5 Reasons why AEW went with TNT
It's official. It' just been announced that TNT will be the official broadcaster for AEW's weekly TV show. This was rumored to be in the works for a while but it's certainly a big move on the part of TNT to go with AEW. It'll also mark the first time that AEW will debut on TNT since WCW closed its doors back in 2001.
The press release released by TNT's parent company, WarnerMedia provides clarity on the way forward for this new partnership.
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 vp commercial operations, content strategy and monetization at 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.
But really, why did AEW pick TNT as its broadcast partner or should I vice-versa as well? It's quite obvious that they gave them the best deal. But what are the underlying reasons as to why they eventually went with the very large broadcast cable network? With that in mind, here are 5 reasons why AEW has gone with TNT.
#5 More wrestling than ever before
It's true that WWE is the big corporate entity when it comes to professional wrestling. But it's even truer that a lot of smaller companies have been providing an alternative outlet for wrestling fans who are tired of the sameness of the WWE product.
When All In sold 10,000 tickets last year just on the names of Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks, it caught the attention of the wrestling world. And most certainly got the attention of WarnerMedia executives who were impressed by the showing.