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ITV announces initial framework of AEW UK TV deal


With a week to go, AEW's UK TV deal was finally announced Wednesday afternoon but left some fans frustrated at what they learned.

British free-to-air network ITV's wrestling account tweeted that AEW Dynamite will air on their ITV 4 channel on Sundays at 8:20 AM with one-hour highlight shows airing on their main network Mondays at 11:45 PM.

Reaction from fans on Twitter wasn't overwhelmingly positive, focusing on the delay from Wednesday to Sunday. However, the wording on the tweets seemed to indicate some details are yet to be worked out or announced:

"Announcement! ITV is to show brand new weekly wrestling show AEW: Dynamite on free to air television from next month. The run will start with the full two hour show on @ITV4 on Sun 6 Oct at 0820 followed by a one hour highlights programme on ITV on Mon 7 Oct at 11.45pm.

Shows will run sequentially leading up to PPV events, including before 9 November Full Gear, so more details, including subsequent schedule information, to follow soon..."

AEW president Tony Khan said as much, tweeting "We’ll work together to ensure there will always be a free to air broadcast of the most recent episode of AEW: Dynamite before Saturday PPVs including Full Gear. We’ll also be announcing a live viewing solution soon for the UK + many other countries with great AEW fans. Thank you!"

Our Dave Meltzer said there is more to the deal, but there is nothing to report at this time.