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All Elite Wrestling Television Update: Two Major Networks In Play

All Elite Wrestling is reportedly in the midst of discussions for a television deal with two major television networks. Whatever decision is reached will surely change the landscape or professional wrestling moving forward.

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that the new promotion, launched recently by Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and the Khan family, has had high level talks with two “major cable stations.” Chris Jericho also said as much during a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio. Though no network is specifically named, we can make some educated guesses as to which may be in play.

One rumor that has been going around is that TNT/TBS might be looking at getting involved with wrestling programming for the first time since the demise of WCW in 2001. A television deal to air on either TBS or TNT, given their rich history with the sport of pro wrestling (and rivalry with WWE), would set the wrestling world on fire.

Paramount (formerly Spike TV) has also been rumored to have been interested in airing wrestling programming once again. The network has previously been involved with both WWE and Impact Wrestling.

ESPN has previously shown some interest in WWE programming and could also be a possibility, though the network has challenges given all of their existing sports programming. That could make trying to slot in a weekly, live episodic product like AEW difficult.

Dave Meltzer notes in the Observer story that discussions with the networks involves AEW producing a weekly, live two hour broadcast. Previous reports that the shows would be taped to air are not accurate.

Despite not yet holding any live events, AEW already seems to be firmly entrenched as the biggest rival to the WWE in North America. WWE also clearly recognizes this, going to great lengths in their attempts to sign both

Article source: https://comicbook.com/wwe/2019/01/11/aew-television-contract-news/

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