AEW and WarnerMedia announce TV/streaming deal, no financial terms disclosed (w/Radican's Analysis)

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It has been officially announced today that AEW have signed a deal with the iconic network TNT, who broadcast WCW Nitro during the Monday Night Wars.

More details will be announced at WarnerMedia's upfront presentation later Wednesday.

The AEW TV show will air live weekly in prime time beginning in the fall. The first such event will be Double or Nothing on Saturday, May 25 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Original: A number of AEW stars have talked about having a significant TV deal on the table which will change the game for the wrestling industry in the last few months. The full press release regarding AEW's deal with WarnerMedia can be seen below. The show will begin airing on an unspecified date "later this year".

Wrestling for decades has been a top-rated attraction with family viewing appeal and the added benefit to today's networks of being a live, weekly show without repeats.

As seen in the various shots below, AEW was represented at the Upfronts by Tony Khan, Cody Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes, Kenny Omega, Adam Page, Dr. Britt Baker and The Young Bucks.

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In an official statement, President and CEO of AEW Tony Khan said: "Wrestling fans have wanted - and needed - something different, authentic and better for far too long". "AEW is answering that call".

Michael Quigley, EVP of commercial operations, content strategy and monetization at TNT and TBS, described AEW as a "talent-forward, fan-first league" with an "inclusive approach".

Additionally, AEW special events will be available exclusive digitally through Turner's B/R Live platform along with traditional pay-per-view.

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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. AEW announced via their Twitter account that legendary referee Earl Hebner, will be joining their brand. The show, which had always been WWE's second behind Raw, will move from Tuesday to Friday nights and continue airing live in a two-hour window from 8-10 p.m. ET.

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