Cody Rhodes’ upstart promotion lands big TV deal.
For the first time in almost two decades, wrestling is back on Turner Networks.
All Elite Wrestling, the new promotion founded by Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), will begin airing weekly later this year on TNT.
No premiere date has been given, or any details as to what night of the week AEW will air on or how long the episodes will be, but in a press release it was announced that “WarnerMedia will provide exclusive multi-platform access for fans to watch AEW events, airing live weekly matches on TNT in prime time, as well as streaming them through WarnerMedia’s B/R Live and on pay-per-view.”
“Wrestling fans have wanted – and needed – something different, authentic and better for far too long,” said Tony Khan, President and CEO of AEW. “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.”
Per the statement, AEW will offer fans “less scripted, soapy drama, and more athleticism and real sports analytics, bringing a legitimacy to wrestling that it has not previously had.”
AEW will also introduce “statistics to wrestling for the first time ever, AEW will raise the stakes for its matches and deepen fan engagement by tracking each competitor’s wins and losses as the wrestlers pursue championships, analyzing their moves, assessing damage to their opponents, and providing insights into their winning streaks.”
B/R Live will also serve as the exclusive digital streaming partner in the United States for AEW’s inaugural event, Double or Nothing , on Saturday, May 25, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – featuring Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho, Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes, The Young Bucks vs. Lucha Bros for the AAA World Tag Team Championship, and Britt Baker, Nyla Rose and Kylie Rae competing in a three-way match.
Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.