NJPW President Takami Ohbari Comments On Forbidden Door PPV
The Forbidden Door between AEW and NJPW has been officially kicked down
The announcement that AEW and NJPW are to officially join forces for the Forbidden Door PPV in June has caused some immense buzz in the pro wrestling world.
Such a partnership between the two companies at one point seemed impossible, but NJPW President Takami Ohbari has commented on the union of the two companies, saying to Sports Illustrated:
“The theme of our 50th anniversary year has been not just to celebrate alongside our fans, but to give something back to everyone who has supported us over the decades,” said Ohbari. “Especially as we bounce back from the effects of the global pandemic, I feel we really have to go the extra mile. It’s on us to make those dream matches and situations come true, to bring the power of professional wrestling to the people, and emerge into a bright new era. At this point in time, with AEW and their tremendous talent getting increasing notice around the world, including among Japanese fans, they make the ideal partner for us to do just that and to unite fans worldwide.”
Ohbari continued, “AEW has undergone tremendous growth in a very short timeframe. From a fan’s perspective that has a lot to do with meeting the ‘unmet needs’ of the consumer. Creative matchmaking and exciting wrestling have been able to satisfy fans who had been left disillusioned by the American wrestling landscape. From a business standpoint, for a new entrant into the field to be able to leverage a fresh identity and sculpt such an effective media strategy, it is very impressive.”