As noted before, WarnerMedia announced that AEW’s weekly Dynamite television series will be moving to TBS starting next year. WarnerMedia also announced that a new television series called AEW Rampage will be debuting this August on TNT and also move to TBS next year.
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources within AEW stated that the company is receiving around an “eight figure payday” from WarnerMedia as part of the deal to move Dynamite to TBS, the addition of a new weekly series, and the new quarterly television specials on TNT. Johnson also reported that the general backstage reaction to the announcement has been positive with AEW officials viewing this as a way to increase the company’s footprint on multiple networks.
In regards to the switch from TNT to TBS, Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston reported that the difference between the two networks in national households is minimal. Thurston reported that TBS is currently available in around 81,789,000 homes while TNT is currently available in 81,342,000 homes in the United States.
During a recent episode of the Busted Open Radio podcast, AEW CEO Tony Khan discussed WarnerMedia’s announcement of a new weekly one-hour television series for AEW.
“We knew that another show was coming this year, and I’ve been saying it for a long time that we were going to add another night. One hour. And I didn’t want to do three hours of Dynamite. They asked at one point if I wanted to do three hours of Dynamite when it came up about doing a third hour. And I said I really believe in doing it on another night.
This time slot, I think, is really good for the fans to keep a great night of wrestling fresh on Friday nights. And, so, at 10 pm, you’re going to have a great option to come watch Rampage.
And I promise Rampage isn’t going to be a secondary show. Rampage is going to be the partner of Dynamite, the equivalent to Dynamite. We have these two strong franchises Dynamite and Rampage, and they are our weekly core properties.
And then we’ll have our peripheral properties, probably the equivalent of what you would have seen partially a developmental show, partially a syndicated show. And I think that’s what you’ll get on Elevation and Dark. But for Rampage and Dynamite, those will be our core properties on TNT the rest of this year.”
Transcript h/t: F4WOnline.com