Tony Khan wanted another promotion involved with AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door.
When the card for the Forbidden Door PPV was being announced, many fans were hoping that their may be a small chance that we saw some Stardom talent on the show, but unfortunately was not the case.
Stardom, the all womens promotion is home to some of the worlds greatest womens wrestlers undoubtedly, so it comes as no surprise that fans wanted to see them involved on the show. It also comes as no surprise that AEW Owner, Tony Khan was interested in having them appear on the show
When talking at the Forbidden Door media scrum, Tony Khan revealed his interest in working with Stardom for the show:
“I was interested in using Stadom, obviously they have a close relationship with New Japan, and all the wrestlers from Stadom were pretty much booked and they didn’t have visas. It was a big obstacle. There is definitely potential there. Certainly, Toni is one of the hottest and rising stars in AEW since she arrived in AEW. I thought it made great sense because she’s been a champion in Japan, has great experience at Stardom, and someone who has been on our TV. It was a great match we could build to. t was not a blood rivalry. I was forged in mutual respect and fought it with honor. It was a great wrestling match and it was cool. I thought Toni was the perfect choice given who was on our TV, who was pushed, and knowing that, while it would have been another challenge, in addition to many other challenges, to take people from Stardom and get them over on our TV, it would have been possible to do it, absolutely, but availability is the greatest ability of all in this business and most businesses. In this case, there was no availability. Toni, for many reasons, was a great choice and they had a great match,”– Tony Khan
Hopefully in the future we can start to see the AEW women mix it up with some of Stardoms top stars.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription