AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2024 results as Swerve Strickland retains against Will Ospreay

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AEW Forbidden Door 2024 — quick results:

  • Zero Hour: Kyle Fletcher def. Serpentico
  • Zero Hour – Four-way Tag Match: Malakai Black & Brody King def. Private Party, Kyle O’Reilly & Tomohiro Ishii, and Roderick Strong & Gabe Kidd
  • Zero Hour: Willow Nightingale & Tam Nakano def. Kris Statlander & Momo Watanabe
  • Zero Hour – Women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Quarterfinal: Mariah May def. Saraya
  • Zero Hour: The Lucha Bros. (Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix) and Mistico def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Yota Tsuji, Titan & Hiromu Takahashi)

 

  • MJF def. Hechicero
  • The Elite (Matthew Jackson, Nicholas Jackson & Kazuchika Okada) def. Scissor Ace (Anthony Bowens, Max Caster & Hiroshi Tanahashi)
  • Men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Quarterfinal: Bryan Danielson def. Shingo Takagi
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: “Timeless” Toni Storm (c) def. Mina Shirakawa
  • Zack Sabre Jr. def. Orange Cassidy
  • Samoa Joe, HOOK & Katsuyori Shibata def. The Learning Tree (Chris Jericho & Big Bill) and Jeff Cobb
  • TNT Championship (Ladder Match): Jack Perry def. Mark Briscoe, Konosuke Takeshita, Dante Martin, Lio Rush & El Phantasmo
  • TBS Championship and NJPW STRONG Women’s Championship: Mercedes Mone def. Stephanie Vaquer
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito def. Jon Moxley (c)
  • AEW World Championship: Swerve Strickland (c) def. Will Ospreay

Swerve Strickland retained his AEW World Championship in the main event of AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2024.

Strickland cemented his title run, which began at AEW Dynasty on April 4th when he won it from Samoa Joe.

The crowd were unfazed by the length of the event, and remained loud for the main event. Notable spots included a Swerve Stomp from the ropes onto an announce desk, and a piledriver to Ospeay on the barricade.

A big near-fall came when Ospreay hit the Storm Breaker but only for two.

Ospreay then went for the Tiger Driver 91, but was countered. A ref bump stopped Ospreay from pinning Strickland after a Hidden Blade.

Don Callis then appeared and handed Ospreay a screwdriver. As Will hesitated to use it, Strickland hit the Swerve Stomp and then a House Call for the biggest nearfall of the match.

This was followed by another House Call and the Big Pressure for the win.

** The Zero Hour pre-show began at 6.30 pm ET and was anchored by Renee Paquette, RJ City and Jeff Jarrett. There was limited time for panel discussion or match previews as there were no fewer than five matches during these 90 minutes.

** The ‘main event’ of the pre-show was an excellent multi-man match featuring Los Ingobernables de Japon (Yota Tsuji, Titan & Hiromu Takahashi) taking on The Lucha Bros. (Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix) and Mistico. The win came with Mistico tapping out Titan with La Mistica.

** The pay-per-view kicked off with hometown boy MJF taking on Hechicero. MJF dominated the early going, continuing his recent character work of underestimating the Mexican. As the match continued, Hechicero rallied but he was defeated with a Brainbuster.

** Second on the main card was The New Elite’s Young Bucks & Kazuchica Okada vs. The Acclaimed & Hiroshi Tanahashi. Max Caster broke the record for usage of the word “bitch” during his rap. Okada and Tanahashi started the match, with Okada playing every bit the heel by tagging out immediately. 

However, it would be Okada who grabbed the win with the Rainmaker on Tanahashi after a slew of heel tactics. The heels looked to continue a beatdown but Billy Gunn came out for the save.

** The much-anticipated match between Shingo Takagi and Bryan Danielson for a semifinal spot in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament was up next. Danielson prevailed in a tremendous match.

** The AEW Women’s Championship was on the line in the next match as Timeless Toni Storm faced Mina Shirakawa. Mariah May, who has a strong history with Shirakawa in their time together in STARDOM, looked conflicted as the momentum swung between champion and challenger. Storm retained with the Storm Zero, and post-match, the trio shared a three-way kiss.

** Up next was Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Orange Cassidy. The match began with ZSJ mocking Cassidy’s ability as a technical wrestler, with Orange getting in a few good holds himself. The momentum would swing to Cassidy as he countered holds with impact moves. 

Sabre Jr. would get the submission win, tying up all of Cassidy’s limbs and cinching in an armbar.

** Match No. 6 of the main card saw The Learning Tree (Chris Jericho & Big Bill) and Jeff Cobb face Samoa Joe, HOOK & Katsuyori Shibata. Shibata and Big Bill got the match started, with Bill overpowering his opponent until Jericho tagged in. A chop battle then ensued.

“Meat” chants rang out as Jeff Cobb and Samoa Joe took to the ring. Neither man got the better of the other, and the sequence led to HOOK taking punishment at the hands of the heels, including Bryan Keith.

The final sequence saw HOOK get his revenge on Chris Jericho, hitting him with the Judas Effect for the win.

** A new TNT Champion was crowned in a bonkers six-man ladder match with Jack Perry picking up the win.

** It was winner-takes-all as Mercedes Moné and Stephanie faced off for both the TBS and NJPW STRONG Women’s Championship. Moné would emerge the victor. However, she was immediately faced down by a returning Britt Baker.

** The semi-main event saw Tetsuya Naito regain the IWGP World Heavyweight Title from Jon Moxley.

As noted above, the show closer saw Swerve Strickland cement his AEW Championship title run with a win over International Champion Will Ospreay.

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