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78: Wrestlenomics Radio: New WWE board of directors, Vince sells stock, Barrios UBS talk, trademark update, scholarly wrestling articles

12/9/2018
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Duration:02:26:08

77: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE stock recovery, ROH signings, NXT Takeover moved to avoid MSG show

12/2/2018
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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:...

Duration:01:21:42

76: Wrestlenomics Radio: Pro wrestling landscape, AEW trademarks

11/25/2018
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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...

Duration:01:27:47

75: Wrestlenomics Radio: WrestleMania 35 ticket sales & capacity, Triple H NXT conference call

11/17/2018
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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...

Duration:01:37:07

74: Wrestlenomics Radio: Stephanie McMahon at Web Summit, Harold Meij on NJPW business with Uproxx

11/12/2018
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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...

Duration:01:36:44

73: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Crown Jewel takes place, John Cena & Daniel Bryan don't appear

11/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:06

72: Wrestlenomics Radio: Crown Jewel casts shadow on WWE Evolution, WWE stock falls after Q3 report, NXT attendance, Roman Reigns

10/27/2018
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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 ---------------------------------------...

Duration:01:50:45

71: Wrestlenomics Radio: Latest on WWE Saudi Arabia with guest Mike Sempervive

10/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:45:14

70: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE deal with Saudi Arabia government under scrunity after alleged murder of journalist

10/14/2018
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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:...

Duration:01:10:29

69: Wrestlenomics Radio: Attendance updates for NJPW, WWE and ROH; UFC 229 incident

10/7/2018
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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)...

Duration:01:34:03

68: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q3 viewership & female audience decline, Mixed Match Challenge views down, WWE YouTube power rankings

9/30/2018
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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...

Duration:01:29:08

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

9/23/2018
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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...

Duration:01:37:19

66: Wrestlenomics Radio: CMLL Anniversary talk with live report from Will From Texas (goodhelmet)

9/17/2018
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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...

Duration:01:41:13

65: Wrestlenomics Radio: All In economics, interview with The Ringer's Mike Piellucci

9/9/2018
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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!)...

Duration:01:38:35

64: Wrestlenomics Radio: All In, employee/contractor issue, vision of WWE co-presidents

9/2/2018
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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...

Duration:01:22:47

63: Wrestlenomics Radio: Neville out of WWE contract, tracking indie stars, WWE Studios president leaves

8/27/2018
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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.

Duration:01:12:32

62: Wrestlenomics Radio: Triple H conference calls, Daniel Bryan contract status, Lawsuit updates for Punk/Cabana & Jarrett

8/20/2018
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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...

Duration:01:15:31

61: Wrestlenomics Radio: NJPW business and G1 Climax talk with @EvanDeadlySinsW

8/13/2018
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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...

Duration:01:22:58

60: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE social media metrics compared to Facebook, Twitter, Netflix; How WWE falls short of its economic potential

8/6/2018
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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...

Duration:01:15:05

59: Wrestlenomics Radio: How much did WWE make from Saudi Arabia deal?

7/30/2018
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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....

Duration:01:25:05