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Chris Jericho discusses ‘game-changing’ TV deal for AEW

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While AEW has been in talks since its inception, there are a lot of people who believe that the company could not be taken seriously until they have a TV deal in place.

During a recent interview with Forbes, Chris Jericho talked about a number of things and also discussed the TV deals his new wrestling home has on the table.

While Jericho didn’t go in much details, he explained that he wouldn’t have signed if major networks were not involved and the deals he has heard of are ‘game-changing’:

I’m not going to show up somewhere that doesn’t have a major-league television deal. That’s not what I’m interested in doing. I’m not doing this to be a martyr or Robin Hood. I’m doing this to continue to grow my brand and to take over the business and the world. I know a few potential suitors for television. I know some potential ideas as far as how we’re going to do it. I know that both of them that I’ve heard are game-changers.

Apart from this, Chris also discussed how AEW has balanced its roster so far and commented on a possible video game for the company in the future, saying that it’s definitely possible.

  • CC

    See I am really surprised that Japanese promotions like NJPW do not get in on the act more.
    I know they are involved in Fire pro wrestling, but that is more of a retro style game than a modern looking game, plus obviously is not named after the promotion.

    Considering Nintendo and Sony are two of the big three console makers, its crazy that there is not more interest from them in a promotion from their own country as there is a market for it.

    I guess its a bit more difficult that dealing with WWE as not all wrestlers in these other promotions are on exclusive deals, but surely there must be some way of doing it.

  • Rinn13

    Chikara had a game made, which I was initially excited for. Unfortunately, the direction the developer went in was…not great. That colorful cast of characters deserve a far better game experience.

  • Keith Learmonth

    This means nothing until we know the two most important details:
    What channel, and how much creative freedom do they have left after signing?

  • Darrin Tyler

    What channel is it then?

  • CC

    All this talk of two deals on the table, being game changers and offers not seen since the days of WCW to a brand other than WWE, but still nothing concrete. I would rather just wait for the announcement than tread the same water over and over again.

    As for video games. Much like the actual wrestling shows, the industry is crying out for a game to come along and challenge the complacent WWE 2k series, but the TNA game from 2008 still leaves a sour taste in most peoples mouths, and most other wrestling games feature made up characters (only other licensed games I can think of are old ECW & WCW ones, and Legends of wrestling back on the PS2).

    If AEW (or even RoH for that matter) could get a game out there that features a large roster of recognisable names with great game play, then maybe that would make 2K buck up their ideas and deliver something new instead of the same cut and past game every year.