AEW has officially announced a third TV show, the second to air on TNT, with one of wrestling’s worst kept secrets: AEW Collision.
Warner Bros. Discovery Chairman and Chief Content Officer Kathleen Finch announced the news during WBD Upfronts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“We’re doubling down on our wrestling efforts with AEW: Collision, which gives fans two more hours each week,” WBD Senior Executive Jason Sarlanis said in a press release.
“AEW’s talent roster has expanded so quickly that we felt it needed another night to bring our fans epic rivalries, memorable matches and the stars they love to watch. Adding Collision to our programming mix on TNT will allow us to meet the huge demand we have felt from the fan base Our hardcore and the ultimate complement to AEW Dynamite”. AEW Collision will begin on June 17, 2023, with all signs pointing to the United Center as its host venue.
“With the addition of AEW: Collision on TNT, I am incredibly proud that the Turner Network will be the home of Saturday Night Wrestling for the first time in over two decades,” said AEW CEO GM and Chief Creative Officer Tony Khan. in the current situation.
“Collision’s debut is significant across many segments including television, wrestling, entertainment and sports, and cements AEW as the gutsy property we envisioned when we launched in 2019. Every Saturday night Collision will deliver live more of what fans and viewers want to know — sports and personalities. Big, exciting storylines and hardcore wrestling action, all of which have become synonymous with AEW.”
A minor roster split is expected to accompany AEW Collision and the return of CM Punk, who remains a polarizing presence after his nuclear brawl with Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks at AEW All Out. The tensions have not yet been publicly acknowledged or resolved due to outstanding legal issues.
The million-dollar question—or perhaps the billion-dollar question—remains. How much money did AEW receive from WBD for his new TV deal? These highly anticipated figures are likely to be revealed sooner rather than later.
The AEW Collision is a bittersweet moment for AEW. AEW would still be a focal point for WBD during the uncertain times in a new system, but the start of a collision is almost guaranteed to diminish AEW Rampage as a C-show.
Whether or not Rampage will survive in the shadows of AEW Dynamite and AEW Collision remains to be seen. Maybe AEW Rampage will turn into his version of WWE NXT
Tony Khan teased another big announcement tonight on AEW Dynamite, and with rumors abounding regarding AEW, the day of big news isn’t over yet.