“I Can’t Say What the Future of AEW Will Hold for Certain”: Tony Khan Gives Update on TV Deal Amidst WWE Interest

Published 12/29/2023, 12:39 AM EST

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Just like WWE, the media rights are also a big deal for its rival: AEW. Right now, WWE is seeking a new deal for its own RAW. The fans know that they have sold the rights to SmackDown to NBCUniversal’s USA Network on a five-year, $1.4 billion deal, whereas for NXT, they have locked the deal with the CW network.

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However, it is predicted that WBD could eagerly target acquiring the rights to RAW. Amidst all this, Tony Khan has also shed light on the TV deal with AEW. This was told considering the end of the AEW’s TV deal in Autumn 2024. He also discussed Warner Bros. Discovery in his statements.

Tony Khan opens up about AEW’s broadcasting future

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Tony Khan is certainly optimistic about the next stage of AEW media rights negotiations. The AEW head honcho revealed that he could play his cards right in the future. Well, it became a matter of discussion considering AEW’s deal with Warner Bros. will end later in 2024. In a recent media call, he said, “We’re under an exclusive agreement. I can’t say what the future of AEW will hold for certain, but I know there is a lot of interest in pro wrestling, and judging by the market.”

Discussing ROH further, he said, “I’ve had lots of interest in Ring of Honor, which I’m holding and looking forward to having an extra card to play later in the coming year in such negotiations. Knowing there is a ton of interest in ROH and that product from outside parties, and knowing there is far more interest in AEW, multiple times more, and far greater rights fees for AEW in the future, it bodes well in the market knowing there will likely be a lot of suitors for AEW.”

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It is evident from his comments that the AEW boss believes in the company as a product and is confident that he could net a more lucrative deal in the future. Moreover, the 41-year-old opened up about his experience of working with WBD.

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What does Khan think of WBD?

Tony Khan indeed had a great experience with the WBD. He outlined that it was a great experience working with Warner Bros. Furthermore, the good nature of the deal means that anybody who wants to lock up a deal with AEW has to come up with a tremendous offer. He said so, considering his current and past experiences in the partnership.

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As we approach Autumn 2024, it will be interesting to see what all goes for WWE’s counterpart as it gets closer to the TV negotiations. So what do you think? What could be the fate of AEW? Let us know in the comments.

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