AEW President Tony Khan has given an update on a potential streaming deal for AEW’s comprehensive content library.
Khan has acknowledged the demand from fans for a streaming service similar to the acclaimed WWE Network on Peacock. In fact, Ring of Honor, another promotion under Khan’s ownership, already operates its own platform, ROH Honor Club, while IMPACT Wrestling showcases its past content on IMPACT Plus.
Recognizing the immense possibilities, Khan stated in a recent interview with Variety that “As we build a great library of historical content, it presents more and more opportunities for a potential FAST entry I think… I believe as the landscape changes we can expand AEW’s streaming revenue multiple times over.”
Prior to launching an AEW streaming service, the company plans to expand its content offerings with the upcoming debut of AEW Collision on June 17. This third weekly wrestling show, set to take place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, was confirmed by Khan during a recent episode of AEW Dynamite. Notably, it has since been revealed that the two-time former AEW World Champion, CM Punk, will be joining the show.
While AEW has successfully secured a national television home for AEW Dynamite on TBS and AEW Rampage (along with the upcoming AEW Collision on TNT), the company currently lacks a dedicated streaming platform in the United States to house its archive of content.
Khan discussed AEW’s streaming options in the interview, emphasizing the need to make a decision in collaboration with domestic media partners, particularly Warner Bros. Discovery, who possess a strong foothold in the streaming industry. Khan elaborated, “Because absolutely there is money on the table for streaming pro wrestling events… So there could be great opportunities there. Domestically we’re still looking for the right solution, and it’s a very exciting time for us because the streaming business continues to grow here domestically, and frankly, the value of AEW events continues to grow.”
What Streaming Service Could AEW Use?
While AEW’s pay-per-view events are available for streaming domestically through Bleacher Report and the company has found international success with FITE TV, a streaming deal for AEW’s archived content within the United States remains pending.
Despite ongoing speculation surrounding a possible partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery’s MAX streaming service, no concrete agreement has been reached to date. Although the recent announcement of AEW Collision during the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfronts event indicated an expansion of the current deal, specific details regarding streaming rights for Dynamite, Rampage, and Collision were not disclosed.