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Wrestlenomics Radio focuses of the economics of the pro-wrestling industry. We discuss pro-wrestling business news and key metrics for companies like WWE, AEW NJPW, and more.

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Rita Chatterton allegations against Vince McMahon corroborated

July 3rd, 2022


Rita Chatterton, who says Vince McMahon raped her in 1986, is interviewed by New York Magazine. Former wrestler Mario Mancini says Chatterton told …

Vince McMahon scandal affects ratings, stock; AEW-NJPW Forbidden Door

June 26th, 2022


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss how WWE's stock and TV ratings have been affected since the Wall Street Journal report on the scandal …

Vince McMahon NDAs and payments investigated by WWE board

June 19th, 2022


WWE announced on Friday that Vince McMahon will no longer be CEO and Chairman for the duration of an investigation by the Board of Directors. He remains head of creative. Stephanie McMahon is now interim CEO and …

Turning the corner on the possibility of WWE M&A

June 12th, 2022


Brandon Thurston is joined by Chris Gullo to discuss the possibility of WWE being acquired by Comcast. Plus, news on AEW pay-per-view sales for …

What MJF's worked shoot promo means for business

June 5th, 2022


Brandon Thurston is joined by Jesse Collings to talk about business analytics related to the MJF's promo on AEW Dynamite this week. Plus, an article …

AEW Double or Nothing; Money in the Bank moved

May 29th, 2022


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo talk about the upcoming AEW Double or Nothing PPV, media leading up to it, Tony Khan's comments, reports about MJF. …

Stephanie McMahon takes leave of absence from WWE

May 22nd, 2022


Stephanie McMahon announced on Thursday she's taking a leave of absence from WWE. AEW was barely represented at the network upfronts, in contrast to WWE's representation. And Sasha Banks and Naomi walked out of Monday's …

Roman Reigns taking fewer dates

May 15th, 2022


Brandon Thurston is joined by Jesse Collings this week to talk about Roman Reigns reportedly taking fewer dates with WWE and what effect that might …

Peacock saves WWE's popularity, Q1 2022 earnings

May 8th, 2022


WWE's Q1 earnings call indicates Wrestlemania this year had its biggest audience. Premium live events moving to a higher reach platform, Peacock, are coinciding with some measures of fan interest for WWE stabilizing …

AEW and WWE TV rights value

May 1st, 2022


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo talk the week's wrestling business news. AEW and WWE's are likely nearing negotiation time for their current U.S. …

State of AEW and WWE fan popularity

April 24th, 2022


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss various consumer-driven metrics for AEW and WWE over time. Plus an assessment of the state of the media …

Warner-Discovery merger's effect on AEW

April 17th, 2022


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo talk about the week's wrestling business news, including how the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery could affect …

Wrestlemania business, WWE's proxy statement; Tony Khan on ROH, bots

April 10th, 2022


More business news coming out of Wrestlemania as Brandon Thurston is joined by Chris Gullo who returns from his week in Dallas. WWE was the subject …

The business of Wrestlemania 38

April 3rd, 2022


More than 65,000 fans were in attendance for Night 1 of Wrestlemania. WWE, as always, announced a bigger number. Brandon Thurston is joined by Jesse …

Triple H retires as wrestler, continues as executive

March 27th, 2022


"Triple H" Paul Levesque announced his retirement as a wrestler this week and discussed his future as a WWE executive. We look at Wrestlemania …

WWE responds to MLW's antitrust lawsuit

March 20th, 2022


WWE responds to MLW's antitrust lawsuit. We have an updated breakdown of viewership demographics by race. Plus, Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo talk …

AEW Revolution PPV buys, WWE2K22 is released

March 13th, 2022


AEW Revolution pay-per-view business. WWE2K22 is a pivotal release for the partnership with Take Two. Plus, Tony Khan says he will book Ring of …

Tony Khan buys ROH, Vince talks to McAfee

March 6th, 2022


Tony Khan bought Ring of Honor. Vince McMahon had his first live interview since 2014. Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo look at AEW's pay-per-view …

AEW SVP Chris Harrington talks wrestling business ahead of Revolution

March 2nd, 2022


"Mookie" Chris Harrington, All Elite Wrestling's Senior Vice President of Business Strategy, and the creator of Wrestlenomics, talks with Brandon …

Wrestlemania attendance outlook

February 27th, 2022


Vince McMahon and Steve Austin are likely to have matches at WrestleMania as about one-third of the inventory of tickets for the two-day event are …

Cody Rhodes leaves AEW

February 20th, 2022


One of the founding members of All Elite Wrestling moves on, as Cody Rhodes and AEW announced this week the former is leaving the company. Brandon …

Estimating how much revenue AEW makes

February 13th, 2022


We estimate All Elite Wrestling made about $84 million in revenue in 2021. Brandon Thurston breaks down AEW's revenue sources and how much he …

WWE Q4 2021 and full year earnings report

February 6th, 2022


WWE reported its Q4 and full year 2021 earnings on Thursday. The company made more than $1 billion in revenue and $180 million in net income for the …

WWE Q4 2021 Earnings Preview

February 2nd, 2022


Brandon Thurston is joined by MJ from NJ to preview WWE's next earnings report and conference call, coming up on Thursday after the close of the market.

This podcast is an edited audio version of the YouTube live stream …

Who will buy WWE's next-day rights?

January 30th, 2022


WWE president Nick Khan spoke with the Sports Business Journal this past week, days before the outlet also reported Disney+ Hotstar acquired WWE Network rights in Indonesia. As terms for next-day rights to Raw and …

New Japan back on AXS

January 23rd, 2022


New Japan returned to AXS TV this week and we have the exclusive ratings breakdown for the program as well as the final airings for New Japan in 2019. We’ll look at how the New Japan TV audience might differ from Impact …

MLW files a lawsuit against WWE

January 16th, 2022


MLW filed an antitrust lawsuit against WWE on Tuesday for allegedly interfering with MLW's deal with Fox-owned streaming service Tubi. Brandon …

The dismantling of Triple H's NXT

January 9th, 2022


Many of "Triple H" Paul Levesque's allies were let go from WWE in the same week Bron Breakker won the NXT title and kicked over a yellow "X" that …

Black Saturday ratings myth, early Wrestlemania PPV buys with Bix

January 5th, 2022


David Bixenspan joins Brandon to for a special bonus episode to discuss some retrospective Wrestlenomics topics that Bix has written about recently, including WWF pay-per-view buys and the TV ratings for WWF's "Black …

The diversity of AEW’s roster and audience

January 3rd, 2022


*Brandon's conversation with David Bixenspan mentioned in this podcast that wouldn't fit in the episode is available here:

2021's biggest stories in wrestling business

December 26th, 2021


2021 was the year of Nick Khan and Tony Khan (no relation), both of whom gained influence in the industry. WWE president Nick Khan sold U.S. WWE …

2022 predictions, AEW in mainstream press

December 19th, 2021


As 2021 draws to an end, we make some predictions for 2022. Will Ring of Honor run a show next year? What will WWE and AEW TV ratings be?


The flow of talent from AEW to WWE

December 12th, 2021


AEW and WWE's views on talent development appear to be diverging. Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss WWE's announcement of college athlete …

DVR viewership, WWE's NIL program

December 5th, 2021


We study live+same-day TV ratings, but what about DVR viewership? How do Raw, Smackdown, Dynamite, Rampage, NXT, and Impact TV ratings compare when including delayed viewing?

Plus, WWE this past week introduced a new NIL …

WWE's Brooklyn upfront, Young Bucks' extension, Vince's egg

November 28th, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss the week's news in wrestling business, including:

  • WWE's upfront with advertisers in Brooklyn
  • Vince's egg lifts …

WWE talent releases, AEW Full Gear PPV buys, EPL rights deal

November 21st, 2021


Take a quick Wrestlenomics survey to help us better understand our audience:

We have a report on AEW Full Gear PPV …

AEW Full Gear business, WWE financial outlook

November 14th, 2021


- Following AEW's Full Gear pay-per-view, we try to estimate how much revenue All Elite Wrestling might've grossed. 

- A deep look into WWE's …

Talent releases and CFO transition after WWE Q3 earnings

November 7th, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo debut the podcast on the POST Wrestling network, giving an introduction to Wrestlenomics before diving into the WWE …

The end of Ring of Honor as we know it

November 1st, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss the latest in WWE and AEW live event news. Then Brandon is joined by Lavie Margolin to talk the news that …

Preemptions and NJPW business

October 25th, 2021


Coming off the 30-minute Friday night war, a replay of Smackdown airs on Fox head-to-head with AEW Dynamite on Saturday. Bushiroad's recent public filings give us an update on New Japan Pro-Wrestling's financial state …

Fast Nationals for Smackdown and Rampage

October 18th, 2021


"The 30-minute war" on Friday night between WWE Smackdown and AEW Rampage has concluded. We have news of the fast nationals for each program. Conspicuously only total viewership numbers are available and not 18 to 49 …

Smackdown vs. Rampage: The 30-Minute War

October 11th, 2021


For the first time, a portion of a main roster WWE program will run head-to-head against AEW. WWE Smackdown, preempted to FS1 next Friday will be an extra 30 minutes, meaning it will overlap with the first half of AEW …

Q3 2021 TV ratings and ticket sales trends for WWE and AEW

October 3rd, 2021


The latest in TV ratings, ticket sales, YouTube views, and Google web search for WWE, AEW, Impact Wrestling and other companies as Q3 2021 comes to …

AEW SVP Chris Harrington talks about the wrestling business

September 26th, 2021


Mookie visits Wrestlenomics! Former Wrestlenomics co-host and current AEW SVP of business strategy visits Brandon Thurston to discuss the latest current events related to All Elite Wrestling and the wider TV industry.

A …

WWE and AEW's different visions of talent

September 20th, 2021


The introduction of NXT 2.0 on Tuesday highlighted how talent development for WWE and AEW seem to be diverging into to increasingly different visions. Plus the latest in TV ratings and ticket sales.

A subscription to the …

AEW draws 200,000 PPV buys for All Out

September 12th, 2021


AEW All Out sold more than 200,000 pay-per-view buys. Smackdown at Madison Square Garden set the record for a live gate for any Smackdown taping in …

All Out weekend

September 6th, 2021


AEW seems likely to break its PPV record with All Out. The future of NXT UK might be in question. Vaccine requirements at Arthur Ashe Stadium and on the Jericho Cruise. Latest in Google web search trends. Brandon …

Needle movers

August 29th, 2021


Dynamite and Rampage do huge ratings with the first appearances of CM Punk. Roman Reigns says he's a needle mover. Becky Lynch says she's Rebecca Ratings. Plus, drama reportedly surrounding the development of WWE's next …

CM Punk is back in pro wrestling

August 23rd, 2021


A subscription to the Wrestlenomics Patreon is a must for understanding wrestling business. Subscribers get:

- TV ratings reports and analysis almost every weekday

- Viewership Spreadsheet with 15,000+ data points

- …

AEW Rampage debut, Smackdown prelims

August 16th, 2021


There's confusion over WWE Smackdown's fast affiliate rating after many markets preempted for NFL preseason games. AEW Rampage debuted on the same night. The Rhodes to the Top and Heels are set to debut. CM Punk seems …

NXT getting overhauled following more WWE cuts

August 8th, 2021


More cuts by WWE to NXT talent closed the week. And reports followed of Vince McMahon directing a new philosophy when it comes to recruitment and …

AEW's United Center ticket sell fast, WWE budget cuts

August 2nd, 2021


CM Punk's debut in AEW seems imminent as the United Center is nearly sold out after presale. Bray Wyatt is released, reportedly telling talent it was …

Week 2 with WWE back on the road

July 26th, 2021


Early Smackdown ratings show the bump the show got last week has been reduced in half, but this week was against the opening of the Olympics. We predict the ratings for Raw, an update on live event business, a preview …

Live events are back

July 19th, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss the week's news in wrestling business as Smackdown did strong rating for the first WWE event at full …

WWE Raw sets a new low ahead of touring

July 12th, 2021


Raw on Monday had its lowest viewership ever. But how much will ratings improve when live fans are back in attendance? Meanwhile, AEW Dynamite had its first show back on the road this past Wednesday. Plus, an update on …

How will the return of fans affect ratings?

July 5th, 2021


Will the return of live fans bring a short-term of sustained improvement to ratings for wrestling programs? Plus, updates on ticket sales, TV ratings, and Google web search. Impact Wrestling recorded its lowest rating …

Return to touring draws nearer, more WWE releases

June 28th, 2021


The return to touring for WWE and AEW is only a week away. We look at how ticket sales are going for the first events back on the road. Plus more on AEW's investment into gaming. Dynamite has its last preemption before …

Myths about AEW's financial state

June 21st, 2021


A feature on Tony Khan this week in Forbes indicated AEW isn't profitable yet, and has made a major investment in the gaming industry.

We have an update on how ticket sales are going as WWE and AEW return to touring. AEW …

WWE as a meme stock, post-Covid ticket sales

June 14th, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo early indications of ticket sales for WWE and AEW as fans return to events.

WWE became a meme stock on Wednesday, …

Double or Nothing 2021 was AEW's 2nd highest-selling PPV

June 7th, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss PPV buys for AEW Double or Nothing and how much revenue it generated compared to the Revolution, the …

WWE and New Japan reportedly discuss working relationship

May 31st, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss reports that WWE president Nick Khan is pursuing an exclusive working relationship with New Japan …

WWE returns to live events, more AEW/TBS details

May 24th, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss the latest in wrestling business news. WWE will return to live events in July, beginning in Texas. More …

AEW returning to live events

May 16th, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss AEW's announced return to touring in July. Arena Mexico is reopening to fans as well. Showbuzz Daily may be …

AEW's Blood & Guts wins cable on Wednesday

May 10th, 2021


AEW Dynamite lead cable in P18-49 viewership on Wednesday this week, with its show headlined by a "Blood and Guts" match, a name coined by Vince McMahon in an earnings conference call.

Plus, Dark Side of the Ring season …

What NHL on Turner means for AEW

May 3rd, 2021


Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss how Turner's acquisition of NHL games might affect AEW's Wednesday night timeslot on TNT.

We look at the …

WWE Q1 2021, MLW coming to Vice

April 26th, 2021


Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020: ($6)

Or get the 2020 report as part of your $5/monthly support at where you can get access to the …

Big ratings in the first week of the post-war era

April 19th, 2021


A big week for TV ratings: AEW got its second-highest total audience ever, NXT had its first week in its new permanent Tuesday slot, Raw had a big audience for its post-Mania episode, Miz & Mrs. is back with new …

Wrestlemania 37, Undertaker NFTs, Nick Khan comments

April 12th, 2021


Wrestlemania ticket sales, Undertaker NFTs drop, the Wednesday Night War ends, Nick Khan comments and star development and international expansion.

Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020:

NXT moves to Tuesday, extends USA deal

April 4th, 2021


This week's topics, discussed by Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo:

- WWE announces NXT will move to Tuesday nights beginning April 13 on USA Network.

- …

WWE Network launches on Peacock

March 29th, 2021


Brandon Thurston is joined by Chris Gullo to discuss the latest current events in wrestling business: Wrestlemania ticket sales, WWE Thunderdome …

Requiem for goodwill

March 15th, 2021


AEW broke its pay-per-view sales record for Revolution last week Sunday, but also delivered a disappointing ending to the show. What does it mean for …

How viewership would be affected if NXT moves to Tuesday

March 8th, 2021


"How much will NXT viewership increase if it moves to Tuesday? How much would AEW viewership improve if it's unopposed? How much would Impact …

Tubular media ecosystem

March 1st, 2021


With the U.S. version of the WWE Network set to migrate to NBCU's Peacock on March 18, we revisit, perhaps one last time: Was launching the WWE …

Final verdict on WWE Network

February 22nd, 2021


With the U.S. version of the WWE Network set to migrate to NBCU's Peacock on March 18, we revisit, perhaps one last time: Was launching the WWE …

TV ratings literacy

February 14th, 2021


How does one read TV viewership data in a world of shifty eyeballs? We revisit trends of wider linear TV viewership and compare them to that of wrestling's viewership.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced a deal recent with …

WWE Q4 & full year 2020 earning report

February 7th, 2021


WWE's year began with executive upheaval, faced a pandemic, but still had the most profitable year in its history.

Brandon Thurston unpacks the latest …

Welcome to the flock

February 1st, 2021


WWE deal rights to the WWE Network in the U.S. to NBCUniversal's Peacock. Is it worth it? Could it still be a good idea to offer Wrestlemania as a …

Banking model of pro wrestling

January 25th, 2021


NBCUniversal announced NBCSN is closing at the end of this year. What does this mean for WWE and NXT in particular? How much revenue does WWE stand …

Pop culture extravaganza

January 18th, 2021


Wrestlemania will have fans in attendance, April 10 and 11, at Raymond James Stadium. Former WWE co-presidents George Barrios and Michelle Wilson …

No chance in hell

January 11th, 2021


NJPW has an India TV deal. A media deal in the U.S. and U.K. seems imminent. WWE Raw scores big ratings for its Legends Night program. Vince McMahon has countersued Oliver Luck. What does MLB's apparent downgrade in TV …

Cable makes wrestling richer than ever

January 3rd, 2021


This week we explain how the modern wrestling media economy works and just why cable TV gives WWE and AEW so much money for rights fees.

Plus, Covid prevalence in Japan and Tokyo are on the rise as Wrestle Kingdom …

Year 2020 retrospective

December 27th, 2020


This week's episode opens with some memories about Brodie Lee (Jon Huber).

Through a compilation of clips from earlier episodes of Wrestlenomics Radio, we take a look back at the unforgettable year of 2020, the …

More fans than ever

December 19th, 2020


WWE Raw hit a new viewership low on Monday, but what does it mean in this evolving media landscape? What does it mean for the USA Network? Brandon …

Code of Champions

December 12th, 2020


AEW Dynamite had stronger viewership than the more heavily hyped episode the week before. We analyze the ratings for Impact, AEW Dynamite, and WWE NXT this week. How close is AEW getting to the numbers put up by WWE Raw?

Is TV more valuable than PPV?

December 5th, 2020


Following a heavily hyped episode of AEW Dynamite, we analyze the viewership and the apparent beginning of relationship between All Elite Wrestling …

Pay-per-view price inelasticity

November 28th, 2020


This podcast is like an MBA class but pro-wrestling examples and no college credits.

Brandon Thurston unpacks the history of pay-per-view price points …

But all TV is down

November 21st, 2020


Join Wrestlenomics host Brandon Thurston as we harness big data to ask the big questions related to wrestling economics and wrestling popularity. Is …

20-factor test

November 14th, 2020


A lot of AEW news this week coming off of the Full Gear pay-per-view. How many buys does it look like the event sold and how does that compare to …

A case for sports-like wrestling

November 7th, 2020


We'll go over a few things we've learned about WWE's finances after the Q3 report last week and a preview of a new estimate for Q4. Brandon estimates …

WWE Q3 2020: Finally a new star, and it's Nick Khan

October 31st, 2020


WWE reported Q3 2020 earnings on Thursday. The first nine months of 2020 are already more profitable than any full year in company history.

Hear the …

The business of everything else

October 24th, 2020


In advance of the WWE Q3 earnings report next week, a special WWE- and AEW-free podcast:

*New Japan records positive net income for FY2020

*How close are Japan, the U.S., and Mexico to running the same number of events as …

If a man yells in a forest and no one listens... is it a podcast?

October 17th, 2020


*Big WWE Q3 preview: New CFO Kristina Salen debuts, Will Vince have an easier time talking ratings?, Will online merch sales remain strong?

*WWE extends its deal with Amway Center in Orlando

*Total Bellas gets renewed

*How …

We march backwards into the future

October 10th, 2020


The latest in wrestling business news: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis lifts restrictions on sports events, which might WWE could hold WrestleMania in …

The pillars of wrestling's future

October 3rd, 2020


We've been spending too much time focusing on linear trends in pro-wrestling viewership. There are 3 factors we can study to understand the future of …

SEC Theater

September 26th, 2020


This podcast contains a dramatic reading of correspondence between the Security and Exchanges Commission and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.


The End of Pax McMahona

September 19th, 2020


On the eve of the opening of the G1 Climax, New Japan's parent company Bushiroad releases its annual financial report. What did we learn about New Japan's fiscal year?

A major executive is leaving NBCUniversal. What will …

The bill's coming due

September 12th, 2020


An estimate of AEW pay-per-view buys for All Out 2020 and for every PPV in the short history of All Elite Wrestling so far. Plus, more news on WWE's objection to wrestlers monetizing third-party video platforms, …

Secretary of Labor

September 5th, 2020


Andrew Yang tweets notwithstanding, does WWE really have the rights to its talent legal names? Vince McMahon is reportedly threatening to punish talent unless they stop using third-party monetized platforms like Cameo …

Estimate the Thunderdome

August 29th, 2020


TV production for WWE likely just got more expensive with the introduction of the Thunderdome. Brandon Thurston explains his latest estimate of WWE finances for the remainder of the year.

Plus, it was an unusual week in …

No off-color comments

August 22nd, 2020


The ThunderDome Era of the Coronavirus Era is upon us. How much will it cost WWE? I don't know. How much will it eat into WWE's profits? We'll get an idea soon. How hyped is Kevin Dunn about drone cameras? Very.

As AEW …

Passive engagement

August 15th, 2020


"The people who would supposedly never stop watching beginning to stop watching. Brandon Thurston looks at the results of the Wreddit Census from …

The Best of WWE Excuses

August 8th, 2020


After helping WWE complete major increases in the value of its U.S. TV deals, WWE has hired Nick Khan to be its new President and Chief Revenue Officer. His hiring, and the introduction of other executives like new CFO …

WWE Q2 2020 Earnings Report: Compelling Content

July 31st, 2020


Avid reader of SEC filings Brandon Thurston breaks down the WWE Q2 2020 earnings report as only he can. We look at all the news as the company was even more profitable than the market expected, leading to an increase in …

Why Comcast should buy WWE

July 25th, 2020


How should we read TV viewership declines in 2020? How low do viewer metrics have to be for it become a concern for WWE's TV partners like Fox and …

The life and times of the key demo

July 18th, 2020


What matters when it comes to wrestling TV viewership? Brandon Thurston talks about the coveted key demo, total audience, and TV rights fees.

The number of wrestlers working 10 or more matches for major companies …

WWE has a new Chief Financial Officer

July 11th, 2020


The foremost independent expert in pro-wrestling business, Brandon Thurston breaks down the most pressing news stories of the week.

*Comments from …

The scales of Moxley and Cena

July 4th, 2020


What can we learn from Google web search data related to the biggest stars in WWE and AEW?

Why is the linear wrestling audience so old? Is it …

Wrestling before and after COVID: Speaking Out movement, COVID19 testing

June 28th, 2020


We go through the facts from the news transpiring from the Speaking Out movement, as numerous stories of sexual assault and other misconduct where …

Class-action lawsuit against WWE over MENA TV rights

June 20th, 2020


We learned of an update in the complaint filed by a pension leading a class-action lawsuit against WWE. The plaintiffs claim WWE and its executives …

The importance of new stars

June 13th, 2020


Wrestling stars who spike business usually do so soon after being elevated to main event status for the first time in their career. We explore this and the news of the last week or so, including:

-New Japan announces its …

A letter to white innocence

June 7th, 2020


As people across the U.S. protest racism and police brutality, we divert from the usual focus on wrestling business.

Audio clip sources:

-Xavier Woods, …

Rumors of PPV's Death Were Greatly Exaggerated

May 31st, 2020


Coming off news that early estimates for All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing pay-per-view may have been among AEW's most-bought PPVs yet, we …

COVID-19 Data in Florida and Japan

May 23rd, 2020


How safe is it to continue running empty arena wrestling events in the United States and Florida compared to Japan or Tokyo? Brandon Thurston looks at the data around testing, cases, and deaths.

What do Google searches …

How WWE Network has made business harder for others

May 16th, 2020


The latest on the pro-wrestling business during the coronavirus pandemic, discussed by Brandon Thurston.

*NJPW President Harold Meij gave a statement …

Coronavirus is a breakpoint for wrestling fandom

May 9th, 2020


It looks like WWE's going to be even more profitable than thought before, according to Brandon Thurston. Also, what's "friction"? What are …

Will Wrestling Viewership Bounce Back?

May 2nd, 2020


Brandon Thurston talks over the effect empty building wrestling shows are having TV viewership and whether viewers will bounce back whenever programs can return to arenas.

We consider the possibility of WWE selling to a …

WWE Q1 2020 Earnings Report

April 25th, 2020


Wrestling business analyst Brandon Thurston breaks down the WWE Q1 2020 earnings call in a level of granularity as only he can.

Support this podcast …

Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE releases & XFL shutdown timeline

April 18th, 2020


Brandon Thurston reviews the recent events that led up to WWE's decision to cut costs and lay off or furlough workers, as well as the recent closure and bankruptcy of Vince McMahon's XFL.

May 2018: WWE discloses it …

Wrestlenomics Radio: The end of XFL 2.0, Wrestlemania Reception

April 11th, 2020


Vince McMahon's latest endeavor into professional football seems to have come to an end after most XFL employees were laid off this morning.

Does WWE's "cinematic" approach demonstrated at Wrestlemania have an economic …

Wrestlenomics 101: COVID19 can't stop WWE profitability, Cena on star development

April 4th, 2020


Brandon Thurston talks about these subjects:

-Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs on his governor's stay-home order

-Predictions on how long it'll be before wrestling events will go back to normal

-WWE will remain profitable …

Wrestlenomics Radio: 100th Episode, Investors' Understanding of WWE

March 28th, 2020


As we remain quarantined at home, the wrestling business continues on. Brandon Thurston talks about these topics:

-COVID19 risks, Roman Reigns pulls …

Wrestlenomics Radio: Highest Attendances and Live Gates in Wrestling History

March 21st, 2020


*The latest news on COVID19's effect on the wrestling business.

*Paul Levesque's new EVP title.

*What are people actually referring to when they say …

Wrestlenomics Radio: How much will COVID-19 cost WWE?

March 14th, 2020


Video version of this podcast:

WWE withdrew its Q1 and full year 2020 guidance earlier this week due to …

How and Why WWE's Popularity Declined

March 10th, 2020


Video version of this podcast:

Brandon Thurston analyzes the pattern of decline in a number of WWE's key metrics. While the company has reach financial heights in recent years, …

Wrestlenomics Radio: Streaming possibilities for WWE PPVs

February 9th, 2020


With WWE apparently ready to sell the broadcast rights to its pay-per-view events to a major streaming service, Brandon Thurston discusses possible buyers and options for how the PPVs might be offered. Plus, many …

WWE Q4 2019 report: PPVs moving to major streaming service?

February 7th, 2020


WWE CEO Vince McMahon told investors today there may be a "transformative" change coming to WWE business. Just one week after announcing the exit of …

George Barrios and Michelle Wilson out as WWE Co-Presidents

January 31st, 2020


George Barrios and Michelle Wilson are out as co-presidents of WWE. Brandon Thurston discusses the news of the exit and likely firing of the #2 and #3 corporate officers for the world’s biggest pro-wrestling company.

Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q3 2019 Earnings Report

November 1st, 2019


Brandon Thurston is joined by Chris Harrington to review the WWE Q3 2019 earnings report. WWE shares fell by more than 15% following Thursday's …

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

September 20th, 2019


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 …

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

August 21st, 2019


Brandon Thurston is joined by Chris Gullo to talk about the news of NXT moving to USA Network.
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90: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q2 2019 earnings report

July 27th, 2019


Brandon Thurston reviews WWE's Q2 2019 earnings report in-depth with Wrestlenomics founder Chris Harrington.
In the second half of the podcast, …

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

June 2nd, 2019


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.
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87: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE's independent contractor problem

April 5th, 2019







Reddit: …

86: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE moving headquarters

March 24th, 2019







Reddit: …

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

March 17th, 2019



* Wrestlemania attendance: what WWE announces versus paid attendance
* WWE TV viewership demographics: Rousey arrival coincidences with disproportionate decline in female viewership
* WWE Co-President …

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

February 8th, 2019


Brandon Thurston discusses WWE's full year 2018 and Q4 earnings report that was released Thursday.

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

January 13th, 2019


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 …

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

December 29th, 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 …

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

December 23rd, 2018


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 …

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

December 16th, 2018


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 …

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

December 10th, 2018


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

December 3rd, 2018


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 …

76: Wrestlenomics Radio: Pro wrestling landscape, AEW trademarks

November 26th, 2018


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.

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

November 18th, 2018


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:

* …

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

November 12th, 2018


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 …

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

November 5th, 2018


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 …

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

October 27th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) the week in pro wrestling business news:

* WWE Evolution ticket sales …

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

October 21st, 2018


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, …

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

October 14th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) discuss news of WWE coming under criticism for its business deal with …

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

October 8th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) discuss this week's news:

* Discussion of any business effect …

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

September 30th, 2018


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 …

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

September 24th, 2018


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

* …

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

September 17th, 2018


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!


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

September 9th, 2018


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 …

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

September 2nd, 2018


Courtesy of our friends at the Podcast Movement ( and Westwood One, Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) talk live from the Starrcast hotel in Schaumburg, IL:

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

August 27th, 2018


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 

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

August 20th, 2018


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 …

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

August 13th, 2018


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 …

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

August 6th, 2018


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 …

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

July 30th, 2018


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 …

58: Wrestlenomics Radio: Hogan returning to WWE? ROH/NJPW MSG show, WWE Q2 preview, Sinclair-Tribune

July 23rd, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss this week's news:

* Hulk Hogan returns to WWE? 

* WWE Q2 Preview  …

57: Wrestlenomics Radio: Part 2: WWE 1H 2018 Timeline

July 16th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss give a long-view analysis of an eventful last 6 months for WWE …

56: Wrestlenomics Radio: Part 1: WWE 1H 2018 Timeline

July 9th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss give a long-view analysis of an eventful last 6 months for WWE …

55: Wrestlenomics Radio: NJPWWorld subs, NJPW president profile, WWE TV deal, responsibility of promoters

July 2nd, 2018


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 …

54: Wrestlenomics Radio: JPMorgan upgrades WWE stock target, All Us, Vader, WWE in Australia

June 25th, 2018


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 …

53: Wrestlenomics Radio: New WWE investor presentation, Australia PPV, India, All In, XFL

June 18th, 2018


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53: Wrestlenomics Radio: CM Punk victorious in court, not in UFC

June 11th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss CM Punk and Colt Cabana's legal victory over Dr. Chris Amann and Punk's …

52: Wrestlenomics Radio: CM Punk & Colt Cabana vs. Dr. Chris Amann trial

June 4th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss go in-depth, talking about the CM Punk and Colt Cabana vs. Dr. Chris …

50: Wrestlenomics Radio: What would a tiered WWE Network look like? SmackDown's new deal

May 28th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

* SmackDown deal …

49: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE RAW reportedly getting 3x raise, SmackDown moving?

May 21st, 2018


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48: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE implications from UFC-ESPN, Brandon's modern wrestling talk, Total Divas renewed, Starrcast

May 14th, 2018


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
* …

47: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q1 & macro business trends; NJPW Dontaku, Cow Palace ticket sales; All-In seating

May 7th, 2018


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 …

46: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE in Saudi Arabia, most recognizable pro wrestlers, BTIG upgrades WWE stock projection, All In

April 30th, 2018


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 …

45: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE business analyses from JPMorgan and Needham, Saudi Arabia, WWE Board of Directors

April 23rd, 2018


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 …

44: Wrestlenomics Radio: Greatest Royal Rumble, Rusev, Ronda Rousey, Lesnar re-signs with WWE

April 15th, 2018


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 …

43: Wrestlenomics Radio: Mookie & Brandon's WrestleMania Adventure

April 10th, 2018


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 …

42: Wrestlenomics Radio: Louisiana athletic commission, Ticket sales update for all WrestleMania weekend events, MLW TV deal

April 1st, 2018


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41: Wrestlenomics Radio: Daniel Bryan medically cleared by WWE, AroLucha funding

March 26th, 2018


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40: Wrestlenomics Radio: WrestleMania 35 press conference, Moolah controversy, Jericho-Omega AXS rating

March 17th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:


* WrestleMania 35 press conference announcing Mania coming to East Rutherford, NJ and …

39: Wrestlenomics Radio: Barrios at Deutsche Bank, Greatest Royal Rumble, WWE executive pay, All In

March 11th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:


* Barrios talk at Deutsche Bank

* Greatest Royal Rumble

* WWE DEF 14 A …

38: Wrestlenomics Radio: Brock Lesnar no-shows, Fox Sports executives at RAW, NJPWWorld subs, PWG venue move

March 4th, 2018


This week's show opens up with Chris talking about the life and sudden passing of his brother-in-law, Justin.

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in …

37: Wrestlenomics Radio: Wrestling media, Ronda Rousey's effect on business, NJPW in Australia

February 26th, 2018


David Bixenspan (@davidbix) fills in for Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) this week and joins Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) to talk this week's topics:

* Wrestling journalism: Does it really exist?
* Ronda …

36: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE UK & International w/ Will Cooling, TV Rights, Bloomberg Business article

February 17th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) are joined by Will Cooling (@willcooling) of Fighting Spirit Magazine …

35: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE 2017 top financial stories, Mookie's divisional scorecard, Mysterio in NJPW

February 12th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

* Top WWE 2017 financial stories

* Mookie scores each segment of WWE's business

* Rey …

34: Wrestlenomics Radio: Ronda Rousey in WWE, Morgan Stanley analysis, WrestleMania in NY/NJ, ROH OTT service

February 3rd, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard Thurston (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

* Ronda Rousey debuts at the Royal Rumble
* Rumble YouTube views
* WWE gender pay …

33: Wrestlenomics Radio: XFL official set to relaunch, Enzo Amore fired, RAW25 viewership, MMC

January 27th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

* Vince McMahon press …

32: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE talent contracts, Mixed Match Challenge, Lavie Margolin's TrumpMania

January 21st, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

* 00:02:44 WWE CFO George Barrios gives misinformation on talent contracts at Needham …

31: Wrestlenomics Radio: RAW/SmackDown to Fox rumors, Wrestle Kingdom 12 follow-up, WWE stock price

January 14th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

* 00:06:28 Could RAW and …

30: Wrestlenomics Radio: Wrestle Kingdom 12, NJPWWorld, 205 Live, WWE succession

January 6th, 2018


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news: 

00:00:00 Wrestle Kingdom 12 thoughts, attendance, NJPWWorld subscribers

01:07:50 The …

29: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE's Iron Man, injuries; Biggest stories of 2017; WWF 1984-1990 gross income

December 30th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

* 00:00:00 PowerPivot, Myers-Briggs 
* 00:11:45 WWE's Iron Man, injuries; NJPW WK12 …

28: Wrestlenomics Radio: Vince sells WWE stock for football, ROH record attendance, 2018 predictions

December 23rd, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

* 00:00:00 Vince McMahon sells 4% of WWE shares for investments in football; XFL trademarks

* …

27: Wrestlenomics Radio: Vince McMahon XFL rumors, Net Neutrality, new WWE Facebook show

December 17th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

-Vince McMahon forming Alpha Entertainment (UR Football League)
-Buff Bagwell/Raven lawsuit …

26: Wrestlenomics Radio: Triple H beats Jinder in India, Bagwell/Raven lawsuit dropped, 205 Live house shows, latest Barrios talk

December 9th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss the week’s topics in wrestling business news:

-WWE in New Delhi, HHH beats Jinder Mahal
-WWE in Abu Dhabi
-Buff Bagwell & Raven (Scott Levy) …

25: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWN's iPPV buys, WON HOF results, Broken Matt, Cody/Bucks show & merch

December 3rd, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) discuss the week's topics in wrestling business news:

-WWN's iPPV buys from 2015 and 2016
-FloSlam officially done
-Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame …

24: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE & UFC TV rights negotiations, WWE’s reduced PPV schedule, Wrestle Kingdom 12 update, Brandon’s life in wrestling

November 26th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) talk WWE TV rights negotiations and how UFC’s current negotiations have an effect, WWE cutting from 16 to 14 PPVs in 2018, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 …

23: Wrestlenomics Radio: Jinder experiment done?, NJPW revenue, Zayn & Owens sent home

November 19th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) discuss recent events in wrestling news, including: WWE in India, NXT vs. ROH in San Antonio, James Ellsworth, NJPW's revenue for the year, Wrestle …

Wrestlenomics Radio: Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballots

November 9th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) discuss who they voted for in this year Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame balloting. Includes discussion on candidates like AJ Styles, CM Punk, …

22: Wrestlenomics Radio: Jericho vs. Omega at WK12, WWE releases, WWE popularity

November 5th, 2017


00:00:00 Banter: Amazon Alexa, curling
00:09:54 New Japan: Jericho vs. Omega, Switchblade, US date announced
00:48:20 AJPW/NJPW/DDT attendance
00:57:05 …

21: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q3 2017 Results & Analysis: WWE Network subs, attendance & more

October 26th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) review and analyze the latest WWE quarterly financial report.

Video version of this podcast with looks at graphs and documents is available for …

20: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE wellness policy, illnesses before TLC, & SMV partner

October 22nd, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) talk all these topics:

00:05:08 WWE wellness policy, Triple H’s nutritionist

19: Wrestlenomics Radio: Neville walks out, Jimmy Jacobs fired; GWN launch; Lucha Underground

October 15th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) talk all these topics:

00:00:00 Neville walks out, Jimmy Jacobs fired, Young Bucks
00:38:24 Global Wrestling Network launch
00:53:04 The uncertain …

18: Wrestlenomics Radio: David Lagana on relaunch of NWA and future of media in wrestling

October 8th, 2017


David Lagana (@Lagana) joins Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) for a discussion about the relaunch of the National Wrestling Alliance and how media is used in the modern wrestling …

17: Wrestlenomics Radio: Young Bucks get cease & desist, WWE RAW & SmackDown attendance

September 30th, 2017


Co-hosts Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) discuss all of these topics in pro wrestling business as only they can!

00:03:25 WWE sends Young Bucks cease and desist
00:35:10 Is WWE …

16: Wrestlenomics Radio: FloMoney, FloProblems; WWE Network Survey; Jinder Mahal promo

September 23rd, 2017


00:02:35 WWN/FloSlam lawsuit
01:18:32 WWE Network survey
02:47:40 Jinder Mahal promo

Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) lead off looking at the WWN/FloSlam dramamania. It’s a perfect …

15: Wrestlenomics Radio: Fact-checking Roman Reigns and Vince McMahon’s recent promos

September 16th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) consider how true the in-character comments of Roman Reigns and Vince McMahon were on this past week’s RAW and SmackDown, respectively.

Is Reigns …

14: Wrestlenomics Radio: GFW-Jarrett turmoil, Jericho book review, Kavita Devi, Baron Corbin

September 8th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) discuss the drama surrounding Jeff Jarrett’s departure from GFW and potential consequences. Mookie gives an honest review of Chris Jericho’s new …

13: Wrestlenomics Radio: NJPW Biz talk with @EvanDeadlySinsW

August 30th, 2017


Chris Harrington and Brandon Howard talk all about New Japan business as well as other Japanese promotions with NJPW expert and moderator @EvanDeadlySinsW!

We look at everything from Tanahashi's …

12: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Survey, Wreddit, Google Trends, Japanese ELO Ratings

August 26th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) discuss the week in pro wrestling business! WWE put out a new survey. GFW says …

11: Wrestlenomics Radio: CM Punk lawsuit, Summerslam staying in Brooklyn, Triple H industry call, Daniel Bryan and more!

August 19th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) breaks down new details about the lawsuit between CM Punk and Dr. Chris Amann. Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) talks NJPW G1 Climax attendance and gates. WWE announced it's returning …

10: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Network in China, NJPW G1 Climax update, GFW, Ronda Rousey

August 13th, 2017


The WWE Network is finally coming to China! Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) talk what this means for WWE's business. Later they decode a recent Observer report about WrestleMania …

9: Wrestlenomics Radio: Cena vs. Nakamura, Brock Lesnar, G1 Climax Attendance and more!

August 5th, 2017


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) talk whether John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura should've been on a PPV. Would …

8: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q2 report, NJPW global plans, Reigns wins YouTube

July 28th, 2017


Hosts Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) discuss WWE's Q2 earnings report. Could RAW and SmackDown really go to …

7: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q2 Preview, NJPW in the U.S.

July 15th, 2017


Hosts Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@brandonthurston) talk the upcoming WWE Q2 earnings release, New Japan's debut in the U.S. market and future plans, the possibility of Sinclair Broadcasting …

6: Wrestlenomics Radio: The Amazing Technicolor Bar Graphs

June 30th, 2017


Hosts Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) file Cody's taxes, talk philosophy degrees and failed statistics exams. …

5: Wrestlenomics Radio: Pro Wrestling's Aging TV Audience

June 17th, 2017


Hosts Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) discuss why pro wrestling's TV audience is aging so quickly, WWE demographics, high YouTube views for the Brock Lesnar-Samoa Joe angle, Kenny …

4: Wrestlenomics Radio - George Barrios' Technocractic Utopia of Entertainment

June 2nd, 2017


Hosts Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) & Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) are back to talk George Barrios comments on studying their fanbase, data analytics, consumer consumption and the commodification of PPVs, …

3: Wrestlenomics Radio: Core of the Core

May 19th, 2017


Hosts Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) & Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) are back for 90 minutes to talk:

-George Barrios at the Needham Emerging …

2: Wrestlenomics: Cinco de Wrestlenomics (WWE Q1)

May 6th, 2017


Co-hosts Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and Brandon Howard (@BrandonThurston) break down:
WWE Q1 Conference Call including churn, customized offers, renewal talks, women as gatekeepers, performance center costs, network …

1: Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Business Partner Summit 2017

April 23rd, 2017


New episode of the revamped Wrestlenomics Radio with co-hosts Chris "@mookieghana" Harrington and Brandon "@BrandonThurston" Howard.

WWE Business Partner Summit 2017
Wrestling goes behind the YouTube Restricted …

Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE 2016

February 12th, 2017


Host Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) and's Brandon Howard (talk about WWE 2016 results, why Halle Berry belongs in the WWE HOF, …

Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q3 Results

October 28th, 2016


Wrestlenomics Radio host Chris Harrington (@mookieghana_ is joined by fellow pro-wrestling journalists Keith Harris ( and Brandon …

Wrestlenomics Radio: July Update (UFC Sale, Brexit, Int'l Update)

July 13th, 2016


Host Christopher Harrington (@mookieghana) comes out of the wilderness and into your podcasting device with an unexpected episode talking about impact of the UFC Sale on WWE Valuations, the impact of Great Britain's …

WWE Q1 Results, Emerging Markets Talk, KPI Switches and Worked WrestleMania #s

May 19th, 2016


The best in the business, Chris "mookieghana" Harrington returns with his quarterly episode of Wrestlenomics Radio!

Topics covered in this episode …

Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE 2015 Results and 2016 Forecasting

February 22nd, 2016


Voices of Wrestling writers Chris "Mookie" Harrington (@mookieghana)
and guest Brandon Howard (@adecorativedrop) cover WWE 2015 results,
predictions …

Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q4 Earnings Report

February 12th, 2016


Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) breaks down the latest WWE financial news as the company reports on Q4 earnings. The episode covers why the WWE stock took a tumble, what drove an incredible quarter for net revenue …

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