AEW will begin airing in prime time on TNT this fall. WarnerMedia made the announcement at today's Upfronts presentation at Madison Square Garden.
"All Elite Wrestling is a talent-forward, fan-first league whose inclusive approach to creating high-quality athletic wrestling competitions is already making waves with fans and attracting top-tier wrestlers," said Michael Quigley, executive vice president, commercial operations, content strategy and monetization, TBS and TNT. "It is high-adrenaline, gripping entertainment and we can't wait to bring it to fans everywhere with this game-changing new business."
A start date was not announced. It was noted that AEW related events, including Double Or Nothing on May 25th, will be exclusively streamed on 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. AEW is rising to the occasion with DOUBLE OR NOTHING and today taking it a step further by partnering with WarnerMedia, which is as committed as we are to making wrestling fans the one and only priority. With WarnerMedia, AEW is poised globally to redefine wrestling as we know it today."
The media rights deal was negotiated by Khan and Bernie Cahill, co-founder of Activist Artists Management, LLC, an entity in which Khan is also an investor and partner.