|Type||Public (NYSE: WWE)|
|Industry||Professional wrestling, sports entertainment|
|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
|Revenue||$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.
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]
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Date aired||Notes|
|WWE Championship||John Cena||11||April 7, 2013||April 7, 2013||Defeated The Rock at WrestleMania XXIX.|
|World Heavyweight Championship||Dolph Ziggler||2||April 8, 2013||April 8, 2013||Defeated Alberto Del Rio after cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on Raw.|
|WWE Intercontinental Championship||Wade Barrett||3||April 8, 2013||April 8, 2013||Defeated The Miz on Raw.|
|WWE United States Championship||Antonio Cesaro||1||August 19, 2012||August 19, 2012||Defeated Santino Marella at the SummerSlam pre-show.|
|WWE Tag Team Championship||Team Hell No
(Daniel Bryan and Kane)
|1[n 1]||September 16, 2012||September 16, 2012||Defeated R-Truth & Kofi Kingston at Night of Champions.|
|WWE Divas Championship||Kaitlyn||1||January 14, 2013||January 14, 2013||Defeated Eve on the Raw 20th Anniversary special.|
- This is their first title as a team. It is Bryan's first tag team reign as an individual, and Kane's second.
Retired championships [change]
|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.|
Other pages [change]
- "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.