AEW Franchise Continues Domination and Expands to TBS in 2022
"AEW: Rampage" Premieres August 13th on TNT, Joining Wrestling's #1 Show "AEW: Dynamite"
TNT to Showcase Four New Annual Wrestling Specials
LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2021) - The All Elite Wrestling (AEW) franchise will grow its footprint with a move of "AEW: Dynamite" to TBS in January 2022.
Until then, presence on TNT remains robust in 2021 with the addition of the new hour-long series "AEW: Rampage." Debuting on August 13 at 10 p.m. ET, "AEW: Rampage" is a third hour of high-octane wrestling featuring the world renowned stars of AEW. In addition, TNT will debut four new professional wrestling specials annually, continuing to garner and grow AEW's audience until the move to TBS in 2022.
"It's a pleasure to be able to help Tony Khan expand his wrestling fiefdom across our networks and bring more content to our fans that fits the thrill ride brand of TNT and good time of TBS," said Sam Linsky, Associate General Manager, SVP, Programming and Operations, TBS, TNT and truTV. "It's Wednesday. You know what that means."
"As a lifelong wrestling aficionado who is privileged to present AEW to longtime and new fans alike, it means a lot to me - personally and professionally - to share the news that All Elite Wrestling will call TBS home beginning in 2022," said Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW. "The history of wrestling in the United States cannot be told without acknowledging the contributions of TBS, which as WTBS years ago delivered wrestling to the Southeast and eventually to a massive national audience. TBS has the same passion for wrestling today, but will offer AEW and our fans more prime time programming, content and global opportunities that will establish TBS as the world's undisputed destination for wrestling.
"And, while we're looking forward to our arrival on TBS, we're not saying goodbye to our original and current home of TNT, which will air four new special supercard events annually. Plus, the financial upside to our new agreement will give us the opportunity to continue to invest in and grow AEW to serve the most important people in our industry: our fans, our wrestlers, our staff and our sponsors. With All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite and Rampage taking center stage via our new agreement on TBS next year, and the new quarterly supercards launching on TNT, our exposure and our opportunities to grow AEW are greater than ever!"
As AEW continues to deliver the best matches and most entertaining moments in professional wrestling today, tune in to the all new "AEW: Dynamite" tonight at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on TNT.
In addition to being wrestling's most watched show, "AEW: Dynamite" was the No. 1 program on Wednesday, May 5, on cable among A18-49, a first-time triumph for the wrestling franchise. In April, the electrifying wrestling show achieved its most-watched episode since the series launched on October 2, 2019, with over 1.2 million viewers tuning in.
TBS, a WarnerMedia brand, is a top-rated destination for television among young adults and known for escapist, lean-in entertainment, featuring smart, imaginative stories with heart and comedic edge. From scripted comedy series to late-night shows, game shows, and animated programming, TBS' Originals slate is comprised of some of the most popular shows on cable - "Miracle Workers," "CONAN," "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," "The Last O.G.," "American Dad!" and "Chad." The network's slate of premium unscripted series includes "The Misery Index," "Go-Big Show," and fan favorite "Wipeout," along with, upcoming series "Friday Night Vibes," "The Cube" and "The Big D". TBS' lineup also includes comedy hits like "Family Guy" and "The Big Bang Theory," classic sitcom favorites "Friends" and "Seinfeld," blockbuster movies, and live event coverage of Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and "ELEAGUE," WarnerMedia's eSports gaming competition. Website: www.tbs.com
TNT, a WarnerMedia brand, is watched by more people than any other cable network and known for big, lean-forward television that gives viewers the best seat in the house for electrifying stories, dynamic characters and thrilling events. TNT is home to some of television's most popular original series including "Snowpiercer," "Animal Kingdom," and "Claws." TNT is expanding its programming to include premium unscripted with the docuseries "Shaq Life." TNT also presents primetime specials and sports coverage, including the NBA and NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships and the professional wrestling league All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which has exploded onto the scene with "AEW: Dynamite". Website: www.tntdrama.com
Founded by CEO, GM and Head of Creative Tony Khan, AEW is a new professional wrestling league headlined by Cody & Brandi Rhodes, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Chris Jericho, Sting, Hangman Page, MJF, Darby Allin, Hikaru Shida, Dr. Britt Baker and Jon Moxley. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a roster of world-class talent that is injecting new spirit, freshness and energy into the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner was the sold-out DOUBLE OR NOTHING PPV in Las Vegas in May 2019. AEW began airing its flagship show on TNT on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, from 8-10 p.m. ET. The weekly show, "AEW DYNAMITE," attracts the youngest wrestling audience on television. AEW's multi-platform content also includes "AEW DARK" and "AEW DARK: ELEVATION," two weekly professional wrestling YouTube series, "Being the Elite," a weekly behind-the-scenes YouTube series, and "AEW Unrestricted," a weekly podcast series. For more info, check out Twitter.com/AEW; Instagram.com/AllEliteWrestling; Facebook.com/AllEliteWrestling; YouTube.com/AEW.