In a move that most people saw coming, WarnerMedia announced today that they have picked up AEW Wrestling and will air it on TNT during a prime time slot later this year, via Variety.
WarnerMedia and TNT officially announced they are “back in the wrestling business.”
At the moment, the premiere date is unknown but WarnerMedia also announced that they will offer “multi-platform” access for fans, with a primetime show on TNT, online streaming of matches on WarnerMedia’s B/R Live, and also offer pay-per-view events.
The official announcement had a statement by WarnerMedia as well.
WarnerMedia and AEW together will build this powerhouse sporting league from the ground up and will begin airing weekly matches later this year… WarnerMedia will utilize its position as a next-generation global media company to build this league into a global pro-wrestling franchise.
As previously reported, TNT reaches 81.9-percent of homes compared to USA Network reaching 82.8-percent, making this equal to WWE in terms of reach.
When it comes to the very first AEW event, Double or Nothing, WarnerMedia will be the exclusive digital streaming partner in the United States with the B/R Live streaming service.
The Buy-In will be a one-hour pre-show special for Double or Nothing and it will stream on WarnerMedia and AEW social media channels. The Casino Royale will air on the social media channels as well before the pay-per-view officially starts.
When talking about the new TV show, Cody Rhodes said that this is going to be an “alternative” to WWE and he wants the weekly shows to be a “sports-centric alternative in the pro wrestling world.”
Jin Ross agreed, but also said that this could also make WWE better.
“Competition raises everybody’s game,” Ross said, “It will raise the wrestlers’ game, the creative people’s game, everybody. Everybody feels a sense of urgency when someone is competing with them.”
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