AEW have officially filed for trademarks relating to the “Forbidden Door”.
First mentioned by Hiroshi Tanahashi on the road to Wrestle Kingdom 14, the Forbidden Door refers to the pipeline between AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Although the door remained shut after Chris Jericho defeated Tanahashi in early 2020, it has well and truly been opened, with NJPW star KENTA appearing on the two most recent episodes of AEW Dynamite.
AEW have officially applied for trademarks relating to the Forbidden Door. This has wildly fuelled speculation that AEW and NJPW will share talent, especially after reports emerged that the two companies have agreed on a deal.
As per the United States Trademark and Patent Office, the application for the “Forbidden Door” trademark was filed on February 8. It would allow AEW to use the phrase for the categories of “
IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Bandanas; Hats; Headwear; Pants; Shirts; Shorts; Socks; Sweatshirts; Undergarments; Jackets; T-shirts
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Educational and entertainment services, namely, a continuing program about wrestling accessible by radio, television, satellite, audio, video and computer networks; Entertainment services in the nature of development, creation, production, distribution, and post-production of wrestling programs and events; Entertainment services in the nature of live wrestling performances; Entertainment services in the nature of production of wrestling programs and events; Entertainment services, namely, production and distribution of ongoing television programs in the field of wrestling; Entertainment services, namely, providing ongoing webisodes featuring wrestling via a global computer network; Entertainment services, namely, an ongoing multimedia program featuring wrestling distributed via various platforms across multiple forms of transmission media; Entertainment services, namely, an ongoing series featuring wrestling provided through a global computer network
A similar trademark was filed for “Forbidden Portal”, another term for the forbidden pathway between AEW and NJPW.