AEW Officially Announce TV Deal with WarnerMedia
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
After months of speculation, All Elite Wrestling officially announced that they’ve agreed to a deal with WarnerMedia, that’ll see pro wrestling return to TNT this fall with AEW’s weekly program. In their press release, AEW announced that Double or Nothing, the company's inaugural event taking place next Saturday, May 25th, will air on B/R Live.
TNT is no stranger to pro wrestling; during the 1990s, TNT was the home of World Championship Wrestling’s weekly program Monday Nitro, which competing head-to-head with WWE Monday Night Raw. It was an exciting time for wrestling fans and wrestlers themselves because there were more options for fans and opportunities for wrestlers to make a name for themselves and become bigger stars. WCW were at one point the number one wrestling promotion in the TV ratings when they partenered with TNT, so AEW will look to replicate that with the ever evolving consumption of media.
AEW have a strong presence on social media and have done an excellent job in utilizing YouTube to further storylines and help build up the matches for Double or Nothing while they worked on a TV deal.
AEW President and CEO Tony Khan is optimistic with the new partnership with WarnerMedia and believes that it’ll allow AEW to change the landscape of pro wrestling:
“AEW is answering the call. AEW is about more than wrestling. It’s about a movement fueled by wrestling fans who have been underserved and perhaps even disappointed by what the industry has produced in recent years. AEW is rising to the occasion with DOUBLE OR NOTHING and today taking it a step further by partnering with WarnerMedia, which is as committed as we are to making wrestling fans the one and only priority. With WarnerMedia, AEW is poised globally to redefine wrestling as we know today.”
AEW have all the pieces in place to provide fans with an entertaining product. AEW President and CEO Tony Khan’s comments prove that the management is committed and the additions of Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, who’ll be returning to commentary on a full-time basis, further demonstrate how AEW could be the go-to destination for wrestlers looking to make a name for themselves and fans who may be looking for an alternative wrestling product than what’s currently being offered by other companies at the moment.
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