Hiroshi Tanahashi challenges MJF for the AEW World Heavyweight Championship at Forbidden Door, MJF says no

Originally published at Hiroshi Tanahashi challenges MJF for the AEW World Heavyweight Championship at Forbidden Door, MJF says no

Hiroshi Tanahashi made a video appearance on Wednesday’s edition of AEW Dynamite to challenge MJF for the AEW World Heavyweight Title.

#NJPW‘s Master of the Century @tanahashi1_100 has challenged #AEW World Heavyweight Champion @The_MJF at #ForbiddenDoor!!! Will #MJF accept?#ForbiddenDoor on Sunday, June 25th LIVE on PPV! #AEWxNJPW@njpwglobal pic.twitter.com/gilKCbCR5p

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) June 15, 2023

Renee Paquette told MJF backstage that the match had been made official by Tony Khan.

Nevertheless, MJF declined the match, describing Tanahashi as a “rando from a rinky-dink indie.”

Tanahashi said:

MJF, as long as you’re champion that belt won’t shine like it should. Last year at Forbidden Door I came this close to beating Moxley for the AEW Title. So this year at Forbidden Door, MJF, face me one-on-one.