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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 of the WWE Q2 report on Thursday, and more! Wrestlenomics' Patreon is a must for understanding wrestling business. Subscribers get: …
 
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 capacity since March 2020. Raw is next on Monday. Dynamite in its second show on the road exceeded 1 million viewers. Dynamite at Arthur Ashe Stadium in September will be AEW's most-attended event ever; meanw…
 
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 ticket sales. Wrestlenomics' Patreon is a must for understanding wrestling business. Subscribers get: - TV ratings analysis and ori…
 
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 ever on AXS TV, but errors in program guides might be a factor. AEW Dynamite returns to its normal time-slot. And WWE Raw approaches…
 
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 returning to its normal Wednesday slot. And we dive deep in cagematch data and look at who had the most matches and wrestled for th…
 
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 Dynamite on Fridays might give us some hints as to what the viewership of Rampage will be when AEW's second show debuts. Payhip l…
 
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, resulting in an increase in the stock price that sustained through the end of the week. No Showbuzz Daily needed. We have a viewership update on all wrestling programming on major network. Plus a look at…
 
Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss PPV buys for AEW Double or Nothing and how much revenue it generated compared to the Revolution, the company's previous pay-per-view event. Plus more on speculation of a WWE sale, TV ratings trends, the most searched for names and companies in wrestling, and news of a lawsuit by IWTV against GCW. Payhip link…
 
Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss reports that WWE president Nick Khan is pursuing an exclusive working relationship with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Tony Khan then responded on Friday night ahead of AEW's Double or Nothing pay-per-view event. Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020: https://payhip.com/b/69Sp ($6) Or ge…
 
Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discuss the latest in wrestling business news. WWE will return to live events in July, beginning in Texas. More details about AEW's 2022 move to TBS. Plus, the revenues (and costs) related to the Zombie Lumberjack Match. Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020: https://payhip.com/b/69Sp ($6)…
 
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 down but we still have all the viewership numbers. Plus, is Don Callis still an EVP for Impact Wrestling? Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020: https://payhip.com/b/69Sp ($6…
 
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 3 premieres and beats Impact on Thursday night. Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020: https://payhip.c…
 
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 latest in viewership, the popularity of WWE, and online video viewing as April 2021 comes to an end. Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020: https://payhip.com/b/69Sp ($6) Or get…
 
Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020: https://payhip.com/b/69Sp ($6) Or get the 2020 report as part of your $5/monthly support at patreon.com/wrestlenomics where you can get access to the Wrestlenomics Viewership Spreadsheet, plus many other locked posts including exclusive analysis, data, and reporting. Follow Brandon o…
 
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 episodes, plus Impact and Smackdown. WWE put out its annual proxy statement, disclosing information about executive compensation and owner…
 
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: https://payhip.com/b/69Sp ($6) Or get the 2020 report as part of your $5/monthly support at patreon.com/wrestlenomics where you can get …
 
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. - NBCUniversal and WWE have also extended their deal to broadcast NXT on the USA Network. Current terms expire this fall. - ROH COO Joe Koff quantifies viewership - WWE announces DraftKings deal - WWE…
 
Brandon Thurston is joined by Chris Gullo to discuss the latest current events in wrestling business: Wrestlemania ticket sales, WWE Thunderdome moving to Yuengling Center (fka USF Sun Dome) in Tampa, WWE Network launch on Peacock, Impact moving to Thursday, NFL TV deals finalized, the announcement of Rhodes To The Top, AEW is running its first hou…
 
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 goodwill? WWE's reportedly looking to put more than 40,000 fans in attendance for each night of Wrestlemania. Will it really happen? Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020: h…
 
"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 Wrestling's viewership suffer if it goes head-to-head with NXT? We have examples from August and September that give us some clue. Payhip link for Wrestlenomics Pro Wrestling Industry Report 2020: https://pay…
 
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 Network and cannibalizing pay-per-view worth it? Plus, interesting results related to the Wrestlenomics Net Promoter Score, WWE CFO Kristina Salen is interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, and more. Payhip…
 
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 Network and cannibalizing pay-per-view worth it? Plus, interesting results related to the Wrestlenomics Net Promoter Score, WWE CFO Kristina Salen is interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, and more. Payhip…
 
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 Roku. What does it means for NJPW and what does it tell us about their media strategy? Plus, WWE employee morale takes a hit as t…
 
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 WWE earnings report and conference call. Follow Brandon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrandonThurston Follow Wrestlenomics on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wrestlenomics Read Brandon's written work …
 
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 stand alone pay-per-view? Plus, your questions! Follow Brandon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrandonThurston Follow Wrestlenomics on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wrestlenomics Read Brandon's written wo…
 
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 to generate for a two-day Wrestlemania with limited capacity at Raymond James Stadium? And finally, what the work of education philosopher Paulo Friere can teach us about the pro wrestling industry. Fol…
 
Wrestlemania will have fans in attendance, April 10 and 11, at Raymond James Stadium. Former WWE co-presidents George Barrios and Michelle Wilson open investment firm. What's WWE popularity like in India ahead of the Superstar Spectacle program? WWE CFO Kristina Salen was interviewed as part of the Consumer Electronics Show. Who are the most search…
 
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 rights fees from ESPN mean for the sports rights market? Linda McMahon contributes millions to her Trump super PAC. Follow Brandon …
 
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 approaches. And WWE Smackdown gets a huge lead-in on Christmas day, followed by normal viewership on New Years Day. Follow Brandon on Tw…
 
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 challenges brought by Covid, the changes in the wrestling industry, and more. Follow Brandon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrandonThursto…
 
On this, the 42nd edition of the University of Dutch podcast, Dirty Dutch Mantell is back! After a short hiatus Dutch has returned to the program and he's back with a vengeance. Co host Doctor John Poz and Dutch will talk about WWE, AEW, Bret Hart's place in history, Dutch's beloved Clemson Tigers and a whole lot more!…
 
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 puts WWE viewership and popularity in context. In case you missed it, former Wrestlenomics co-host and current AEW VP Chris Harrington and Brandon talked about Wednesday night minute-by-minute viewership…
 
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? Plus: NXT India coming soon, age demographic breakdowns, NXT Takeover reception, the Code of Champions, pure Performance Center p…
 
Following a heavily hyped episode of AEW Dynamite, we analyze the viewership and the apparent beginning of relationship between All Elite Wrestling and Impact Wrestling. Plus, we'll unpack whether the wrestling economy is now at the point where one episode of a major weekly wrestling program is more valuable than a pay-per-view event. Follow Brando…
 
On this the 39th edition of the show, the Doctor is in, as Doctor John Poz takes you back into the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling archives. Today's episode is an interview conducted with the legendary Bob Zmuda. Bob was Andy Kaufman's best friend, writing partner, and business partner. In this interview he gives some great answers, insight, and gr…
 
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 and discusses how or if it affected wrestling PPV sales. Plus, what challenges will independent wrestling face in the hopefully near post-corona era? Follow Brandon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Br…
 
Join Wrestlenomics host Brandon Thurston as we harness big data to ask the big questions related to wrestling economics and wrestling popularity. Is WWE's viewership decline really that much worse than other wider trends in television and major sports? Plus news on WWE executive moves, the settlement of a class-action shareholder lawsuit. And analy…
 
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 previous AEW PPVs? Where might an additional one-hour AEW program land on TNT? Would WWE wrestlers pass the Internal Revenue Service's 20-factor test to be considered employees? A deep analysis of WWE dev…
 
On today's show the 36th edition of the show, the Doctor is in, as Doctor John Poz sits down with the author of the "Lance By Chance, Wrestling as a Von Erich" book, Mr Vincent Berry. We will break down not only Lance Von Erich's career, but all the characters that were around him like Bruiser Brody, Kevin Von Erich, Kerry Von Erich, Gary Hart, and…
 
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 will report more than $160 million in net income for the full year of 2020. Plus, now may be the time for a mainstream pro wrestling company to have a more sports-like creative approach. Follow Br…
 
On today's show the 35th edition of the University of Dutch podcast, the Doctor is in, as Doctor John Poz sits down with the man behind WrestleNomics, Brandon Thurston. We break down the ratings, analytics, insights, WWE's recording breaking profit and record low ratings, AEW, NJPW, The Business of the Business, and so much more!…
 
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 audio from call with comments from WWE executives themselves, along with Brandon Thurston explaining and breaking down the numbers and the jargon. New president and chief revenue officer Nick Khan made…
 
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 in 2019? *TNA's 2017 business forecasts were disclosed as part of the Jarrett-Anthem lawsuit *How media effects independent wres…
 
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