined in.

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