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World Wrestling Entertainment
WWE
Acronym WWE
Industry Professional wrestling
Established February 21, 1980
Headquarters Stamford, Connecticut
Current programming Raw
SmackDown
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
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 Backlash (2020) The Undertaker (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Payback (2020) Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
May Extreme Rules (2020) Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Vengeance (2020) Braun Strowman (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
June Money in the Bank (2020) Braun Strowman (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
July Battleground (2020) Drew McIntyre (c) vs. The Undertaker
Great Balls of Fire (2020) Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Kurt Angle
August SummerSlam (2020) The Undertaker (c) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre
September Unforgiven (2020) TBA
Clash of Champions (2020) TBA
October No Mercy (2020) TBA
Hell in a Cell (2020) TBA
November 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 Brock Lesnar 2 June 21, 2020 64
Intercontinental Championship Finn Bálor 2 April 5, 2020 140
Raw Women's Championship Nikki Cross 1 July 26, 2020 28
Raw Tag Team Championship The Shield
(Dean Ambrose (3) and Seth Rollins (3))
4 July 26, 2020 28

SmackDownEdit

WWE SmackDown
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held
WWE Championship The Undertaker 4 July 12, 2020 42
United States Championship Aleister Black 1 August 18, 2020 5
SmackDown Women's Championship Charlotte Flair 1 June 21, 2020 64
SmackDown Tag Team Championship The Bludgeon Brothers
(Erick Rowan and Luke Harper)
2 July 12, 2020 42

205 LiveEdit

WWE 205 Live
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held
Cruiserweight Championship The Brian Kendrick 1 April 26, 2020 120

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 Shinsuke Nakamura June 21, 2020 Defeated AJ Styles, Aleister Black, Bray Wyatt, Elias and Samoa Joe.

See alsoEdit

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