Wrestling - AEW announces deal with TNT

Wrestling - AEW announces deal with TNT

First up is Double or Nothing on May 25 in Las Vegas.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter provided further financial details behind the deal in this week's edition: WarnerMedia is covering the show's production costs, in a committed development that shocked even Uncle Dave, and AEW will pocket a guaranteed portion of the split advertisement revenue. A date has not been set, but it's thought that AEW's show will go head to head with a new, untitled WWE show that will air on FS1 Tuesday nights. The move is one that now puts AEW in prime position to compete with World Wrestling Entertainment. Some of the headline matches include The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) vs The Lucha Bros (Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr.) for the AAA Tag Team Championship, Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho, PAC vs "Hangman" Page, and Dustin Rhodes (formerly Goldust) vs Cody.

The two companies said they are forming the first new wrestling circuit to launch in the past 20 years, with primetime broadcasts planned on TNT, streaming via Bleacher Report's B/R Live as well as select pay-per-view slots. A leading digital sports enterprise, B/R Live's high fan engagement will provide an invaluable opportunity to build AEW's audience.

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Michael Quigley, executive vice president of commercial operations and content strategy for TBS and TNT, called AEW a "talent-forward" league with an innovative approach that resonates with wrestling fans. "AEW is poised globally to redefine wrestling as we know it today". With this league, AEW is introducing a new generation of wrestlers to fans, offering fun, gripping and authentic athletic matches that will make wrestling more accessible to a broad audience.

B/R Live will serve as the exclusive digital streaming partner in the USA for AEW's inaugural event, Double or Nothing, on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

There was always a feeling that the folks at Turner back then were embarrassed that the company had anything to do with pro wrestling, so when times started getting tough, it was no surprise that Turner cut bait and sold WCW to Vince McMahon for basically pennies on the dollar. In addition, Double or Nothing's hour-long live pre-show will stream on WarnerMedia and AEW's social media channels.

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