AEW Rampage
AEW Rampage Logo.jpg
AEW Rampage logo
GenreProfessional wrestling
Created byTony Khan
Presented byExcalibur
Taz
Chris Jericho
Ricky Starks
StarringAEW roster
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes45 (as of June 10, 2022 (2022-06-10))
Production
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time60 minutes
Production companyAll Elite Wrestling
Release
Original networkTNT
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Original releaseAugust 13, 2021 (2021-08-13) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related shows

AEW Rampage, also known as Friday Night Rampage or simply Rampage, is an American professional wrestling television program produced by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW). It airs every Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on TNT in the United States. It is AEW's second weekly television show, positioned behind their flagship show, Dynamite. AEW Rampage is the second professional wrestling program to air on TNT since the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro on March 26, 2001.

History

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) was officially announced and launched on January 1, 2019, and their weekly flagship television program, Dynamite, began airing on TNT that October.[1] On January 15, 2020, TNT's parent company WarnerMedia and AEW announced a US$175 million contract extension for Dynamite through 2023. As part of the new deal, it was also announced that AEW would be launching a second weekly television show.[2][3]

In May 2021, AEW revealed their second weekly television show, and fourth program overall, as AEW Rampage, which would begin airing on TNT on August 13 as a one-hour show on Fridays at 10pm Eastern Time (ET). During AEW's marquee event Double or Nothing on May 30, former WWE wrestler Mark Henry was announced to be a part of the Rampage commentary team as an analyst.[4][5] On August 4, Dynamite and Dark's commentators Excalibur and Taz and wrestler Chris Jericho, who has served as a guest commentator several times on Dynamite, were announced to join Henry as Rampage's four-man commentary team.[6] AEW President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Khan said that the commentary team would not always be all four men, as Henry would also have other roles on the show, such as doing interviews.[7] In September, AEW wrestler Ricky Starks replaced Henry on the commentary team, with Henry now just doing interviews on the show.[8]

In an interview with PWInsider, Khan stated that while Rampage would air live for most episodes, some episodes they would pre-tape, depending on the city that the preceding episode of Dynamite was held in. He also said that Rampage would serve as the go-home show for AEW's pay-per-views (PPV), due to the show airing two days before those events, in turn replacing Dark, as although Dark normally airs on Tuesdays, it would instead air on Fridays during the week of a PPV to serve as the go-home show.[9] Khan also said that WarnerMedia had asked him if he would rather expand Wednesday's Dynamite to three hours, but he rejected the notion, stating that he did not want to run Dynamite for that length as he really wanted that third hour as a separate show on a different night. He also claimed that Rampage would not be a secondary show to Dynamite, and that it would be its partner or its equivalent. He further said that Dynamite and Rampage would be AEW's core properties, while their YouTube shows, Dark and Elevation, would be their peripheral properties, essentially their developmental shows.[10]

Rampage airs immediately following WWE's own Friday television program, SmackDown, which airs on Fox. Although Dynamite had run against WWE's NXT from October 2019 to April 2021, there was expectation that there would be no overlap between Rampage and SmackDown in nearly the entire country[a] unless the latter were to run over its scheduled time, which ends at 10pm ET, when Rampage begins broadcasting.[11] To date, this has occurred only once, which was on October 15, 2021. That night, SmackDown aired a special episode titled "Supersized SmackDown", which extended its runtime to 10:30pm with the additional 30 minutes airing commercial free, therefore directly competing with Rampage for its first 30 minutes. SmackDown had also aired on Fox's sister channel FS1 due to the MLB playoffs airing on Fox, which also decreased SmackDown's normal average viewership.[12] During the 30 minutes that the shows went head-to-head, Rampage beat SmackDown in the key demographic of viewers aged 18 to 49, drawing 328,000 views to SmackDown's 285,000 views.[13]

The Rampage set used since August 21, 2021. It is also used by Dynamite, Battle of the Belts and its pay-per-views.
The Rampage set used since August 21, 2021. It is also used by Dynamite, Battle of the Belts and its pay-per-views.

It was initially announced that both Dynamite and Rampage would be moving to TNT's sister channel TBS, also owned by WarnerMedia, in January 2022. However, on September 23, 2021, it was revealed that Rampage would remain on TNT while only Dynamite would move to TBS.[14][15]

The May 6 and May 13, 2022 episodes of Rampage were moved to 5:30pm ET in order to accommodate TNT's coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. The May 20 episode was moved to 7pm ET to make way for TNT's coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals.[16]

Special episodes

Episode Date Venue Location Rating
(18–49)
U.S. viewers
(million)
Notes
Debut episode August 13, 2021 Petersen Events Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 0.31[17] 0.740[17] Series debut; Rampage is the first weekly wrestling series to air Friday nights on a Turner network since WCW Power Hour in 1994.
Second professional wrestling program to air on TNT since the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro on March 26, 2001.
The First Dance[19] August 20, 2021 United Center Chicago, Illinois 0.53[20] 1.126[20] AEW debut of former WWE superstar CM Punk, who made his first professional wrestling appearance since he walked out from the company after the pay-per-view in January 2014.[21]
Grand Slam September 24, 2021 Arthur Ashe Stadium Queens, New York 0.29[23] 0.640[23] Special two-hour episode of Rampage taped immediately after Dynamite concluded on September 22, 2021; Rampage's first stadium show.
Halloween episode October 29, 2021 Agganis Arena Boston, Massachusetts 0.25[24] 0.623[24] Halloween-themed special episode, second part of October 27, 2021 Dynamite taped immediately after conclusion.
Black Friday episode November 26, 2021 Wintrust Arena Chicago, Illinois 0.18[25] 0.431[25] Part 2 of Thanksgiving Eve Dynamite on November 24, 2021. Taped immediately after Dynamite conclusion.
Holiday Bash[26] December 25, 2021 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina 0.26[27] 0.589[27] Part 2 of Christmas-themed AEW Dynamite on December 22, 2021. Taped immediately after Dynamite conclusion: Holiday Bash concludes on December 22, 2021. Saturday airing of Rampage because of TNT's continuous airing of A Christmas Story starting on Christmas Eve.
New Year's Smash December 31, 2021 Daily's Place Jacksonville, Florida 0.19[28] 0.453[28] Part 2 of second New Year's Smash event that took place during AEW's annual year-end party for talent and staff in Jacksonville.
Taped immediately after Dynamite conclusion on December 29, 2021.
Beach Break January 28, 2022 Wolstein Center Cleveland, Ohio 0.25[29] 0.601[29] Part 2 of second Beach Break event that took place during AEW's annual beach themed show.
Taped immediately after Dynamite conclusion on January 26, 2021.
Slam Dunk February 18, 2022 Nashville Municipal Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee 0.20[30] 0.471[30] Aired at 7pm EST due to NBA All-Star Weekend

Taped immediately after Dynamite conclusion on February 16, 2022.

Roster

Main article: List of All Elite Wrestling personnel

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

Commentators

Commentators Dates
Excalibur, Taz, Chris Jericho, and Mark Henry August 13, 2021 (2021-08-13) – September 3, 2021 (2021-09-03)
Excalibur, Jim Ross, Taz, and Mark Henry August 20, 2021 (2021-08-20)
Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz, and Mark Henry September 10, 2021 (2021-09-10)
Excalibur, Taz, Chris Jericho, and Ricky Starks September 17, 2021 (2021-09-17) – present
Excalibur, Taz, and Ricky Starks September 24, 2021 (2021-09-24) – October 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)
October 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
November 5, 2021 (2021-11-05)
December 3, 2021 (2021-12-03)
December 17, 2021 (2021-12-17) – December 25, 2021 (2021-12-25)
March 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
April 8, 2022 (2022-04-08) – April 22, 2022 (2022-04-22)
May 27, 2022 (2022-05-27)
Excalibur, Taz, and Chris Jericho October 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)
February 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
March 25, 2022 (2022-03-25)
April 29, 2022 (2022-04-29)
May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13) – May 20, 2022 (2022-05-20)
June 3, 2022 (2022-06-03)
Excalibur and Taz December 10, 2021 (2021-12-10)
June 10, 2022 (2022-06-10)
Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, and Ricky Starks December 31, 2021 (2021-12-31)

Ring announcers

Ring announcers Dates
Dasha Gonzalez August 13, 2021 (2021-08-13)
December 3, 2021 (2021-12-03) – December 10, 2021 (2021-12-10)
Justin Roberts August 20, 2021 (2021-08-20) – present

Broadcasting

In the United States, Rampage currently airs live on Fridays on TNT at 10pm ET. The program was to move to TBS in January 2022,[31] but in September, AEW announced that while Dynamite would move to TBS, Rampage would remain on TNT.[32]

On September 25, 2019, AEW announced an international streaming deal with FITE TV primarily for regions outside of the United States and Canada via the "AEW Plus" package, which includes live streaming and replay access of Dynamite in simulcast with its U.S. airing. This was expanded to include Rampage.[33]

Canada

On August 9, 2021, PWInsider reported that TSN, which airs Dynamite in Canada, would stream Rampage online in simulcast with the U.S through its website and TSN Direct service.[34]

Europe

On July 3, 2021, WarnerTV Serie (known as TNT Serie until 24 September 2021) announced a deal to air Rampage on Monday nights in Germany.[35][36] On July 6, 2021, Toonami (another WarnerMedia channel) announced a deal to air Rampage in France.[37] On August 27, 2021, Sky Sport (owned by Comcast, which holds rights to a rival wrestling promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment in the United States) and AEW announced that Rampage would air on Mondays nights in Italy.[38] On January 1, 2022, AEW announced that Rampage would be broadcast every Tuesday night on ITV4 as well as Thursday night on ITV in the United Kingdom.[39] On February 10, 2022, Warner TV announced that they would be air Rampage in Poland.[40]

Latin America

On October 22, 2020, AEW reached an agreement with the digital platform Pluto TV, broadcasting its repeat events (including past pay-per-view) with commentators in Spanish from Latin America.[41]

On October 1, 2021, Rampage began airing on Space, a WarnerMedia International channel in Brazil and on Space's Spanish feed, available throughout Latin America on Saturdays.[42]

Africa

Rampage began airing on TNT Africa on October 2, 2021, in Sub-Saharan Africa.[43] The show airs every Saturday morning at 10 AM CAT, one week after the U.S. broadcast.[44]

Asia

In India, Rampage airs on Eurosport starting on August 15, 2021, and later at the same time as the American airing from August 21, 2021, every Saturday 7:30 AM IST.[45] Eurosport is owned by Discovery Communications, which is set to acquire WarnerMedia later in 2021. Rampage began airing on Premier Sports in the Philippines in October 2021[46] On April 8, 2022, it was announced that as part of the AEW and NJPW working relationship that Rampage would air in Japan on NJPW World.[47][48]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Honolulu Fox affiliate KHON-TV airs Smackdown at 7-9pm Hawaii time. TNT and TBS's West Coast feeds will air Rampage at 8pm in Hawaii during Pacific Standard Time and 7pm in Hawaii during Pacific Daylight Time.

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