Since its inception, Tony Khan has sought to sign the best talent in the world to All Elite Wrestling, starting with foundational talents like The Elite, Chris Jericho, and MJF. In the years that have followed, AEW has amassed a roster that has added names like CM Punk, Sting, Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, The Hardy Boyz, and many others names that are commonly known to pro wrestling fans. With so much talent coming aboard, finding time for all of them on TV has been difficult as the promotion, until now, has only had three hours a week to fill.
That is all about to change as Tony Khan and Warner Brothers Discovery recently announced the addition of AEW: Collision to the TNT schedule. The new show will air on Saturday nights at 8 pm EST, and rumors have been floating around that the company’s burgeoning roster could be split in two, with some landing on Wednesday nights and the others on Saturdays.
Recently, TBS Champion Kris Statlander told Haus of Wrestling that she’s heard rumblings in the back about something that is “kind of a split, but not fully.” On today’s Barstool Rasslin’, Khan was asked about the brand split speculation, and what fans can expect in regard to separate rosters.
“I am going to feature certain talent on certain shows but I haven’t drawn any hard lines or locked us into any kind of a split of the roster,” he said. “I think people are going to be featured on certain shows but I also think that gives us a great opportunity to showcase certain wrestlers on both Dynamite and Collision at certain times, and certain stories that can cross the shows. I think the Champions of AEW will be the Champions on every show, and, frankly, every promotion in the world.
“We’re not shy about AEW wrestlers going out and taking on the top stars, top competition, from other companies. A great example, and probably the best example, is AEW x New Japan Pro-Wrestling: Forbidden Door. You’ll see a lot of the top stars from AEW taking on great stars from New Japan, and we regularly take on great wrestlers from all over the world.”