All Elite Wrestling, WarnerMedia Announce AEW Weekly TV Shows on TNT, B/R Live

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 17: Brandi Rhodes (L) and Cody Rhodes attend Mortal Kombat 11: The Reveal on January 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
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All Elite Wrestling announced Wednesday that it will begin airing a weekly show on WarnerMedia's TNT later this year.

AEW also announced that the May 25 Double or Nothing event to be held in Las Vegas will be available both on pay-per-view and through the B/R Live streaming service:

All Elite Wrestling @AEWrestling

Breaking News - @AEWrestling to air on @TNTDrama #AEW https://t.co/movdS7UKgk

B/R Live is AEW's exclusive streaming partner in the United States, and content from its upcoming weekly show will be available for consumption on B/R Live in addition to TNT.

TNT tweeted the following regarding the announcement:

TNT Drama @tntdrama

We’re back in the wrestling business! #AEW @AEWrestling https://t.co/1DVRLRdQgd

All Elite Wrestling President and CEO Tony Khan commented on the partnership with WarnerMedia and discussed the importance of bringing AEW to a wide audience:

"Wrestling fans have wanted—and needed—something different, authentic and better for far too long. AEW is answering the call. AEW is about more than wrestling. It's about a movement fueled by wrestling fans who have been under-served 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."

AEW is following in the footsteps of World Championship Wrestling, which began airing WCW Monday Nitro on TNT in 1995 and remained on the network until the company was purchased by WWE in 2001.

WCW became WWE's chief rival, and it even beat WWE in the Monday night ratings war for 83 weeks in a row before eventually falling off the pace.

AEW and WarnerMedia have yet to announce the particulars regarding the weekly show, including what day of the week it will air and its debut date.

The immediate focus for AEW is Double or Nothing, which features a stacked card. Top matches include Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho, Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes, The Young Bucks vs. The Lucha Bros and Hangman Page vs. Pac.

In addition to Double or Nothing streaming on B/R Live, the Buy-In pre-show will stream live on the social media channels of AEW and WarnerMedia for one hour leading up to Double or Nothing, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET.