This deal marks the first time that wrestling has aired on TNT since the demise of WCW. AEW will be presented to advertisers during the WarnerMedia Upfront at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Wednesday.
Rumors of a deal between AEW and WarnerMedia have been making the rounds for weeks now, and today it was officially announced that a weekly AEW show will air on TNT later this year. "AEW is answering the call".
The B/R Live platform will serve as the exclusive digital streaming platform in the United States for AEW'S Double Or Nothing event on May 25th as well.
During a recent fireside chat at the 47th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston, WWE Co-President George Barrios was asked if the company considers the new promotion to be competition for them.
Over the preceding couple of days, other referees introduced by AEW include longtime CHIKARA official Bryce Remsburg, PWG and Lucha Underground referee Rick Knox, veteran ROH official Paul Turner, and Aubrey Edwards, who officiated in the 2018 Mae Young Classic, and also at WWE Evolution.
Since the company was launched, AEW officials have talked about providing a sport-based product and being an alternative to WWE. In the press release announcing the deal with WarnerMedia, AEW is described as providing "less scripted, soapy drama, and more athleticism and real sports analytics".