New Japan & AEW collaborated on the Forbidden Door Pay-Per-View, but many wondered who was in charge.
Tony Khan was asked about it on the Post-Forbidden Door Media Scrum, where he said him and Gedo worked together and heavily praised Rocky Romero, saying it wouldn’t have happened without him. Tony’s full comments are below.
I’ve, many times now, now that it’s done, I’ve equated it to like a submarine movie where there’s two missile keys. I think being on sight, I think I’ve been like the captain but I think I’ve added people working beside me that have had the same key and they can, you know, veto power over stuff. So, we put a lot of things in place here and quarterbacked it from here in America, but Gedo had really valuable input, it’s very gratifying to meet him in person because through the pandemic we built this partnership through our mutual friend, Rocky Romero. Many great wrestlers have come in from New Japan Pro Wrestling […] So, it was really a cool experience getting into this together. There’s probably nobody that could elaborate on it better than the person I’ve spent hundreds of hours on the phone with, who’s sitting in the back of the room, who also wrestled his ass off tonight and is a huge reason this came together and that’s Rocky Romero, who deserves a big [round of applause]. He’s been the person who’s done hundreds and hundreds of phone calls and messages in between myself and Gedo and with his own ideas and he’s as responsible of this as anybody and there’s no way we would be doing this right now if it wasn’t for Rocky Romero and I just think the world of him so, thank you, rock. Appreciate you, it’s been a pleasure working with him and we’ve worked side by side to help with [gedo] you know, with Rocky here he’s been able to get feedback from me, ideas […] it’s been a pleasure, it’s been a big challenge, I think on both sides because, you know, there’s been injuries and stuff on both side, when I finally met Gedo last night, I don’t think, rock, I don’t think he minds me saying, he came in and said “I’m sorry about the thing with Hiromu and some of the challenges” I said “I’m sorry about CM Punk and Bryan Danielson not being here, you know, but I think it’s gonna work out great I think we’re gonna together, have one of our best shows for either company” and I think it was so, I’m really proud of what we did, I’m proud of what they did and we came together and had a great night. AEW & New Japan, again, it wouldn’t have been possible without you, Rocky, so thanks man.– Tony Khan via AEW Media Scrum
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