A huge debut is set for this weeks episode of AEW Dynamite, with Tony Khan confirming it to be a debut “Through the Forbidden Door”.
On Twitter, Tony Khan confirmed that the “Forbidden Door” debut was also a “free agent”, meaning that it will not be someone currently contracted to another company.
AEW has had a number of debuts through the Forbidden Door, but this one being a free agent is more exciting for AEW. Previously, the “Forbidden Door” referred to talent coming from NJPW, including KENTA, Tomohiro Ishii and Minoru Suzuki. However, this new signing being a free agent opens up a wealth of possibilities.
Former WWE superstars recently released are the main cause of speculation. Keith Lee is currently the favourite to make his debut on AEW Dynamite, although some fans theorise it could be the return of the former Bray Wyatt to wrestling, after his release earlier this year.
AEW on Twitter hyped up the show as “The Dynamite that could change everything”, indicating a huge debut for AEW. Tony Khan also previously referenced that the signing could ruffle a few feathers with one of the companies they work with, so a former NJPW talent could be the surprise debut on AEW Dynamite.
Who is the Forbidden Door debut?
A number of NJPW talents who are coming to the end of their contract could be the surprise debut with Wednesday on AEW Dynamite. Juice Robinson, the former CJ Parker in NXT, recently finished his deal with NJPW and is a free agent. However, he is probably not a big enough name to “change everything” in AEW.
Former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Jay White is another name fans are theorising could be debuting in AEW soon. White has been stuck in the US due to visa issues caused by traveling to-and-from Japan over the past two years, and has made NJPW Strong as his home promotion.
However, he has too much talent to be stuck on the NJPW B-show wrestling young lions and up-and-coming American talent. Whilst stealing one of their huge stars would certainly annoy NJPW, they could not begrudge him moving on to bigger things when he was not even on the Wrestle Kingdom 16 card.
Will Ospreay is an outside chance to make his AEW debut this week. To see Will Ospreay debut in AEW would be one of the biggest wrestlers to jump ship since Hulk Hogan from WWF to WCW. However, Ospreay recently main evented the Tokyo Dome against Kazuchika Okada, and would likely stay in NJPW to try to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship again.
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