After months of speculation, AEW has finally found a home at TNT and will air weekly shows on TNT Drama later this year. This is the first time TNT has hosted a wrestling show since the final episode of WCW in 2001.
The news was announced at the WarnerMedia 2019 Upfront, where wrestling stars such as Cody and Brandi Rhodes, Brit Baker, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page were in attendance.
We’re back in the wrestling business! #AEW @AEWrestling pic.twitter.com/1DVRLRdQgd
— TNT Drama (@tntdrama) May 15, 2019
Additional tweets from the All-Elite Wrestling Twitter page gives insight into the deal, including that the inaugural event on May 25th, Double or Nothing PPV, will be available on B/R Live in the US.
Breaking News – @AEWrestling to air on @TNTDrama #AEW pic.twitter.com/movdS7UKgk
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) May 15, 2019
The PPV will also be available on ITV Box Office in the UK, however, it is currently unknown whether ITV will have the rights to air the weekly shows later this year.
Breaking News for #AEW‘s U.K. Fans – @AEWrestling‘s #DoubleOrNothing Pay Per View to be carried LIVE on @ITVBoxOffice@ITV pic.twitter.com/bR4iXtRRi7
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) May 8, 2019
AEW is bringing together a range of wrestling stars, whether from big brands such as WWE or NJPW, or smaller indie based companies, including former WWE legend Chris Jericho. The company was founded by President and CEO Tony Khan and his father, lead investor Shahid Khan.
AEW has been described as a “sports-centric alternative” for wrestling fans. The first major PPV will be available on May 25th, while the show will seemingly air sometime later this year, possibly October.
By Jimmy Ioannou
Images provided by TNT Drama & AEW/Twitter