Exclusive: AEW's QT Marshall on what fans can expect from new show Rampage

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Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

AEW debuts its new one-hour show Rampage on Friday (August 13) on TNT in the US and on Fite for international viewers.

The show will be the third hour of AEW programming on TNT in the week, with Dynamite airing on Wednesdays.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, QT Marshall, who also works backstage in AEW as a producer, spoke about what fans can expect from the show, which will air in the later timeslot of 10pm ET.

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

When asked if the later timeslot would have any effect on the show's content, QT said: "I don't think so.

"We're TV-14 now, I believe, so we'll probably stay the same. We do get away with a lot of the stuff that made wrestling fun when I was growing up and we're trying to bring a lot of that back. So I think we'll probably keep it the same."

With new signings coming in to the company such as Malakai Black and big rumours of future debuts, AEW certainly is in the position to make the most use of an extra hour of television a week.

Speaking about how they handle giving out TV time to their growing roster, QT explained: "Of course it's a business, so if there's somebody that comes and they have the equity to draw bigger ratings that's who anyone should go with, right?

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

"But also we have Dark Elevation and AEW Dark which are tremendous platforms for a lot of the men and women that might not be getting as much TV time as they would probably like but at the end of the day, we only have two hours of TV.

"Now we have a third hour but, even with three hours of TV, if we cram six matches within two hours it's still not enough with over 120 people on the roster," he continued.

"So Tony [Khan's] been very good and the EVPs as well, with cycling people in and out and trying to keep their stories going with not also having them wrestle every week which, one makes for a better environment, because everyone's happier and also, it's better on their bodies, so they're always healthy."

QT added: "The other night we did five hours of wrestling; two hours of Dynamite, two hours of Elevation and an hour of Dark, so, we got almost every single person that travelled that week on the card.

Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Photo credit: All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

"Even if their match was two minutes long, they still got the opportunity to go out there and work on their craft and get in front of the audience and try to help connect to the audience, because at the end of the day, that's what we need."

Tonight's debut edition of Rampage will emanate from Pittsburgh, the hometown of AEW Women's Champion Britt Baker who will face off against Red Velvet.

Also announced for the show is Kenny Omega vs Christian Cage with the IMPACT World Championship on the line.

The commentary team will consist of Chris Jericho, Taz, Excalibur and former WWE Superstar Mark Henry.

Catch AEW Dynamite live every Thursday at 1am in the UK and Rampage every Saturday at 3am on FITE with an AEW Plus subscription. US customers can also watch both shows on TNT, and in the UK, Dynamite repeats air on ITV4.

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