On Friday, there was another meeting between All Elite Wrestling and television executives.
On Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that there are two “legitimate” TV deals on the table and they would be bigger than Impact’s deal on Spike TV and bigger than any non-WWE TV deal since WCW went out of business in 2001.
The belief is that it’s just a matter of time before a deal is made but don’t expect it to be announced by this Thursday at the ticket party event in Las Vegas.
As noted a few days ago, WWE is stepping up their efforts to get wrestlers signed to longer-term deals. Instead of 3-year deals, they are hoping to get wrestlers locked into 5-year deals and they are being offered more money per year. WWE also told wrestlers recently that new contract offers will be higher starting this fall when their new TV deals with NBCUniversal and FOX kick in.
The “Double Or Nothing” ticket party on Thursday will include some talent announcements. There will be several more names announced and one of the big ones is expected to be Kenny Omega.
The top names signed and Tony Khan’s connections are two major things needed to get a major TV deal and it looks like things are on track for AEW.