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Here is where we can discuss AEW's TNT Television deal. AEW Double or Nothing has a separate thread (Please explain why that is allowed to be a separate thread from the General AEW Discussion thread?). Also, the General AEW Discussion thread is all over the place, tired of hitting refresh on 1000 posts.

Anyway...Here we go!!! Announced May 15th, 2019.
https://www.allelitewrestling.com/post/all-elite-wrestling-to-air-on-tnt-network

May 15, 2019 – WarnerMedia announced today that it is partnering with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), the new professional wrestling promotion featuring a world-class roster of diverse male and female wrestlers, giving fans a new wrestling experience for the first time in 20 years. WarnerMedia and AEW together will build this powerhouse sporting league from the ground up and will begin airing weekly matches later this year. 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. WarnerMedia will utilize its position as a next-generation global media company to build this league into a global pro-wrestling franchise.

Founded by President and CEO Tony Khan, AEW is headlined by members of The Elite, which includes all-star wrestlers The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Cody and Brandi Rhodes, Kenny Omega, and Hangman Page, and a roster that includes the legendary Chris Jericho. Omega, Cody and The Young Bucks also serve as executive vice presidents of the company in addition to in-ring talent, and Brandi Rhodes also serves as Chief Brand Officer.

Later this year, WarnerMedia will provide exclusive multi-platform access for fans to watch AEW events, airing live weekly matches on TNT in prime time, as well as streaming them through WarnerMedia’s B/R Live and on pay-per-view. A leading digital sports enterprise, B/R Live’s high fan engagement will provide an invaluable opportunity to build AEW’s audience.

“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.”

“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.”

Focused on producing fast-paced, high-impact competitions, AEW offers fans less scripted, soapy drama, and more athleticism and real sports analytics, bringing a legitimacy to wrestling that it has not previously had. Wrestlers will also be given more freedom to explore their characters and highlight their athletic abilities. Introducing statistics to wrestling for the first time ever, AEW will raise the stakes for its matches and deepen fan engagement by tracking each competitor’s wins and losses as the wrestlers pursue championships, analyzing their moves, assessing damage to their opponents, and providing insights into their winning streaks.

B/R Live will serve as the exclusive digital streaming partner in the United States for AEW’s inaugural event, DOUBLE OR NOTHING, on Saturday, May 25, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. DOUBLE OR NOTHING, which sold out in under 30 minutes, features an exhilarating card including the headline clash between Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho; Cody taking on his brother Dustin Rhodes; The Young Bucks battling the Lucha Bros for the AAA World Tag Team Championship; Hangman Adam Page clashing with PAC; and Britt Baker, Nyla Rose and Kylie Rae competing in a three-way match.

Additionally, the hour-long live pre-show special THE BUY-IN will stream on WarnerMedia and AEW’s social channels. THE BUY-IN includes the first ever “Casino (Battle) Royale,” which will see 21 competitors including Jimmy Havoc, Billy Gunn, MJF and Jungle Boy entering the ring in waves of five wrestlers every three minutes followed by one final entrant, lucky number 21, all fighting it out in the ring until there is one winner, whose reward will be a future title shot against the first ever AEW World Champion.

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.
 

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Good man, Force different threads that will all be pushed into a section !! Anyways it seems like these deals they got are all very good. I just wanna know how much Fite will charge and if its much lower b/r better lower the price
 

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I agree aew deserves it's own section, but challenging the mods like this isn't the route to take. Granted they may cave, but more than likely...when you push someone, they tend to push back. You catch more flies with honey as they say..
 

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I hope AEW prospers.

But I suspect it's doomed to fail. They don't have enough star power and wrestling is passe in general. I'll give it 18 months before Turner cuts ties.
 

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Seriously. The more the same 5-6 people bitch and complain like little girls about a separate AEW section, the longer it’s going to take.


I have no complained but i dont agree, I think people should make a point. If the mods are biest for whatever reason that is not how to run a website

It should be here by now if they stated it would be from the tv announcement
 

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Dave Meltzer via his latest Wrestling Observer Radio with Bryan Alvarez is reporting several details regarding AEW‘s TV deal with TNT and WarnerMedia.

According to Meltzer, AEW is getting an ad revenue split, production paid for and a guarantee for the ad revenue split. The two days in talks to broadcast a weekly show are either Wednesday or Tuesday. The show will be live every week.

In addition, Meltzer later gives details about AEW following the Nitro/RAW style of traveling to venues on a weekly basis, if a Canadian deal is in the works and more. Quotes are below:

The production is being covered, which shocked me and that value is somewhere between $20 and $30 million right there and then the split of the ad rights which apparently is a very complicated formula that I don’t really know all of, but if they do well with ad sales, they’ll make a lot more than if they do poorly with ad sales. Some of that depends on how well they can convince sponsors that this wrestling will be good to sponsor. There’s a lot of factors in that. A lot of it depends on the ratings in the long run. There’s a guarantee in there. So it’s not like there’s no money. There’s guaranteed money in the deal, but I mean as far as what the whole package is, it’s a really good package. I mean it’s a lot better than I thought it would be, but I can’’t give like value to it because I don’t know what the ad revenue split is and it varies based on how much revenue comes in.

I’ve never heard of a wrestling company getting their production paid for. I mean WWE to this day doesn’t get their production paid for. They don’t need to because they make a lot more, but when they were on USA, a lot times the amount of money that they got on USA probably barely covered production itself. I’m talking before they got the big money which would be the end of 1999 when they got the Spike deal. So probably from the period of RAW from ‘93 to ‘99 the production probably cost as much as they got cause they were only getting $5.5 million a year and I can’t imagine that they produced those shows for a less than a $100,000 so that’s $5.2 million right there. I mean now WWE production is probably in the range of a million per night so that’s essentially a $100 million a year out of that $470 [million] is the production costs. So this one you don’t have that.

It’s a really good deal and the reason they got the good deal is because they have multiple suitors.

WILL THE SHOW BE PREEMPTED BY SPORTING EVENTS IF NECESSARY?

Yes. There will be preemptions, depending on sports things, yes.

WILL THE SHOW BE STATIONARY OR TRAVEL?

The plan at the start is to essentially be like what Nitro was and what RAW is, where you go from city to city. Where you tape in different cities. I don’t know what types of buildings they’re going to do, what kind of deals they’re going to have.

IS A CANADIAN TV DEAL IN THE WORKS?

Yeah, there are negotiations going on for a Canadian TV deal. It’s not a done deal, but there’s negotiations.

IS THERE A CHANCE THE FIRST AEW MATCH ON TNT WOULD BE JUSHIN LIGER AGAINST BRIAN PILLMAN JR.?

I actually for a weird reason, like that idea. I think it would be difficult because they don’t have a relationship with NJPW, but it’s not impossible because Jushin Liger has a contract with New Japan that allows him to take independent dates cause he even got to work WWE which New Japan obviously would not have wanted him to do. Brian Pillman Jr. is under contract to MLW, but I guarantee that if they asked MLW, “could we use Brian Pillman for the first match on the first episode on AEW?” that they are not going to say no.

COULD TURNER TOSS BIG MONEY AT CONOR MCGREGOR?

Not happening.

WHAT ARE TNT’S EXPECTATIONS FOR AEW’S RATINGS? ARE THERE ANY?

I believe that there are and I believe that I will find those out, but I don’t know yet.
 

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This is brilliant news and sounds very promising. I do wonder how they're going to add "statistics" for the first time to wrestling in an innovative way though. It's entirely possible that this is just PR fluff though, but interesting nonetheless.

Also to those demanding an AEW section. Let's just say, I don't even bother to read the main thread due to the congestion. You can cycle through 4 pages and learn nothing.
 

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i really hope aew does well. i really hope they have a few "legends" then pick up a few new stars. it will put wwe on watch and then they will realise they need to pull their socks up..
 

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Hoping they do well consistently. The first airing on TNT has to hook people. Hopefully they bring back the excitement of show-closing cliffhangers that make people feel like they absolutely have to tune in the following week like back in the day.
They need to do this on every show just like a very popular TV series would do leave people with Cliffhangers wanting more
 

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It sounds like a good deal. Being on TNT alone is great for them -- they're going to have a lot of foot traffic. It also plays into that WCW nostalgia, which definitely exists. They are apparently going to be happy with 400-500k viewers, initially. I really don't think they need to set expectations that low. There's an audience for wrestling that wants nothing to do with WWE.
 

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This is brilliant news and sounds very promising. I do wonder how they're going to add "statistics" for the first time to wrestling in an innovative way though. It's entirely possible that this is just PR fluff though, but interesting nonetheless.

Also to those demanding an AEW section. Let's just say, I don't even bother to read the main thread due to the congestion. You can cycle through 4 pages and learn nothing.
Annual win/loss records and streaks. I used to do an online newsletter in the late 90s that tracked that for WWF, WCW, ECW, and NJPW.
 

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WCW Nitro had the Lex Luger debut.

One thing I am excited about is that TNT will handle production. TNT has the best sports presentation in the world.
 
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