The NBA regular season ends May 16, and the playoffs don’t happen exclusively on TNT’s usual Tuesday/Thursday schedule.
So, as was the case last summer, AEW Dynamite is getting bumped out of their usual Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET spot on the network. But unlike in August of 2020, where the changes didn’t hit the shows immediately around All Out, this year it’s the Double Or Nothing go home and fallout episodes that are being shuffled off Wednesdays.
At least according to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which says playoff coverage on Weds., May 26 will force that week’s Dynamite to Fri., May 28 at 10 p.m. ET. It’s not clear why the later than usual start time. There may be another game TNT is broadcasting that night (the NBA hasn’t put out a full schedule), or they may have just wanted to avoid a “Friday Night War” scenario going head-to-head with SmackDown. Dave Meltzer says AEW will be filming wrestling at Daily’s Place while WWE is airing on FOX - they’ll tape two hours of Dark before Dynamite goes live.
The following week will also be pre-empted, but it’s not confirmed yet whether Dynamite will move to Fri., June 4 or Sat., June 5, or at what time the show will air. Also no word on when that will film, but with Double Or Nothing happening on May 30, one would presume it would either be live, or tape on Weds., June 2.
Not ideal, but moving around last August and September didn’t seem to have a lasting impact on Dynamite’s rating or AEW’s overall fortunes. We’ll see if having to change around these PPV bookend episodes is more painful.