|Type||Public (NYSE: WWE)|
|Industry||Professional wrestling, sports entertainment|
|When it was created||1952|
|Headquarters||Stamford, Connecticut, USA|
|Key people||Vince McMahon, Chairman, CEO
Stephanie McMahon, Executive Vice President, Creative
Paul "Triple H" Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events
|Money earned||$400.3 million USD (2006)|
|Operating income||$71.5 million USD (2006)|
|Net income||▼$45.42 million (2008)|
|Employees||564 (as of February 2009, excluding wrestlers)|
Corporate WWE Web Site
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., doing business as WWE, Inc., is a big company that produces professional wrestling shows. It is now the most popular company in the wrestling business. Vince J. McMahon started the company in 1952. His son, Vince K. McMahon is currently the chairman and CEO of the company and runs the company along with his daughter Stephanie and her husband Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H.
The company used to be known as the World Wrestling Federation or the WWF. They changed their name to World Wrestling Entertainment after a lawsuit filed by the World Wide Fund for Nature, formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund, which uses the "WWF" initials in the United States. In 2011, the company rebranded itself as WWE, although its legal name is still World Wrestling Entertainment.
Champions[change | edit source]
WWE has championships which, within the scripted storylines of professional wrestling, recognize a wrestler as being the best in WWE. Outside of the storylines, championships are awarded to wrestlers who, in the long term, can bring the most business to the company. This business can be measured by ticket sales to live shows, sales of items with that wrestler's picture or catchphrases, purchases of pay-per-view events, or television ratings. From April 2009 to August 2011, many of the championships were exclusive to one of WWE's two brands—Raw and SmackDown. Since August 29, 2011, all WWE events have been "Supershows" that feature wrestlers from both brands. The most important championships are the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship.
Current champions[change | edit source]
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Date aired||Notes|
|WWE Championship||Randy Orton||8||October 27, 2013||October 27, 2013||Vacated|
|World Heavyweight Championship||John Cena||3||October 27, 2013||October 27, 2013||Defeated Alberto Del Rio at Hell in a Cell|
|WWE Intercontinental Championship||Curtis Axel||1||June 16, 2013||June 16, 2013||Defeated Wade Barrett and The Miz at Payback|
|WWE United States Championship||Dean Ambrose||1||May 19, 2013||May 19, 2013||Defeated Kofi Kingston at Extreme Rules|
|WWE Tag Team Championship||The Rhodes Brothers||1||October 14, 2013||October 14, 2013||Defeated The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) on Raw|
|WWE Divas Championship||AJ Lee||1||June 16, 2013||June 16, 2013||Defeated Kaitlyn at Payback|
Retired championships[change | edit source]
|Championship||Last champion(s)||Date retired||Notes|
|WWE Hardcore Championship||Rob Van Dam||August 26, 2002||Unified the Title with Intercontinental Championship|
|WWE Cruiserweight Championship||Hornswoggle||March 3, 2008||(Last champion gave up the championship on September 28, 2007.)|
|WWE European Championship||Rob Van Dam||July 21, 2002||Unified the Title with Intercontinental Championship|
|ECW Championship||Ezekiel Jackson||February 16, 2010||Retired as soon as the last champion won it as ECW was canceled.|
|World Tag Team Championship||The Hart Dynasty
(David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd)
|August 16, 2010||Retired in favor of the WWE Tag Team Championship after 17 months of being kept active while unified.|
|WWE Women's Championship||Layla||September 19, 2010||Retired in a unification match with the WWE Diva's Championship.|
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References[change | edit source]
- "World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Reports Q4 Results" (PDF). pp. 4. http://corporate.wwe.com/documents/4QF2006PressReleaseFINALdoc.pdf. Retrieved 2006-08-28.
- "WWE 2006 10-K Report". WWE.com. http://corporate.wwe.com/documents/200610-K.pdf. Retrieved 2006-08-28.