The situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus is ever changing and events that were planned to happened yesterday are no longer scheduled today. This post aims to be a stop for anyone curious on the status of AEW’s upcoming events.
AEW is seemingly planning to continue to run Dynamite each week despite not having fans in the arena. This situation is fluid so that could change, but as of now the show will go on each Wednesday night and will be produced at closed set locations with essential personnel only.
For those looking for refunds, AEW is offering them on any event that has been rescheduled. You just need to contact your point of purchase. Otherwise you can use your tickets for the same seat on the rescheduled date.
This is a message on rescheduled events from Ticketmaster:
For rescheduled events, that information will be listed on our website by your event. If your event’s organizer is offering refunds for a postponed or rescheduled event, this option (a refund link) will be visible under the order in your Ticketmaster account.
Below is a list of the live events that AEW currently has scheduled and an update on their status if there is any. This post will be continually updated as things develop.
March 18th Dynamite in Rochester, New York – RESCHEDULED
This show was originally moved to Jacksonville at the Daly’s Place, but that now seems to be off with the city of Jacksonville shutting down live events in the area. The show is still scheduled to happen with matches still being advertised.
Fans who have already purchased tickets to the Rochester show will be offered a refund via the point of purchase, or have their original ticket valid for admission to the event on July 8. Additional details will be forthcoming.
March 25th Dynamite in Newark, New Jersey – RESCHEDULED
The highly anticipated Blood & Guts show will not take place in Newark, New Jersey. AEW will reschedule their New Jersey debut for July 22nd.
This show will be televised live on TNT on March 25, and be managed under a restricted attendance policy. The DYNAMITE show in Newark will be rescheduled for Wednesday, July 22, at the Prudential Center.
AEW Revolution is this Saturday and you know it’s a major event because sportsbooks are offering betting odds on the event.
Yes, you can bet on pro wrestling. Do you know who is going to win these matches? Well, neither do the people who make these betting odds. They are watching the show just like you and doing their best to predict what is going to happen. You make bets based on what you think is going to happen, just like any other sport.
AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho (+100) vs. Jon Moxley (-140)
Cody Rhodes (+140) vs. MJF (-180)
AEW World Tag Team Championship: Kenny Omega & Adam Page (+170) vs. The Young Bucks (-250)
Dustin Rhodes (+200) vs. Jake Hager (-300)
AEW Women’s Championship: Nyla Rose (-200) vs. Kris Statlander (+150)
(These odds are in American format posted at Bet Online sportsbook. What that means is a bet like Jake Hager (-300) means that you would need to bet $300 to win $100. It pays out 1/3rd of your bet amount. While Dustin Rhodes (+200) means that if you bet $100, you’d win $200. It pays two times what you bet.)
The interesting odds here are for the AEW World Championship match between Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. These odds are extremely close with Jon Moxley being only a small favorite to win. This has been the best built match in AEW history with neither man having a singles loss so these odds make sense. It’s really hard to judge who is going to win here.
For most surprising odds, how about the Young Bucks being a big -250 favorite against Kenny Omega & Adam Page who are a +170 underdog? Hangman & Omega have been a great team and managed some wins against some great teams over the past few months. They beat SCU for the titles which is something that the Young Bucks were unable to do. It seems strange to see the Bucks as such a big favorite, but with the drama between Page and Omega and the Bucks experience – these odds makers think we’ll see a title change.
Another surprise was seeing MJF favored to beat Cody in their match. Cody Rhodes has been through a lot to get this match and his body is pretty beat up going into this one, but it’s hard to imagine him not getting his revenge here. He’s been wanting this since November and for him to finally get it, and fall short is just not like Cody. Surprising to see and a good chance to make some money potentially.
The show’s biggest favorite is Jake Hager at -300 against Dustin Rhodes. This is Hager’s first AEW match and the theory seems to be that he has been saving something special for his first match. He definitely has the size and the MMA skill as well as the age advantage, but it’s still jarring to see him favored so big here.
Finally, we have Nyla Rose as a big favorite in her AEW Women’s Championship match against Kris Statlander. Nyla hasn’t been pinned since Riho beat her on the first Dynamite so it’s almost surprising not to see her as a bigger favorite here. This is Nyla Rose’s first defense of her AEW Women’s Championship and you have to think she’ll be ready for this one. Statlander is tough though so she might be worth it for fans of the underdog.
That’s all the matches that currently have betting odds for them. If you are interested in learning more about betting on pro wrestling, check out Bet On Pro Wrestling.
Last night, Adam Page and Kenny Omega won the AEW World Tag Team Championship and became the first members of The Elite to win a championship in AEW. Or, in the case of Page, the first former member of The Elite to win a championship in AEW.
It was an important moment in the career of Adam Page. A former ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champion (with the Young Bucks), it is a title win that firmly puts him on the list of the top stars in All Elite Wrestling. It has been a long road to get here, but Adam Page finally stands beside the rest of The Elite as equals. Even if the rest of The Elite have figured it out yet.
To tell where Hangman Adam Page is, we first have to look where he’s been.
Welcome to the Bullet Club
Adam Page was a young wrestler who was also working as a teacher in 2016. He’d made it to Ring of Honor and was considered by everyone to be a prospect to watch, but he was still just that – a prospect. That started to change in May of 2016 after Adam Cole joined the Bullet Club.
At ROH’s War of the Worlds event in Dearborn, Michigan; the Bullet Club of Adam Cole, the Young Bucks, Tama Tonga and Tonga Roa was challenged to a five-on-five match. It would be the Bullet Club against a team of The Briscoe Brothers, Motor City Machine Guns, and Adam Page. Only when it was time for the main event, Page was nowhere to be seen. Semmingly another victim of the Bullet Club. Colt Cabana ended up taking his place, but during the match Adam Page appeared and attacked Jay Briscoe as he officially joined the Bullet Club.
It was reported that New Japan Pro Wrestling hand selected Page for the Bullet Club and that he would soon debut there as well. Joining the Bullet Club was the break that Adam Page had been looking for and he was able to quit his job as a teacher to work full-time as a wrestler. He was on his way, but he still needed to find out who he was in the world of wrestling.
Being apart of the Bullet Club had more than financial advantages for Hangman, he was also able to take that spot and become a featured player on Being The Elite. There was just one problem: Adam Cole. With two Adams on the show, Page was clearly the less famous one and needed a new moniker. He started going by Hangman which helped to differentiate him from the more famous Adam in the group.
The YouTube show not only allowed Hangman to show more of his personality, but also develop it. He became an integral part of the show, but it wasn’t until the “Where’s Hangman?” arc that he really broke out.
Adam Cole had just died/left for WWE and the show needed Page to step up. On the show, he was kidnapped and taken off the show for a couple of weeks. During this time, everyone from Dave Meltzer to Glacier to X-Pac wondered “Where’s Hangman?” #WheresHangman was a thing. This was all a design to take Page from a secondary character and make him a major one, and it worked.
When Page returned at ROH Death Before Dishonor 2017 with his mouth duct taped and hands taped together, the crowd erupted for the loudest cheers of the night. Then he did his top-rope moonsault to the outside while still handcuffed.
Being the Elite changed everything for Adam Page and he knows it:
“Being the Elite I would say has been the No. 1 thing in terms of getting me more recognition and getting people to like me. I like to think I’ve always been a good wrestler. It wasn’t until I had a platform and an opportunity like Being the Elite to show people that I’m a real human being. Show people I have a personality. I think that’s helped more than anything in my career.” – Adam Page to ESPN, 2018
Page’s time in NJPW featured a ton of growth for him as well. He started in multi-man matches, but by 2018 he had worked himself up to an important spot. He ended up taking Cody’s side in the civil war between Cody and Kenny Omega. With Cody, they are the only team to defeat the Golden Lovers during their short comeback.
Page remained a key part of Being the Elite and even… murdered Joey Ryan with his boots. Or that’s what he thought. His boots started talking to him so he quit wearing them. It was a whole thing.
After murdering Joey Ryan, Page set out to murder another Joey – Joey Janela. The two were set for a match at All-In and it is arguably the best match on the entire show. The crowd was into this storyline nearly as much as Cody’s NWA World Title chase and when Joey Ryan appeared at the end of the match to avenge his death (along with penis druids), the crowd lost it.
It was another great notch on Page’s belt as he continued to prove himself as the rising star of The Elite. However, it was after the match when Page’s place in the hierarchy was shown. Cody and the Young Bucks, deservedly, got all the credit for putting this together and making it a reality. Kenny Omega was treated as the biggest star and gave the goodnight speech. While Hangman Adam Page just hung out in the ring, happy to be there. As far as he’d come, he still had a lot farther to go.
Waiting for AEW
The period between All-In and the announcement of All Elite Wrestling is relatively short, but it felt like forever. Adam Page competed in New Japan’s World Tag League and finished up with ROH career with an awesome match with Jeff Cobb at Final Battle 2018. He didn’t get the big Tokyo Dome blowoff to his New Japan career like the rest of his Elite mates, he was on the pre-show. He was ready for more, but the situation with All Elite Wrestling would press pause on his career. For now.
Page is All Elite
Of course, he was. Speaking to Busted Open Radio, Page said “With All Elite I felt that I had the opportunity to do something huge for my career and just to have fun with my friends.” He would add, “It was something we decided to do together. It was an easy decision.”
The key line there is “having fun with my friends”, words that would come back to haunt Adam Page. While Adam Page was considered a major signing and one of the key parts of AEW’s future, he wasn’t on the same level as his friends in the Elite. The Young Bucks, Cody, and Kenny Omega were named Executive Vice Presidents while Page was simply a wrestler signed to a wrestling contract. That is not a problem on the surface, a person can be friends with someone they work for obviously, but it would fundamentally change their relationship in ways that Page couldn’t have expected.
That would all come later though. First, AEW had to have a pres conference announcing their existence. Adam Page told the crowd that he wanted to be the first ever AEW World Champion, but he was interrupted by PAC and, later in the night, upstaged by Chris Jericho.
Double or Nothing
During the build-up to Double or Nothing, Page was teased by his friends/new bosses for wearing “Full Gear” in public and there were many comments made about his body/size. He was told to lose weight and add size, this created Adam Page’s Full Gear Challenge that inspired many fans to get in shape along with Page. Cody eventually revealed that The Elite were only joking with him and that he had “the secret stuff all along”. While clearly meant without harmful intent, it’s the kind of thing that becomes complicated in a friend/boss situation.
It was around this time that “The Elite” became “The EVPs” to many. The build of Double or Nothing became less about this group of friends and much more about this group of executives. Which would be fine except Adam Page was not one of them.
Still, Hangman was definitely one of AEW’s top stars. Adam Page was meant to face PAC at Double or Nothing, AEW’s first ever show, but things happened. Page went to Britain to confront PAC and got beat up. PAC refused to appear at Double or Nothing and Page was left without a match.
The original idea for Hangman’s match with PAC seems to have been that the winner of the match would face the winner of Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega to crown the first AEW World Champion. Instead, the challenger for the winner of that match would be the winner of the Casino Battle Royale. So, what did Page do? He entered the Casino Battle Royale and won it.
However, that match took place on the Buy-In and didn’t receive great reviews. His opponents in that match were a real mixed bag and the win didn’t seem as impressive as it should have been. While Cody, the Young Bucks, and Kenny Omega all participated on the main show in four star plus matches to rave reviews. Again, Page’s place in the hierarchy was clear.
Road to All Out
With only two events before All Out, Page wrestled at both Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen. While he won both of his matches, they both fell flat to many and Page was getting the “not ready for primetime” label. People were questioning his place in the main event of AEW’s second event, but Page himself was laser focused on the match with Chris Jericho.
A week before All Out, Adam Page asked the Young Bucks to second him to the ring. They had seconded Kenny Omega to the ring in his legendary bouts with Kazuchika Okada and he wanted them to do the same for him. However, the Young Bucks had a ladder match at All Out and while they wanted to, declined. Page said this was fine, but it was just one more thing on a now growing list of changes in their relationship. The biggest moment of his career and his best friends/mentors weren’t going to be there for him.
AEW All Out took place at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The same building as All-In a year ago. While Page was one of the most beloved wrestlers on that night, he wasn’t on this night. The brighter spotlight of AEW and wrestling Chris Jericho had changed things. The audience was now something more than the BTE audience that Page made his name on and it showed in his reactions.
Page wrestled a great match against Chris Jericho, but in the end lost out to his experience. The crowd rarely believed in Page during this match despite the great performance he put on. The loss, without the Young Bucks on his side, changed Page. After the show, the Young Bucks would ask him if he wanted to go to dinner and he said no. The change in his friends had been building for awhile, but now the change in Page was beginning to show.
AEW Dynamite Debuts
For the first episode of Dynamite, Page finally got his match against PAC. Kenny Omega wrestled PAC at All Out and lost, so this was another chance for Page to wrestle someone that Omega lost to and do better. Unfortunately, that was not to be the case and Page took the loss.
Later that night, the Young Bucks were beaten down by what is now known as the Inner Circle. Cody and Dustin Rhodes ran out to make the save, but Adam Page was nowhere to be found. This all came to a head on the next episode of Being the Elite.
The Bucks confronted Page for not being out there while Page finally let his emotions show. When the Bucks asked him where he was, Page said that he was in the “regular talent locker room, not your special EVP locker room.” His frustrations were clear, but Dustin Rhodes makes clear to him that despite his hard feelings that he should’ve been there for his friends.
The feud between the Elite and the Inner Circle continued for the next few weeks and further divided The Elite from Adam Page. Hangman was attempting to focus on his own career and his upcoming rematch with PAC at AEW’s third pay-per-view, Full Gear.
Page was able to get the win over PAC at the show which seemed to get him back on track. After the match he attempted to make amends with the Young Bucks. He admitted that the match with Chris Jericho sent him spiraling and said that he didn’t know what he would’ve done if he lost to PAC. Page’s sense of self worth was becoming more and more tied to his in-ring success.
Unfortunately for Page, that sense of self worth would last exactly one show.
Quitting the Elite
After Full Gear, the record in AEW between Page and PAC stood at 1-1. A rubber match was decided for the very next AEW Dynamite where PAC firmly took the lead in the series. This was a rough night for all of The Elite members, but Page took it the hardest.
On the next BTE, he told the Young Bucks “I can’t keep being the least successful member of The Elite.” The Bucks tried to argue with him, but Hangman told them that is always how it’s been. Page reached his breaking point and he had to go it alone for awhile. He needed to escape the shadow of The Elite to become the wrestler that he was meant to be.
He would set himself on that road on the very next episode of AEW Dynamite when he was one of two winners of the AEW Dynamite Dozen battle royale. At the same time, he was attempting to find some new friends and connected with Private Party on BTE.
Private Party did their best to hype Page up, but in doing so they introduced Adam Page to alcohol. That would turn into something that would define Hangman, for better and worse. The following week, Page lost to MJF in the Dynamite Dozen finals. After that, Page would take a week off.
folks, i am not on dynamite tonight i will be at home drinking whiskey
While Page had problems with the Young Bucks, his relationship with Kenny Omega remained and the two found common ground in their struggles. Kenny decided to team with Adam Page with their first tag team match being on the December 11th episode of Dynamite. The two would team against Kip Sabian and Shawn Spears, and grab the win.
The two would team again the following week against the Lucha Brothers and lose when Adam Page hit Kenny Omega with a Buckshot Lariat meant for Pentagon.
The two argued after the match and it seemed like things were about to blow up between the two before they were interrupted by PAC. Later in the show, the Dark Order attacked SCU and the Young Bucks. Cody, Dustin Rhodes, and Kenny Omega all came out to help, but Adam Page was again nowhere to be found. He was, of course, drinking backstage.
New Year, New Page
The January 1st episode of Dynamite was very much designed as a return to glory for The Elite. Cody opened the show with a win over Darby Allin and Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks ended the night with a win over the Lucha Brothers and PAC. Adam Page? He didn’t have a match on the show.
Instead, Adam Page appeared during an interview with Private Party to steal their drinks. Private Party were mad, but expressed worry about Page and his drinking. His response? Push them away. He told them that he could whoop both of their asses, took his drink, and left.
Hangman returned as a guest commentator for the main event between The Elite and the Lucha Brothers and PAC where he continued to drink. Page made comments about the Bucks and Omega getting along great like they always have, with the point seemingly being what was not said – that he didn’t always get along great with them. When asked about his decision to distance himself from The Elite, Page said that he tried but he’s teaming with Kenny Omega again next week against Private Party.
As much as he wants to move on and become his own person sans The Elite, they seemingly won’t let him out.
Private Party versus Kenny Omega and Page was set for AEW’s debut in Southaven, MS. The show would also feature a tribute to Memphis wrestling legends. One such legend, Jimmy Valiant, just happened to be Adam Page’s trainer.
After Page and Omega’s win, Omega and Valiant shared a moment backstage. Page was drinking, of course, and Valiant realized something in his former student. He told Page that he was clearly running from something, but there was a lot more that he should be running towards.
This moment seemingly awakened something with Page who went looking for Kenny backstage after the show. Page was clearly drunk, but Omega was there for his friend and attempted to sober him. Kenny offered to help Page get home by offering him an Uber and the two left to do just that. However, on the way out of the building Omega was stopped by the Young Bucks who took him away to do some EVP business. This left Page drunk and walking alone. Hangman assumed his friend was behind him, but he turned to see that once again his friends had left him behind.
Still, Page and Omega’s win over won Private Party which earned them a spot in a four-way tag team match at AEW’s Bash at the Beach Dynamite for a shot at the World Tag Team Champions. This match was every perceived slight for Adam Page come to life.
With AEW’s four-way tag team match rules, there are two people in the ring and their partenrs and two whole teams that are just outside of the ring. If your team isn’t in the ring to start the match, you need a member of one of the other teams to tag you in. That’s just how these matches work, but in this match it took on a much different meaning. When the Young Bucks needed to tag out, who did they tag? Kenny Omega. Not Adam Page.
To the Young Bucks, this could’ve meant nothing. For Page, it meant everything. Things got worse for Page’s psyche when Omega was the legal man and he began doing trios moves with the Young Bucks. Page was trying so hard to see things in black and white, to forget friends, that this was seen as a betrayal by his partner. At one point, he hopped off the apron in frustration and it seemed as if he would walk out on his partner.
Towards the end of the match, the Young Bucks were rolling with superkicks and Page entered the ring. Matt went for a superkick, but stopped short of his friend. Page went for the lariat, but Matt ducked and Page hit Chuck Taylor. Then Matt Jackson got tied up with Chuck Taylor and Page tagged himself in, tagging Matt out. Matt was upset about this, but Page and Omega hit the Buckshot Lariat/V-Trigger combo and won the match.
After the match, the Bucks were upset with Page and Omega tried to settle things down. Visually, it couldn’t be any clearer that the divide was still strong between Page and The Elite.
After the match, Page grabbed a beer from a fan and started drinking. He was clearly drinking later in the night when he confronted SCU during an interview and spilled his drink on Christopher Daniels. Kenny Omega apologized for his friend, but Page would have none of it.
World Tag Team Champion
On the next episode of Dynamite from the Chris Jericho Rock N Wrestling Rager at Sea, Kenny Omega and Adam Page defeated SCU to win the AEW World Tag Team Champions. Omega and Page were not perfect in their teamwork, but Page was extremely driven in this match and managed to finish off SCU on his own. It was the first title change in AEW history and a milestone moment in the career of Adam Page. Much like his win over PAC at Full Gear, his moment would not last long.
Page was elated with the win, but seconds after being handed his new title and before he could even celebrate with his tag team partner, the Young Bucks were in the ring. Page’s mood changed as the Bucks attempted to celebrate with the new champions. He wanted them to leave, but they wanted to celebrate. Fed up with them, Adam grabbed a beer and crowd surfed out of there.
Later in the night, things got worse for Page. A celebratory interview with Tony Schiavone turned into questions for Omega about a match with PAC. The World Tag Team Championship, Page’s greatest achievement in professional wrestling, is treated like a secondary thing for Omega and his singles career. Every time Page tried to speak about this milestone moment in his career, he was interrupted. Or worse, treated as not important by Tony Schiavone. Not only did this interview become more about Kenny than Page, Kenny stole Page’s story of redemption. This was meant to be Page’s redemption, but this interview is about Kenny’s redemption.
The Young Bucks came out to celebrate again and took more of the attention away from Adam Page and his moment. Finally, Page got aggressive and told the Bucks that he was surprised they hadn’t already won the tag titles.
While his word may have been passive aggressive in nature, the message was clear. Hangman doesn’t view himself as a failure anymore, he’s a success because he did something that Young Bucks have not been able to do and he did it without them. Him and Kenny beat SCU, the Bucks didn’t. Whether they are trying to steal his glory or be supportive doesn’t matter. They have let him down too many times for him to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Where Do We Go From Here?
There were times in the history between Adam Page and his friends in The Elite where one could say that Page was being sensitive, an anxious millennial cowboy. As things have gone on, that has become less and less true as many of Page’s perceived slights by The Elite have turned into real slights. Do they intend them to be so? Or are they just tied up in their own lives and high stress jobs as EVPs to see things how they really are? Do they not realize how their actions as EVPs affect their relationships?
Whatever the case, it might be too late to repair this relationship. Adam Page is a different person from the days of “Where’s Hangman?” and All In. He might not be an EVP, but he’s a World Tag Team Champion and it’s time that he starts to get the respect from his friends that comes with that.
That said, Adam Page clearly has his own demons that he needs to deal with. Drinking to excess is not the answer to his tattered relationship with his friends. While much of that could come from his feelings of being “less than”, his championship win could ease some of that, but ultimately Page needs to make peace with himself, his friends, and his place in AEW to fully become the person and wrestler that he is meant to be.
AEW Dynamite #16 – Nassau, Bahamas – Norwegian Pearl (cruise ship) – January 22, 2020
Kenny Omega & Adam Page defeated SCU (Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian) to win the AEW World Tag Team Championship.
SCU hit SCU Later on Kenny Omega, but Page was able to break up the pin. Page then took out Sky and hit the Buckshot Lariat on Kazarian for the win. This was the first title change in AEW history. After the match the Young Bucks came out to celebrate, but Adam Page chose to drink a beer with the crowd and crowd surf out of there.
Britt Baker defeated Priscilla Kelly by submission with the Lockjaw.
After the match Tony Schiavone attempted to interview Britt, but she was very rude to him instead. She made fun of him for being a former Starbucks barista and then said that she was the hottest woman on the ship. She also revealed that she is a dentist.
The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz) defeated The Jurassic Expres (Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy & Mark Stunt) when Jericho pinned Stunt after a Judas Effect.
Marko Stunt got a couple of incredibly near falls against Jericho in this match and Luchasaurus really cleaned house at one point, but Jake Hager distracted Luchasaurus which led to Stunt getting hit with Jericho’s Judas Effect.
MJF defeated Joey Janela with a Double Cross.
Wardlow was not here this week as he is training for his cage match with Cody on February 19th. Janela had MJF set-up for a top rope elbow drop when Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford appeared on the stage to make out. This momentarily distracted Janela which lead to him getting hit with the Double Cross and getting the pin.
After the match, MJF got on the mic and responded to Cody’s promo from last week. This brought out Cody who was taunted by MJF as he reminded him of the stipulations for their AEW Revolution match and that he is not allowed to touch MJF. Cody said that he’s not allowed to touch MJF, but the Young Bucks are and the Bucks appeared behind him, hitting him with a double superkick. The Young Bucks then took MJF to the pool where they threw him in.
Tony Schiavone interviewed Adam Page and Kenny Omega about their title win. Page was drinking. Omega got most of the attention from Schiavone and he talked about facing PAC soon while Page’s comments kept getting interrupted. The Young Bucks came out which took more away attention away from Page. This lead to Page saying “I’m surprised we won these things before you guys did, to be honest” before walking away.
Jon Moxley defeated PAC with the Paradigm Shift to become the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.
Moxley was wearing a bandage over one eye thanks to the attack from last week. These two brawled all over the ship during the match before making it back to the ring. PAC ended up removing the bandage and really focused on the injured eye before Mox rallied to hit a Paradigm Shift followed by a high-angle Paradigm Shift for the win.
After the match, Chris Jericho stared him down as the announcers stated this would be the AEW Revolution match.
Kevin Reilly – the chief content officer for HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS, and truTV – spoke with Variety and had some news regarding what the new show would look like.
Here’s everything learned from that interview about the future of AEW Dark on TNT.
The show will feature more video packages and behind the scenes footage.
“We’re going to embellish [‘AEW Dark’ on YouTube] and put some additional material, kind of behind-the-scenes, kind of docu-follow stuff, if you will, about the athletes and the stories,” Reilly said. “We think that’s going to end up being a really good, robust, different kind of show.” (via TheWrap)
This seems to imply that the AEW Road To… series will become a part of television production. After not making Road To videos for a couple of months, AEW recently started making them for the last several episodes of Dynamite. This could be a sign that those types of features would be produced regularly for the new AEW Dark. It would also not be surprising to see Cody’s “From Undesirable to Undeniable” series from Dark to be expanded.
It will be a home for up-and-coming talent.
The first point is rather obvious as Reilly said “We just figured, ‘Let’s bring it onto the network and make it a place where you truly plant up and coming talent.” This won’t be too different than what we currently see Dark, but with a potentially larger television audience.
It may be re-branded with a new name.
Reilly said “We’re taking ‘Dark’ and then re-adapting it for TNT.”
This makes a certain amount of sense as AEW Dark, while a cool name, is sort of “inside” wrestling. Does a regular wrestling fan know what a “dark match” is? That’s debatable.
A re-branding to a name more fitting of the show’s unique presentation is likely.
The show will be weekly, but maybe not 52 weeks per year.
AEW Dynamite took off Christmas Day in 2019 so this seems obvious, but it could also mean that the show will not air when TNT has other things going on like the NBA Playoffs or the NCAA Tournament.
The day, time, and premiere date are all unknown.
The airing date of this show will be very tricky. It clearly won’t air on Wednesday while Monday and Friday are off because of the competition with WWE’s two main shows. Tony Khan has stated in the past that he doesn’t want to compete with the NFL which would take out Sunday, Monday again, and maybe even Thursday. AEW Dark currently airs on Tuesday nights on YouTube, but TNT does NBA on Tuesdays and Thursday nights.
That leaves Saturday as the only day left. Considering the show is close in style to that of late-era WCW Saturday Night it would make a certain amount of sense, but that is also a big movie night for TNT. The show will air on TNT according to Reilly so it’s just a matter of when.
It could lead to another show?
When talking about the role of the show, Reilly said “I think we’ll start doing more packages there and filming some behind-the-scenes stuff, not for the matches that night but with other talent to plant stories and grow things that could eventually become another show in and of itself.”
This could just mean that stories that happen on AEW Dark could pay off on AEW Dynamite. Or it could mean something else altogether. Could a Road To/Control Center type show be down the line? Or is he talking about another A-show once more stars are established?
AEW will still have unique content on YouTube.
When asked about what AEW Dark means to the YouTube show, Reilly told The Wrap “I think we should continue to put some stuff out on YouTube, just to build that bridge — but not the whole show.”
Whether that means matches or something else remains to be seen.
Taz will be on commentary.
After having previously commentated on the Philadelphia episode of AEW Dark and filling in for Tony Schiavone on AEW Dynamite: Homecoming, Taz has now signed an official contract with the company.
AEW Dynamite #15: Bash at the Beach– Miami, FL – Watsco Center – January 15, 2020
Kenny Omega & Hangman Adam Page defeated the Best Friends, Santana & Ortiz, and the Young Bucks when Adam Page pinned Chuck Taylor after a combination V-Trigger/Buckshot Lariat.
Right before the end of the match, Adam Page stole a tag from Matt Jackson which upset the Young Bucks. Adam Page argued with the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega after the match. Adam Page and Kenny Omega will face SCU for the AEW World Tag Team Championship next week.
Cody came to the ring dressed in a Miami Vice themed suit to answer MJF’s challenge. He accepted all stipulations and will face Wardlow in AEW’s first ever steel cage match on February 19th in Atlanta.
MJF’s stipulations are:
If Cody lays a finger on him between now and then the match is off forever.
Cody must defeat Wardlow inside a steel cage.
Cody will have to allow MJF to whip him with a belt 10 times.
Kris Statlander and Hikaru Shida defeated Brandi Rhodes and Mel when Statlander pinned Mel with the Big Bang Theory.
In a segment paid for by the Dark Order, the Dark Order’s spokesman spoke to a character off screen (the Exalted One?) and the two discussed what wrestlers they are currently trying to recruit. Names mentioned were Michael Nakazawa, Brandon Cutler, Kenny Omega, and Adam Page.
Jon Moxley defeated Sammy Guevera by submission.
The lights went out after the match and when they came back on the Inner Circle was in the ring. The Inner Circle proceeded to beat down Jon Moxley until Chris Jericho removed a spike from his jacket and stabbed Mox in the eye. Moxley was immediately attended to by medical professionals.
Jenn Sterger interviewed Chris Jericho backstage where he said that what happened was Moxley’s fault. He said that the same thing will happen to the Jurassic Express in their match next week on Dynamite.
MJF, the Butcher, and the Blade defeated Dustin Rhodes, QT Marshall, and Diamond Dallas Page when MJF rolled up QT Marshall.
63-year-old DDP hit a Diamond Cutter on MJF and then did a dive from the top rope to the outside on the Butcher and the Blade, but MJF was able to get QT in a pinning combination for the win.
Jenn Sterger attempted to interview SCU when a drunk Adam Page showed up and spilled a drink on Christopher Daniels. Kenny Omega came and apologized, saying they respect them and look forward to the match next week, but Page just kept saying he’d whoop their ass.
PAC defeated Darby Allin with a Black Arrow.
After the match, Tony Schiavone interviewed PAC who said that he was now the #1 contender thanks to Moxley’s injury. Mox then jumped out of the back of an ambulance and headed to the ring to say that he would fight PAC no matter what next week. The winner of PAC and Moxley will be the next challenger to Chris Jericho’s AEW Championship. Presumably that match will be at AEW Revolution.
What we know about next week:
This show will take place at sea on the deck of a cruise ship for Chris Jericho’s Rock N Wrestling Rager at Sea: Part Deux Second Wave.
#1 Contender match: Jon Moxley vs. PAC
AEW World Tag Team Championship: SCU (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. Adam Page & Kenny Omega
Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus, Marko Stunt & Jungle Boy) vs. Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz)
Adam Page & Kenny Omega defeated Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent) and Proud-N-Powerful (Ortiz & Santana) and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
Huge news out of WarnerMedia today as they announced that they are extending their deal for AEW Dynamite through 2023.
This is tremendous news for All Elite Wrestling as it basically ensures that this company isn’t going anywhere. Early reports from Dave Meltzer see them getting an increase in rights fees for four years and $175 million, just under $45 million per year.
In addition to the expansion, WarnerMedia also announced plans for a second AEW show, but with no details. Reports are that the second show is not AEW Dark and that show will remain on YouTube.
The possibilities for the second show are numerous as AEW could add a second main show without the Wednesday night competition on TNT or another one of the WarnerMedia properties. It would not be a surprise for this to be a show for the upcoming HBO Max streaming service.
This is great news for all AEW fans and proof that this experiment is working. While they haven’t quite changed the world yet, they are on their way.
Official Press Release:
Pasadena, January 15, 2020 – WarnerMedia announced today an expanded relationship with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), the groundbreaking new wrestling league that has already redefined wrestling with resounding success after only a few months. WarnerMedia has extended their deal for AEW: DYNAMITE, a top 20 new cable unscripted series, through 2023. In addition, the parties have agreed to launch another night of AEW action, offering more of the fans’ favorite wrestlers, with a second show straight-to-series.
“When Tony Khan first shared with me his idea of starting a new wrestling league, I was impressed by his audacity to go up against a contender that has been the only game in town for twenty years, and ultimately believed that together we could bring his vision for a new, authentic, gritty product to bear,” says Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max, president, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “The fans have spoken and after only three months, we have seen AEW shake up the wrestling world and this will only continue as we build upon this momentum.”
AEW: DYNAMITE exploded onto the wrestling scene when it premiered on TNT as the night’s #1 wrestling show. It has continued to deliver high performing episodes each week with the series averaging 1.2M total viewers and 654K A18-49 per episode in Live +7 Day viewing. In only three months, AEW: DYNAMITE has reached nearly 32 million people across all platforms. The show also delivers the youngest wrestling audience on television.
“When we launched AEW one year ago, we wanted to start a revolution that would disrupt the wrestling business, but everyone said that it would take a strong weekly television partner to make AEW real in the eyes of everyone – above all, the fans,” said Tony Khan, president and CEO of AEW. “What virtually no one realized at the time was Kevin Reilly and TNT were committed to this very same movement from Day One, and their belief in us made it possible for AEW to think and act big from the start. Here we are, only three months into Wednesday Night Dynamite, and now we’ve been extended through 2023! We’re now making the ultimate statement that the team of AEW and TNT is here to stay and to bring fans more of the great wrestling that the fans demand and deserve.”
Weekly action-packed matches continue to air live on Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET as part of TNT’s line-up of big, lean-forward television that gives viewers the best seat in the house for electrifying stories, dynamic characters and thrilling events. A global franchise, AEW has already secured broadcast deals in the UK, Canada, France and Germany and is available in over 100 other countries through the AEWPlus.com subscription service. Both parties are continuously exploring ways to further expand this relationship.
WarnerMedia announced in May 2019 that it was working with AEW by utilizing its position as a next-generation global media company to help build this league into a global pro-wrestling franchise. WarnerMedia has also been offering fans exclusive access to AEW’s extremely popular pay-per-view matches, which kicked off in May 2019, via B/R Live. Their next event, REVOLUTION, which takes place in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 29, will also stream on the platform. With nearly 100,000 total AEW pay-per-view buys, B/R Live’s high fan engagement provides an invaluable opportunity to build AEW’s audience and maximize its viewership.
In addition to being a ratings success, AEW has earned a great deal of praise from a wide range of press. Newsweek called it ”One of the best shows of 2019,” and four of AEW’s wrestlers were named in Sports Illustrated’s Top 10 wrestlers of 2019, with Jon Moxley being named “Wrestler of the Year.” The Washington Post also wrote that “AEW… is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to present pro wrestling differently, with a focus on diversity and inclusion in the ring, in the front office and in the audience.” USA Today referred to the league as the “new cool kids,” and the New York Post stated that AEW: DYNAMITE “showcased the superb in-ring action it’s known for.” Complex heralded AEW: DYNAMITE’s presentation as “top notch” and /Film wrote that “AEW is the best and most refreshing professional wrestling has been in years.”
AEW is a new global wrestling league that features a world-class roster of diverse male and female wrestlers, giving fans a new wrestling experience for the first time in 20 years. AEW is about more than wrestling. It’s a movement fueled by fans. Focused on fast-paced, high-impact competitions, AEW offers fans more athleticism along with real sports analytics. Founded by President and CEO Tony Khan, AEW is headlined by Cody&Brandi Rhodes, Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page. The roster is also filled with incredibly skilled competitors including Nyla Rose, Awesome Kong, Dustin Rhodes, Jungle Boy, Dr. Britt Baker, MJF, Pac and SCU. In addition to being in-ring talent, Cody, The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega also serve as EVPs with Brandi Rhodes serving as Chief Brand Officer.
TNT, a WarnerMedia Entertainment brand, is watched by more people than any other cable network and known for big, lean-forward television that gives viewers the best seat in the house for electrifying stories, dynamic characters and thrilling events. TNT is home to some of television’s most popular original series including The Alienist, Animal Kingdom, Claws and I Am the Night, the upcoming sequel The Alienist: The Angel of Darkness, and the eagerly anticipated, sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. TNT is expanding its programming to include premium unscripted with the docuseries Shaq Life, giving an all-access look at the larger-than-life personality. TNT also presents popular shows such as Bones and Castle, in addition to primetime specials and sports coverage, including the NBA and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships and the professional wrestling league All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which has exploded onto the scene with AEW Dynamite premiering as the night’s #1 wrestling show.
WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).
AEW is a new professional wrestling promotion headlined by members of The Elite (Cody & Brandi Rhodes, Matt & Nick Jackson, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page) and Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a growing roster of world-class male and female wrestlers who are poised to bring new spirit, freshness and energy to the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner was DOUBLE OR NOTHING in Las Vegas, followed by FYTER FEST in Daytona Beach, FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN in Jacksonville, ALL OUT in Chicago, FULL GEAR in Baltimore, and REVOLUTION in Chicago. AEW: DYNAMITE is a two-hour weekly show airing on Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on TNT. The action-packed matches take place in different cities across the nation each Wednesday. For more info, check out @AEWrestling (Twitter), @AllEliteWrestling (Instagram), / AllEliteWrestling (FB), AllEliteWrestling (YouTube).