All Elite Wrestling will launch a new episodic show on Saturday nights beginning June 17, Warner Bros. Discovery announced on its kickoff show Wednesday.
«AEW: Collision» will air two hours of programming at 8 p.m. ET on Saturdays, the company said. Thunder Rosa, Miro, Samoa Joe, Powerhouse Hobbs and Andrade El Idolo will be among the headliners of the new show next month.
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«With the addition of ‘AEW: Collision’ on TNT, I am extremely proud that a Turner network is home to Saturday night wrestling for the first time in over two decades,» said AEW co-founder, Tony Khan, in a statement. Press release. «The debut of ‘Collision’ is significant in numerous sectors, including television, wrestling, entertainment and sports, and reinforces AEW as the bold property we envisioned when we launched in 2019. ‘Collision’ will offer live all the Saturday nights more of what fans and viewers tell us what they want: athleticism, great personalities, exciting storylines and authentic wrestling action, all of which have become synonymous with AEW.»
All Elite Wrestling has produced a weekly show on the Turner networks since October 2019. «Dynamite» airs on TBS on Wednesdays, while «Rampage» airs a one-hour show on TNT on Fridays.
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AEW is seen as the closest competition to WWE since the 1990s, when World Championship Wrestling was in the midst of a ratings war with the company led by Vince McMahon.
«We’re doubling down on the fight with ‘AEW: Collision,’ which gives fans two more hours each week,» Turner Networks president Jason Sarlanis said in a statement. «AEW’s roster of talent has expanded so quickly that we felt another night was needed to bring our audiences the epic rivalries, unforgettable matches, and stars they love to watch. Adding ‘Collision’ to our TNT programming mix makes us happy.» It will allow us to meet the massive demand we’ve felt from our hardcore fan base and be the ultimate companion to ‘AEW: Dynamite’ on TBS.»
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Pro wrestling fans have an even bigger smorgasbord of content to watch every day. WWE RAW and NXT airshows on Monday and Tuesday nights, respectively. The National Wrestling Alliance airs «Powerrr» on Tuesday nights. Impact Wrestling broadcasts its tapings on Thursdays and WWE follows up with SmackDown on Fridays.