AEW on TNT launch date officially confirmed, first show host venue announced

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

All Elite Wrestling’s weekly television series will premiere Wednesday, October 2 at 7CT/8ET on TNT network. The first show will be held at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

AEW issued the following press release to announce the details:

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.

Powell’s POV: There was a lot of talk of the show airing on Tuesdays once Smackdown moved to Friday nights on Fox, but TNT’s NBA schedule made that unrealistic, so Wednesday has been the expected night for some time. It’s nice to finally have the information made official and it marks the beginning of a new era. It will be interesting to see if rumblings of NXT moving to FS1 on Wednesday nights turn out to be accurate and whether the WWE brand ends up airing head-to-head with AEW.


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