Tony Khan Reveals He Turned Down Third Hour for AEW Dynamite, Rampage Will Not be ‘Secondary’ Show

Published 05/20/2021, 10:40 AM EDT


All Elite Wrestling is nearing the pinnacle of the pro wrestling mountain in a very short span of under two years. The promotion has a nice blend of industry veterans and young blood. In fact, they have so much talent that one show isn’t enough to feature everyone. Luckily, Tony Khan doesn’t have to worry about it anymore.

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During an appearance on Busted Open Radio yesterday, AEW President Tony Khan made a huge announcement. He revealed AEW’s weekly TV show, Dynamite, will have a new home starting January 2022 on TBS. He also announced a new weekly TV show for Friday Nights, AEW Rampage.

HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 28: Tony Khan, son of team owner Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars, waits on the field before their game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Tony Khan promises AEW Rampage will at the same level as AEW Dynamite

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While providing more details on what AEW Rampage will bring to the table, Khan revealed Turner Network gave him an option to add another hour to Dynamite when they signed a contract-extension in January last year. However, Khan shared he didn’t want that and instead suggested a new show on a different night.

He said, “They asked at one point if I wanted to do three hours of Dynamite when it came up about doing a third hour. I said I really believe in doing it on another night. This timeslot is good for the fans to keep a great night of wrestling fresh on Friday nights. I promise, Rampage isn’t going be a secondary show, it is going to be equivalent of Dynamite.

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Tony Khan has assured that AEW Rampage will not be like AEW Dark or AEW Dark: Elevation that premieres on YouTube. This would be a genuine weekly wrestling show, like ECW on SyFy back in the day. We expect this show to be like SmackDown where some lesser featured wrestlers and top stars will appear.

When we consider the time for the show, it is just an hour. So, there won’t be much that will happen on the show – probably two-three matches and one good promo. However, if booked right, Rampage could be the quick dose of wrestling on Friday Nights before you hit the bed.


Also, just like AEW Dynamite’ move, Rampage will also move to TBS starting January 2022. The series is set to debut on August 13th on TNT, and we can’t really wait to see what Tony Khan and AEW have in store for us.

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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