I was surprised. As I later told a friend (who had encouraged me to "not sell myself short"), I felt like I had a strong and most consistent presence in 2014 as I wrote for a variety of outlets. Also, this year I gave up on my Kickstarter project in June. It feel odd to be nominated (in a niche of a niche of a website) for your writing skills in the same year as you publicly admitting that you couldn't finish a writing project. But it's all neither here nor there. I'm excited that I'm still doing something that interests other people.
I went through a list of all of the pieces I wrote this year and together it forms a much wider picture than I originally remembered. I wrote articles for Bleacher Report, Voices of Wrestling, Wrestling Observer website, Seeking Alpha, WhatCulture, wrestlenomics.com and indeedwrestling.com.
Jan 5, 2015 WWE Again Announces Plans to Launch the WWE Network in UK and Ireland
Jan 8, 2015 WWE Bringing WrestleMania to Minneapolis?
Jan 22, 2015 Five Keys for WWE's Success in 2015
Jan 27, 2015 OCELOT Ratings (The Build to WWE WrestleMania 31) – Update #1
Feb 1, 2015 Chapter 1 - The annual report - and what underlies it (The Economist's Guide to Analysing Companies) $WWE
Feb 2, 2015 Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Network hits 1 million subscribers
Feb 5, 2015 WWE Network Conjures Memories Of Internet Stock Bubbles
Feb 13, 2015 WWE 4th-Quarter Conference Call Announces Record Annual Revenue Numbers
Feb 23, 2015 Evaluating the WWE Network 1 Year After Its Launch
Feb 26, 2015 Key takeaways from WWE 2014’s Annual Report
March 2, 2015 The relevance of Reddit
March 4, 2015 Assessing Potential WWE Network Subscribership
April 29, 2015 Before $WWE releases Q1 Results tomorrow, some thoughts..
May 1, 2015 WWE 1st-Quarter Conference Call Announces Record Quarterly Revenue
April 13, 2015 A Dozen Things To Watch For In Those News Attitude Era Raws
April 16, 2015 WWE House Shows Percentages (Wrestlenomics)
May 1, 2015 Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q1 Results & WWE Business Partner Summit
May 4, 2015 Commentary on WWE Q1 Results
June 17, 2015 On BTIG Research initiating BUY/$25 price target for $WWE (analysis)
July 9, 2015 Breaking Down the Nuances of WWE Network's $9.99 Price Tag
July 29, 2015 Reviewing the WWE Network Accounting and preparing for WWE's Q2 results
August 2, 2015 Key Takeaways from WWE’s 2nd-Quarter Results
August 5, 2015 WWE Q2 Analysis and WWE Wrestler Pay
August 10, 2015 Heels, Babyfaces and Graph Theory
August 12, 2015 Hypothetical financials of WrestleMania 32 as a PPV-exclusive
September 28, 2015 How much does it cost WWE to run a house show?
September 30, 2015 Preliminary thoughts on WWE's Q3 2015
October 1, 2015 Preliminary Thoughts on WWE Q3 2015 Results
October 25, 2015 Questions to ask WWE on the Q3 2015 conference call?
October 29, 2015 Everything you need to know from today's WWE Q3 Financial Call
Nov 2, 2015 Narratives Coming Out of WWE’s Q3 Earnings Call
Nov 12, 2015 Wrestlenomics Radio: WWE Q3 Results
November 24, 2015 How many WWE Network subscriptions are needed to achieve PPV-level profitability?
December 1, 2015 Will the WWE exist in ten years?
December 2, 2015 WWE 2015: The financial update
December 15, 2015 WWE/NJPW Goodness/Badness - Allocating BEST/WORST WON Match Voting
I also published some pretty interesting pro-wrestling documents this year - largely from lawsuits.
These would prove to be FAR more popular than any of the articles - particularly the WWE Schedule and the 1998 WCW Hogan contract.
April 10, 2015 WWE Schedule (April 2015-March 2016)
April 22, 2015 RECAP Lawsuits with Pro-wrestling Companies
October 2, 2015 World Wrestling Entertainment - USPTO - trademarks
October 10, 2015 WCW Contracts, Payrolls and Lawsuits (1996-2000)
November 27, 2015 Additional WWE Contracts
COVERAGE OF WWE CORPORATE SPEECHES
Lastly, I tried to add value to the casual investor interested in WWE but not my opinion by covering many of the speeches and Q&A sessions that WWE executives (usually George Barrios) did throughout the year.
January 13, 2015 Stephanie McMahon & George Barrios present at the Needham Growth Conference (1/13/15)
March 11, 2015 WWE CFO George Barrios at the Deutsche Bank 23rd Annual Media, Internet and Telecom Conference
April 9, 2015 WWE 2015 Business Partner Summit
May 19, 2015 Barrios @ JPM Global Tech, Media, Telecom Conf.
May 28, 2015 Barrios @ Cowen & Company 43rd Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference
June 3, 2015 The Adventures of George Barrios in London & Buzzwords, wrestlenomics.com and Sky Italia
June 24, 2015 Barrios at the Bernstein Future of Media Conference [transcript of remarks]
November 10, 2015 Barrios at Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom - November 2015
Presented this way, I suddenly feel a lot better about the year. I was an active analyst and writer and I looked at everything from Network financials to the WON Hall of Fame to Shamrockmania to WWE House Show Draws to who is on the WWE Board of Directors. I appeared on the Sheet Sandwich Podcast and kept Wrestlenomics Radio alive. It was a fine year.