AEW also announced that WarnerMedia'sB/R Live streaming service will be the exclusive streaming partner of "Double or Nothing", AEW's debut show on May 25 in Las Vegas. The full press release regarding AEW's deal with WarnerMedia can be seen below. The announcement was made on the morning of WarnerMedia's upfront presentation to media buyers in NY.
While there have been other wrestling promotions with national television aside from WWE since the fall of WCW in 2001, AEW stands as the first company with major financial backing to take a swing at beginning to compete with WWE on a major level in almost two decades.
The wrestling star was part of WCW's cruiserweight division when the company's show "Monday Night Nitro" aired on TNT in the mid-to-late '90s before making the jump to WWE in 1999.
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. "It is high-adrenaline, gripping entertainment and we can't wait to bring it to fans everywhere with this game-changing new business". "With WarneMedia, AEW is poised globally to redefine wrestling as we know it today".
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". Chris Jericho is another notable wrestler in the mix. The show, which had always been WWE's second behind Raw, will move from Tuesday to Friday nights and continue airing live in a two-hour window from 8-10 p.m. ET. This was big news and the IWC exploded with hope that a true alternative to WWE is on the way. Of course, landing on TNT in prime time is great and streaming the weekly show along with PPVs on B/R Live is a natural fit. This was all happening as the rumors of AEW's television deal were still swirling.
US Network TNT has just exploded the internet (wink wink) with a major bombshell on Twitter, confirming recent reports that AEW is set to come to the station.
Now that AEW is going to be on TNT later this year, people are happy.
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