AEW has officially revealed that it has partnered with WarnerMedia to bring wrestling back to TNT for the first time in 18 years.
Ever since the existence of AEW was revealed on New Year's Day, fans have been clamoring for more details about the company. We have, of course, been drip fed those details. We know a lot of the wrestlers on the AEW roster and, at the time of typing this, we are ten days away from the promotion's first ever event, Double Or Nothing.
That's all well and good, but what we really want to know is will AEW be a viable contender to WWE? An easily accessible alternative for those of us who want something new. For that question to be answered, we needed details on what exactly AEW's much talked about TV deal involves. Thanks to an announcement made on Wednesday, we now know a lot more.
As rumored recently, TNT will indeed be the landing spot for AEW's weekly TV show. TNT revealed the news on Twitter by posting "we're back in the wrestling business!" It is the first time since WCW folded in 2001 that wrestling will be shown on TNT. The deal itself is with TNT's parent company WarnerMedia. WarnerMedia and AEW have also revealed other information about their partnership.
Not only will "live weekly matches" air on TNT, but they will also be streamed on B/R Live. The day of the week the show will air has not yet been revealed, but it is expected to be Tuesdays. Intriguing if so since there is also talk of WWE airing a show on FS1 on Tuesday nights once SmackDown Live moves to Friday nights. AEW's press release also detailed how exactly their shows are going to work.
In a statement that took a fair few thinly veiled shots at WWE, it was outlined that AEW will be akin to a league. Wins and losses will not only matter, but they will be recorded and play a part in who does and doesn't get title shots. It also reads "AEW offers fans less scripted, soapy drama, and more athleticism and real sports analytics." One of those thinly veiled shots we were talking about. If it hadn't been confirmed before, it now seems a certainty that come October when AEW's show debuts, WWE will finally have some viable competition.