AEW Dynamite will briefly be heading to Friday nights.
Owing to the NBA Playoffs, AEW Dynamite will soon be moving from its traditional scheduled spot on Wednesday nights.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that the shows due to take place on May 26th and June 2nd are the ones which will be moved. However, the show will air at 10pm ET, meaning that it won’t clash with Friday Night SmackDown which begins at 8pm ET.
“Due to the NBA playoffs, the normally scheduled 5/26 show is being moved to Friday, 5/28, at 10 p.m. The plan right now is to go live from 8 p.m. to midnight at Daily’s Place with two hours of Dark being taped before Dynamite with a live crowd followed by two hours of Dynamite going live. They will also be pre-empted on 6/2 and instead go live on either Friday, 6/4 or Saturday 6/5 (most likely 6/4 but this depends on the NBA playoff game TNT gets), which is why Brian Cage and Brian Pillman Jr., had to pull out of the Warrior Wrestling show on 6/5 in Chicago. They’d be taping on 6/5 if they go live 6/4, doing the 6/9 show and for Dark and Dark Elevation on 6/14 and 6/15.”
Coincidentally, in a recent interview AEW President Tony Khan discussed the prospect of AEW switching nights on a permanent basis. The topic arose after it was announced that the NHL was heading to TNT. The deal between the NHL and Turner is a seven-year agreement that will see regular season games, playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games broadcast on TNT and TBS. The agreement comes into affect at the beginning of the 2021-22 season.
Although Khan explained that AEW have a contract in place for another two and a half years, he also said that he would consider a deal if it was beneficial to AEW.