In spite of its main event not quite living up to expectations (which were, to be absolutely fair, the highest any could possibly be for a wrestling match), Forbidden Door was a positively-received pay-per-view for AEW, reflecting the broader uptick in opinions of the television show since May's Double Or Nothing.
What it didn't really leave much room for was the traditional fallout or table-setting required for a big post-show Dynamite. Forbidden Door both was and wasn't folded into storylines, making it equal parts special attraction and important checkpoint on the never-ending road. It subsequently made the vibe going into Wednesday's Dynamite a little confused, and that wasn't altered by an extremely strange card.
A rematch of an iconic match sets just as big an expectation as a rematch of a terrible one, and this show effectively tried to deliver both with the opener and headliner respectively. Between them, incidents and accidents and hints and accusations were expected from various key players in promos and angles, but would the latest Canadian crowd still have the energy from a weekend well spent?
Let’s light the fuse…