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Wrestlenomics covers the business of pro wrestling. Pollock & Thurston is a weekly podcast hosted by John Pollock of POST Wrestling and Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston. They are often joined by a relevant guest. Wrestlenomics Radio is also available weekly for subscribers at patreon.com/wrestlenomics, and is hosted by Brandon Thurston, Chris Gullo, and Jesse Collings. The video version incorporates charts and visual elements.

Breaking Down WWE Legal Challenges, WWE vs. Texas | POST x Wrestlenomics
Last Wednesday at 9:26 PM

John Pollock and Brandon Thurston cover the latest filings in the Janel Grant case, and TKO’s attempt to stop the release of records.

This past week, multiple filings were made on behalf of Vince McMahon and WWE as they are in alignment to seek arbitration in the suit filed by Janel Grant.

TKO is trying to prevent multiple records requests regarding events staged in Texas and we will break down why this is such an important story.

Plus, the fallout from WWE’s handling of the media last week, the site fee Las...


TKO Earnings Report Q1 2024 | POST x Wrestlenomics
05/09/2024

John Pollock and Brandon Thurston cover the TKO first-quarter earnings report, and welcome reporter Lucas Charpiot to discuss the Backlash press conference.

Pollock & Thurston speak about WWE and USA Network extending its agreement for Raw until the end of 2024, the UFC antitrust settlements, TKO’s deals with Saudi Arabia & other notes from the first-quarter earnings.

Then, reporter Lucas Charpiot speaks about his experience at the WWE Backlash press conference and the response from Paul Levesque.

VIDEO VERSION: https://youtube.com/live/VWp8qawhTMM

00:00:00 Start

00:02:09 TKO Q1 2024 Earnings Report

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Wrestlemania coming to Las Vegas | Wrestlenomics Radio
05/05/2024

On the first Sunday of each month, Wrestlenomics Radio is free for everyone. Wrestlenomics Radio is available every week exclusively for subscribers at patreon.com/wrestlenomics.

The latest news in pro wrestling business, with Brandon Thurston:

- Wrestlemania 41 will be in Las Vegas

- John Laurinaitis flips again in Grant lawsuit

- WWE COO Brad Blum resigns

- WWE Backlash business in France

- Paul Levesque takes shot at PWInsider and Fightful credibility

- Nick Khan will be with WWE at least through 2026

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WWE Backlash in Lyon, France | POST x Wrestlenomics
05/01/2024

John Pollock and Brandon Thurston cover all the latest stories including the WWE going to France for Backlash this weekend.

The two chat about the report that Comcast is preparing a massive bid for NBA rights, AEW Revolution grosses over $1 million in Greensboro, The Wrap has a scathing profile on Dwayne Johnson, we analyze the arguments regarding the NDA between Janel Grant and Vince McMahon, and VICE announces four-part series “Who Killed WCW?”

Plus, reporter Félix Gouty joins us to discuss WWE holding back-to-back shows in France this weekend.

VIDEO VERSION: https://youtu...


Vince McMahon Responds to Grant Lawsuit | POST x Wrestlenomics
04/24/2024

John Pollock and Brandon Thurston go through the 29-page filing from Vince McMahon and his response to Janel Grant’s lawsuit.

We will go through the entire filing, how McMahon is defending himself, and the statements issued to POST Wrestling & Wrestlenomics from Grant’s attorney Ann Callis.

Plus: Attorney Jason Cruz of MMA Payout returns to the show to speak about McMahon’s push to take the Grant case to arbitration.

VIDEO VERSION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0lux8T_4BE

Reading:

- Memorandum from Vince McMahon

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Rossy Ogawa Launches Marigold | POST x Wrestlenomics
04/17/2024

John Pollock and Brandon Thurston speak about Rossy Ogawa’s new promotion, Dream Star Fighting Marigold, and NBC’s story on Vince McMahon.

Joining us to chat about the pending launch is POST Wrestling’s Karen Peterson as she explains the political aspect of the launch, who is involved, the talent departures across the Joshi scene, Giulia’s future & more.

Plus: NBC’s story on Vince McMahon and what he is up to, McMahon’s stock situation at TKO, and a discussion on the state of MMA media following several moves.

VIDEO VERSION: https://yout...


Paul Levesque Era | POST x Wrestlenomics
04/10/2024

John Pollock and Brandon Thurston assess the fallout from WrestleMania 40 and WWE’s messaging regarding its new era. 

The two chat about their in-person coverage of WrestleMania, the strong push behind the Paul Levesque Era, Stephanie McMahon’s appearance, and the company’s strong detachment from Vince McMahon.

Plus: WWE Raw draws a massive audience, WrestleMania 40 business notes, and All In footage to air on AEW Dynamite tonight.

VIDEO VERSION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M9z0DYgsjU


Music courtesy: “Panic Beat” Ben Tramer”


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Wrestlenomics Radio: A new era at Wrestlemania 40
04/08/2024

On the first Sunday of each month, Wrestlenomics Radio is free for everyone. Wrestlenomics Radio is available every week exclusively for subscribers at patreon.com/wrestlenomics.

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Brandon Thurston on the latest news in wrestling business:

The DeVincification of WWE at Wrestlemania 40Wrestlemania attendance and gatePaul Levesque's press conference commentsROH Supercard of Honor and press conferenceAll In footage presumably of CM Punk and Jack Perry advertised for DynamiteMost matches during Wrestlemania week

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Janel Grant's attorney Ann Callis on lawsuit against WWE, Vince McMahon | POST x Wrestlenomics
04/03/2024

John Pollock and Brandon Thurston are joined by Ann Callis, who represents Janel Grant in her lawsuit against Vince McMahon, WWE, and John Laurinaitis.

We'll discuss the business of WrestleMania week, plus we'll be joined by ACTION Wrestling promoter Matt Griffin to discuss the upcoming DEAN~!!! event, in tribute to Dean Rasmussen.

VIDEO VERSION: https://youtube.com/live/RSl1dj-h7JU


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Tickets: ACTION Wrestling DEAN~!!

Stream DEAN~!! on IWTV

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WWE’s Consensual Relationship Policy Examined | POST x Wrestlenomics
03/27/2024

John Pollock and Brandon Thurston discuss their report on WWE’s Consensual Relationship Policy and welcome guests CJ Donald and Brad Balukjian to the show.

Corporate attorney CJ Donald discusses the WWE’s policy, which Pollock & Thurston reported this week, and other aspects of the case involving Janel Grant against Vince McMahon, John Laurinaitis, and WWE.

Author Brad Balukjian stops by to speak about his new book The Six Pack: On the Open Road in Search of WrestleMania and his extensive research including many new facts about the WWF’s national expansion era.

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