WarnerMedia will launch a new professional wrestling franchise in partnership with All Elite Wrestling, WarnerMedia announced prior to its Thursday morning upfront presentation.
TNT will air live weekly AEW matches later this year, marking TNT’s re-entrance into the wrestling ring in nearly 20 years since airing content from the now defunct WCW pro wrestling franchise in the late 1990s.
In addition, the AEW will stream content through WarnerMedia’s B/R Live event as well as via pay-per-view, according to company officials.
B/R Live will serve as the exclusive digital streaming partner in the United States for AEW’s May 25 inaugural event, Double or Nothing, said AEW officials.
“All Elite Wrestling is a talent-forward, fan-first league whose inclusive approach to creating high-quality athletic wrestling competitions is already making waves with fans and attracting top-tier wrestlers,” said Michael Quigley, executive vice president, commercial operations, content strategy and monetization for TBS and TNT in a statement. “It is high-adrenaline, gripping entertainment and we can’t wait to bring it to fans everywhere with this game-changing new business.”