A WWE Hall of Famer believes AEW Collision is great for the wrestling industry.
On May 17, All Elite Wrestling announced they will be launching a brand new two-hour weekly primetime television program titled “AEW Collision” that will premiere on Saturday, June 17.
WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett joined AEW as a talent and the Director of Business Development in November 2022.
Speaking on My World with Jeff Jarrett, the AEW star was asked to share his thoughts on the looming premiere of AEW Collision. He said:
“Collision, how big? It’s all about the television industry, and at the end of the day, in under five years, five hours of primetime television. It just goes without saying, the brand is hot.”
“Look, maybe it’s not for everybody. Maybe the WWE is not fit everybody, and the controversy and all the ins and outs, but at the end of the day, it is this plain and simple.”
“Warner Brothers Discovery looked at their menu, they’ve got hockey, they’ve got basketball, they’ve got all kinds of different programming, and they wanted two more hours of primetime wrestling.”
“That just says a lot to me, not only for AEW, but for the industry as a whole. Pretty dang exciting.”
Jarrett continued on to describe how there have been some negative reactions to the news, saying:
“I know as a wrestling fan, we’re like, ‘Oh, great!’ Then some folks are saying, ‘Now there’s too much wrestling,’ or this, or that, or the numbers and the ratings and all that kind of stuff.”
“Look, the people running the industry are making these calls. I just think it’s an exciting time, and I can tell you a common thread that I even, from time to time, had thoughts, when I would watch AEW, prior to six months ago, was, ‘My god, they’ve got probably 15 main-eventers.’”
“Not enough slots for a two hour show, or too much talent, or the balance or this and that. We just doubled our primetime. It’s big. It’s really big. I’m excited.”
“I’m excited for everyone involved with AEW because on the one hand, careful what you wish for because there really is a doubling down of so many things. But on the upside and my delusional optimism, wow, what opportunities we have in front of us.”
Co-host Conrad Thompson highlighted the criticism of AEW adding another show and emphasized that he thinks it’s good for the industry as a whole. Pointing to the way wrestling continues to evolve, Jarrett said:
“It is great. When you kind of look now at the consolidation, there’s Comcast, Peacock, there’s the different groups, the ABC/ESPN, the Warner Brothers Discovery, that group. There’s Viacom, Paramount, all the different groups.”
“They’re in the top three of media companies, and when you kind of look around the entire globe, that’s where it gets really, really interesting. With the writer’s strike going on, the NASCAR renewal I believe is up, NBA, WWE, there’s a lot of sports rights, the industry just continues to evolve because look, there’s a lot more than just cable television.”
“There’s broadcast and cable and digital and streaming, and then all the content created out of that, and then you have your international players. Two more hours in primetime, I can’t say it’s game-changing, but man, it’s knocking on its door.”
“They made a statement, and when I say they, Warner Brothers Discovery, to me, made a statement, doubling down on wrestling. I think it’s great. If you love the squared circle, what a time it is to be in this industry,”
As previously reported, AEW recently had a falling out with CM Punk which led to changes in the announcement for the new AEW Collision show.
The card for the AEW Double Or Nothing event on Sunday, May 28 is as follows:
AEW World Championship – MJF (c) vs. Darby Allin vs. Jack Perry vs. Sammy Guevara
TNT Championship Ladder Match – Wardlow (c) vs. Christian Cage
AEW Women’s World Championship – Jamie Hayter (c) vs. Toni Storm
AEW World Tag Team Championship (Special Guest Referee Mark Briscoe) – FTR (c) vs. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett
Anarchy in the Arena – Adam Page, Kenny Omega & Young Bucks vs. Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli, Jon Moxley & Wheeler Yuta
Unsanctioned Match – Adam Cole vs. Chris Jericho
Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn & Ethan Page vs. Isiah Kassidy, Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy
International Championship Blackjack Battle Royal – Orange Cassidy (c) vs. 20 TBA
TBS Championship – Jade Cargill (c) vs. Taya Valkyrie
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