Recent developments in the world of professional wrestling media rights have sparked conversations across the industry. AEW President Tony Khan recently engaged in talks with WWE’s new broadcast partner, The CW Network, which has been confirmed during the ROH Final Battle media call.
As WWE transitions its NXT brand to The CW Network in October 2024, a significant 70% increase in media rights revenue is anticipated for the show. This uptick marks the most considerable boost in NXT’s financial trajectory concerning media rights, signaling the network’s robust investment in professional wrestling content.
WWE’s move is part of a broader competition for television rights among wrestling promotions. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and All Elite Wrestling (AEW) have also been involved in discussions regarding possible media rights deals. This competitive atmosphere suggests a growing interest in wrestling programming among networks seeking to draw in dedicated fan bases.
During the media call, when questioned by Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp about the future of AEW and ROH’s tape libraries, Tony Khan expressed the importance of the two libraries being marketed collectively. Khan recognized significant interest in ROH and stated that although discussions were not highly detailed, there was a meeting with The CW last year. He tweeted his appreciation for the interaction, but also noted that he didn’t feel it was the right time to secure a deal.
Further reports suggest that Khan’s decision to hold off on a media rights agreement could be a strategic move to enhance his leverage in the marketplace eventually. The dialogue with the CW, described as amicable, indicates potential openness for future partnerships but confirms that Khan is not rushing into an agreement.
As the media landscape evolves and various wrestling promotions seek new platforms for broadcasting, the direction AEW and ROH may take remains unclear as of now. With no new media rights deals confirmed for AEW and ROH in 2024, the industry is watching closely to see where they land.
The wrestling community is also buzzing with anticipation for ROH Final Battle 2023, which will feature Athena defending the ROH Women’s World Championship against Billie Starkz. This event underscores the vibrancy and dynamism inherent in today’s wrestling world.
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