AEW Dynamite first premiered on TNT in 2019 and the company added Rampage to their weekly schedule in 2021. Now AEW is set to introduce the world to their new show Collision which will start airing on Saturdays in a few weeks.
Not only will AEW be adding a third show, but CM Punk will be returning for the debut episode of Collision which will be his first appearance on AEW programming since September of 2022. Tony Khan recently spoke to Sports Illustrated about Punk’s return and he also revealed that it was Warner Bros. Discovery CEO and President David Zaslav who brought up the idea of putting AEW on Saturday nights on TNT.
“We haven’t seen CM Punk in a long time, since All Out last September. He looked great in his last match. To the fans, he’s very important. He’s very important to the company, too. He’s been a big draw for us and historically throughout his career, and the launch of the new show happens to line up with the schedule on his rehab of his triceps injury.
“We have an amazing opportunity with AEW on Saturday nights on TNT, starting June 17, and it was truly the brainchild of [Warner Bros. Discovery CEO and president] David Zaslav. He asked about more AEW, specifically Saturday nights, on TNT. When it was pitched to us by TNT, I was so excited. It’s so exciting the timing [of Punk’s return from injury] coincides with the launch of Collision.”
The debut episode of AEW Collision will air live from the United Center on June 17. It was announced this week that the main event will be Jay White, Juice Robinson & Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk & FTR. Stay tuned for updates.