Talks advanced more recently. Financial terms of that agreement were not disclosed, but considering the program is three hours, it is expected that they are similar to the Fox deal. Beyond that, no additional details were released, including the potential name, length, time slot or day of the week the program will air. Of course, landing on TNT in prime time is great and streaming the weekly show along with PPVs on B/R Live is a natural fit. An announcement was made on Wednesday ahead of the Turner upfront event, which comes 10 days before AEW's debut event, the "Double or Nothing" pay-per-view.
Khan, the son of billionaire and Jaguars owner Shad Khan, has reportedly sunk tens of millions of dollars in to the new venture, which is billed as a more athletic, less-scripted alternative to the storyline-driven drama and gimmicks found in mainstream pro wrestling.
AEW was started up in January by President and CEO, Tony Khan and members of "The Elite" Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson). Cody is the son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes. Kenny Omega and Hangman Page add to a roster that includes the legendary Chris Jericho. That's in addition to being in-ring talent.
"Wrestling fans have wanted - and needed - something different, authentic and better for far too long", he said. "AEW is answering the call". The move is one that now puts AEW in prime position to compete with World Wrestling Entertainment. "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". AEW is rising to the occasion with DOUBLE OR NOTHING.
Maybe the folks at WarnerMedia and TNT have done case studies of the internal history there to learn what went right and what went way, way, way wrong with the WCW fiasco. The conglomerate is as committed as we are to making wrestling fans the one and only priority. Its focus rests with athleticism and real sports analytics, bringing a legitimacy to wrestling that it has not previously had.
It was also announced today that AEW's Double or Nothing event, and future pay-per-views, will be available for streaming in the United States through WarnerMedia's B/R Live service.
"Everyone in WWE owes Chris Jericho a thank you because the moment I signed with AEW, it became legit", said Jericho.