AEW Dynamite is on the move come January with a new one-hour show being added to the All Elite family beginning in August.
As reported in Deadline, the flagship show of All Elite Wrestling is shifting from TNT to TBS come January 2022. The much-talked-about extra hour of programming on the network begins on Friday, August 13th on TNT at 10 pm ET and will be called AEW: Rampage.
As part of the deal with Warner Media that owns TNT and TBS, four new AEW specials will air annually on TNT. The new deal had been negotiated in January 2020 before the pandemic hit, which extended AEW’s relationship with the networks through to 2023.
AEW Dynamite was the number one show on cable on Wednesday, May 5th as the company presented Blood And Guts between The Pinnacle and Inner Circle.
Sam Linsky who is the Associate General Manager, SVP, Programming and Operations for TBS, TNT, and truTV is quoted as saying:
“It’s a pleasure to be able to help Tony Khan expand his wrestling fiefdom across our networks and bring more content to our fans that fits the thrill ride brand of TNT and good time of TBS. It’s Wednesday. You know what that means.”
AEW President Tony Khan added:
“As a lifelong wrestling aficionado who is privileged to present AEW to longtime and new fans alike, it means a lot to me – personally and professionally – to share the news that All Elite Wrestling will call TBS home beginning in 2022. The history of wrestling in the United States cannot be told without acknowledging the contributions of TBS, which as WTBS years ago delivered wrestling to the Southeast and eventually to a massive national audience. TBS has the same passion for wrestling today, but will offer AEW and our fans more prime time programming, content, and global opportunities that will establish TBS as the world’s undisputed destination for wrestling.”
TBS is available in slightly more homes in the United States than TNT with TBS available in a little over 90 million homes and TNT in just 89 million.
AEW Rampage beginning on Friday nights at 10 pm means Friday will become a bumper night for wrestling fans. The new show from AEW will immediately follow WWE SmackDown on Fox. The addition of AEW Rampage also takes the number of AEW shows produced weekly to four with AEW Dark: Elevation airing on Mondays, and AEW Dark airing on Tuesdays, both on the company’s YouTube channel.