News broke on Saturday about a potential shakeup in WarnerMedia that might have consequences for AEW. WarnerMedia has been undergoing restructuring under their new CEO Jason Kilar and as part of this, the President of TNT, TBS, TruTV and WarnerMedia Content Chief, Kevin Reilly has been removed.
Reilly was a major supporter of AEW and was considered instrumental to AEW getting their TV deal to show Dynamite on TNT.
According to AEW President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Khan, he had originally pitched the idea of having pro wrestling return to Turner Broadcasting to Reilly when he met him at a party. Reilly liked the idea of Turner having wrestling again, which they hadn’t since the demise of WCW.
According to Khan, 18 months after that party and his talk with Reilly, AEW Dynamite premiered on TNT.
Reilly was also the person who renewed the AEW TV deal till 2024 earlier this year. He had also previously spoken to the media about the possibility of having Dark moving from YouTube to TNT where it would be built into a network show.
Given how vocally supportive Reilly was of AEW and how interested he was in expanding its presence in TNT, many are worried about the future of AEW on TNT without him.
This worry isn’t shared by AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes. On his Twitter, Rhodes responded to a fan who asked if they should be worried about the future of AEW on television.
Rhodes said that people shouldn’t be worried, pointing out that they already have a three-year extension for AEW Dynamite on TNT.
Rhodes expressed the belief that the fact that AEW has so many loyal viewers was the reason for the extension and that WarnerMedia sees that the partnership with AEW is a good one.