AEW has signed renowned referee Earl Hebner. The late announcement, made via Twitter on Tuesday night, welcomed the popular official to the team.
As far as referees go, Hebner is one of the biggest names in the industry, having worked with WWE from the late 80s to the mid 2000s. He was the referee in charge of the company's infamous 1997 Montreal Screwjob between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart and also refereed the monumental showdown between Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan in 1998.
AEW has also added ROH ref Paul Turner to their officiating lineup, with an announcement on his hiring emerging on Tuesday afternoon. Turner, who had been with ROH since its formation in 2002, is another top name in the industry.
It's been quite the week for Tony Khan's new promotion. The company has finally announced its television deal, revealing that a weekly show will be aired on TNT.
So wrestling is heading back to the network for the first time since the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro aired in 2001 and this deal will see AEW go head-to-head with WWE where prime-time TV ratings are concerned.
The weekly show will also be streamed on B/R Live, but it's still unknown what day of the week it will air. As for Double or Nothing, the PPV will be streamed on B/R Live as well.
"Wrestling fans have wanted - and needed - something different, authentic and better for far too long. AEW is answering the call," Khan, the company's CEO, declared on Wednesday.
"AEW is about more than wrestling. It's about a movement fueled by wrestling fans who have been under-served 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 it today."
What This Means
We're still a ways from knowing just how competitive this new promotion is going to be in terms of rivaling WWE.
Given what we know, for now, it appears that AEW is equipt to make some real noise in the industry. Double or Nothing will probably serve as a barometer in that regard; it's only 10 days away.