AEW’s move to TBS in 2022 is getting a lot of mainstream press as the company continues to expand its programming with another hour on TNT and four new yearly specials on TNT as well.
The new show, Rampage, will launch in August on TNT but will also move with Dynamite to TBS come January 2022. Quizzed about if this will be a live or taped show, a WarnerMedia spokesperson told us that details are still being worked out but they hope to be airing live as much as they possibly can.
If the show is live, that means AEW has to go on the road twice a week – on Wednesday and Friday. The AEW Dark and Dark: Elevation tapings would probably also be split with the two shows.
The same WarnerMedia spokesperson also confirmed that a new agreement between the broadcaster and AEW was signed, but this new agreement does not supersede the previous one. The new agreement adds to the one signed last where AEW got a 3-year bumper deal and the additive deal includes the extra hour plus the new four yearly specials.
When the NHL rights were scooped up by WarnerMedia from NBCSports, speculation ran rampant on what will happen to AEW and if NHL would move to TBS. Instead it was AEW which moved stations to a channel which has two million more homes than TNT. Asked if the move was because of NHL, we were told, “When great content comes our way, we find the best way to get it in front of the consumer, working with existing partners to bring the best of everything.”
Meanwhile, Brett Wietz, the General Manager of TBS, TNT, and truTV, admitted that acquiring the NHL package played a part for AEW moving to TBS.
“Did the NHL have anything to do with it? Sure. NHL had something to do with it. NBA had something to do with it, the COVID schedule, the ton of preemptions,” Wietz told the New York Post. “When we looked where the consumer’s gonna be, where wrestling fans were going to be, we want to give them the most opportunity to consume as many shows as possible. We felt TBS had an opportunity to be the network and the best platform for expansion.”
A few weeks ago, AEW President Tony Khan admitted that he would be willing to change days for Dynamite if there’s something worth it for them. Khan got to keep Wednesdays, but lost TNT to TBS.
TBS has not aired a pro wrestling broadcast since the end of WCW Thunder.