Ever since its inception back on January 1st, 2019, All Elite Wrestling has really been making a name in the pro wrestling industry and they have been garnering global recognition and major successes all around the world and they have even been reaching worldwide audiences and markets. With the promotion having surpassed 4 years in the industry, they have become a world-wide recognized company and is the second biggest wrestling company in the world, next to the WWE.
One thing that AEW has not yet done that the WWE already did and succeeded in a massive way is having their own streaming service in the United States, whether that is their own OTT platform or licensing their streaming rights to a streaming service, something that WWE has done for a huge amount of money with Peacock, but that could be all changing soon.
It was previously reported that Bloomberg recently published an article, where it was stated that All Elite Wrestling is considering starting their own streaming service, most likely with their broadcast partner, Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. It was also stated on the article that the company currently has a TV deal with Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. to air their flagship show Dynamite every Wednesday on TBS and to air Rampage every Friday on TNT.
This is what was said on the article:
“In March, Khan acquired the small but respected pro wrestling company Ring of Honor from Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. for an undisclosed sum, adding a new crop of wrestlers, some intellectual property and an extensive video library. AEW is also considering starting a streaming service, likely through a deal with its broadcast partner, Warner Bros. Discovery Inc., according to a person familiar with management’s thinking, who asked not to be named. Last year, AEW broke $100 million in annual revenue for the first time, the person says.”
Dave Meltzer stated on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that AEW is not close in securing a streaming deal any time soon, but it has been talked about for over a year now and they do want one, though it is something that is not on the horizon right now.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“It’s hard for me to judge that because the two things everybody ran with afterward were both not true. The video game is not coming out this month, obviously, because if it was we would all know. And then the other one is, they’re not close to a streaming deal. Of course, they want one, it’s been talked about forever, for more than a year, but it’s not a deal that’s on the horizon right now.”
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the quotes.