It sounds absurd, but another wrestler was out of the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door. In fact, the NJPW has announced that Hiromu Takahashi has a fever and cannot travel to America to compete at the Forbidden Door. He was supposed to team up with Sting, Darby Allin and Shingo Takagi in an eight-man tag team match against The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), El Phantasmo & Hikuleo.
The match now includes only The Young Bucks and El Phantasmo vs Sting, Allin, and Shingo, with Hikuleo as outside support. Hiromu Takahashi wanted to comment on this news on his social networks: “I can't do it… everyone excuse me, especially Hikuleo.
What a moment that is… I'm fine… I wanted to go… sorry."
New details on Hiromu Takahashi
Italian AEW commentator Salvatore Torrisi clarified this situation to the fans in a long post and wanted to give an update on this umpteenth absence in the pay-per-view.
“Unfortunately I have to inform you of a new defection, yet another, which will hit FORBIDDEN DOOR. Indeed, HIROMU TAKAHASHI has a fever and has not been allowed to travel to America. The expected 4 vs 4 that would have seen him team up with SHINGO TAKAGI, STING and DARBY ALLIN was then transformed into a 3 vs 3, with HIKULEO just accompanying the YOUNG BUCKS and EL PHANTASMO to the ring.
A heavy absence, because HIROMU is probably the best JR weight. HEAVYWEIGHT of NEW JAPAN: 4-times category champion and winner of four of the last five editions of the BEST OF SUPER JR. TOURNAMENT, the last one just a few weeks ago.
And above all, he is one of the most popular stars in the land of the Rising Sun, within a faction, that of Los Ingobernables de Japon, which is constantly at the top of the charts of the best-selling merchandising. SHINGO TAKAGI remains the only representative of the faction present in FORBIDDEN DOOR, given that the other members SANADA, BUSHI and even the leader TETSUYA NAITO (surprisingly missing for me!) Are not present in the card.
The match can still give a show given the level of the athletes involved, but a bitter taste remains in the mouth because between injuries and illnesses the final version of FORBIDDEN DOOR is a little different from what one could initially imagine.
All the more reason to hope that tonight's event is just the first of a series of mega-events in collaboration between AEW and NEW JAPAN!"