AEW Dynamite Moves to New Viewing Platform, New AEW Series to Debut

Published 05/19/2021, 1:02 PM EDT


When AEW came to town, nobody expected it to actually become something that could dominate the wrestling industry, considering how WWE had held a monopoly over pro wrestling for ages.

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However, with several talents joining the company, pro-wrestlers transitioning from other companies to AEW, and Tony Khan and Co. giving fans and wrestlers what they want, the company soared to new heights. Now, with its growing success, the company is expanding its shows along with changes to their viewing platform.

In an extension deal, AEW Dynamite is shifting to a new viewing platform, TBS, from January 2022. However, the void Dynamite is leaving behind will be covered up by a new series, AEW: Rampage.

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This will be a new series that will run for an hour. The company plans to debut this series on August 13th, 10 pm ET.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to help Tony Khan expand his wrestling fiefdom across our networks and bring more content to our fans that fits the thrill ride brand of TNT and good time of TBS.

“It’s Wednesday. You know what that means”, said Sam Linsky, Associate General Manager, SVP, Programming and Operations, TBS, TNT and truTV.

Tony Khan gives his input on AEW Dynamite moving to TBS

CEO Khan acknowledged the role TBS plays in the wrestling industry. He believes the new platform will offer AEW fans a different and more elevating experience.

“The history of wrestling in the United States cannot be told without acknowledging the contributions of TBS, which as WTBS years ago delivered wrestling to the Southeast and eventually to a massive national audience.

“TBS has the same passion for wrestling today, but will offer AEW and our fans more prime time programming, content and global opportunities that will establish TBS as the world’s undisputed destination for wrestling.”

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Undoubtedly, Dynamite has been performing extremely well. Currently, the series is in its third season. The episode on May 5th, 2021 ranked #1 among adults between 18-49, which was a first for the company.

However, the time when Dynamite was competing with WWE NXT on Wednesday nights before NXT shifted to Tuesday, Dynamite was often beating NXT in ratings and viewership.

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Pro-wrestlers such as Chris Jericho, Paul Wight, Sting, and others who were big names at WWE are currently working with AEW. This has led to a significant chunk of WWE viewers tuning in for AEW Dynamite instead of NXT.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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