On the most recent episode of “E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness”, Edge and Christian discussed their excitement level surrounding AEW’s recently announced television deal with TNT. Here are the highlights:
Christian On Why AEW’s TV Deal Is Major News:
It was announced that All Elite [Wrestling] has signed a deal with TNT and will start airing a weekly show later this year. It’s pretty big. That’s huge! It’s funny. Yeah, you think about where this kind of idea spawned starting from that show they did last year [ALL IN]. They wanted to do the biggest independent show and it just goes to show you if you keep pushing it, if you want to will something into existence, you can do it.
And it’s huge for the industry. It really is. I mean, having that kind of platform to showcase talent and there is so much talent out there nowadays. It’s always great for the talent to have a place to apply their trade and earn a living. It’s great.
Edge On Whether He Thinks AEW Can Be A Ratings Success:
Obviously, there is a marketplace for it as well. What will be interesting to see will be is the numbers that they actually pull in, what the network is expecting, and what realistic expectation is there too. Is it kind of a fledgling company starting out? I hope it does gangbusters. I really do. But I just hope that they’re given the time – do you know what I mean – to ascend outside their core audience and just have time because any new show, any show new, [anything new is a process]. To work out the kinks, if there are any, and maybe there won’t be any, just to figure out production values, editing processes… how are you going to shoot your backstage promos? Are you going to give it this feel [or] that feel? A lot of different things go into it and it will be interesting to see what they do.
Christian On The Benefit Of AEW Having Deep Pockets:
And the good thing is too, money doesn’t seem to be an issue, so there’s that as well. They have that luxury, so to speak, of being able to work through some of those trial and error periods if it does happen.
You can listen to the full interview below:
Credit: E&C’s Pod of Aweosomeness. H/T WrestlingInc.