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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 03:27 pm
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We’re back in the wrestling business! #AEW @AEWrestling pic.twitter.com/1DVRLRdQgd
— TNT Drama (@tntdrama) May 15, 2019
The following press release was issued by WarnerMedia and All Elite Wrestling this morning, confirming they would be partnering to bring the promotion to TNT “later this year” and that WarnerMedia’s Bleacher Report Live platform would be carrying the 5/25 Double or Nothing PPV:

WarnerMedia Partners with All Elite Wrestling for Multi- Platform Launch of Groundbreaking New Wrestling League

TNT to Air Weekly Matches Later This Year


Inaugural May 25 Event Available on B/R Live and via Pay-Per-View


AEW to Introduce a New Generation of Diverse Wrestlers and Give Fans a

New Wrestling Experience for the First Time in 20 Years


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. 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.

About WarnerMedia
WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, truTV and others. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).

All Elite Wrestling
AEW is a new professional wrestling promotion headlined by members of The Elite (The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Cody and Brandi Rhodes, and Hangman Page) and Chris Jericho. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a growing roster of world-class male and female wrestlers who are poised to bring new spirit, freshness and energy to the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner is DOUBLE OR NOTHING on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, followed by FYTER FEST on June 29 in Daytona Beach, followed by FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN on July 13 in Jacksonville. For more info, check out @AEWrestling (Twitter), @AllEliteWrestling (Instagram), /AllEliteWrestling (FB), AllEliteWrestling (YouTube), and additionally, AllEliteWrestling.com.

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Chris Jericho has announced that AEW has also made a deal with ITV to air in the UK.



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srossi wrote: Chris Jericho has announced that AEW has also made a deal with ITV to air in the UK.

I had never heard of ITV Box Office before this was announced last week. Pay Per View wrestling at 1am isn't going to do big numbers, especially on a brand new channel that only shows third rate boxing. The pre-show will be free on ITV4. 

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ITV have made a pretty good 45 minute primer on AEW to advertise the PPV.


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PWInsider:

Several readers sent word that in the last few minutes, this Saturday's All Elite Wrestling Double or Nothing PPV was plugged by announcer Marv Albert during the NBA Playoff game on TNT, complete with a graphic featuring the PPV's logo and pictures of Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega.

The graphic plugged that the PPV can be ordered on WarnerMedia's Bleacher Report Live.

This was the first sign of TNT cross-promoting AEW in advance of their eventual debut there this Fall, but it certainly will not be the last.

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Cody is doing press and is planning for the TV show will be 2 hours live every week from a different venue, but this is not yet confirmed.  But it will only be TV and PPVs, he said he isn't expecting to run house shows, at least not any time soon.

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srossi wrote: PWInsider:

Several readers sent word that in the last few minutes, this Saturday's All Elite Wrestling Double or Nothing PPV was plugged by announcer Marv Albert during the NBA Playoff game on TNT, complete with a graphic featuring the PPV's logo and pictures of Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega.

The graphic plugged that the PPV can be ordered on WarnerMedia's Bleacher Report Live.

This was the first sign of TNT cross-promoting AEW in advance of their eventual debut there this Fall, but it certainly will not be the last.

That seems like a pretty good plug; obviously the E is going to be number one for a very long time but some of this stuff has to have the E sweating a little. 



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Franchise wrote: srossi wrote: PWInsider:

Several readers sent word that in the last few minutes, this Saturday's All Elite Wrestling Double or Nothing PPV was plugged by announcer Marv Albert during the NBA Playoff game on TNT, complete with a graphic featuring the PPV's logo and pictures of Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega.

The graphic plugged that the PPV can be ordered on WarnerMedia's Bleacher Report Live.

This was the first sign of TNT cross-promoting AEW in advance of their eventual debut there this Fall, but it certainly will not be the last.

That seems like a pretty good plug; obviously the E is going to be number one for a very long time but some of this stuff has to have the E sweating a little. 

The plug is fine but at the end of the day none of this mainstream shit means anything. Karl Malone was literally doing Diamond Cutter hand gestures during the NBA Finals and what did it really mean?  There are wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans and you’re not getting many converts.  WWE has to worry about losing more of their existing base to the competition, which is already dwindling. That won’t be determined by Marv Albert plugs, but AEW could be real threat. 

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Marv Albert somehow managed to mispronounce Chris Jericho's name.

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srossi I agree completely I’m just saying as a company they are getting traction with their partner which seems impressive to me.



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tamalie wrote: Marv Albert somehow managed to mispronounce Chris Jericho's name.Shocking! Marv is getting old, but you know damn well he did that on purpose.



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Luchasaurus officially signed with AEW today.



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The Dustin - Cody match was unbelievable. I cant believe how in shape Dustin is, especially being 50. Broke out a tope off the apron and one of those sunset flip power bombs.  All while bleeding like a stuck pig.

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nyhack56 wrote: The Dustin - Cody match was unbelievable. I cant believe how in shape Dustin is, especially being 50. Broke out a tope off the apron and one of those sunset flip power bombs.  All while bleeding like a stuck pig.
After watching the two events so far and seeing Cody steal the show with two guys who aren't exactly the best in the world, Nick Aldis and a 50-year old Dustin Rhodes, I just have to laugh at all the smarks who say that Cody isn't a good worker and they hope he doesn't push himself.  STFU.  This is why Vince thinks you're idiots.  Cody had the two best and most emotional matches on those shows by actually working, and by basically building up the angles all by himself with his home-shot promos.  And he blew away Kenny Omega, the Young Bucks, Pentagon Dark, and all the other Internet favorites.  Cody has become one of the best old school wrestlers in the world and people who claim to like that still shit on him.  You lose all credibility.  I don't remember any of the spotfests, but I'll remember those two Cody matches in 10-15 years.  And Cody didn't book either to be in the main event, even though they both (especially the first one) should've been. 

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After the emotion of Cody winning the NWA world title, which was all built around the fact that his father never saw him become (a) world champion, and a blood feud with his brother to "kill the Attitude Era," where does he go now? It'll be difficult for him to keep this up with weekly TV. If he's prepared to stay in the background and only come out for two or three big feuds a year, he'll be great, though.

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