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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

Raw-branded event SmackDown-branded event NXT-branded event
Month Name Main Event
January Royal Rumble (2020) 30-man Royal Rumble match
February Fastlane (2020) AJ Styles and The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar and Goldberg
March WrestleMania X The Undertaker (c) vs. AJ Styles
April Payback (2020) Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
May Backlash (2020) TBA
Extreme Rules (2020) TBA
June NXT Takeover: The End TBA
Money in the Bank (2020) TBA
July Battleground (2020) TBA
Great Balls of Fire (2020) TBA
August NXT Takeover: Brooklyn TBA
SummerSlam (2020) TBA
September Unforgiven (2020) TBA
Clash of Champions (2020) TBA
October No Mercy (2020) TBA
Hell in a Cell (2020) TBA
November NXT Takeover: War Games TBA
Survivor Series (2020) TBA
December TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2020) TBA
Roadblock (2020) TBA

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Current championshipsEdit

RawEdit

WWE Raw
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held
Universal Championship Braun Strowman 1 April 26, 2020 1
Intercontinental Championship Sami Zayn 1 April 5, 2020 21
Raw Women's Championship Mickie James 1 April 26, 2020 1
Raw Tag Team Championship Edge and Christian 1 April 26, 2020 1

SmackDownEdit

WWE SmackDown
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held
WWE Championship The Undertaker 3 August 25, 2019 250
United States Championship Finn Bálor 2 August 25, 2019 250
SmackDown Women's Championship Alexa Bliss 1 April 26, 2020 1
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Erick Rowan and Luke Harper 1 April 26, 2020 1

NXTEdit

WWE NXT
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held
NXT Championship Bobby Roode 1 July 10, 2019 295
NXT Women's Championship Summer Rae 2 January 4, 2020 117
NXT Tag Team Championship The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
3 July 26, 2019 280

205 LiveEdit

WWE 205 Live
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held
Cruiserweight Championship The Brian Kendrick 1 April 26, 2020 1

Other accomplishmentsEdit

Accomplishment Latest winner(s) Date won Notes
Royal Rumble AJ Styles January 22, 2020 Last eliminated John Cena to win.
Money in the Bank Chris Jericho June 23, 2019 Defeated Christian, Edge, Luke Harper, Neville and Sami Zayn.

See alsoEdit

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