It's worth noting that Chris Jericho was not at the WarnerMedia Upfronts in New York City today with the rest of the AEW crew.
The new promotion and WarnerMedia announced Wednesday morning that AEW will air a live weekly television show on TNT in prime time. The first such event will be Double or Nothing on Saturday, May 25 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The new promotion promises to offer fans "less scripted, soapy drama and more athleticism and real sports analytics".
The wrestling star was part of WCW's cruiserweight division when the company's show "Monday Night Nitro" aired on TNT in the mid-to-late '90s before making the jump to WWE in 1999.
His "Double or Nothing" opponent, Kenny Omega, did join AEW president Tony Khan, Cody and Brandi Rhodes, Matt and Nick Jackson, Hangman Page and Britt Baker at the event. What is officially known, however, is that it will be a live weekly show beginning later this year, presumably in the fall.
Michael Quigley, EVP of commercial operations, content strategy and monetization at TNT and TBS, described AEW as a "talent-forward, fan-first league" with an "inclusive approach".
"Wrestling fans have wanted - and needed - something different, authentic and better for far too long", he said. AEW is answering the call. It's about a movement fueled by wrestling fans who have been underserved and perhaps even disappointed by what the industry has produced in recent years.
The move, which brings AEW to the former home of WCW, was announced by TNT's Twitter account with a quote hearkening back to Ted Turner infamously telling investors he was "getting into the wrasslin' business". The hour-long pre-show will stream on WarnerMedia and AEW's social channels.