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World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Type Public (NYSEWWE)
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 Increase$99.00 Million USD (2013)[1]
Operating income Increase$138.00 Million (2013)[1]
Net income Increase$99.00 Million (2013)[1]
Total assets Increase$3.372 Billion (2013)[1]
Total equity Increase$2.208 Billion (2013)[1]
Employees 585 (2011)[1][2]
Website WWE.com
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 | change 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 brandsRaw 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.

There are also championships for specific divisions. This includes the WWE Divas Championship which is fought for by the women on both brands. There is also a tag team championship.

Current champions[change | change source]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Location Notes
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Seth Rollins 1 March 29, 2015 Santa Clara, California Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated Roman Reigns and then-champion Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match at WrestleMania
WWE Intercontinental Championship Kevin Owens 1 September 20, 2015 Houston, Texas Defeated Ryback at Night of Champions.
WWE United States Championship John Cena 5 September 20, 2015 Houston, Texas Defeated Seth Rollins at Night of Champions
WWE Tag Team Championship The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) 2
(2, 4, 2)
August 23, 2015 Brooklyn, New York Defeated Los Matadores, The Lucha Dragons and then-champions The Prime Time Players in a Fatal 4-Way tag team match at SummerSlam. Woods is also recognized as the champion due to the Freebird Rule.
WWE Divas Championship Charlotte 1 September 20, 2015 Houston, Texas Defeated Nikki Bella at Night of Champions

Other accomplishments[change | change source]

Accomplishment Latest winner Date won
Royal Rumble Roman Reigns January 25, 2015
Money in the Bank Sheamus June 14, 2015
André the Giant Memorial Trophy Big Show March 29, 2015
King of the Ring Bad News Barrett April 28, 2015

Developmental territory champions[change | change source]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Location Notes
NXT Championship Finn Bálor 1 July 4, 2015 Sumida, Tokyo, Japan Defeated Kevin Owens at The Beast in the East.
NXT Tag Team Championship The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) 1 August 22, 2015 Brooklyn, New York Defeated Blake and Murphy at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.
NXT Women's Championship Bayley 1 August 22, 2015 Brooklyn, New York Defeated Sasha Banks at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.

Retired championships[change | change 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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