Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW, was very excited that this deal was finally announced. The company has teased this announcement for quite some time, and fans will soon see exactly what they have in store.
In a press release sent out after the announcement, Khan said that the financial upside of this new deal will allow AEW to invest in themselves as they continue growing as a company.
“As a lifelong wrestling aficionado who is privileged to present AEW to longtime and new fans alike, it means a lot to me – personally and professionally – to share the news that All Elite Wrestling will call TBS home beginning in 2022.”
“The history of wrestling in the United States cannot be told without acknowledging the contributions of TBS, which as WTBS years ago delivered wrestling to the Southeast and eventually to a massive national audience. TBS has the same passion for wrestling today, but will offer AEW and our fans more prime time programming, content and global opportunities that will establish TBS as the world’s undisputed destination for wrestling.”
“And, while we’re looking forward to our arrival on TBS, we’re not saying goodbye to our original and current home of TNT, which will air four new special supercard events annually. Plus, the financial upside to our new agreement will give us the opportunity to continue to invest in and grow AEW to serve the most important people in our industry: our fans, our wrestlers, our staff and our sponsors. With All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite and Rampage taking center stage via our new agreement on TBS next year, and the new quarterly supercards launching on TNT, our exposure and our opportunities to grow AEW are greater than ever!”
We will have to see what AEW does with their four annual specials. It could be possible that Fyter Fest, Fight For The Fallen, Beach Break, and New Year’s Smash become the annual events. The names of those supercard specials have not been revealed at this time.
AEW has a lot in the pipeline, and we are still awaiting more details on what AEW: Rampage is going to be. While speaking to Oral Sessions in January, Tony Khan revealed what he could at the time about the upcoming AEW: Rampage show.
“I’m really excited about adding a third hour of television and I think that’s going to be the most important thing for us. We’ve accumulated so much talent and so much depth on the roster and being able to showcase all of our great wrestlers.”
“Yes, it will not be a third hour of Dynamite and it will not be on Wednesday; but it will be a third hour with Warner Media. It will be a third TV hour, and it will be great exposure for us.”
“We got Dark, which has been a great platform for our up and comers on YouTube and I think there are other streaming options and other shows we can do with YouTube or other streaming platforms. So there’s going to be more opportunities, there’s going to be more real estate for our wrestlers without over-saturating. I definitely don’t want to do three hours of Dynamite.”
This is an exciting time for pro wrestling fans. It will also provide fans with an abundance of pro wrestling content to consume. We will have to see what the future holds, but AEW is certainly continuing their reach with this big announcement.
Are you excited about AEW: Rampage? What do you expect from the company’s upcoming hour-long TNT show? Sound off in the comments!