AEW Collision, also known as Saturday Collision or simply Collision, is an American professional wrestling television program produced by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW). It airs live every Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on TNT, with some exceptions. The show premiered on June 17, 2023, and is positioned as their second main program behind Wednesday Night Dynamite, and third overall weekly program with Friday Night Rampage, which focuses on younger wrestlers in the company.

AEW Collision
AEW Collision logo
GenreProfessional wrestling
Created byTony Khan
Presented by
StarringAEW roster
Opening theme
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes49 (as of June 15, 2024 (2024-06-15)) (list of episodes)
Production
Producers
  • Tony Khan
    (Head of Creative)
  • Michael Mansury
    (Co-Executive Producer, Global TV Production)
Camera setupMulti-camera setup
Running time120 minutes (including commercials)
Production companyAll Elite Wrestling
Original release
NetworkTNT
ReleaseJune 17, 2023 (2023-06-17) –
present (present)
Related

The show is AEW's second weekly professional wrestling program to currently air on TNT after Rampage (2021–present) and their third overall on TNT after Rampage and Dynamite, which aired on TNT from 2019 to 2021 before moving to TBS. This subsequently makes it the fourth overall wrestling show in general to air on TNT, after Dynamite, Rampage, and the former World Championship Wrestling's (WCW) Monday Nitro (1995–2001), as well as the first Saturday night program on a network founded by Ted Turner since the final episode of WCW Saturday Night on June 24, 2000.

History

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On February 15, 2023, the American professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) filed to trademark the name "Collision", hinting at a possible new in-ring television series in addition to their other programs, AEW Dynamite on TBS and AEW Rampage on TNT.[1] Another trademark for the name was filed on April 28, leading to the belief that this would be the name of an upcoming Saturday TV show.[2]

On May 17, 2023, AEW and broadcast partner Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) announced a third weekly television show titled AEW Collision to air live on TNT as a two-hour show on Saturdays starting June 17, 2023, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).[3] This is AEW's second weekly professional wrestling program to currently air on TNT after Rampage and fourth overall wrestling show in general to air on TNT after Rampage, Dynamite (which aired on TNT from October 2019 to December 2021), and the former World Championship Wrestling's (WCW) Monday Nitro (which aired on TNT from September 1995 to March 2001) and the first wrestling show in a Saturday night time slot to air on a network founded by Ted Turner since the end of WCW Saturday Night on August 19, 2000.[4] It was also revealed that AEW's sister promotion, Ring of Honor (ROH), would move its tapings for ROH Honor Club TV to coincide with Collision, with ROH's show being taped after the live broadcast of Collision.[5]

In preparation for the debut of Collision, AEW's YouTube programs, AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation, were canceled. This was due to an amended deal with WBD, in which all of AEW's programs would air exclusively on their channels.[6] It was also reported that Rampage would begin showcasing younger AEW wrestlers and unsigned independent wrestlers, essentially becoming what Dark and Elevation were for the company.[7]

Prior to the official announcement of Collision, there had been speculation that the inaugural episode would be held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. It was also speculated that it would feature the return of CM Punk, as the United Center is where Punk had made his AEW debut for the second episode of Rampage in August 2021. Since September 2022, Punk had been inactive due to both an injury and also a suspension as a result of the legitimate backstage altercation that occurred during the All Out post-event media scrum. Following the announcement of Collision, however, it was reported that there were still issues regarding Punk's return to the company, with WBD denying his involvement with the show, but on May 24, 2023, it was reported that the issues had been settled.[8] AEW president Tony Khan then confirmed that the first episode would be held at the United Center,[9] and feature the return of Punk to the company.[10] Although Punk was brought back to be the centerpiece of the show, he would be released that September after another legitimate backstage altercation that occurred at All In London.[11]

In speaking with the media on May 25 in promotion for AEW's Double or Nothing pay-per-view (PPV) that weekend, Khan clarified that Collision was not part of a new or extended deal with WBD, and instead, it was added on to their current contract, with AEW receiving a monetary increase from WBD for the show. Khan also confirmed that WBD reached out to AEW with the opportunity for another show, and that it was WBD's Chief Executive Officer David Zaslav's idea for there to be more AEW content on TNT.[12] It had also been speculated that with the addition of Collision, AEW would do some form of a roster split, similar to WWE's brand extension, in which half of the roster would perform exclusively on Dynamite while the other half would exclusively appear on Collision. In an appearance on the Barstool Rasslin' podcast on June 13, Khan said that there would not be a hard split where wrestlers would exclusively appear on only one program. Instead, he said some wrestlers would be featured exclusively on certain shows for a certain period of time, but there could be opportunities for storylines to cross between Dynamite and Collision. He also confirmed that all AEW champions would continue to appear on all AEW programming.[13]

On June 16, a day before Collision's debut, Khan confirmed that the show's commentary team would consist of Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness, with Jim Ross occasionally sitting in on main events.[14] On October 14, Tony Schiavone was confirmed to join the commentary team.[15] This remained until March 8, 2024, when Kelly's AEW contract was terminated.[16]

Beginning with the August 5, 2023, episode, Collision airs against WWE's monthly pay-per-views, which are typically held on Saturdays at 8 p.m ET, starting with SummerSlam.[17] Additionally, due to AEW's pay-per-view Full Gear being held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, that weekend's episode of Collision was instead held the night before on Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. ET,[18] which put it head-to-head against WWE's Friday night program, SmackDown.[19]

On occasion, AEW has not taped episodes of Collision due to scheduling conflicts. For example, as a result of AEW's PPV event, Worlds End, being held during Collision's Saturday night time slot on December 30, 2023, Collision was not held that week.[20] An episode of Collision was also not held on March 23, 2024, due to the NCAA March Madness coverage occurring that night.[21]

Special episodes

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Episode Date Venue Location Rating
(18–49)
U.S. viewers
(million)
Notes
Debut episode June 17, 2023 United Center Chicago, Illinois 0.33[22] 0.816[22] Series debut, which saw the return of CM Punk to AEW since September 4, 2022, at All Out.
Fight for the Fallen August 19, 2023 Rupp Arena Lexington, Kentucky 0.17 0.412 Part 3 of the fifth annual Fight for the Fallen event.
Fyter Fest August 26, 2023 Gas South Arena Duluth, Georgia 0.16 0.552 Part 3 of the fifth annual Fyter Fest event.
Friday Night Collision November 17, 2023 Kia Forum Los Angeles, California 0.09 0.270 Friday airing of Collision due to AEW's PPV Full Gear taking place on Saturday
Winter Is Coming December 16, 2023 Curtis Culwell Center Garland, Texas 0.15 0.457 Part 3 of the fourth annual Winter Is Coming event.
Holiday Bash December 23, 2023 Frost Bank Center San Antonio, Texas 0.16 0.489 Part 3 of the fourth annual Holiday Bash event.

Roster

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The wrestlers featured on AEW Collision take part in scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers are portrayed as heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match.

Commentators

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Commentators Dates
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness June 17, 2023 (2023-06-17) – September 30, 2023 (2023-09-30)
Kevin Kelly, Nigel McGuinness, and Jim Ross June 17, 2023 (2023-06-17)[a]
August 19, 2023 (2023-08-19) – September 30, 2023 (2023-09-30)[a]
Ian Riccaboni and Nigel McGuinness July 15, 2023 (2023-07-15) – August 12, 2023 (2023-08-12)[b]
October 7, 2023 (2023-10-07)
Ian Riccaboni, Nigel McGuinness, and Jim Ross August 5, 2023 (2023-08-05) – August 12, 2023 (2023-08-12)[a]
October 7, 2023 (2023-10-07)[a]
Kevin Kelly and Caprice Coleman August 26, 2023 (2023-08-26)[c]
Kevin Kelly, Caprice Coleman, and Jim Ross August 26, 2023 (2023-08-26)[a]
Tony Schiavone, Kevin Kelly, and Nigel McGuinness October 14, 2023 (2023-10-14) – March 2, 2024 (2024-03-02)
Tony Schiavone, Nigel McGuinness, and Jim Ross October 14, 2023 (2023-10-14) – November 4, 2023 (2023-11-04)[a]
Tony Schiavone, Kevin Kelly, Nigel McGuinness, and Dave Brown October 21, 2023 (2023-10-21)[d]
Tony Schiavone and Nigel McGuinness November 11, 2023 (2023-11-11)
March 9, 2024 (2024-03-09) – present
Tony Schiavone, Ian Riccaboni and Nigel McGuinness March 30, 2024 (2024-03-30)
Tony Schiavone and Matt Menard April 13, 2024 (2024-04-13)

Ring announcers

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Ring announcers Dates
Dasha Gonzalez June 17, 2023 (2023-06-17) – March 30, 2024 (2024-03-30)
Bobby Cruise September 16, 2023 (2023-09-16)
April 6, 2024 (2024-04-06) – present

Backstage interview

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Backstage interviewer Date started Date finished
Lexy Nair June 17, 2023 (2023-06-17) present (present)
Tony Schiavone June 17, 2023 (2023-06-17) October 7, 2023 (2023-10-07)
January 6, 2024 (2024-01-06)
Renee Paquette September 9, 2023 (2023-09-09) present (present)
Alex Marvez December 2, 2023 (2023-12-02)
Arkady Aura April 27, 2024 (2024-04-27)
May 25, 2024 (2024-05-25) present (present)

See also

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Notes

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Jim Ross only called the main event.
  2. ^ Ian Riccaboni filled in for Kevin Kelly as Kelly was commentating for the G1 Climax tournament.
  3. ^ Caprice Coleman filled in for Nigel McGuinness for this episode.
  4. ^ Dave Brown only called the Eddie Kingston vs Jeff Jarrett Memphis Street Fight

References

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