The performance of the June 25, 2023, AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door compared to recent AEW pay-per-views has been revealed.
With the show from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada having already broken live gate records for AEW, the pay-per-view viewing figures also provide good news for Tony Khan.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, “overall the news is good”, explaining:
“As far as TV pay-per-view which is the only number I have right now, it was 12% higher than the previous two shows were on the same day which is the Wednesday after the show.
“If it grows like the other two shows did, then it’ll be a big number. It also, besides how it does in the United States, it’s also gonna do much bigger in Japan than the other pay-per-views because of the New Japan guys.
“What is that, somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 more buys, plus the normal whatever this (US) number’s gonna be. Whether it’s 150,000, 155,000, maybe a little lower, I don’t know, that’s not including the Japan buys.”
Meltzer would go on to compare the numbers to Double or Nothing 2022, stating:
“So it will probably be the… I expect it to end up as the biggest, at least since Double Or Nothing last year. And there’s a shot if the late buys are big that might be able to approach that Double Or Nothing 2022.
“If they have really big late buys they could do it. Late buys are usually based on word of mouth of the show being great, and I think that everything people have said and everything that’s been talked about is that this was a great, great show with perhaps the greatest match in AEW history. Perhaps the greatest match ever in North America. Things like that have been said.
“So I think based on that, it might do well on late buys, it might do very well on late buys. From what I’ve seen the numbers are encouraging.
“The movie theater numbers were up from the last show, and the last show’s movie theater numbers were very good, Double Or Nothing (2023). So overall the news is good there.”
Despite being one of the history books, AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door’s live gate has been eclipsed by AEW All In in London, England with a gate of more than $8m ahead of the August 27 2023 show.
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