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Wrestlenomics Radio

Wrestlenomics Radio focuses of the economics of the pro-wrestling industry. The podcast is hosted by Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) and formerly Chris "Mookie" Harrington (@mookieghana). We discuss pro-wrestling business news and key metrics for companies like WWE, NJPW, ROH, Impact, Lucha Underground, indies and more.

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89: Wrestlenomics Radio: What's the big deal about WWE in Saudi Arabia?

Ahead of WWE's event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, we take an in-depth look at WWE's controversial and lucrative relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Website: wrestlenomics.com Twitter: twitter.com/wrestlenomics  Instagram: instagram.com/wrestlenomics  Facebook: facebook.com/wrestlenomics  YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCD_WfonwdEwz91hcv3Mhsog  Reddit: reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/  Brandon's Twitter: twitter.com/brandonthurston  Brandon's Instagram: instagram.com/farmer_thurston
2019-06-02
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88: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q1 2019 Earnings Analysis, Vince blames talent absences for declines

VIDEO VERSION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6-x-33dXtY ------------------ Notes document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EnXLg8XNl-fRaa-LntJn9S2zi92LjeRHHByiU1SR-kE/edit?usp=sharing ------------------ Website: wrestlenomics.com Twitter: twitter.com/wrestlenomics Instagram: instagram.com/wrestlenomics Facebook: facebook.com/wrestlenomics YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCD_WfonwdEwz91hcv3Mhsog Reddit: reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/ Brandon's Twitter: twitter.com/brandonthurston Brandon's Instagram: instagram.com/farmer_thurston
2019-04-28
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87: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE's independent contractor problem

Website: wrestlenomics.com Twitter: twitter.com/wrestlenomics  Instagram: instagram.com/wrestlenomics  Facebook: facebook.com/wrestlenomics  YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCD_WfonwdEwz91hcv3Mhsog  Reddit: reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/  Brandon's Twitter: twitter.com/brandonthurston  Brandon's Instagram: instagram.com/farmer_thurston * * * **References:** Full John Oliver WWE segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8UQ4O7UiDs  WWE investor deck showing adjusted OIBDA estimate for 2019:  https://corporate.wwe.com/~/media/Files/W/WWE/documents/wwe-investor-presentation-02-11-2019.pdf  WWE hierarchy of influence: https://twitter.com/wrestlenomics/status/1052994990614474752 Payroll liability spreadsheet:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IwcG-SaaN8XW2WzHXi2737FbGGFK_a_W7TEPO02mgPU/edit#gid=1374663635  Travel expenses spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OkocZGPo6anw4cAaAh7xrr1WvSjm9XnBl34TnxpJfcA/edit#gid=178818493  Stamford Advocate article:  https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/business/article/As-WrestleMania-returns-Stamford-based-WWE-booms-13742639.php
2019-04-05
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86: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE moving headquarters

Website: wrestlenomics.com Twitter: twitter.com/wrestlenomics Instagram: instagram.com/wrestlenomics Facebook: facebook.com/wrestlenomics YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCD_WfonwdEwz91hcv3Mhsog Reddit: reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/ Brandon's Twitter: twitter.com/brandonthurston Brandon's Instagram: instagram.com/farmer_thurston **References:** WWE press release https://corporate.wwe.com/investors/news/press-releases/2019/03-20-2019-210006370  WWE HQ Q&A document https://corporate.wwe.com/~/media/Files/W/WWE/press-releases/2019/wwe-hq-relo-q-and-a-03-20-2019.pdf  Stamford Advocate article https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/business/article/Former-Stamford-UBS-site-sells-for-33-million-12442382.php  WWF stadium attendances reported in WON 4/9/2001 (subscription required) https://members.f4wonline.com/wrestling-observer-newsletter/april-9-2001-wrestling-observer-newsletter-wrestlemania-x7-reviewed  Wrestlemania paid attendance based on WWE KPIs https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IuWQ8mhhN5Tp38IobdQgjciGqrqfnEDaGP4fUw8KCcw/edit#gid=283150825  It Wasn?t Just Khashoggi: A Saudi Prince?s Brutal Drive to Crush Dissent https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/17/world/middleeast/khashoggi-crown-prince-saudi.html
2019-03-24
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85: Wrestlenomics Radio: Wrestlemania attendance, Barrios on popularity, viewership demographics

**Topics:** * Wrestlemania attendance: what WWE announces versus paid attendance * WWE TV viewership demographics: Rousey arrival coincidences with disproportionate decline in female viewership * WWE Co-President George Barrios? response to questions on WWE popularity * WWE proxy statement discloses top executive salaries, update on shares of company ownership **Links:** Website: [wrestlenomics.com](http://wrestlenomics.com) Twitter: [twitter.com/wrestlenomics](http://twitter.com/wrestlenomics) Instagram: [instagram.com/wrestlenomics](http://instagram.com/wrestlenomics) Facebook: [facebook.com/wrestlenomics](http://facebook.com/wrestlenomics) YouTube: [youtube.com/channel/UCD_WfonwdEwz91hcv3Mhsog](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD_WfonwdEwz91hcv3Mhsog) Reddit: [reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/](http://reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/) Brandon's Twitter: [twitter.com/brandonthurston](http://twitter.com/brandonthurston) Brandon's Instagram: [instagram.com/farmer_thurston](http://instagram.com/farmer_thurston) **References:** Wrestlemania announced attendance vs. paid attendance [https://twitter.com/BrandonThurston/status/1107020602941075461 ](https://twitter.com/BrandonThurston/status/1107020602941075461) Ranges for paid Wrestlemania attendance based on round numbers in KPIs [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IuWQ8mhhN5Tp38IobdQgjciGqrqfnEDaGP4fUw8KCcw/edit#gid=283150825](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IuWQ8mhhN5Tp38IobdQgjciGqrqfnEDaGP4fUw8KCcw/edit#gid=283150825) WWE Co-President George Barrios at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference (2/26/2019) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-i2bgLTjZw](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-i2bgLTjZw) WWE Popularity Assessment [https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/state-current-wwe-popularity ](https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/state-current-wwe-popularity) George Barrios? Defense Of WWE's Declining Popularity Metrics [https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/george-barrios-talks-about-wwe-s-current-popularity ](https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/george-barrios-talks-about-wwe-s-current-popularity) WWE earnings call audio [https://www.earningscast.com/WWE/20170504 ](https://www.earningscast.com/WWE/20170504) Roman Reigns on off-season [https://talksport.com/sport/wwe/507655/exclusive-roman-reigns-interview-talks-dean-ambrose-and-the-usos-possibly-leaving-wwe-and-pours-his-heart-out-on-fan-support-during-leukemia-battle/](https://talksport.com/sport/wwe/507655/exclusive-roman-reigns-interview-talks-dean-ambrose-and-the-usos-possibly-leaving-wwe-and-pours-his-heart-out-on-fan-support-during-leukemia-battle/) WWE TV viewership demographics [https://twitter.com/BrandonThurston/status/1105523295934398465 ](https://twitter.com/BrandonThurston/status/1105523295934398465) WGRZ news segment on ?The Destroyer? Dick Beyer [https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/wrestling-legend-the-destroyer-passes-away/71-d72c3df6-d39c-4702-8ef8-08e7fcc72687 ](https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/wrestling-legend-the-destroyer-passes-away/71-d72c3df6-d39c-4702-8ef8-08e7fcc72687) WWE proxy statement 2018 [https://otp.tools.investis.com/clients/us/wwe/SEC/sec-show.aspx?FilingId=13277449&Cik=0001091907&Type=PDF&hasPdf=1](https://otp.tools.investis.com/clients/us/wwe/SEC/sec-show.aspx?FilingId=13277449&Cik=0001091907&Type=PDF&hasPdf=1) WWE ownership and voting power: [https://twitter.com/BrandonThurston/status/1103382534057005058](https://twitter.com/BrandonThurston/status/1103382534057005058) Mustafa Ali segment on Splinter News [https://twitter.com/splinter_news/status/1105800680135118848](https://twitter.com/splinter_news/status/1105800680135118848)
2019-03-17
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84: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Saudi money algebra, AEW Double or Nothing sells out, NJPW Google search

YouTube version: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNWnq5G01r4](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNWnq5G01r4) This week's topics: * WWE Other media alegbra : including estimates on revenue related to Greatest Royal Rumble, reality TV series, Mixed Match Challenge, Crown Jewel, Super Showdown * WWE Co-President Barrios asked about new company, competition  * AEW Double or Nothing sells out * Kenny Omega officially joins roster * AEW President Tony Khan on talent hirings * Undertaker at Starrcast II * NJPW Google web search Brandon's WWE Other media spreadsheet: [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PJQJbTkBQLUdrptA8Ml4wyZ-l2Go9HPeeOBOW0pSmwo/](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PJQJbTkBQLUdrptA8Ml4wyZ-l2Go9HPeeOBOW0pSmwo/)
2019-02-17
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83: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Full Year 2018 Report: Vince on star power, Rousey; Crown Jewel money; Barrios defends attendance drop

Brandon Thurston discusses WWE's full year 2018 and Q4 earnings report that was released Thursday. YouTube version: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTbg0l37Q-I](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTbg0l37Q-I) **?In other words, we know what we?re doing,? McMahon said of record revenue and profit numbers.** **"We have the best wrestling, the best wrestlers in the world," Barrios said, responding to a question that seemed to allude to the launch of All Elite Wrestling.** * WWE records record revenue and profits * Hints about Crown Jewel money * Vince McMahon comments on Ronda Rousey, star power, declining attendance and viewership * George Barrios defends Live Events business * WWE Network news: subscriber update, no more post-Mania update * Merchandise sales down * UK TV deal update * NXT event business Brandon's Fightful article on WWE earnings report: [https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/wwe-q4-full-year-report-record-finances-vince-mcmahon-ronda-rousey-declining-viewership-and](https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/wwe-q4-full-year-report-record-finances-vince-mcmahon-ronda-rousey-declining-viewership-and) WWE Popularity Assessment article: [https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/state-current-wwe-popularity](https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/wwe-q4-full-year-report-record-finances-vince-mcmahon-ronda-rousey-declining-viewership-and)
2019-02-08
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82: Wrestlenomics Radio: Mookie gets hired by AEW, adventures in Japan; "Buffalo Brothers" car accident

For the last time for the foreseeable future together, Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk wrestling business. Mookie discusses his new job as Vice President of Business Strategy for All Elite Wrestling, as well as his visit to Japan for Wrestle Kingdom and other shows. Brandon talks about a serious car accident involving his wrestling students. You can order the Wrestlenomics mug mentioned on this show by emailing wrestlenomics@gmail.com or DM on Twitter @BrandonThurston or @wrestlenomics. Mugs are $20 for shipment in the US, $17 if you were a Patreon subscriber. $25 for shipment in the UK. See the mug at [tinyurl.com/wrestlenomicsmug](tinyurl.com/wrestlenomicsmug) Accident recovery fund for the "Buffalo Brothers" is at: [https://www.gofundme.com/buffalo-brothers-car-accident-recovery-fund](https://www.gofundme.com/buffalo-brothers-car-accident-recovery-fund) Thanks for listening.
2019-01-13
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81: Wrestlenomics Radio: History of the Streaming Era, 2014-2018

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) go over the biggest moments in wrestling business from 2014 to 2018\. Led by the launch of the WWE Network, the five-year period was one of the most interesting and revolutionary periods in wrestling history. Show notes:  [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bhrmjTIgCNscHm5dj-A7IET8SGcL_Sqf47oiGeDVwAg/edit?usp=sharing](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bhrmjTIgCNscHm5dj-A7IET8SGcL_Sqf47oiGeDVwAg/edit?usp=sharing) ------------------------------ Check out discussion of pro-wrestling business data and legal news at https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/ ------------------------------ Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-12-29
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80: Wrestlenomics Radio: Impact moving to Pursuit, most matches in WWE, biggest stories of the year

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk these topics: * Mookie's WWE most matches study 2018 * Impact moving from Pop to Pursuit * News about WWE TV deals in New Zealand and Japan, no news about UK deal * Biggest stories of the year in wrestling * There's never been a better time to be a pro wrestler * NJPW sells out New Beginning USA shows * New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on wrestling Show notes: [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CuIRpRraYRrlL56ksrLK3fHPeq07ERN1UDZb4b7uLBM/edit?usp=sharing](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CuIRpRraYRrlL56ksrLK3fHPeq07ERN1UDZb4b7uLBM/edit?usp=sharing) -------------------------------------------------- Check out discussion of pro-wrestling business data and legal news at https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/ -------------------------------------------------- Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-12-23
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79: Wrestlenomics Radio: New lows for WWE viewership, Eric Bischoff TED talk

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk these topics: * WWE viewership new lows: breakdown of viewership and demographics for Raw and Smackdown, female audience continues to decline * Eric Bischoff's TED talk comparing media, politics and pro wrestling  Show notes: [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WYREECMsJ80xc8Nr_gYCyJnVkHD6CwFD6C0fY9jk-xE/edit?usp=sharing](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WYREECMsJ80xc8Nr_gYCyJnVkHD6CwFD6C0fY9jk-xE/edit?usp=sharing) --------------------------------------------- Check out discussion of pro-wrestling business data and legal news at [https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/](https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/) -------------------------------------------- Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-12-16
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78: Wrestlenomics Radio: New WWE board of directors, Vince sells stock, Barrios UBS talk, trademark update, scholarly wrestling articles

**This week's episode is brought to you by [Simple Contacts](simplecontacts.com/we). The contact lens prices are unbeatable, the vision test is only $20 and shipping is free. Best of all, our listeners  get $20 off their first Simple Contacts. Go to [simplecontacts.com/we](simplecontacts.com/we) or use the promo code WE.** ----------------------------------------------- Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk about these topics: * New WWE board of directors * Vince McMahon sells $22 million in WWE stock * WWE Co-President George Barrios talks at UBS conference * WWE trademarks * Mookie's scholarly paper round-up * Mookie goes to NXT show * Scholarly wrestling articles  Show notes: [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e-0odBoLFcdN9cEOM--EGDQvmOoLADyYOOiYT5ybAgI/edit?usp=sharing](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e-0odBoLFcdN9cEOM--EGDQvmOoLADyYOOiYT5ybAgI/edit?usp=sharing) ------------------------------------- Check out discussion of pro-wrestling business data and legal news at [https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/](https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/) ---------------------------------------- Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-12-10
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77: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE stock recovery, ROH signings, NXT Takeover moved to avoid MSG show

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk about these topics * WWE stock continues to recover * Ring of Honor signs PCO, Brody King * WWE decides not to run NXT Takeover head-to-head with ROH/NJPW MSG show * Changes to WWE NXT UK deals * New legal filings * XFL cities * Scholarly wrestling articles Show notes: [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RF_pkkcBjd5ysGdNGkazNhlwnNXaBlsruHowZcib9jk/edit?usp=sharing](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RF_pkkcBjd5ysGdNGkazNhlwnNXaBlsruHowZcib9jk/edit?usp=sharing) ------------------------------------ Check out discussion of pro-wrestling business data and legal news at https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/  ------------------------------------ Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-12-03
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76: Wrestlenomics Radio: Pro wrestling landscape, AEW trademarks

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk about the wider pro wrestling landscape in light of the news of trademarks taken out by All Elite Wrestling. --------------------------------------- On this week's premium show, Chris & Brandon discuss: * WrestleMania weekend events * Mookie going to Japan! ------------------------------------------ Check out discussion of pro-wrestling business data and legal news at [https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/](https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/) ------------------------------------------------ Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-11-26
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75: Wrestlenomics Radio: WrestleMania 35 ticket sales & capacity, Triple H NXT conference call

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk about WM35 ticket sales (actuals vs exaggerations) and go in-depth reviewing a top WWE's executives vision of modern developmental: * WWE WrestleMania 35 ticket sales open: exclusive details on stadium capacity, predictions on gate and average ticket price * Triple H NXT conference call: talent development, NXT UK brand, international Performance Centers, NXT/PC's financial value * * * Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics every week on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5 at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics) and listen to this week's premium episode. On this week's premium show, Chris & Brandon discuss: * "Why Pro Wrestling"   * Mookie's Legal Update (Appeals, the "gun post" explained) * UFC gets a better PPV cut! * * * Check out discussion of pro-wrestling business data and legal news at [https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/](https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/) * * * Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-11-18
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74: Wrestlenomics Radio: Stephanie McMahon at Web Summit, Harold Meij on NJPW business with Uproxx

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk about two interviews with with executives from the two biggest wrestling promotions in the world: * WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon's interview at the Web Summit * NJPW CEO Harold Meij's interview with Uproxx * * * Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics every week on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5 at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics) and listen to this week's premium episode. * Ring of Honor mentioned on Sinclair earnings conference call * MLW sets attendance record * Tetsuya Naito says he turned down WWE offer * Jericho cruise * End of WWE Raw overrun * Decision-making with WWE Network analytics * WWE stock movement * WWE job listings * Legal update: Kyros, Dale Gagne(r) and more * * * Check out discussion of pro-wrestling business data and legal news at [https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/](https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/) * * * Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-11-12
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73: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Crown Jewel takes place, John Cena & Daniel Bryan don't appear

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk about the news coming out of WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ----------------------------------- Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics every week on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5 at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics) and listen to this week's premium episode. * Legal update including Konstatine Kyros' new video on the WWE concussion lawsuit  * New trademark filings, including one for John Cena's 6th move of doom  * NJPW Power Struggle business  * Comparing WWE ticket prices to inflation  * Impact viewership down after change to new timeslot  ------------------------------------- Check out discussion of pro-wrestling business data and legal news at [https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/](https://www.reddit.com/r/wrestlenomics/) -------------------------------------- Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-11-05
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72: Wrestlenomics Radio: Crown Jewel casts shadow on WWE Evolution, WWE stock falls after Q3 report, NXT attendance, Roman Reigns

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) the week in pro wrestling business news: * WWE Evolution ticket sales * WWE Crown Jewel, Ronda Rousey comments  * WWE's stock falls following Q3 report  * "Re-imagining" WWE live events  * Are customers paying less for WWE Network subscriptions?  * NXT attendance  * Roman Reigns taking a leave of absence from WWE to fight leukemia  * NJPW GIF policy  * WWE vs. Kyros legal update  --------------------------------------- Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics every week on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5 at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics) and listen to this week's premium episode. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium went in-depth reviewing and analyzing WWE's Q3 earnings report. The show is available in both video and audio-only versions! --------------------------------------- Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-10-27
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71: Wrestlenomics Radio: Latest on WWE Saudi Arabia with guest Mike Sempervive

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) are joined by Wrestling Observer Live co-host Mike Sempervive (@Sempervive) to discuss the latest news on WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia, including a background of the geo-politics involved. * * * Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5 at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics) and listen to this week's premium episode. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * Hierarchy of WWE influence: Who drives WWE decision-making and to what extent? * Beer sponsors in pro-wrestling * Lawsuit involving Charlotte & Ric Flair * Quick preview of WWE Q3 report, happening this Thursday The Wrestlenomics team will have a special episode, following Thursday's WWE Q3 report, analyzing all the related news, available exclusively to subscribers at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics)! * * * Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-10-21
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70: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE deal with Saudi Arabia government under scrunity after alleged murder of journalist

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) discuss news of WWE coming under criticism for its business deal with the Saudi government. With WWE Crown Jewel scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh, the wrestling company says it's "monitoring" the situation surrounding allegations that the Saudi government orchestrated the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Brandon wrote an article on the topic for The Daily Beast here: [https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-wwe-buddies-are-deeply-in-bed-with-saudi-regime](https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-wwe-buddies-are-deeply-in-bed-with-saudi-regime) * * * Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5 at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics) and listen to this week's premium episode. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * WWE Q3 Google Trends * Reports of NJPW morale * Article on WWE $60 * List of Most Important Off-Screen WWE Personnel * Female WWE TV viewership * Changes in WWE corporate organization ------------------------------- Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-10-14
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69: Wrestlenomics Radio: Attendance updates for NJPW, WWE and ROH; UFC 229 incident

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) discuss this week's news: * Discussion of any business effect resulting from the chaotic scene follow the UFC fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov  * Overall NJPW attendance update and Long Beach performance * ROH attendance update * WWE attendance update Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5 at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics) and listen to this week's premium episode. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * WWE Australia Show * Bad WWE stock article * wXw-WWE relationship * Progress at Wembley * Neville returns to Dragon Gate * Mookie?s legal update Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-10-08
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68: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q3 viewership & female audience decline, Mixed Match Challenge views down, WWE YouTube power rankings

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) discuss this week's news: * Our WWE Q3 viewership analysis finds a declining trend especially among the female audience  * Mixed Match Challenge week 2 views underperforming  * Mookie's WWE YouTube power rankings (last 6 months)  Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5 at [wrestlenomics.com](wrestlenomics.com) and listen to this week's premium episode. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics:  * WWE/BTIG Conference  * MLW Investors  * Barrios ready to sell up to 175k shares  * CM Punk/Colt Cabana Lawyer Fee lawsuit  * WWE CTE Lawsuit Ends / Kyros Blog  * Wrestler Visa Violations  Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-09-30
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67: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE CTE lawsuit dismissed, WWE tryout in Chile, return to Saudi Arabia, women's PPV, Impact officials meet at WWE HQ, WON HOF ballot

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) discuss this week's news: * WWE Saudi Arabia: Is it more valuable than WrestleMania or not? * Impact officials have meeting at WWE HQ * Legal update: WWE CTE lawsuit and more * WON HOF ballot * WWE tryout in Chile / NXT Success Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. This week only sign-up for $1 at [wrestlenomics.com](http://wrestlenomics.com) and listen to this week's premium episode. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * Brian Nurse hired as SVP of Legal Affairs * Independent contractor Part 1 & 3; Cowley?s 2014 article * Other WWE news: MMC2 views, 205 Live taped before Smackdown, Wrap article on FOX/WWE * Mookie?s corner: Ring Warriors, Mavericks Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-09-24
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66: Wrestlenomics Radio: CMLL Anniversary talk with live report from Will From Texas (goodhelmet)

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) this week are joined by Will From Texas to talk about his live experience at the CMLL Anniversary show at Arena Mexico! WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * New media developments : OTT services increasing price points, NFL popularity, Endeavor podcast division, Gladiator Sports Network  * Chinese independent promotions and wrestlers, using data from cagematch.net * An in-depth discussion and review of an article from 2005 on the independent contractor issue in pro wrestling Independent contractor article
2018-09-17
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65: Wrestlenomics Radio: All In economics, interview with The Ringer's Mike Piellucci

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss: * Interview with Mike Piellucci (@mikelikessport) about his Ringer All In article  * All In Economics (live gate, TV ratings, merchandise numbers) WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * Brandon?s NXT in Buffalo report and Mookie talks WWE Attendance Numbers * Daniel Bryan re-signs with WWE * ?Heart, Intensity and the Sell? (CARDIO!) Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-09-09
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64: Wrestlenomics Radio: All In, employee/contractor issue, vision of WWE co-presidents

Courtesy of our friends at the Podcast Movement (podcastmovement.com) and Westwood One, Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk live from the Starrcast hotel in Schaumburg, IL: * What made All In a success? Is it a sign of things to come? * How was All In different from other big live events from organizations that rose up to draw 10,000+ crowds? * The future of employee/independent contractor issue in the pro wrestling industry and WWE * The creative vision (or lack thereof) of WWE's co-presidents WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Each week we produce an additional, totally different show, discussing different topics from this free program. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-09-02
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63: Wrestlenomics Radio: Neville out of WWE contract, tracking indie stars, WWE Studios president leaves

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss this week's news: * Neville out of WWE Contract  * Indy Stars in North America Tracking  * WWE Studios Head Michael Luisi leaves  WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * NJPW Revenue , 1980-2017 * WWE suing Konstatine Kyros for lawyer fees * How profitable is WWE on YouTube? Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-08-27
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62: Wrestlenomics Radio: Triple H conference calls, Daniel Bryan contract status, Lawsuit updates for Punk/Cabana & Jarrett

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss this week's news: * Triple H conference call  * Daniel Bryan contract status * Lawsuit updates for Punk/Cabana & Jarrett * Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * Mookie's sports rant  * Amazon has YouTube Envy  * PivotShare is sold  * SVOD Alexa and Similarweb numbers  * NJPW Harold Meij translated column  * 2008 Japanese wrestling business report  * Meltzer controversy Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-08-20
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61: Wrestlenomics Radio: NJPW business and G1 Climax talk with @EvanDeadlySinsW

Just as the G1 Climax concludes, Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) are joined by NJPW subreddit moderator @EvanDeadlySinsW to analyze New Japan business! Topics include: * Impression of Harold Meij as new leader * How is the US expansion going? * New stars to watch out for (Ayato Yoshida?) * Relationship between ROH & NJPW * Lessons from this year?s G1 * Expanding WrestleKingdom accessibility to international attendances * Risks for NJPW * Opportunities for NJPW * Health of other Japanese Wrestling companies Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics.  This week on Wrestlenomics Premium, they discuss: * NJPW balance sheets, 2007-2017 * Sinclair-Tribune merger collapses, Tribune sues * Colt Cabana sues CM Punk * ROH & NJPW G1 Supercard event sells out Madison Square Garden * All-In broadcasting news Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-08-13
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60: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE social media metrics compared to Facebook, Twitter, Netflix; How WWE falls short of its economic potential

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) compare WWE social media growth to quarterly growth on major tech platforms Facebook, Twitter and Netflix. Plus they talk about how WWE falls short of its potential not just creatively but economically. Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week on Wrestlenomics Premium, they go into further detail to get an idea of how much money WWE leaves on the table due to Vince McMahon's creative direction. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-08-06
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59: Wrestlenomics Radio: How much did WWE make from Saudi Arabia deal?

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss what was learned from WWE's Q2 2018 report, released Thursday. Documents from the earnings release suggests the payment WWE received from the Saudi government for the Greatest Royal Rumble may have been worth at least $40 million, more than some of WWE's minor TV deals. Chris and Brandon also discuss WWE's declining live event attendance. Mookie fact-checks George Barrios' explanation from the conference call. Video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lfKpgYyUPc Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium provided a full review of WWE's Q2 report. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-07-30
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58: Wrestlenomics Radio: Hogan returning to WWE? ROH/NJPW MSG show, WWE Q2 preview, Sinclair-Tribune

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss this week's news: * Hulk Hogan returns to WWE?  * WWE Q2 Preview  * ROH/NJPW Show  * Sinclair-Tribune  * Stephanie McMahon advises: Don?t Drink & Tweet   Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * Brandon looks at attendance, web search and TV viewership data that suggest fan interest in WWE has declined in 2018.  * Mookie talks about WWE attendance and gate data from Pollstar, including WrestleMania numbers. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-07-23
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57: Wrestlenomics Radio: Part 2: WWE 1H 2018 Timeline

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss give a long-view analysis of an eventful last 6 months for WWE business, as new TV deals were made, the stock price more than doubled, the company went into business with the Saudi government, and more. Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics weekly on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week's show talked about these topics * ROH/NJPW Supershow at MSG on April 6 * Sports Business Journal article on WWE TV rights negotiations * NJPW attendance * Twitter purge of bogus accounts * WWE stock analysis upgrades * Years experience of NXT talent makeup Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-07-16
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56: Wrestlenomics Radio: Part 1: WWE 1H 2018 Timeline

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss give a long-view analysis of an eventful last 6 months for WWE business, as new TV deals were made, the stock price more than doubled, the company went into business with the Saudi government, and more. Part 2 of the WWE 1H 2018 timeline will be released on our free feed next week, but is available immediately to subscribers at http://patreon.com/wrestlenomics Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics weekly on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week they recorded 2 special programs: * Part 2 of WWE 1H Timeline (1 hour, 14 minutes) * Wrestlenomics Premium (1 hour, 25 minutes): NJPW G1 Special at Cow Palace, ROH 1H 2018 attendance, a viral pounce and hot dog eating contests Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-07-09
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55: Wrestlenomics Radio: NJPWWorld subs, NJPW president profile, WWE TV deal, responsibility of promoters

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss this week's news: * NJPW President Profile * WWE TV Deal Formally Announced * Responsibility of Independent Wrestling Promoters * Why has the decline in WWE Raw viewership stopped? Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics weekly on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week they recorded 2 special programs: * Coverage of WWE investor conference call following announcement of new TV deals with USA Network and Fox * 2 hour-plus interview with David Lagana from the National Wrestling Alliance about wrestling business, new media, content creation, China and more Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-07-02
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54: Wrestlenomics Radio: JPMorgan upgrades WWE stock target, All Us, Vader, WWE in Australia

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss: * JPM latest on WWE  * All Us Updates  * Vader passes away  * WWE goes to Australia  * NJPW Cow Palace Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * MSG: ROH vs WWE (vs AAA)  * NXT World Order: UK, Japan, Latin America  * Random WWE Surveys  * Saudi Arabia Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-06-25
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53: Wrestlenomics Radio: New WWE investor presentation, Australia PPV, India, All In, XFL

This week's program is brought to you by Dollar Shave Club, which delivers everything you need to look, feel, and smell your best! Check it all out at [dollarshaveclub.com/we](dollarshaveclub.com/we). Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss: * The latest update to the WWE investor presentation * Jeff Hardy pleading guilty to DWI * Killing the Business, Inc. * WWE and Nestle's "Choose Water" campaign * New details announced about WWE's PPV in Australia in October * The pro wrestling scene in India [](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IEQQ8GL0nw) We also live streamed this show on YouTube to give a visual review of the WWE investor presentation. **Watch here**: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IEQQ8GL0nw](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IEQQ8GL0nw) [](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IEQQ8GL0nw) Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on **WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM**. Sign-up for $5/month at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics). 2 hours, 36 minutes this week! This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * David Bixenspan joins us to talk about his report that Dr. Amann had relationship with wrestler patient * ROH books MSG? * HHH's NXT conference call * Chris Jericho on his business model * NJPW CEO Harold Meij research * UK Live Sports Rights go to Amazon & BT Sports * Meltzer Star Ratings Breakdown (May 2017-June 2018) Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-06-18
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53: Wrestlenomics Radio: CM Punk victorious in court, not in UFC

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss CM Punk and Colt Cabana's legal victory over Dr. Chris Amann and Punk's subsequent loss at UFC225 in Chicago. Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. 1 hour, 53 minutes this week! This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * NJPW Dominion: New President & CEO Harold Meij, Kenny Omega, Cow Palace * Mookie does some Wrestlenomics on how many singles and non-singles matches NJPW and WWE wrestlers have performed in over the years * WWE VIP trademark suggests a possible name for a premium tier of the WWE Network * Adam Cole is defending the NXT North American Title in Evolve * New WWE UK contracts * WWE For Your Consideration event * More on whether the Punk trial date and Punk's UFC fight being so close was a coincidence Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-06-11
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52: Wrestlenomics Radio: CM Punk & Colt Cabana vs. Dr. Chris Amann trial

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss go in-depth, talking about the CM Punk and Colt Cabana vs. Dr. Chris Amann trial, notes from the first four days of the trial and the impact the podcast at the heart of the lawsuit had on the wrestling industry. Chris and Brandon talk about additional topics on WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM. Sign-up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. 1 hour, 32 minutes this week!  This week's Wrestlenomics Premium topics: * Vince McMahon not present at Fox-WWE meeting and other details * Smackdown will be live on Fox on Friday nights * Linda McMahon interview in which she was questioned on campaign donations * Huber Boy 2 documentary * Wrestlenomics survey Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-06-04
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50: Wrestlenomics Radio: What would a tiered WWE Network look like? SmackDown's new deal

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: * SmackDown deal ($205M/year) * What would tiered WWE Network look like? * WWE Top 50 Instagram posts WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM (sign-up for $5/month for weekly bonus audio at patreon.com/wrestlenomics) -- 2 hours, 33 minutes this week! This week's topics: * BTIG analysis of WWE stock * Brandon estimates WWE revenue through 2025 w/ DTC vs. B2B breakdown * Statements from new NJPW President Harold Meij * Mookie?s Polls & FMW Analogy of the week * MLW contracts * Lawsuit updates: CM Punk-Chris Amann, Dean Ambrose Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-05-28
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49: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE RAW reportedly getting 3x raise, SmackDown moving?

This week's episode of Wrestlenomics Radio is brought to you by Dollar Shave Club! Dollar Shave Club delivers everything you need to look, feel, and smell your best. Check it out at http://dollarshaveclub.com/we. Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: * WWE RAW will reportedly be renewed with USA Network at a rate of 3x * Is SmackDown moving to another network? * How will ever-growing TV rights fees affect WWE's business and relationship with fans and business partners? * WWE stock price reaction to the news WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM (sign-up for $5/month for weekly bonus audio at patreon.com/wrestlenomics) -- 2 hours, 35 minutes this week! * All-In Sells-Out * WWE Co-President George Barrios at JPM organ conference * WWE Co-President Michelle Wilson & Charlotte Flair at Needham conference * Average attendances for top Japanese promotions at Korakuen Hall Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-05-21
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48: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE implications from UFC-ESPN, Brandon's modern wrestling talk, Total Divas renewed, Starrcast

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: * UFC signs deal with ESPN+, what this means for WWE's ongoing TV rights negotiations * Total Divas renewed for 2 more seasons * WWE files lawsuit against Transworld Television * Who's behind Starrcast * CM Punk doing meet & greet for Pro Wrestling Tees WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM (sign-up for $5/month for weekly bonus audio at patreon.com/wrestlenomics) -- 2 hours, 41 minutes this week!  * Mookie watches Eurovision * WWE ticket analysis * WWE talent development, nepotism * CM Punk, Colt Cabana, Dr. Chris Amann lawsuit update * Needham's latest analysis of WWE stock * NJPW company profile * Progress touring USA Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-05-14
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47: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q1 & macro business trends; NJPW Dontaku, Cow Palace ticket sales; All-In seating

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: * WWE Q1 2018 brief overview * WWE business trends * Revisiting NXT and the launch of the WWE Network * WWE Co-President George Barrios' role in the company * NJPW Dontaku event attendance * Notes from NJPW Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi interview * NJPW Cow Palace Tickets * All-In Seating chart and ticket prices announced WRESTLENOMICS PREMIUM (sign-up for $5/month for weekly bonus audio at [patreon.com/wrestlenomics](patreon.com/wrestlenomics)) -- 4 hours+ this week! * WWE Q1 2018 report: financial documents, conference call Q&A session, Saudi Arabia * Economics of running an indie wrestling show * 1974's The Wrestler: An insight into the mind of Verne Gagne Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-05-07
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46: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE in Saudi Arabia, most recognizable pro wrestlers, BTIG upgrades WWE stock projection, All In

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: * WWE in Saudi Arabia: Greatest Royal Rumble thoughts, the Daivri brothers angle, Roman Reigns, GSA's apology for female wrestlers appearing in a clip, Sami Zayn's non-appearance, the Saudi government's PR campaign * BTIG upgrades its WWE stock projection to $46 as the share price reaches $40 this past week. * Medium's study of which pro wrestlers are the most recognizable * A question on ramifications for independent wrestling if All-In doesn't succeed in its attendance goal SUPER-SERVE EDITION (sign-up for $5/month for weekly bonus audio at patreon.com/wrestlenomics) -- 2 hours+ this week! * Chris and Brandon thoroughly analyze the WWE Business Partner Summit 2018 in a depth you won't find anywhere else, featuring: * "WWE 2.0" and plans for a future premium tier for the WWE Network * WWE co-presidents Michelle Wilson and George Barrios present road map for 2018 * Stephanie McMahon explains how WWE was "reimagined" as "sports entertainment" * Sales and International (John Brody) * Digital and social media (Jayar Donlan) * Triple H/Paul Levesque outlines a vision to put developmental facilities all over the world Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-04-30
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45: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE business analyses from JPMorgan and Needham, Saudi Arabia, WWE Board of Directors

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: * Update on Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia * ESPN/Fox dual bid for UFC and implications for WWE * JPMorgan's analysis of WWE business * Needham's analysis of WWE business * WWE Board of Directors election from annual shareholders meeting SUPER-SERVE EDITION (sign-up for $5/month for weekly bonus audio at patreon.com/wrestlenomics) -- 2 hours+ this week!  * RAW/SmackDown year-over-year viewership comparisons, gender demographics * Mookienomics on RAW ratings by person * Mookienomics on YouTube views by person * Mookie's legal gazette: Titus O'Neil, Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt, Randy Orton's tattoos (yes, really), Michael Elgin * Brandon's hierarchy of 3 types of pro wrestling promotions * Bruno Sammartino Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-04-23
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44: Wrestlenomics Radio: Greatest Royal Rumble, Rusev, Ronda Rousey, Lesnar re-signs with WWE

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: * Snow, a tangent on YouTube revenue, plugs * WWE Greatest Royal Rumble * Ronda Rousey announced for 4 dates on WWE Europe tour * Brock Lesnar re-signs with WWE * Detailed look at WWE Network subscriber announcement Q&A * A look at full season of Mixed Match Challenge viewership * NWL folds SUPER-SERVE EDITION (sign-up for $5/month for weekly bonus audio at patreon.com/wrestlenomics) -- 2 hours+ this week! * WWE Network survey for international subscriber * Upcoming WWE annual shareholders meeting * Top WWE merchandise sellers * Mookie & Brandon's costs for their WrestleMania trip to New Orleans * CIMA working with OWE in China, NWA in China * AroLucha update * Mookie's legal update * Brandon's modern wrestling philosophy argument Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-04-15
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43: Wrestlenomics Radio: Mookie & Brandon's WrestleMania Adventure

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss their trip to New Orleans for WrestleMania. They go over their experiences at the Wrestlecon Supershow, Joey Janela's Spring Break, WWE Axxess, WrestleMania itself. Plus various tangents on AroLucha and modern indie wrestling! Chris and Brandon also recorded a SUPER-SERVE EDITION, exclusively for Patreon subscribers, immediately after the announcement of WWE Network subscribers. Sign-up now for weekly bonus audio for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics. Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-04-10
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42: Wrestlenomics Radio: Louisiana athletic commission, Ticket sales update for all WrestleMania weekend events, MLW TV deal

This week's episode is brought to you by Dollar Shave Club! For a mind-blowing experience, join Dollar Shave Club today. For just $5, with free shipping you?ll get the Executive razor and razors plus trial sizes of Shave Butter, Body Cleanser and One Wipe Charlies. Then keep the blades coming for a few bucks more a month. Get yours at dollarshaveclub.com/we. Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: FREE : * Louisiana state athletic commission's list of banned moves may affect independent shows at WrestleMania weekend * MLW TV deal with beIN Sports * Mania weekend ticket sales update for WWE, ROH, WWN and Wrestlecon events * WWE bootlegging lawsuit, event schedule * WrestleMania coming to Minnesota? * Impact viewership up * Profile on WWE Co-President Michelle Wilson SUPER-SERVE EDITION (sign up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics) -- Will be recorded and released Sunday, April 1: * CTE lawsuit dismissed * WrestleMania WWE Network numbers * UFC Fight Pass subscriber count * PWG moves venues * Andre the Giant documentary * NJPW Strong Style Evolved * WrestleMania III Silverdome attendance * AroLucha update Go to patreon.com/wrestlenomics to become a Patreon supporter for this week?s exclusive bonus audio for just $5/month!  Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com.  Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-04-01
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41: Wrestlenomics Radio: Daniel Bryan medically cleared by WWE, AroLucha funding

This week's episode is brought to you by Dollar Shave Club! For a mind-blowing experience, join Dollar Shave Club today. For just $5, with free shipping you?ll get the Executive razor and razors plus trial sizes of Shave Butter, Body Cleanser and One Wipe Charlies. Then keep the blades coming for a few bucks more a month. Get yours at dollarshaveclub.com/we. Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: FREE * Daniel Bryan medically cleared by WWE * AroLucha funding, Harris brothers, Rey Mysterio involvement PATREON (sign up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics) * WWE in Saudi Arabia * Mixed Match Challenge * Big Cass * XFL competition * SVP of WWE joins UFC * Lucha Underground * Five Star Wrestling (UK) * New Streaming Services * WCW Thunder Go to patreon.com/wrestlenomics to become a Patreon supporter for this week?s exclusive bonus audio for just $5/month! Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com. Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com.
2018-03-26
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40: Wrestlenomics Radio: WrestleMania 35 press conference, Moolah controversy, Jericho-Omega AXS rating

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week?s topics in wrestling business news: **FREE** * WrestleMania 35 press conference announcing Mania coming to East Rutherford, NJ and other events at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY * Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal name dropped * Jon Bravo video  * Feedback on Saudi Arabia  * Feedback on NJPW being publicly-traded  * Jericho-Omega highest rated NJPW match ever on AXS  * Lucha FMV sends threatening letters  **PATREON  ****(sign up for $5/month at patreon.com/wrestlenomics) ** * Update on WWN & Wrestlecon ticket sales * Mookie?s Trademark Gazette * Linda McMahon political donations * WON awards * RF Video streaming service Go to patreon.com/wrestlenomics to become a Patreon supporter for this week?s exclusive bonus audio for just $5/month! Check out Mookie?s work at wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com. Read Brandon?s latest at WrestlingINC.com.  Email questions and comments to wrestlenomics@gmail.com
2018-03-17
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