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Will Ospreay to Challenge AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland at Forbidden Door

Get ready, bruv. Will Ospreay is getting a shot at the AEW World title sooner than we expected.

When the British “Aerial Assassin” signed with AEW earlier in the year, many fans penciled him in for a World title match at All In, which will take at London’s Wembley Stadium this August.

However, Ospreay won last night’s Casino Gauntlet match on AEW Dynamite to earn his title match on June 30 at the Forbidden Door PPV in Toronto.

A Casino Gauntlet match starts with two competitors, and then new wrestlers come to the ring one at a time like the Royal Rumble. However, the match can end at any time with a pinfall or submission, even before the maximum number of participants (21) enters the match.

This match made it up to nine wrestlers, and it was a preview of Forbidden Door with New Japan wrestlers like Lio Rush and Shota Umino and CMLL luchadores like Mistico and Hechicero. Claudio Castagnoli had fun giving everyone the Giant Swing.

However, Ospreay pinned Orange Cassidy to earn the title bout against Strickland.

Swerve wrestled in the non-title opener against Killswitch (formerly Luchasaurus). The champion won with the House Call kick.


Skye Blue revealed herself as Mercedes Mone’s mystery attacker. Skye got a TBS title match, but Mercedes won with her Mone Maker finisher.

Stephanie Vaquer, who holds titles in CMLL and New Japan, showed up after the match, so she might challenge Mone at Forbidden Door.

Jon Moxley is likely to defend the IWGP (New Japan) World title at Forbidden Door. He beat Rocky Romero in a non-title match with the Death Rider DDT.

Trent Beretta attacked former friend Orange Cassidy and joined the Don Callis Family. Rough night for Orange!

Adam Copeland was forced to vacate the TNT title because he broke his leg diving off the barbed-wire steel cage at Double or Nothing on Sunday.

The Elite tried to hand the belt to Jack Perry (formerly Jungle Boy), but they were interrupted by “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels.

He revealed that AEW boss Tony Khan had made him an Interim Executive Vice President. Daniels revealed that the TNT title would be decided in a ladder match at Forbidden Door. Qualifying matches will begin Friday on Rampage.

(Jeff Gorman has been a pro wrestling announcer for 30 years. He debuted for Game Changer Wrestling last weekend in Columbus, Ohio.)


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