AEW Heading To TBS In 2022, New Show To Premiere Later This Year
Will the TNT Title become the TBS Championship next year?
The long-talked-about second AEW TV show is finally here.
All Elite Wrestling announced today that 'AEW: Rampage' will premiere on Friday, August 13 at 10 pm ET on TNT.
AEW programming will then remain on TNT until the end of 2021, but both Rampage and Dynamite will be moving to TBS from 2022.
Professional wrestling isn't leaving TNT entirely, though, and AEW will host four new annual professional wrestling specials on the network.
"As a lifelong wrestling aficionado who is privileged to present AEW to longtime and new fans alike, it means a lot to me - personally and professionally - to share the news that All Elite Wrestling will call TBS home beginning in 2022. The history of wrestling in the United States cannot be told without acknowledging the contributions of TBS, which as WTBS years ago delivered wrestling to the Southeast and eventually to a massive national audience. TBS has the same passion for wrestling today, but will offer AEW and our fans more prime time programming, content and global opportunities that will establish TBS as the world's undisputed destination for wrestling," Tony Khan said.
"And, while we're looking forward to our arrival on TBS, we're not saying goodbye to our original and current home of TNT, which will air four new special supercard events annually. Plus, the financial upside to our new agreement will give us the opportunity to continue to invest in and grow AEW to serve the most important people in our industry: our fans, our wrestlers, our staff and our sponsors. With All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite and Rampage taking center stage via our new agreement on TBS next year, and the new quarterly supercards launching on TNT, our exposure and our opportunities to grow AEW are greater than ever!"
Sam Linsky, Associate General Manager, SVP, Programming and Operations, TBS, TNT and truTV added: "It's a pleasure to be able to help Tony Khan expand his wrestling fiefdom across our networks and bring more content to our fans that fits the thrill ride brand of TNT and good time of TBS."
This will be the first time in 21 years that professional wrestling has aired on TBS. WCW Saturday Night was a regular programme on the station beginning in 1992 but the show was cancelled in August 2000 during WCW's decline.