All Elite Wrestling is considering launching its own streaming service, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The outlet posted a feature about the fledgling promotion and its owner, Tony Khan, who noted on Thursday, “AEW is also considering launching a streaming service, likely through a deal with its broadcast partner, Warner Bros. Discovery Inc., according to a person familiar with the thinking of the management, who declined to be named. Last year, AEW broke $100 million in annual revenue for the first time, the person says.”
AEW first launched in early 2019 as a pro wrestling promotion and within months it had signed a television deal with Warner Bros. Discovery (then WarnerMedia) to air AEW Dynamite live on TNT every Wednesday night. That deal has since expanded to where Dynamite airs Wednesdays on TBS, Rampage airs for an hour on Friday nights on TNT (sometimes live, though often taped after that week’s Dynamite episodes), and quarterly Battle of the Belts specials on TNT. The company’s pay-per-views are broadcast in the United States through Bleacher Report, which is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.
AEW’s ring of honor future
Khan also bought the Ring of Honor promotion last year, and in addition to signing many of his former stars and including them in AEW programming, three pay-per-views took place in 2022. Following the Final Battle event in December, it was announced that a weekly ROH television show would begin in 2023 and air on HonorClub, the over-the-top ROH streaming service that initially launched in 2018. It’s unclear if this newly reported streaming service and HonorClub would be kept separate or combined in some way. Stay tuned for more information.
Khan also indicated during his announcement about the weekly ROH product that New Japan would play a role in the programming. The Japanese organization recently announced that its US program, NJPW strongwould get a reboot this year.
There are many exciting partnerships and opportunities with great wrestling companies,” Khan said at the time. “Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling had a great working relationship that we are reviving. We are trying to revive that long-standing relationship. Ring of Honor may be in the strongest position they’ve ever had in the last 20 years. It’s the perfect time to take the training wheels off.”