UPDATE: A new report has revealed CM Punk and AEW have had another falling out, hence why Punk was removed from promotional material for Collision – read more at this link.
A new report has revealed the backstage reaction in AEW to recent changes at TV tapings.
As previously reported, All Elite Wrestling announced on May 17 that they will be launching a brand new weekly two-hour series titled AEW Collision starting on Saturday, June 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
In preparation for this news, the company has eliminated AEW Dark and Dark Elevation from their slate of shows and from television tapings.
Per PWInsider, the feeling among many in the company is that the elimination of other shows have made the tapings easier to work, have kept the crowds hotter and made producing the overall tapings much less of a weekly hardship.
The report notes that this has allowed more focus to go into AEW Dynamite and Rampage in recent weeks. Dynamite tapings has had a few live matches for the live crowd before going live for the weekly broadcast.
The most recent live events in Kentucky and Virginia were seen internally as some of the most fun they have had performing recently and there was a completely different vibe for them.
The report also notes that there were a “lack of the same type of pressure” that normally exists for television tapings.
It was recently mentioned that once AEW Collision debuts, the expected taping schedule will see live AEW Dynamite and then Rampage taped for the following Friday.
Meanwhile, there will be a live Collision and be bookended by Ring of Honor taping for the following Thursday.
We will have further updates in regards to AEW Collision when they become available.
Here’s the full announcement from AEW:
TNT LAUNCHES A SECOND NIGHT OF WRESTLING WITH “AEW: COLLISION” FEATURING HEADLINERS THUNDER ROSA, MIRO, SAMOA JOE, POWERHOUSE HOBBS AND ANDRADE EL IDOLO ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17
NEW YORK (May 17, 2023) – TNT launches a second night of professional wrestling with a new tentpole series, “AEW: Collision” on Saturday, June 17, it was announced today by Kathleen Finch, Chairman and Chief Content Officer, US Networks Group, Warner Bros. Discovery, during the company’s 2023 Upfront presentation at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
This live, two-hour, in-ring show will air every Saturday night from 8-10 p.m. ET and feature more wrestlers, more stories and more action to super-serve fans.
“AEW: Collision” will feature headliners including Miro, Samoa Joe, Thunder Rosa, Powerhouse Hobbs, and Andrade El Idolo.
In only four years following the launch of “AEW: Dynamite,” AEW’s footprint has more than doubled across TNT and TBS. Along with “AEW: Dynamite,” Friday night’s “AEW: Rampage,” the recent follow-doc “AEW: All Access,” and now “AEW: Collision,” TNT and TBS deliver the best matches and most entertaining moments in professional wrestling today.
AEW has reached 23M total viewers so far this year across all of its shows on TBS and TNT.*
“We’re doubling-down on wrestling with ‘AEW: Collision,’ which gives fans two more hours every week,” said Jason Sarlanis, President, Turner Networks, ID and HLN, linear & streaming.
“AEW’s roster of talent has expanded so quickly that we felt it needed another night to bring our audience the epic rivalries, unforgettable matches and stars they love to watch
“Adding ‘Collision’ to our programming mix on TNT will allow us to satisfy the massive demand we’ve felt from our hardcore fanbase and be the ultimate complement to ‘AEW: Dynamite’ on TBS.”
“With the addition of ‘AEW: Collision’ on TNT, I’m extremely proud that a Turner network will be the home of Saturday night wrestling for the first time in more than two decades,” said Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW.
“The debut of ‘Collision’ is significant across numerous sectors including television, wrestling, entertainment and sports, and reinforces AEW as the bold property we envisioned when we launched in 2019.
“‘Collision’ will deliver live every Saturday night more of what fans and viewers tell us they want – athleticism, big personalities, exciting storylines and hard-hitting wrestling action, all of which have become synonymous with AEW.”
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