All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has let the blood run in its few pay-per-views to-date, but with the pro-wrestling upstart set to air weekly on TNT — will all the flying red fluid fly on basic cable?
“I think the violence that just goes hand in hand with professional wrestling is– that’s there it’s on the surface, you know what you’re getting,” AEW founder and wrestler Cody Rhodes said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “However, these blood feuds and some of the more graphic content that’s perhaps you’re talking about — you know, I’m sitting up here with a black eye and my brother, beating him up in this wonderful trailer — that content is more in line with B/R Live and our streaming services and the pay-per-views.”
“Traditionally in pro-wrestling, you would build to those big blood feuds or rivalries or hyper-violent type matches,” he continued. “You won’t see that necessarily on a weekly broadcast on TNT.”
Earlier Wednesday, Turner finally revealed AEW’s night and time slot on TNT — along with a premiere date and trailer. The All Elite series still doesn’t have a title — we asked why.
The untitled AEW series will begin airing its weekly two-hour show on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 8/7c to 10/9c. The first week will see AEW take over the Capitol One Arena in Washington D.C. The show will travel to different cities across the nation from there.
All Elite Wrestling pay-per-views have streamed on Turner’s B/R Live platform. The promotion’s next one, Aug. 31’s “All Out” in Chicago, will be no exception.
Funded by president and CEO Tony Khan, AEW was founded by Cody and Brandi Rhodes and The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson). Kenny Omega, Hangman Adam Page, Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose in WWE) also headline the talent pool. Other wrestlers include Nyla Rose, Awesome Kong, Dustin Rhodes (formerly Goldust in WWE), Jungle Boy, Dr. Britt Baker, MJF and SCU.
Legendary wrestling commentator Jim Ross provides the play-by-play.
In addition to being in-ring talent, Cody, The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega also serve as executive vice presidents. Brandi Rhodes is chief brand officer.