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World Wrestling Entertainment
WWE
Company name World Wrestling Entertainment
Acronym WWE
Industry Professional wrestling
Established February 21, 1980
Headquarters Stamford, Connecticut
Current programming Raw
SmackDown
NXT
Founder Vince McMahon
Linda McMahon

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (d/b/a WWE) is an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company that deals primarily in professional wrestling, with revenue also coming from film, music, video games, product licensing, and direct product sales.

WWE also refers to the professional wrestling promotion itself, founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952 as Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. As of 2016, it is the largest wrestling promotion in the world, holding over 500 events a year (with the roster divided up into various globally traveling brands), and broadcasting to about 36 million viewers in more than 150 countries. The company's global headquarters is located in Stamford, Connecticut, with offices in major cities across the world.

As in other professional wrestling promotions, WWE shows are not legitimate contests, but purely entertainment-based, featuring storyline-driven, scripted, and choreographed matches, though they often include moves that can put performers at risk of injury if not performed correctly. This was first publicly acknowledged by WWE's owner Vince McMahon in 1989 to avoid taxes from athletic commissions. Since the 1980s, WWE publicly has branded their product as sports entertainment, acknowledging the product's roots in competitive sport and dramatic theater.

The company's majority owner is its chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon. Along with his wife Linda, children Shane and Stephanie, and son-in-law Paul "Triple H" Levesque, the McMahon family holds approximately 70% of WWE's equity and 96% of the voting power. As of August 2014, Eminence Capital, a New York-based hedge fund, acquired a 9.6% stake in WWE while the McMahon family retains 90.4% interest.

The current entity, incorporated on February 21, 1980, was previously known as Titan Sports, Inc., which was founded in 1979 in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. It acquired Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the holding company for the World Wrestling Federation, in 1982. Titan was renamed World Wrestling Federation, Inc. in 1998, then World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. in 1999, and finally the current World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. in 2002. Since 2011, the company has officially branded itself solely as WWE though the company's legal name was not changed.

Pay-Per-ViewsEdit

Month Name
January Royal Rumble
February Fastlane
March WrestleMania
April Extreme Rules
May Payback
June Money in the Bank
July Battleground
August SummerSlam
September Night of Champions
October Hell in a Cell
November Survivor Series
December TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Current championshipsEdit

RawEdit

WWE Raw
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Notes
Universal Championship Brock Lesnar 1 April 2, 2020 1
United States Championship Rusev 1 March 27, 2017 7
World Tag Team Championship The New Day 1 March 27, 2017 7
Women's Championship Lita 1 March 27, 2017 7

SmackDownEdit

WWE SmackDown
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Notes
WWE Championship The Undertaker 3 August 25, 2019 223
Intercontinental Championship The Miz 1 March 30, 2017 4
Tag Team Championship American Alpha 1 March 30, 2017 4
Women's Championship Lita 1 March 27, 2017 7

NXTEdit

WWE NXT
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Notes
NXT Championship Bobby Roode 1 TBA 1
European Championship TBA 1 TBA 1
NXT Women's Championship Asuka 1 TBA 1
NXT Tag Team Championship TBA 1 TBA 1

Other accomplishmentsEdit

Accomplishment Latest winner(s) Date won Notes
Royal Rumble
Money in the Bank

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