If you’re an AEW fan, you may need to prepare for a temporary schedule change for Rampage.
AEW announced that the Rampage broadcast on Friday will be at earlier time slots for the next two weeks. The May 6 broadcast will air at 7 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Central. The May 13 broadcast will air at 6 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Central.
The changes appear to be common with interruptions coming from the NBA and NCAA. In February, Rampage was pushed later due to the NBA All-Star Weekend. In March, the show was getting the bump-around during the NCAA March Madness tournament. Earlier this month, it was pushed to 6 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Central due to an NBA playoff game.
The earlier times may fare AEW better as new reports claim cost-cutting measures within their network partner. This is likely due to the merger of WarnerMedia and Discover to form Warner Bros. Discovery to save costs and eliminate billions of dollars in debt.
There has been concern among the AEW fanbase that the new company may not want wrestling content on its networks post-merger. However, Matt Hardy and Tony Schiavone have made statements that AEW has a good relationship with WarnerMedia.
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