This story was updated at 12:30 PM Eastern.
In less than a year, the TV home of AEW Dynamite since its inception will change.
WarnerMedia announced Wednesday that starting in January 2022, AEW Dynamite will move to TBS with the long-touted new hour-long series called AEW: Rampage debuting on TNT on Friday, August 13th at 10 PM Eastern. The show will also move to TBS in 2022, but may not remain on Fridays after the move.
As part of the changes, four new annual specials will air on TNT starting in 2022.
In a statement to the New York Post, AEW founder, president and booker Tony Khan said, “While we’re looking forward to our arrival on TBS, we’re not saying goodbye to our original and current home of TNT, which will air four new special supercard events annually. Plus, the financial upside to our new agreement will give us the opportunity to continue to invest in and grow AEW to serve the most important people in our industry: our fans, our wrestlers, our staff and our sponsors.”
In January 2020, both sides announced an extension through 2023. While no new extension was announced, Dave Meltzer is reporting that AEW is getting a ‘significant’ amount of money with the changes.
That means starting in August, AEW will have two weekly traditional televised products in addition to Dark and Dark: Elevation on YouTube. How the taping schedule goes for all of those shows remains to be seen.
In a statement to the Post and The Wrap, TBS/TNT/truTV GM Brett Weitz said the reason for the move wasn’t just due to WarnerMedia recently acquiring an NHL rights package that Wednesday nights were previously a big part of.
“Both TBS and TNT have an incredibly storied history with wrestling, so the idea of us being able to put more AEW onto TBS is a natural fit. Did the NHL have anything to do with it? Sure. NHL had something to do with it. NBA had something to do with it, the college schedule, the ton of preemptions. When we looked where the consumer’s gonna be, where wrestling fans were going to be, we want to give them the most opportunity to consume as many shows as possible. We felt TBS had an opportunity to be the network and the best platform for expansion,” he said.
This will be the first time pro wrestling has aired on TBS since 2001 in the dying days of WCW. AEW debuted on TNT with Dynamite in October 2019, the first wrestling show since the final Nitro on March 26, 2001.