AEW is heading to a streaming service in the new year.
Since its inception, AEW has produced pay-per-view events on a limited basis, but back in July, it was reported that Warner Bros. Discovery wanted the company to expand its offerings, potentially holding as many as one PPV a month. During the summer, WBD was negotiating with All Elite Wrestling about a new deal, one that could lead to a huge money increase for the company.
Andrew Zarian followed up by reporting that the company will look to move to hold 12 pay-per-view events a year and could end up on WBD’s MAX streaming service.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Andrew Zarian doubled down by confirming that AEW will be heading to MAX in 2024 and possibly before then with the company’s expected December pay-per-view:
“I don’t have insight on the pricing, but I do have insight. They are going to MAX. That is happening. That is happening in 2024 for sure. Maybe the December PPV is on MAX.”
What does Tony Khan think about a move to MAX for AEW?
Speaking with CNBC ahead of All In back in August, Tony Khan revealed that he would love to see the AEW library on the streaming platform:
“I think there’s a lot of great possibilities. You know, we have a streaming service overseas outside of America that is very successful with AEW Plus that’s doing great revenue and has seen major growth this year and has grown so much in just a few years and turned into one of the top wrestling subscription services that’s only available outside of America, which is the primary driver of revenue in pro wrestling, even though it’s available in 150 countries around the world.
“The international revenue is great, too. But frankly, America, the revenue you drive out of there is in many ways the strongest individual point certainly, and I think those US streaming rights are very valuable.
“So potentially, we could land, I would love to be on MAX, and I think that would be an amazing thing. And MAX is certainly my favorite streaming platform and it is the streaming platform of my bosses at Warner Brothers Discovery, the people who carry AEW in the US, India, and many great territories. And I believe that together we can come up with something really special. But it was up to me. I would love to land on MAX, home of all my favorite shows.”
There have been some big changes in the TV landscape for wrestling in recent days with WWE announcing that SmackDown is heading back to the USA Network after five years on FOX.