AEW started on the right foot in 2020. It has put on two good shows for its flagship program, AEW Dynamite, which is broadcast on the TNT network, and with this it has managed to beat NXT in terms of audience and rating, exceeding 900 thousand viewers by Second consecutive week.
Apparently, in this 2020 the good news for AEW fans does not stop; All Elite Wrestling and WarnerMedia announced that AEW Dynamite will run until 2023, with a four-year agreement totaling $175 million. The agreement, reportedly, has an option for the fourth year, at a “significantly higher price,” and would include the launch of a new program for the company. Here is the press release:
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) January 15, 2020
AEW DYNAMITE on TNT is one of the 20 best cable series and has reached almost 32 million viewers on all platforms in just three months
Pasadena, January 15, 2020.- WarnerMedia today announced an expanded relationship with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), the new and innovative wrestling company that has already redefined the fight with resounding success after only a few months. WarnerMedia has extended its agreement for AEW DYNAMITE, one of the 20 best cable series, until 2023. In addition, the parties agreed to launch another AEW action night, offering more of the fan’s favorite wrestlers, with a second periodic show.
‘When Tony Khan first shared his idea of starting a new wrestling company, I was impressed by his audacity to face a contestant who has been the only one in the game for twenty years, and finally, I thought that together we could join his vision for a new and authentic product, ‘says Kevin Reilly, content director, HBO Max, president, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “The fans have talked and after only three months, we have seen AEW shake the world of wrestling and this will only continue as we develop this momentum .”
AEW DYNAMITE exploded on the wrestling scene when it premiered on TNT as the number 1 wrestling show of the night. It has continued to produce high-performance episodes every week with an average of 1.2 million viewers in total and 654 thousand in the 18-49 segment per episode, live view and up to 7 days later. In just three months, AEW DYNAMITE has reached almost 32 million people on all platforms. The program also offers the youngest wrestling audience on television.
‘When we launched AEW a year ago, we wanted to start a revolution that would disrupt the wrestling business, but everyone said it would take a weekly television partner to make AEW real in the eyes of everyone, especially fans.’ Said Tony Khan, president, and owner of AEW.
‘What virtually no one noticed at the time was that Kevin Reilly and TNT were committed to this same movement from day one, and their belief in us made it possible for AEW to think and act big from the beginning. Here we are, only three months of Wednesday night episodes, and now we have extended until 2023! Now we are making the last statement that the AEW and TNT team is here to stay and provide fans with more of the great fight that fans demand and deserve. “
Weekly action-packed encounters continue to air live on Wednesdays from 8 pm to 10 pm Eastern time, as part of the TNT programming of a large television going forward, which gives viewers the best seat in the house for electrifying stories, dynamic characters, and exciting events. As a global franchise, AEW has already secured transmission agreements in the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany and is available in more than 100 countries through the AEWPlus subscription service. Both sides are continually exploring ways to further expand this relationship.
WarnerMedia announced in May 2019 that it was working with AEW, using its position as a next-generation global media company to help turn this company into a worldwide professional wrestling franchise. WarnerMedia has also been offering fans exclusive access to AEW PPV events, which began in May 2019, through the B / R Live platform.
His next event, REVOLUTION, which will take place in Chicago on Saturday, February 29, will also be broadcast on the aforementioned platform. With almost 100,000 total purchases of AEW PPVs, the high commitment of B/R Live fans provides an invaluable opportunity to build the AEW audience and maximize its audience.
In addition to being a success in ratings, AEW has won high praise from a large press sector. Newsweek called it ‘One of the best shows of 2019’, and four of the AEW superstars were nominated among the 10 best Sports Illustrated wrestlers of 2019, and Jon Moxley was named ‘Fighter of the Year’.
The Washington Post also wrote that ‘AEW … is a unique opportunity in the generation to present the professional struggle differently, with a focus on diversity and inclusion in the ring, both in the high command and in the audience. ‘ USA Today referred to the company as the ‘great new kids’, and the New York Post stated that AEW DYNAMITE ‘showed excellent action within the ring by which it became known.’ Complex described AEW DYNAMITE as a ‘top-notch’ show and Film wrote that ‘AEW is the best and most refreshing thing professional wrestling has had in years.’
AEW is a new global wrestling company that presents a list of various world-class wrestlers, giving fans a new wrestling experience for the first time in 20 years. AEW is more than wrestling. It is a movement driven by fans. Focused on fast and high-impact competitions, AEW offers fans more athleticism along with real sports analysis.
Founded by President and owner Tony Khan, AEW is headed by Cody & Brandi Rhodes, Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page. The list of wrestlers is also full of incredibly skilled competitors, including Nyla Rose, Awesome Kong, Dustin Rhodes, Jungle Boy, Dr. Britt Baker, MJF, Pac and SCU. In addition to being talents in the ring, Cody, Brandi Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and Kenny Omega are also executives of the brand.
Regarding this new agreement, which includes the launch of a new show (although without further details), Dave Meltzer indicated the following:
“When the new program is launched, Wednesday’s recordings would be expanded and would also include the recorded meetings for AEW Dark, which will not disappear. This means that there will be four hours a week of the product, which will allow more time to show more talent, which has been limited by the current format. “
The reactions did not wait, starting with AEW’s boss, Tony Khan, we also made known what other executives and superstars of the company have said before the aforementioned announcement :
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 15, 2020
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) January 15, 2020
— EVIL UNO of the DARK ORDER (@EvilUno) January 15, 2020
As the face of @AEWrestling I’d love to pretend this is shocking.
— Maxwell Jacob Friedman™️ (@The_MJF) January 15, 2020
— Leva Bates (@wrestlingleva) January 15, 2020
This is tremendous news! We couldn’t be any more thrilled. Our hard work couldn’t pay off without your dedication. Thank you for taking the ride with us! SO MUCH MORE TO COME!!! #AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/ljWN9VE7oU
— The Brandalorian (@TheBrandiRhodes) January 15, 2020