All Elite Wrestling have announced their long-awaited television deal with WarnerMedia and to be aired on TNT as well as “B/R Live”.
All Elite Wrestling President Tony Khan with Executives Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and Kenny Omega will present their two-hour show on TNT starting in the Fall/Autumn. This will also be available on their streaming service “B/R Live” as well as on Pay Per View. TNT is the former home of World Championship Wrestling from 1995 to 2001.
B/R Live will also be the exclusive streaming partner for Double or Nothing in the United States.
The in-depth details of the deal are not expected at this time, due to AT&T Warner Media Entertainment (formerly Time Warner and AOL Time Warner) not being a publically traded company, unlike the WWE. As previously discussed, TheWrap.com reported that AEW could potentially be buying the time on TNT instead of being paid for the rights (ala WWE & FOX). Other sources close to the deal have strongly denied this to be true.
The “Warner Media Upfront” event this afternoon is where Warner announces its future plans and fall television shows of which AEW will now be welcomed with open arms. AT&Ts Warner Media owns multiple assets such as Warner Bros, TBS, TNT, HBO, CNN, and Cartoon Network among many others.
United Kingdom/European fans might also remember WCW Nitro airing after Cartoon Network went off the air in the late 90s on Fridays along with Channel 5 showing WCW Worldwide (The Highlight Show). No word on what this deal might signal for the UK market, with AEW already seemingly being partnered with ITV for the Double or Nothing pre-show (ITV4) and ITV Box Office for the Double or Nothing event.