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.
The headline stars of the new Saturday TV show AEW Collision have been revealed, following the official announcement of the new brand.
Following weeks of rumors about the show, AEW Collision was officially announced during the Warner Bros Discovery Upfront presentation on Wednesday (May 17).
AEW then shared a press release, listing several popular names as ‘headliners’ for the show.
The five stars specifically mentioned were:
Miro, Samoa Joe, Thunder Rosa, Powerhouse Hobbs, and Andrade El Idolo
In addition to these five names, several others were featured on the official poster for the TV show.
The stars featured on the poster are:
Samoa Joe, Thunder Rosa, Powerhouse Hobbs, AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy, AEW World Champion MJF, Andrade El Idolo, AEW Tag Team Champions FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler), Miro, and AEW Trios Champions House Of Black (Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews with Julia Hart)
UPDATE: There’s another new official poster that’s being shared by AEW talent, which features some additional names:
Thunder Rosa, Bryan Danielson, Scorpio Sky, Jack Perry, and Adam Page
That means no CM Punk return officially confirmed as of yet, despite the expectations of him being the lead star of Collision, so it looks like it’s either being kept as a ‘surprise’ until he actually returns, or just being announced another time.
UPDATE: For a new update on Punk’s status for Collision following this announcement, click this link.
Starting from June 17, Collision will air every Saturday in the 8-10pm ET time slot on TNT.
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.”
Check out the official poster below:
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