This upcoming fall, AEW will begin airing on TNT. We have it on good authority that the show will begin airing in October, but there has been no confirmation up to this point on when in October it will happen
Television negotiations take a long time to put together, and there are a ton of moving parts. AEW’s legal counsel had to be very careful to review the terms to ensure that everything in order. Of course, this is not TNT’s first experience with pro wrestling, which was a positive for AEW during the discussions.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer spoke about how Eric Bischoff had to put together a deal in a two week time frame in order to purchase WCW and also get a television deal for him back when World Championship Wrestling was up for sale. Meltzer also discussed the timing in how long it took for AEW to come to terms on a deal with TNT.
“If you follow AEW stuff, AEW and Turner started talking before Thanksgiving and there was actually like vague talk before that, but the real negotiations, the first real meeting serious stuff was a couple days before Thanksgiving and the deal was finalized in May — May 15th was when they announced it. It was probably finalized to a degree a little before that, but even today we don’t know what day it’s on.”
“So it’s like the actual finalization and everything isn’t there until they decide the day which I would have thought we would know by now and even now we still don’t know.”
TNT worked with AEW on the upcoming show for several months. As a matter of fact, there are still a few minor details that need to be worked out in the deal. Part of the reason why AEW is not announcing when their first show will be in October is because it will give Vince McMahon, Triple H, and the WWE less time to prepare to compete.
When will AEW begin airing on TNT? Only time will tell. Wrestling fans are excited to have an option besides WWE that they can turn to to satisfy their needs.