Top AEW Star Injured During 'Forbidden Door'

By Jason Hall

June 27, 2022

Photo: Courtesy of Jason Hall

All Elite Wrestling star Adam Cole appears to have experienced another injury during the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match during the Forbidden Door pay-per-view on Sunday (June 26) night.

All Elite Wrestling CEO, President, General Manager and Head of Creative Tony Khan addressed Cole's status during his media scrum at the United Center after Cole was pinned by retaining champion 'Switchblade' Jay White and was checked on by AEW medical staff, as well as fellow Undisputed Elite the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and Kyle O'Reilly.

"He's going to be OK long-term," Khan said. "But probably if he couldn't continue wrestling it made sense for that [ending]. If you can't keep fighting, discretion is a better part of valor so I think long-term he'll be OK."

Wrestling Observer's Bryan Alvarez reports Cole is believed to have suffered a concussion during the match and that the ending wasn't as initially planned.

Cole hadn't previously wrestled since his last appearance in the final of the Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view on May 29, defeating Samoa Joe to win the inaugural event.

The 32-year-old was previously scheduled to compete in a 10-man tag-team match during the June 1 episode of Dynamite, but was removed from the match shortly after it was announced and had since appeared only on commentary and in promos prior to Sunday's match.

AEW has been dealing with numerous injuries to several other notable stars, among them AEW Champion CM Punk and Bryan Danielson, both of whom were unable to appear on Sunday's pay-per-view event, as well as former AEW Champion Kenny Omega, who has been out of action since November 2021 after undergoing surgery on multiple injuries.

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