AEW, TNT Officially Announce TV Deal

NewsGeorge Barrios Comments on Whether WWE Considers AEW to Be Competition By Ryan Clark

NewsGeorge Barrios Comments on Whether WWE Considers AEW to Be Competition By Ryan Clark

The new promotion and WarnerMedia announced Wednesday morning that AEW will air a live weekly television show on TNT in prime time. It comes at a time when WWE is moving its Tuesday "SmackDown Live" show to Friday's on Fox starting Oct 4. while keeping "Monday Night Raw" on U.S. as part of television deals worth a combined $2.35 billion over the next five years. The announcement was made on the morning of WarnerMedia's upfront presentation to media buyers in NY. "AEW is answering the call".

The press release touts that AEW will offer fans "less scripted, soapy drama and more athleticism and real sports analytics, bringing a legitimacy to wrestling that it has not previously had".

Original: A number of AEW stars have talked about having a significant TV deal on the table which will change the game for the wrestling industry in the last few months.

WarnerMedia and All Elite said their partnership would showcase a "diverse" roster of wrestlers, including members of a group tagged "The Elite", including The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Codi and Brandi Rhodes, Kennu Omega and Hangman Page. In addition, Double or Nothing's hour-long live pre-show will stream on WarnerMedia and AEW's social media channels. The inaugural event under the AEW banner is DOUBLE OR NOTHING on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, followed by FYTER FEST on June 29 in Daytona Beach, followed by FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN on July 13 in Jacksonville.

Michael Quigley, EVP of commercial operations, content strategy and monetization at TNT and TBS, described AEW as a "talent-forward, fan-first league" with an "inclusive approach". And the WWE itself also operates a successful streaming outlet.

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