Stone Cold Steve Austin and Chris Jericho Go Viral as Fans Spark Up ‘Forbidden Door’ Debate

Published 04/22/2022, 11:00 AM EDT

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Stone Cold Steve Austin is from WWE. Chris Jericho is from AEW. Can they work together? Well, they can, and this is where ‘The Forbidden Door’ comes in.

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Now, before understanding what the fans have to say about the true origin of The Forbidden Door, it’s important to note that the term was coined by AEW’s Tony Khan. It essentially meant that two historic wrestling promotions were going to work together and, in Khan’s case, it was AEW and NJPW.

It so happened that a photograph of Jericho’s session with Stone Cold on Broken Skull Sessions surfaced on social media. One Twitter user claimed the “actual” forbidden door was opened by WWE. There is a reason behind this comment.

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So, as everyone knows, Vince McMahon is not very keen on letting anyone working with AEW to be on WWE talk shows or podcasts whose hosts are pro-wrestlers under contract with WWE, especially Broken Skull Sessions since it’s an exclusive WWE Network series.

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Why did Stone Cold Steve Austin and Chris Jericho actually go viral?

On April 11th, 2021, Chris Jericho arrived at Broken Skull Sessions. The fans were shocked! No one could fathom that Vince McMahon actually signed off on it, especially when Jericho was the first big name to jump ships and move to AEW from WWE.

Now, the fan who claimed this was the actual opening of The Forbidden Door, it sparked a debate between other users and fans. Some claimed that a WWE & AEW collaboration in any shape or form isn’t the only way to open The Forbidden Door.

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There have been instances before when WWE has worked with other promotions, such as NJPW or ECW. On the other hand, AEW has worked with IMPACT and NJPW.

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Essentially, that’s what it is. Whenever a wrestling promotion works with another, it’s opening The Forbidden Door. It does not necessarily have to include WWE.

However, Vince McMahon could be credited as the one who thought of having crossovers in the pro-wrestling industry.

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Vince McMahon Kicked Open the Forbidden Door With The Undertaker Way Before It Was a Thing

Let’s not forget that it was Vince McMahon who pushed the boundaries of pro-wrestling, and took WWE’s product to other territories. Now, that can be considered as the revolutionizing moment in pro-wrestling, which changed the industry for good!

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 2000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.
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