All Elite Wrestling has done something that will probably infuriate Vince McMahon.
During this week’s WWE SmackDown Live, an ad for AEW’s debut on TNT aired for DirecTV customers. Instead of going through USA Network to buy an ad slot, they went to the cable/satellite provider to buy ad time. USA would not have allowed them to buy time through them.
The ads feature some of the younger talent on the roster along with some names WWE fans will know like Cody Rhodes and Chris Jericho.
You have to hand it to TNT because they’ve been spending a ton of money to promote AEW. Ads have run before movies at AMC theaters and they’ve been running in constant rotation across Turner networks including TBS and Cartoon Network.
Here is the commercial that aired: