Tony Khan Reveals How AEW Will Handle Four Shows A Week Once Touring Resumes
The CEO has a plan for AEW's hectic schedule
Tony Khan has offered a breakdown on how All Elite Wrestling plan to manage taping four separate wrestling shows every week once the promotion returns to a live touring schedule.
AEW already presents Dynamite every Wednesday and will be adding Rampage, an hour-long show, on Friday evenings from later this year. On top of that, the company also produces and presents AEW Dark and AEW Elevation on a weekly basis.
With AEW set to resume touring next month, CEO Khan has gone into detail on how the taping schedule will work once the promotion is back on the road.
Khan says that AEW Rampage will sometimes be presented live on a Friday, and will also sometimes be taped directly after Wednesday's Dynamite show.
Furthermore AEW Dark, which was previously taped before Dynamite, will now be replaced by Elevation, with Khan indicating he plans to find an alternative venue for Dark to be produced from.
When asked about his plans to produce four weekly shows, Khan told PWInsider's Mike Johnson: "It's going to be different formats. It's great questions you're asking. I really appreciate it. And I'll give you some scoops. I'll break the news.
"With Rampage, there's going to be some weeks that Rampage will be live and there'll be weeks where we plan to tape Rampage after Dynamite, including here at Arthur Ashe stadium, where we will be filming also after. We'll do Dynamite live and we'll also film Rampage. And in some of the markets where we have these amazing crowds, I think it's okay. We can take advantage of it and give them Dynamite and Rampage.
"There is also going to be times where we're going to do a lot of live Rampages. We're going to have a live debut. We're going to do some great live episodes. The Go Home will be live for All Out at the Sears Center, and also we'll be live for the Go Home in St. Louis and it'll be great. It'll be really, really special for us. I think it will be, sometimes we'll do it after Dynamite. We'll do Dynamite, then we'll do Rampage. Sometimes if Rampage is not live, then that'll be one taping.
"Before Dynamite, we used to tape Dark. That's going to change. I'm going to tape Elevation before Dynamite now. So it's going to be a shorter Elevation and I may add matches that I'll explain where I'll add them from. I'm going to procure a venue for use to tape Dark and other content that'll be great. And I'm really looking forward to this. I think it's going to be tremendous. It will be where we'll shoot Dark and we'll do tapings.
"And it'll be, as it's been, it's been a developmental situation and it'll continue to be developmental. And it's been great doing it all under one roof, all at one taping. And there's been advantages, but there'll be some advantages now to doing it as its own taping and being able to give 100% attention to these and not having also to think about Dynamite and soon Rampage and Elevation also.
"I think Dark has been a great platform and now Elevation for developmental, nobody can deny it. Everybody's, in the world of wrestling, is clearly paying attention to it because a lot of recruitment of people who come in and make appearances on Dark, there's no doubt that those people seem to get a lot of tryouts in the world of wrestling and vice versa, to be honest. It's a developmental system in many ways for us. And it also gives us a chance for the stars to get some reps in and work with the young talent. But it's not our bread and butter platform, frankly.
"AEW Dynamite and soon, Rampage will be the "A" shows, so to speak, in many ways. But look, if you love wrestling, what Elevation and Dark bring on Monday and Tuesday is a chance to see some of the best wrestlers in the world for free for everybody in the world, no matter where they are. And I think that's pretty cool and I try to make it fun.
"So it will change the presentation, when we start going back on the road, particularly when we start... when Rampage begins. It's going to change. And there'll be weeks where it's different. There'll be more content in the live arena some weeks, maybe when Rampage is live and we'll film more stuff. And there's other weeks where I'm going to rely on the studios.
"But I have a plan for it and I try to be really organized and meticulous in the booking. As far as going forward and what we're going to do with the live events, I think I've got it pretty well organized, but I'm glad you asked because nobody's really asked much about it. And I think it's going to be great in many ways."