Tony Schiavone Hopes WarnerMedia-Discovery Merger Leads To AEW Streaming Service

Tony Schiavone is hoping for an AEW streaming service

Discovery and WarnerMedia completed their megamerger earlier this month which sees the two companies bring together their TV, news and movie operations to form one of the biggest media companies in the United States. 

What exactly the Discovery-WarnerMedia merger means for All Elite Wrestling - with the promotion airing their programming on TNT and TBS - remains to be seen but Tony Schiavone is hopeful it will result in a streaming service for Tony Khan's organisation.

Upon being asked if he had any concerns about the merger on What Happened When, Schiavone said: "From the people I've talked with, no. For me on the surface, yes, because I know what happened before. But I think we have a viable enough product that if Discovery says, 'We don't want wrestling', we could end up somewhere else. The Khans are pretty plugged in. That's what’s different about this era is that if Time Warner/Discovery doesn't want us, we still have a business. I think there's always some concern, but we've built up a very good relationship with WarnerMedia.

"If this merger comes, and as we've been reading, they've been clearing out a lot of people, it seems to me they are really big into streaming services. What I hope this means is that we are finally going to have a streaming service. In other words, we are finally going to have our own network where we can show our old shows."

Fans in the United States have hoped for a dedicated AEW streaming service since the promotion was founded back in January 2019, similar to the WWE Network, Honor Club and IMPACT Plus. Speculation has swirled in the past that AEW content could end up on HBO Max but no deal has been reached so far. 

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