Hiroshi Tanahashi is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and he has brought his talents to some incredible AEW matches multiple times.
The Ace of the Universe was one of the first men to be confirmed for the first Forbidden Door pay per view.
He interrupted AEW Champion CM Punk just days after Double or Nothing 2022, challenging the Best in the World to a title match at Forbidden Door.
However, an injury to CM Punk put an end to that match, with CM Punk vs Hiroshi Tanahashi a match that has still never happened in pro-wrestling.
Despite this, Hiroshi Tanahashi has had a few different AEW matches, with this article detailing the best matches for his run in the United States over the past few years.
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jon Moxley vs Chris Jericho & Lance Archer (AEW Dynamite 22/6/22)
Hiroshi Tanahashi’s first match in AEW was a tag team match on the 22nd June, 2022 episode of AEW Dynamite.
After CM Punk’s foot injury, Tanahashi’s Forbidden Door opponent was changed to Jon Moxley. He teamed with Moxley in his debut match, taking on the duo of Chris Jericho and Lance Archer.
The match was something of a nothing match which was used solely to introduce Tanahashi to the American AEW fans.
The Ace performed well, hitting all his signature moves and picking up the win for his team, en route to his title match with Jon Moxley at Forbidden Door.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Jon Moxley (Forbidden Door 2022)
A dream match occurred at Forbidden Door 2022, when Hiroshi Tanahashi wrestled Jon Moxley.
After CM Punk’s injury, an interim AEW Champion had to be decided at Forbidden Door. This gave Tanahashi a chance to win his first title in AEW, and his first World Championship since beating Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom in 2019.
The crowd were split on which man they wanted to win the bout, that came at the end of the one of the best pay per views of all time.
Tanahashi rolled back the years, putting on a classic performance that pushed Moxley to his absolute limits.
The Ace of the Universe came close, but he ate the pin from Moxley following a Paradigm Shift, giving a definitive winner to this pair’s dream match.
The match was brought down slightly by the needless blood streaming from Jon Moxley’s face, but that doesn’t stop it being one of Hiroshi Tanahashi’s best AEW matches so far.
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