An Interim AEW World Champion was crowned at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door.
On June 3, CM Punk announced that he had a broken foot and would be out of action for the foreseeable future. This news came less than a week after Punk won the AEW World Title from Hangman Adam Page at AEW Double or Nothing. As a result, an Interim Champion was to be decided at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door.
In the main event of Forbidden Door, Jon Moxley faced off against Hiroshi Tanahashi for the title. After a hard-fought battle, it was Moxley who would emerge victorious after hitting the Death Rider on Tanahashi. The two men would shake hands after the bell.
With his victory, Moxley becomes the first-ever two-time AEW World Champion. He previously held the belt from February to December 2020, dropping it to Kenny Omega at the Winter Is Coming edition of Dynamite.