Tetsuya Naito Wins IWGP World Heavyweight Title at Forbidden Door

Tetsuya Naito Wins IWGP World Heavyweight Title at Forbidden Door

Tetsuya Naito Wins IWGP World Heavyweight Title at Forbidden Door – Tetsuya Naito reclaimed the IWGP World Heavyweight Title at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door by defeating Jon Moxley in the co-main event.

The match was a hard-fought battle, with Moxley nearly securing victory after hitting Naito with a Death Rider. However, Naito managed to kick out, much to Moxley’s frustration, who voiced his displeasure with referee Red Shoes.

Naito ultimately triumphed by delivering his finishing move, Destino, to pin Moxley and win the title. This victory marks Naito’s second reign as IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. Moxley’s reign lasted 80 days, during which he made four successful title defenses. Moxley had initially captured the title from Naito at NJPW Windy City Riot and agreed to the rematch at Forbidden Door after successfully defending the title against EVIL at NJPW Dominion.

Here is a recap of the match:

The bell rings and the two waste no time firing off forearm strikes on one another. Moxley delivers a series of stomps to Naito in the corner, but Naito catches him with a boot. Moxley sends Naito’s leg bouncing off the ring post, then thumbs his eye and sends the same leg of Naito’s bouncing off the ring post once again.

Moxley sends Naito crashing on top of the announce desk, then rains down right hands on him. He locks in a Half Boston Crab on Naito back inside the ring, then transitions into a crossface. Naito makes his way over to the bottom rope to break the hold, then connects with a piledriver on him and goes for a pin. Naito kicks out and Moxley rains down right hands on him. He connects with a suplex on Naito and goes for a pin, but Naito kicks out.

Moxley sits Naito on the top rope and rakes his back. Naito pushes Moxley off the top rope, then sends him crashing between the commentary desk and the barricade near the timekeeper’s area. The pair get back in the ring, and Naito lands a kick on Moxley. He connects with a neckbreaker on him, then goes for a pin. Moxley kicks out and sends Naito crashing into the mat.

Naito rolls up Moxley, but Moxley kicks out. Moxley powerbombs Naito off the middle rope. Naito lands a Tornado DDT on Moxley, then uses the ropes to level Moxley. Moxley locks in a sleeper on Naito, but Naito sends Moxley crashing into the corner face first. Moxley connects with a double underhook on Naito, and the two exchange strikes with one another.

Moxley runs over Naito with a clothesline, then connects with Death Rider and goes for a pin. Naito kicks out, and Moxley gets in the referee’s face. Moxley then grabs a chair and sets it up, then looks to land Death Rider on Naito through it, but before he can, the referee grabs the chair. Moxley lands a boot on Naito’s head, but Naito sends Moxley crashing into the mat and lands a Sliced Bread on him for the win.

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