For anyone with even the faintest interes in the history of pro-wrestling, this is pretty significant news; TNT was the home of WCW Nitro for six years before the company's eventual demise in 2001.
No additional details of the deal between WarnerMedia and AEW have been release in regards to financial terms, but more information about the deal is expected to be released during the WarnerMedia upfronts later today. He is in search of a proper "thank you" from AEW for its first pay-per-view selling out, and now the deal with WarnerMedia that will bring an AEW television show to TNT and B/R Live starting this fall.
The days are ticking down until their first big show - Double Or Nothing - which comes live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, and it will give us a big indication on what kind of viewing figures one might expect when it comes to weekly television.
Per the release, AEW will have, "less scripted, soapy drama, and more athleticism and real sports analytics, bringing a legitimacy to wrestling that it has not previously had". He was seen in last week's episode of "The Road to Double Nothing" on YouTube with his feet up on the desk of Cody Rhodes, one of AEW's four executive vice presidents, before asking for a "company-sponsored" thank you. The show will begin airing on an unspecified date "later this year".
Everyone except a conspicuously absent Chris Jericho...
"All Elite Wrestling is a talent-forward, fan-first league whose inclusive approach to creating high-quality athletic wrestling competitions is already making waves with fans and attracting top-tier wrestlers", said Michael Quigley, executive vp commercial operations, content strategy and monetization at TBS and TNT. With the deal, AEW has become the first wrestling company outside of WWE to secure a television deal in the US on a top 25 cable network since WCW folded.
"Wrestling fans have wanted - and needed - something different, authentic and better for the far too long", said Tony Khan in a press release. AEW is answering the call. "So yeah, AEW has announced and welcome to the game". The hour-long pre-show will stream on WarnerMedia and AEW's social channels.