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Wrestlenomics Radio: NXT debuts on USA Network, Anthem acquires AXS TV

9/20/2019
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Brandon Thurston is joined by Chris Gullo to discuss NXT’s debut on the USA Network, viewed by 1,179,000 viewers. What does this mean for the upcoming head-to-head competition with AEW? Impact Wrestling’s parent company, Anthem, has acquired AXS TV. What are the political implications for the wrestling landscape now that Anthem owns New Japan Pro Wrestling’s U.S. broadcast? Plus, new analysis: As the 2010s come to a close, who had the most top voted matches for each decade? What would WWE’s...

Duration:01:21:57

91: Wrestlenomics Radio: NXT moves to USA Network, going head-to-head with AEW on cable

8/21/2019
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Brandon Thurston is joined by Chris Gullo to talk about the news of NXT moving to USA Network. Background reading: Press release (https://corporate.wwe.com/investors/news/press-releases/2019/08-20-2019-140343362) Showbuzzdaily: Record of WWE NXT viewership on Dec 17, 2017 (https://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe/2017/12/14/16778800/ratings-for-nxts-first-show-on-the-usa-network-are-in) Seeking Alpha notes on MKM speculation on value of NXT deal...

Duration:00:47:37

90: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q2 2019 earnings report

7/27/2019
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Brandon Thurston reviews WWE's Q2 2019 earnings report in-depth with Wrestlenomics founder Chris Harrington. In the second half of the podcast, Brandon talks with Chris Gullo and D.J. Jarka more about WWE business news and Q2 metrics from other pro-wrestling companies. WWE and Pro-Wrestling Industry Q2 2019 Info Sheet: https://payhip.com/b/zypj Brandon's Fightful article on the WWE Q2 report:...

Duration:02:24:02

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

6/2/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:52:32

88: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q1 2019 Earnings Analysis, Vince blames talent absences for declines

4/28/2019
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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...

Duration:01:51:26

87: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE's independent contractor problem

4/5/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:32:21

86: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE moving headquarters

3/24/2019
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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...

Duration:00:28:20

85: Wrestlenomics Radio: Wrestlemania attendance, Barrios on popularity, viewership demographics

3/17/2019
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**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:...

Duration:00:54:49

84: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Saudi money algebra, AEW Double or Nothing sells out, NJPW Google search

2/17/2019
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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...

Duration:00:50:09

83: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Full Year 2018 Report: Vince on star power, Rousey; Crown Jewel money; Barrios defends attendance drop

2/7/2019
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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...

Duration:00:51:23

82: Wrestlenomics Radio: Mookie gets hired by AEW, adventures in Japan; "Buffalo Brothers" car accident

1/13/2019
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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...

Duration:01:57:58

81: Wrestlenomics Radio: History of the Streaming Era, 2014-2018

12/29/2018
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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)...

Duration:02:30:56

80: Wrestlenomics Radio: Impact moving to Pursuit, most matches in WWE, biggest stories of the year

12/23/2018
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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:...

Duration:01:34:43

79: Wrestlenomics Radio: New lows for WWE viewership, Eric Bischoff TED talk

12/16/2018
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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:...

Duration:01:24:46

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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**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...

Duration:02:25:52

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:01:21:12

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:01:37:01

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