AEW’s new show, Collision, is set to debut on June 17th, and the whole pro wrestling world will look in their direction for the big premiere show. That being said, a lot of things ride on this show being a success.
CM Punk will make his return to AEW as part of Collision, but he might also appear on Dynamite. Only time will tell how Punk’s inclusion will boost viewership.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter wrote a long piece on Collision. During that write-up, it was noted that the success of AEW’s new Saturday night television show is vital for the company’s upcoming television talks with Warner Bros Discovery.
It’s adding a successful second two-hour show that will be the key in negotiating a new rights deal, which most likely will be done early next year, since it’s expected WBD will be picking up the option year for AEW. The option year was contracted for a significant price increase, but nowhere near numbers thrown around a few weeks ago. This option year would be up at the end of September 2024.
The newsletter went on to add, “that’s why Collision is so important because the key talks will probably start at the end of this year or early next year, and where the company stands at that point will determine its interest level from buyers, which is turn will determine its finances for probably the next four to five years after that point.”
We will have to see how AEW Collision does. Obviously, Saturday night is going to be a challenge, but Tony Khan’s company seems confident that they will be able to spark fan interest.
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