All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite, or as it is more commonly known AEW Dynamite, is one of the most popular professional wrestling shows on TV — not quite as popular as WWE Raw and SmackDown, but a contender. And if you are a fan, you don’t want to miss an episode. Thankfully, cord-cutters don’t need to. Read on to find out.
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If you are looking for a mainstream alternative to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), you should consider watching shows produced by All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Dynamite is currently the promotion’s flagship show, and it is broadcast live on Wednesday nights. In addition to Dynamite, AEW produces pay-per-view (PPV) events on a regular basis throughout the year. And its most important show of the year is called All Out.
What Is AEW Dynamite?
AEW Dynamite was the first weekly show that the company produced. It airs each Wednesday on TBS at 8:00 pm.
The program features a number of performers that casual fans likely recognize such as Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, Cody Rhodes, and CM Punk. It also features a variety of female performers such as Dr. Britt Baker, Thunder Rosa, and others who have wrestled for crowds throughout the world.
Other prominent members of AEW are Jon Moxley, Darby Allin, Hangman Page, The Inner Circle stable leader Chris Jericho, and The Elite stable members Kenny Omega, Adam Cole, and AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson).
AEW started as a result of the spectacularly successful All In PPV event. It occurred in late 2018 in Chicago at the NOW Arena. Cody & Brandi Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and others wanted to form a new wrestling enterprise. The new venture was headed by Tony Khan, who is related to Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan. And AEW formally started in early 2019.
If you happen to be in attendance for a Dynamite event, you’ll likely see matches being taped for shows such as Dark that are broadcast on YouTube. It’s also possible that you’ll be able to take part in a meet-and-greet event prior to the show. And it’s not uncommon for wrestlers to hang around after shows to sign a limited number of autographs.
Other Pro Wrestling Shows
AEW Rampage is a sister show to Dynamite. It airs on TNT on Friday nights. AEW also has two YouTube shows called Dark and Dark: Elevation that are designed to serve as developmental properties for the company.
Note that although matches that take place on Dark or Dark: Elevation are not aired on television, the results are considered canon. This means that whatever happens on these shows is included as part of a character’s story as he or she progresses through the company.
This is significantly different from how WWE treats NXT, which is its developmental brand. In most cases, when a performer is called up to Raw or Smackdown, no mention is made of what that person did before arriving on the main roster.
Where to Watch AEW Dynamite
AEW Dynamite is broadcast live each Wednesday at 8:00 pm on TBS. (Note: contrary to some reporting, Rampage will remain on TNT for now at least.)
In general, you can’t watch AEW Dynamite over-the-air via antenna. So cord-cutters are limited to streaming services that offer TBS (and TNT if they want to watch Rampage).
How to Stream AEW Dynamite Live
Two major streaming services don’t offer the Turner channels and so will not allow you to watch AEW Dynamite: FuboTV and Vidgo. However, Vidgo will allow you to watch WWE SmackDown and FuboTV will allow you to watch all of the WWE shows.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV offers both TNT and TBS as part of its base package. For $69.99/mo, you will get access to 85+ channels including your local affiliates and even some regional sports networks (RSNs). You also get the standard Hulu on-demand library, which includes years of WWE shows. And to top it off, you get ESPN+ and Disney+.
The Sling Blue plan is just $35/mo and it comes with a solid lineup of 40+ channels. These include Fox, FS1, TBS, TNT, and USA Network — all the ones you need to watch the major pro wrestling shows. It’s the best deal in the industry.
This plan comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR. You can also watch on up to three devices or TVs simultaneously.
Our Sling TV review has all the details.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) offers TNT and TBS as part of all four of its service tiers. Therefore, you can get access to your favorite AEW programming for as little as $69.99/mo for the Entertainment plan, which includes local stations almost everywhere.
The Choice plan ($84.99/mo) provides access to regional sports networks throughout the nation. And the Premier Plan ($139.99/mo) offers over 140 channels including most premium ones from HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Epix, and Starz.
You only get 20 hours of cloud DVR storage but you can upgrade this. And the base plan allows you to stream on up to 20 devices at one time at home and 3 away from home.
For more information, see our DIRECTV STREAM review.
Other Streaming Options
Another option is YouTubeTV, which offers a plan very similar to Hulu + Live TV. It costs $64.99/mo for 85+ channels including local affiliates.
Like most networks, TBS has its own app that runs on most devices. It allows you to watch content both live and after it has aired.
You can visit the TBS website for more information or check the app store on your device.
Live Stream AEW Dynamite With Most TVs and Devices
More than most things, professional wrestling is best when displayed on a good device. Luckily, the streaming services we’ve discussed allow you to watch on most things that are available from smartphones up to big-screen TVs.
Recent model Samsung smart TVs are supported by all the services. Hulu and Sling also support smart TVs from LG, Vizio, and all those built on the Android TV standard.
All the streaming services support the popular “stick” devices Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
The major smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS are universally supported. You can use any of them with Chromecast to cast to a compatible TV.
And, of course, you can use a web browser to watch AEW Dynamite. You can do this on a laptop and connect it to a TV with an HDMI cable to watch on a big screen.
Sling and Hulu support the Xbox One. Sling TV supports the Oculus VR system. And Hulu supports PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
See our streaming reviews for less common devices supported by each service.
The past few years have seen a surge in interest in professional wrestling in the United States. This has allowed AEW to attract a large enough audience to become a mainstream alternative to WWE. As AEW continues to grow, it will likely continue to increase its television ratings and social media reach.
If you are interested in watching this company’s programming, you can do so on TBS, TNT, and through the promotion’s YouTube channel. And you can do it all online with a cable or satellite contract.
Is AEW better than WWE?
Although some prefer AEW over WWE, it’s hard to say that either brand is objectively better than the other. In fact, many fans will watch both brands as it allows them to spend more time engaging with the art form that they love. As the upstart, AEW does tend to get more praise from fans, industry insiders, and others who have long been waiting for someone to end WWE’s monopoly. But better? You decide!
What are the main differences between WWE and AEW
One of the main differences between the two brands is that AEW tends to give wrestlers more control over their characters. Conversely, WWE likes to micromanage most of their performers to ensure that they offer fans a product that sticks to the company’s brand. Another key difference is that AEW considers itself to be a sports brand while WWE considers itself to be a content provider.
How do I watch other pro wrestling shows?
Here are guides that show how to watch the major WWE shows: