The news that All Elite Wrestling’s weekly live show for TNT will debut on Weds., Oct. 2 at 8PM eastern from Washington, D.C. came along with the usual press release, and an appearance by executives & performers Cody & Brandi Rhodes and wrestlers Kia “Awesome Kong” Stevens, Jack “Jungle Boy” Perry & Nyla Rose for a panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in Los Angeles today.
Aside from the premiere info, there wasn’t a lot of new news from either. The final title of the TNT show wasn’t announced, but we did learn from the TCA panel it should be coming in the next couple of weeks. Aside from that, both the PR and talk in L.A. reinforced two things we’ve been hearing about for AEW since their initial launch in January: wins and losses, and stats, will matter, and the company wants to bring together a wide variety of wrestlers and give them a voice in creating the final product.
Here’s the release, along with some highlights from Twitter-ers at the panel:
TNT Premieres All Elite Wrestling’s Live Weekly Matches on Wednesdays Beginning October 2
July 24, 2019 – WarnerMedia announced today that the new professional wrestling league All Elite Wrestling (AEW) will begin airing its two-hour weekly matches on TNT on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET. The highly-anticipated, action-packed matches will take place in different cities across the nation each week on Wednesdays, starting in Washington, D.C., at the famed Capital One Arena. Ticket pricing and on-sale date for the televised live event will be announced on Monday, July 29, at 12 p.m. ET via AEW’s social media platforms.
AEW features a world-class roster of diverse male and female wrestlers, giving fans a new wrestling experience for the first time in 20 years. Founded by President and CEO Tony Khan, AEW is headlined by Cody & Brandi Rhodes, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Kenny Omega, Hangman Adam Page, Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. The roster is also filled with incredibly skilled competitors including Nyla Rose, Awesome Kong, Dustin Rhodes, Jungle Boy, Dr. Britt Baker, MJF and SCU. In addition to being in-ring talent, Cody, The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega also serve as EVPs with Brandi Rhodes serving as Chief Brand Officer. Renowned commentator Jim Ross has also joined the league.
Focused on fast-paced, high-impact competitions, AEW offers fans more athleticism along with real sports analytics. Wrestlers are also given freedom to explore their characters and highlight their athletic abilities. Introducing statistics to wrestling for the first time ever, AEW will raise the stakes for its matches and deepen fan engagement by tracking each competitor’s wins and losses as wrestlers pursue championships. Their moves and damage to their opponents will also be analyzed on-air to provide insights into their winning streaks.
WarnerMedia has been offering fans exclusive access to AEW’s previous matches that kicked off in May. Their extremely popular events DOUBLE OR NOTHING, FYTER FEST and FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN were all streamed on B/R Live. The highly anticipated ALL OUT event in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 31, will also stream on the platform. B/R Live’s high fan engagement provides an invaluable opportunity to build AEW’s audience and maximize its viewership.
Brandi Rhodes says that because #AEW is only doing one show a week, the wrestlers won't be driving themselves on the road, putting injured bodies in the ring. She says "well-being" is important. Kia Stevens adds she's "very happy" and "heard." #TCA19— Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay) July 24, 2019
We’ll see more of this approach in action on PPV Sat., Aug. 31 at All Out, and on weekly cable starting Weds., Oct. 2.