All Elite Wrestling has reportedly found a television broadcast home and for long-time professional wrestling fans, it will remind everyone of the infamous “Monday Night Wars” that made wrestling “must watch” back in the mid -to-late 1990s.
According to The Wrap, AEW and Turner Sports are expected to announce a broadcast deal that will see a weekly AEW show air on TNT, which used to be the home of WCW’s ‘Monday Night Nitro’ back when it went head-to-head with WWE’s ‘Monday Night RAW’ in an epic ratings war.
Unfortunately for WCW, their overtaking of WWE in the ratings was only temporary, and although they almost pushed Vince McMahon’s WWE out of business, WWE ended up turning the tables and beating WCW to the point where McMahon eventually purchased WCW in the early 2000s.
But, with this new deal, WWE will have it’s first real competition since the days of WCW, with a familiar adversary back behind the other side, in the form of Turner Sports.
Per the report, AEW president Tony Khan and some of his wrestlers are expected to be in attendance at the Madison Square Garden presentation to pitch to media buyers.
Financial terms of the deal are not expected to be disclosed as AEW is not a publicly traded company. The airing of the weekly AEW show is expected to being this fall.
The Wrap mentioned the first mention of the news, via @fightoracle on Twitter:
-BREAKING- @WarnerMediaGrp aka Turner Sports (TNT, TBS) will present @AEWrestling at their upfronts to advertisers next month. WarnerMedia/Turner upfronts are currently scheduled for May 15th. This is how Networks announce their content lineup for the fall season to advertisers.
— The Fight Oracle (@fightoracle) April 10, 2019