After their initial announcement about television plans in the United Kingdom weren’t exactly as management had led fans to believe, there was a lot of anger and anxiety from All Elite Wrestling’s non-U.S. fans. ITV plans for the UK and led to the quick announcement of a make-good solution to ensure viewers there at least had a way to watch the show live, but there was still disappointment people would have no choice but to pay if they hoped to see every Dynamite before pay-per-view (PPV) events like Nov. 9’s Full Gear. And Canadians interested in seeing All Elite Wrestling’s new TV show at all were understandably nervous about the lack of news regarding distribution in their country.
It didn’t happen until yesterday (Oct. 1), a little more than 24 hours before the premiere episode broadcasts from Washington, D.C., but the news Canucks got was pretty good. And turns out President Tony Khan had one more trick up his sleeve for fans across the pond, too.
For Canada, AEW partnered with TSN to broadcast Dynamite live every week. The network has a long history with wrestling, having been the past home of WWE, WCW and Canada’s own Stampede Wrestling. Dynamite will air on TSN’s sub-stations, at least initially, but will be available on demand and stream on the network’s app.
Here’s the press release:
– AEW DYNAMITE is headlined by Canadian wrestling superstars Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, Shawn Spears, The Dark Order, Allie, and more –
TORONTO (October 1, 2019) – TSN announced today a partnership with the new professional wrestling promotion ALL ELITE WRESTLING (AEW) to deliver live coverage of the weekly live wrestling show, AEW DYNAMITE, kicking off Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the famed Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TSN and TSN Direct subscribers can watch the all-new AEW DYNAMITE every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on TSN’s digital streaming platforms, including TSN.ca and the TSN app, and on the network’s five national television feeds (subject to final scheduling confirmation). TSN’s AEW DYNAMITE schedule for the month of October is as follows:
- Wednesday, Oct. 2: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN2
- Wednesday, Oct. 9: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN2
- Wednesday, Oct. 16: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN2
- Wednesday, Oct. 23: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN2
- Wednesday, Oct. 30: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN3
Among the featured wrestlers competing in AEW’s highly anticipated, action-packed matches are Canadian superstars Chris Jericho, the inaugural and current AEW World Champion; and Kenny Omega, the subject of the acclaimed, fan-favourite documentary OMEGA MAN: A WRESTLING LOVE STORY, part of TSN’s award-winning series ENGRAVED ON A NATION.
“For many, many years, Canada has been home not only to some of the most legendary wrestlers ever, both past and present, but also to some of the most knowledgeable and passionate fans anywhere in the world today,” said Tony Khan, CEO of AEW. “I’m thrilled that we are teaming with TSN to show AEW DYNAMITE live in Canada. TSN has great history broadcasting wrestling, and I know they will be a great partner for AEW and our fans.”
“We were overwhelmed with fans’ outpouring of support for our OMEGA MAN documentary earlier this year, and that incredible response has primed TSN to showcase Kenny Omega and the rest of AEW’s high-octane talent for fans across the country,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Discovery and TSN. “AEW DYNAMITE is headlined by two Canadian mega-stars alongside a growing roster of must-see wrestlers, and we’re very excited to deliver the wrestling world’s game-changing new series to TSN subscribers.”
AEW also features members of The Elite (Cody and Brandi Rhodes, Matt and Nick Jackson, and Hangman Adam Page) as well as Jon Moxley, Nyla Rose, Awesome Kong, Dr. Britt Baker, SCU, and Dustin Rhodes, with renowned wrestling commentator Jim Ross calling the action.
In the UK, ITV has announced a change to their schedule. Dynamite is still airing the Sunday morning after it happens live, with a clip show version coming Monday in late night. But it will also broadcast in full on Thursday in primetime, with a replay of the entire episode late night on Friday.
As I’d promised last week, we’ve been working with our friends at @ITV on scheduling to get free same day access to our weekly episodes of AEW Dynamite for our amazing UK fans via ITV Hub and a sooner free to air replay on ITV4. Thank you for your patience, here’s the great news: https://t.co/uotOIGMHBs— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) October 2, 2019
A bit of a bumpy ride, and surely more last minute than anyone hoped, but this looks to be a solid plan - and some evidence of AEW listening to its customers.