AS I SEE IT May 20: TV deals, residencies, and rolling back hateful laws


Posted on 5/20/124 by Bob Magee



AS I SEE IT
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling Between the Sheets
PWBTS.com



Warner Brothers Discovery held its Upfronts on May 15 with
no news on a TV deal renewal for All Elite Wrestling as of
yet.

AEW and TBS did, however, announce the following last
Wednesday:

"Pull up a seat as we AEW and TBS break bread and break
tables as they present Meal and a Match with Renee Paquette
and RJ City beginning Friday at 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT on the
TBS YouTube Channel. RJ City and Renee Paquette look to
prove we’ve been watching wrestling wrong as they look to
break bread and break tables with some of the biggest names
in AEW,” the preview of the show reads.:

You can watch weekly episodes, and subscribe at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa_g7IRmZmU

This past Friday featured Eddie Kingston as the first guest
for "Crying, BBQ, and Punchable Faces/TBS" .

If that wasn't enough, TNT Sports and AEW also announced the
launch of AEW: Figure Fighters – a new free-to-play casual
mobile game – featuring 3D animated versions of AEW’s most
popular wrestlers battling it out in the ring. AEW: Figure
Fighters enables players to expand their fandom of the
world-class AEW roster in an autobattler format by
collecting and leveling up their wrestler, playing in
various game modes and competing in numerous challenges.

In it, players can step into the ring as their favorite AEW
wrestler and compete in 1:1 matches – using a combination of
signature moves from AEW champions and iconic stars
including Swerve Strickland, Timeless Toni Storm, Darby
Allin, Kris Statlander, and Chris Jericho – to defeat their
opponents in a high intensity match on the mat. After
completing missions, players can level up and grow their
collection of wrestlers to strengthen their rosters. The
game gives users the option to connect a wallet to purchase
or earn collectible versions of wrestlers. AEW: Figure
Fighters is available now to download and play in the United
States for mobile users in the App Store and Google Play.

With these two items ....for anyone with any negatives about
this past week, or who buy into the doom posting on social
media: ask yourself this: do they think TBS would be ADDING
online programming for a dying company...or one they weren't
planning on doing business with in the future?

WBD and AEW sources have told Fightful Select that the
exclusivity window between the two for negotiations carry
into the summer. Any cable deal AEW reaches with WBD is
likely to include streaming. WBD sources say everything they
do is with MAX in mind. One of the issues could very well be
how to handle PPV. While MAX obviously now has done live
streaming, it doesn't have capability to do PPV in a manner
similar to that which ESPN+ does for UFC PPVs. Considering
how much revenue AEW derives from PPV, this would have to be
a major factor.

Regarding another prior item in this blog (thanks to
Wrestlenomics and Cultaholic: The Oklahoma State Athletic
Commission is considering a rule change after the commission
warned AEW over booking Nyla Rose on the company's TV
tapings from Oklahoma City in December 2023.

Rose, who is transgender, defeated Alejandra Lion at the
December 20, 2023 taping of Ring of Honor TV on HonorClub. A
transgender wrestler performing in Oklahoma is against OSAC
rules and AEW were warned by the commission over booking
Rose and they stated AEW would face consequences if they
broke the rules again.

The pro wrestling community rallied behind Nyla Rose
following the warning and AEW President Tony Khan admitted
he was "disappointed" by the OSAC warning. Multiple people
within WWE NXT also condemned the ruling.

Wrestlenomics has revealed that then-OSAC Administrator Jim
Miller notified AEW SVP Chris Harrington in January that the
Commission was discussing possibly changing the rule that
prevents transgender wrestlers from performing in Oklahoma.

Then, All Elite Wrestling and the City of Arlington (TX)
today made a deal that will feature AEW hosting a summer
series of events on the Path To All In from the Esports
Stadium in Arlington beginning Saturday, July 20...a sort of
mid-summer residency,

The Esports Stadium Arlington is the largest dedicated
esports stadium in North America, a 100,000 square foot
venue which can host 2,500; will host AEW and Ring of Honor
events throughout July and August. The lineup includes TNT’s
AEW: Collision, a Battle of the Belts show and the ROH:
Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view event on July 26.

The Path To ALL IN dates at Esports Stadium Arlington are as
follows (there will be additional Ring of Honor dates as
well).:

- Saturday, July 20 – AEW: Collision
- Friday, July 26 – ROH: Death Before Dishonor
- Saturday, July 27 – AEW: Collision
- Thursday, August 1 – AEW: Collision (Taped to air
Saturday, August 3)
- Saturday, August 10 – AEW: Collision
- Saturday, August 17 – AEW: Collision

Tickets for the Path To All In summer series will go on sale
Thursday, June 6 at 10 A.M. CT via ETix.com and AEWTix.com.
Fans interested in exclusive pre-sale opportunities can
register to become an AEW Insider by visiting
allelitewrestling.com/aew-insider.

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