Who’s ready for some Tuesday Night Dynamite?
Overnight rumors broke of upstart promotion All Elite Wrestling possibly finding a television home this fall. Linked to Turner Sports (TNT/TBS), a potential weekly TV show for AEW was rumored to be announced as soon as next month.
Per Hollywood business insiders The Wrap, AEW’s new television contract with the Turner family of networks may not be a done deal yet.
“Turner is in advanced talks with upstart professional wrestling league AEW (All Elite Wrestling) for a weekly television show likely on TNT, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap.”
The report continues
“The conversations surrounding the deal are “pretty complex” and “not imminent,” the individual said. While having a pact to announce by Turner’s mid-May upfront — an annual event where TV platforms debut their new programming to potential advertisers — would be ideal, it is not a definite.
Though a weekly episode AEW series would likely be destined for TNT, the Shahid Khan-backed league will probably have a multiplatform existence. Turner’s B/R Live is the most sensible outpost for the sports entertainment overflow.”
The sources from The Wrap would also go on to say that AEW may not operate on a year long schedule like WWE. With Tuesdays opening up when WWE moves SmackDown to Friday nights on Fox come this October, Turner may want to fill that live programming void on cable with AEW.
For six years TNT was home to WCW’s Monday Nitro. Currently Turner Sports live event portfolio includes the NBA, NCAA men’s basketball every March, MLB on TBS, the PGA Championship every May, and UEFA Champions League coverage on TNT.
Would Turner Sports be a good landing spot for AEW’s first TV deal?