Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stagnation in the WWE

This month, over at Whatculture, I tackled the topic of STAGNATION in three separate pieces looking at WWE:
Last two weeks of Wrestlenomics Radio have been fun.

This week I talked about the recent Talent Cuts with Rob McCarron of ShakeThemRopes.com and then interviewed Mark Coale about Midsouth Wrestling, Comics and his Russian Flag Burial Edition of the Odessa Steps Magazine.

Last week I spoke with Brendan Quinn about his UFC/WWE Buys Thesis and discussed how the WWE Network could improve revenues.

If you're interested in more detail about "Black Thursday" future endeavors, I heartily recommend Joe Lanza's piece from VOW.

Lastly, I attended Monday Night Raw (6/9/14).  You can see my ringside photos here.

Chris Harrington

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

WWE Network is more international than previously thought

With WWE's disclosure yesterday that Wrestlemania 30 had 690,000 "traditional" worldwide PPV buys, I explored the implications in a short piece published yesterday afternoon. In short, it's very reasonable to conclude that up to 20% of the WWE Network subscriber based as of WM was from non-US customers.

Also published was the first part of a series where I'm looking at the WWE business for signs of stagnation. The first installment focuses on concerning trends in attendance, particularly international attendance and the reality that unless WWE changes something, Live event revenue is likely to be flat or down in 2014.

Lastly, I had a great interview with British Wrestling Historian, Author and fan John Lister on this week's Wrestlenomics Podcast where we talk about everything from the prospects of WWE Network Global Growth to his book on the original ECW (Turning the Tables) to British Wrestling (including the infamous Big Daddy debate).

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