Tony Khan Comments on Future of AEW’s Battle of the Belts Specials
Post Wrestling held a recent interview with AEW CEO Tony Khan. One of the topics discussed included Khan stating that AEW’s Battle of the Belts specials will continue to be held for the foreseeable future.
“Yeah, Battle of the Belts will continue, which is great. As for where the next Battle of the Belts episode will run on TNT, whether it will be a Friday or a Saturday, it’s a great question, and still talking about that. We’ll have a good answer for you on that soon.”
Transcript h/t: Fightful.com
AEW Collision Airing Status Updates for United Kingdom & Canada
AEW reportedly recently signed a new television deal with ITV for the airing of their upcoming AEW Collision television series in the United Kingdom, according to the Wrestling Observer.
Dave Meltzer reported that his sources stated that Collision will be airing on ITV 4 on Wednesday nights in the region. Meltzer reported that the official timeslot for Collision’s airing in the U.K. on ITV is currently not known but some shows are currently expected to air starting at 9PM local time.
Besides ITV 4, FITE TV will be airing Collision live on their AEW+ subscription service for the U.K.
In regards to Canada, Post Wrestling’s John Pollock reported that Collision will air on a tape delay on cable television on TSN 2 starting at 12AM EST on Sundays. Similar to the U.K., Collision will also air live in Canada on TSN’s TSN+ streaming service.
AEW News & Notes
As noted before, AEW recently fired producer BJ Whitmer following his arrest over a domestic violence incident earlier this month. Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that prior to his firing, Whitmer had been dealing with some backstage heat over issues revolving around a recent match he had produced.
AEW officials reportedly originally had plans for Keith Lee to make an appearance at their June 7th Dynamite show in Colorado Springs, Colorado but dropped those plans due to travel and logistical-related issues involving Lee at the time, according to Fightful Select.
Christopher Daniels reportedly was the person who produced the main event Trios match between The Elite and the Blackpool Combat and post-match brawl with Eddie Kingston, Konosuke Takeshita, and Will Ospreay at this past Wednesday’s Dynamite show, according to Fightful Select.
As noted before, Parker Boudreaux has been absent from AEW since this past March due to an unknown injury. PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources stated that Boudreaux was in attendance backstage during this past Wednesday’s Dynamite show in Washington, D.C.
In a recent interview with Post Wrestling, AEW CEO Tony Khan gave his thoughts on his goal for the identity of AEW’s upcoming new Collision series. Khan stated “I want to take some of the great things we developed — that are part of the working formula — but I also want to create a distinct show with a distinct identity. I believe we can do that with Collision. [We can] present a great wrestling show every Saturday night.” (Transcript h/t: PostWrestling.com)
While responding to a fan on Twitter, Dax Harwood stated that the reason why FTR has some of the best looking merchandise in AEW is due to him being the one in charge of handling the production of FTR’s merchandise and paying outside artists straight from his pocket to design their shirts. Harwood stated “Because I’m hands on with the shirts and merch. I pay for all of the outside art that is done and get the artists their money. Because I Fucking love wrestling. And for references, @ExtraCooler@HalHaneyArt, among others. Money out of MY POCKET straight to them. No in between parties.“