Backstage News On AEW TV Deal Ahead Of Collision’s Debut
There is an update on the AEW television deal status after the company announced plans for the debut of Collision.
Over the last two weeks, AEW finally got to announce that their new Saturday night show Collision will debut on Saturday, June 17th on TNT. Collision will be a two hour show airing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.
This past Wednesday on AEW Dynamite, the AEW’s Owner Tony Khan officially announced that Collision’s first episode will be held at the United Center in Chicago. The company chose not to mention CM Punk’s name even though it’s expected that he will be there and one of the main stars of Collision.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer provided an update on AEWs current television deal situation with Warner Bros. Discovery, which owns TBS and TNT – the channels that air AEW programming.
“Regarding the television deal, the new deal did not include an extension for either Dynamite or Rampage. We are told that talks are going on right now regarding the option year, which would come at a somewhat significant increase. But that option year number was something agreed on in 2020, and would be way under the value of sports delivering the same level of numbers for 2024.”
“WBD does have the option year it can pick up at what I’d consider a bargain price, and it’s not like WBD is looking at increasing spending if it legally can keep a property without doing so.”
“The new deal was only for Collision, but also entailed exclusivity for WBD of all AEW programming. The terms for the new show and exclusivity have not been hinted at. No time frame was said for this new deal. But that is what caused the elimination of Dark and Dark Elevation.”
All Elite Wrestling has one of their biggest shows of the year this Sunday, May 28th when they present Double or Nothing from Las Vegas on pay-per-view.