NEWS 2012

WWE Responds to THQ Filing

2012-12-20

STAMFORD, Conn., December 20, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) is listed in THQ, Inc.’s recent bankruptcy filing as an unsecured creditor holding a claim of approximately $45 million reflecting the entirety of the existing multi-year agreement. Any impairment of a current THQ account receivable would be immaterial to WWE’s financial statements. Even if the impact of THQ’s bankruptcy were detrimental to WWE, the Company does not believe that the ultimate economic impact for financial statement purposes would materially and adversely affect the results of operations or financial position of WWE in light of the strength of the WWE brand and the historical performance of WWE’s video game business.

WWE Expands Its Office In India

2012-12-19

MUMBAI, India, December 19, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Mayuri Pitale as Consumer & Promotions Licensing (CPL) Manager and Carl Sequeira as Marketing Manager in its India office. The appointment of these two key positions is a testament to WWE’s growth in India and ongoing commitment to developing that market.

WWE Following THQ Bankruptcy Filing

2012-12-19

STAMFORD, Conn., December 19, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) is following the developments of THQ’s bankruptcy filing today and proposed sale under Bankruptcy Code Section 363. The Company anticipates actively participating within this proceeding.

About WWE:
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 600 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

WWE Partners with Hire Heroes USA

2012-12-17

ALPHARETTA, Ga. and STAMFORD, Conn., December 17, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced a partnership with Hire Heroes USA, an organization committed to serving our nation’s veterans through personalized and customized job search training and assistance. To support Hire Heroes USA’s mission, WWE will make a donation and utilize all its assets, including TV broadcasts, live events, digital and social media to generate awareness and raise funds. In addition, Hire Heroes USA will partner with WWE to implement a veterans hiring initiative and enhance WWE’s military hiring practices.

Yahoo! Brings Fans the Exclusive Global Online Live Stream of the Rolling Stone ...

2012-12-06

STAMFORD, Conn., December 6, 2012 – Yahoo! Inc. and WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced the exclusive global online live stream of the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary concert, an historic pay-per-view special that will take place on Saturday, December 15 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on Yahoo! Music (http://music.yahoo.com).

WWE App Tops HBO Go with Revolutionary Second Screen Experience

2012-12-04

STAMFORD, Conn., December 4, 2012 – During last night’s episode of Monday Night Raw®, WWE launched an unprecedented second screen experience, “WWE Active,” on its WWE flagship app, including the delivery of live match continuation, backstage content, live polls, photos, trivia and exclusive information on WWE Superstars and Divas.

WWE and E! Team Up to Exclusively Broadcast Rolling Stones Live Pre-Show Leadin ...

2012-12-04

STAMFORD, Conn., December 4, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and E! today announced “Live From the Rolling Stones” – a one-hour special event covering all the pre-show action and excitement from the Prudential Center the hour leading up to the Rolling Stones’ final performance of their 50th anniversary shows. The special airs at 8pm ET/5pm PT, prior to the pay-per-view event on Saturday, December 15 only on E!

Fremantle Media Enterprises Gets into the Ring with WWE

2012-11-19

FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) today announced a major new distribution agreement with WWE (NYSE:WWE) for the exclusive home entertainment rights to WWE’s catalogue of programming across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The deal goes into effect in January of 2013 and will see FME manage the DVD, Blu-ray and digital rights for all new and existing WWE content, making it the first time that fans of WWE’s popular programming can access it digitally across EMEA. Some of the new titles that will be released include Night of Champions 2012, Hell in a Cell 2012, Top 100 Raw Moments, Attitude Era and WrestleMania 29.

Kid Rock, Disney’s The Muppets and Flo Rida Join WWE’s 10th Anniver ...

2012-11-12

STAMFORD, Conn., November 12, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE), USA Network and NBC will honor the United States Armed Forces with its 10th annual holiday special, WWE Tribute to the Troops presented by Slim Jim. The 10th anniversary holiday extravaganza will air as a two-hour television special on Wednesday, December 19 at 9/8C on USA Network and as a one-hour television special on Saturday, December 22 at 9/8C on NBC.

WWE Universe Raises $1 Million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

2012-10-30

STAMFORD, Conn., October 30, 2012 – Led by WWE Superstar John Cena®, the WWE Universe has raised $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® during its month-long campaign to help cure breast cancer.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cena wore co-branded, pink and black ring gear that fans were able to purchase throughout October to support Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research and community outreach programs. One hundred percent of WWE’s profits from the Cena merchandise were donated to Susan G. Komen.

WWE Studios and ABC Family Capture the Holidays with Christmas Bounty

2012-10-26

STAMFORD, Conn., October 26, 2012 – WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and ABC Family today announced that WWE Studios and ABC Family are developing an upcoming television movie, Christmas Bounty, for a 2013 world premiere during ABC Family’s popular “25 Days of Christmas” programming event. WWE Superstar The Miz is attached to star in a lead role.

Sold Out Rolling Stones Concert Live on Pay-Per-View

2012-10-26

STAMFORD, Conn., October 26, 2012 – Tickets to the highly demanded Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows at the Prudential Center sold out in just minutes this afternoon. Fans still have the opportunity to see the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band live in concert on pay-per-view on Saturday, December 15 at 9pm ET. WWE®, the world’s pre-eminent provider of pay-per-view programming, in partnership with Dainty Group and Endemol, will be distributing and marketing the pay-per-view event entitled “One More Shot,” the band’s final performance of its 50th anniversary shows. The pay-per-view will be available through all cable, satellite and telco providers.

The Rolling Stones in Concert – Live Exclusively on Sky Box Office

2012-10-26

LONDON, U.K, October 26, 2012 – The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band created an international ticket mania last week when their 50th anniversary concerts at The O2 Arena sold out in just seven minutes.

Sky have partnered with WWE and in association with Dainty Group and Endemol, to provide fans with an opportunity to watch this eagerly awaited gig from the comfort of their own homes, either live or on demand.

WWE Champion CM Punk Pens Introduction To The Limited Edtition Avengers Vs. X-M ...

2012-10-24

New York, New York, October 24, 2012 – The best-selling comic event of the year, hits store shelves in a limited-edition, oversized collection with the Avengers vs. X-Men Hardcover featuring an introduction from WWE Superstar and Champion, CM Punk! Worlds collide as one of the top performers in WWE provides insight into the new landscape of the Marvel Universe in this one-of-a-kind introduction! Experience the pop culture event like never before as your favorite heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto and more go head-to-head with the entire Marvel Universe at stake!

WWE Superstar John Cena Honored by Make-A-Wish with First-Ever 300th Wish Award ...

2012-10-22

STAMFORD, Conn., October 22, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that WWE Superstar, John Cena, was honored by Make-A-Wish last week at their “Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony” for being the only celebrity to reach the record-breaking milestone of fulfilling 300 wishes.

Cena became the first recipient of the 300th Wish Award at the annual Make-A-Wish awards ceremony in Glendale, AZ. His award was presented by wish mom Judith Harrison, whose late son Justin was the second wish child Cena ever met, before an audience of hundreds of Make-A Wish national and chapter staff, volunteer leaders, and wish families.

WrestleMania 29 Tickets On Sale Saturday, November 10

2012-10-22

STAMFORD, Conn., October 22, 2012– WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced today that tickets for its annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 29, will go on sale Saturday, November 10 at 10 AM ET. WrestleMania 29 will take place Sunday, April 7, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Ticket prices range from $35 – $850. There will also be a limited number of “Gold Circle” VIP Packages available for $2,000. The Gold Circle packages include seating in the first four rows ringside, an exclusive Gold Circle VIP Stadium Entrance, a collectible WrestleMania 29 ticket holder and the commemorative WrestleMania 29 take-home folding chair. Tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees. Starting Monday, November 12th at 11 AM ET, tickets will also be available at the MetLife Stadium and IZOD Center box offices.

WrestleMania Makes Over $100 Million For Host City

2012-10-15

STAMFORD, Conn., October 15, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced today that WrestleMania 28 generated a record-breaking $102.7 million in economic impact for the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation.

This new record for WrestleMania’s economic impact represents a $40 million increase over WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta. WrestleMania 28 also generated approximately $15.3 million in local, state and county taxes.

ION Television’s New Original Series, WWE Main Event, Debuts with Strong ...

2012-10-04

NEW YORK, October 4, 2012 – Obama vs. Romney was not the only match viewers tuned into on Wednesday night. According to Nielsen overnight data released today, ION Television’s brand new series, WWE Main Event, garnered the highest male audience in the last year with the most Men 18-49 (422,000), Men 25-54 (444,000), and Men 2+ (876,000). At 8:00pm ET/PT, the premiere of the new weekly series, which featured WWE Champion CM Punk™ against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus™, was the #4 program in the time period among Men 18-34, #4 among Men 18-49, and #5 among Men 25-54. In addition, WWE Main Event out-delivered the last game of the MLB regular season on ESPN and ESPN2 among all key men and adult demos. Finally, the premiere delivered 518,000 Women 2+, finishing ahead of most female cable networks.

WWE Launches on Hulu Plus

2012-09-24

STAMFORD, Conn., September 24, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement that will bring WWE programming to Hulu Plus. Starting today, Hulu Plus will offer WWE fans unlimited instant streaming access, additional content and programming on-the-go, as it becomes the exclusive home for next-day access to all WWE TV programming. Hulu Plus subscribers can also go to Hulu Latino to see WWE’s popular digital show, WWE En Español, the Spanish-language magazine program that recaps WWE’s most exciting moments each week.

WWE Awards $10,000 Scholarship To Full Sail University Student During NXT Tapin ...

2012-09-20

STAMFORD, Conn., September 20, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Geraldo Gutierrez, a Full Sail student, as part of their ongoing partnership. The partnership provides students at the University with the opportunity to gain real-world experience producing WWE NXT® series which showcases WWE’s brightest young talent as they battle to become the elite WWE Superstars of tomorrow.

WWE Partners with Hulu Plus

2012-09-17

STAMFORD, Conn., September 17, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement that will bring WWE programming to Hulu Plus. Starting today, Hulu Plus will offer WWE fans unlimited instant streaming access, additional content and programming on-the-go, as it becomes the exclusive home for next-day access to Monday Night Raw®, SmackDown®, WWE NXT®, WWE Superstars™ and WWE Main Event™, which will debut on ION Television next month. Hulu Plus subscribers can also go to Hulu Latino to see WWE’s popular digital show, WWE En Español, the Spanish-language magazine program that recaps WWE’s most exciting moments each week.

WWE and John Cena Go Pink with Susan G. Komen for the Cure

2012-09-16

STAMFORD, Conn., September 16, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure featuring WWE Superstar John Cena co-branded, pink and black ring gear, which will be debuted at tonight’s Night of Champions pay-per-view event in Boston. Cena will wear the Special Edition gear through October in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Fans can purchase the merchandise, including co-branded hats, t-shirts, headbands and wristbands, at live events and online at WWEShop.com, and WWE will donate 100 percent of its profits (at least 30 percent of the retail purchase price) to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Statement Regarding Jerry “The King” Lawler

2012-09-11

Jerry “The King” Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night’s broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal. We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family.

WWE to Make Live Event Debut in Egypt

2012-09-05

LONDON, September 5, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced, that for the first time, it will bring WWE World Tour to Egypt for three nights from Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Cairo Stadium Complex. With its debut in Egypt, WWE continues to expand the reach of its business, including live events in six new countries in 2012.

WWE Launches Free Mobile Second Screen App

2012-08-17

STAMFORD, Conn., August 17, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today launched the official WWE flagship app for iOS and Android mobile devices and tablets, including the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Samsung Galaxy SIII. The entertainment app provides a 24/7 platform for the WWE Universe on-the-go, as well as a second screen TV companion experience that activates during Monday Night Raw with live polls and content.

Warner Bros. and WWE Studios Form Tag Team to Solve A Spine-Crunching Mystery! ...

2012-08-15

ANIMATED MADE FOR VIDEO FILM STARRING WWE SUPERSTARS AND DIVAS TO BEGIN PRODUCTION

SET FOR A 2014 HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE

STAMFORD, Conn., August 15, 2012 – Warner Bros. and WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) announced they will co-produce a Scooby-Doo animated feature that will find Scooby and the gang solving a mystery at WrestleMania®. The announcement was made today by Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Family & Animation, Warner Home Video and Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios.

WWE and Party City “Help Make Wishes Come True”

2012-08-14

STAMFORD, Conn., August 14, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Party City today announced an alliance to “Help Make Wishes Come True,” a joint initiative to support Make-A-Wish®. Party City, the official party store of WWE, is currently conducting a nationwide in-store fundraiser through August 18 where customers can support Make-A-Wish with donations collected at any of the 750 Party City stores across the country. One hundred percent of the donations collected will benefit the organization with a minimum financial contribution of $75,000.

WrestleMania® 28 – Rock vs. Cena Special on NBC

2012-08-10

STAMFORD, Conn., August 10, 2012 – For the fourth consecutive year, WWE® and NBC are joining forces to bring WrestleMania to network television. WrestleMania 28 – Rock vs. Cena will air on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 9/8C on NBC, allowing WWE fans to relive moments from the most watched WrestleMania of all time.

WWE Names Perkins Miller EVP of Digital Media

2012-08-09

STAMFORD, Conn., August 9, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Perkins Miller as Executive Vice President, Digital Media. Miller will oversee the development of strategic plans and initiatives across all of WWE’s digital and social channels on a global basis. He will report directly to WWE Executive Vice President of Creative, Stephanie McMahon.

WWE Electrifies Saturday Mornings

2012-08-09

STAMFORD, Conn., August 9, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Saban Brands today announced a new, weekly half-hour show, WWE Saturday Morning Slam, that will debut on Saturday, August 25 at 10 a.m. WWE Saturday Morning Slam will be part of the television premiere of Vortexx on The CW, a Saturday morning kids’ television block, reaching 114 million U.S. television households. This marks the first time, since 2001, WWE will have a program in a kids’ time slot and reinforces WWE’s commitment to kid-friendly entertainment.

WWE Studios and Fox Go 12 Rounds with Randy Orton

2012-08-03

STAMFORD, Conn., August 3, 2012 – WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced WWE Superstar Randy Orton will star in 12 Rounds: Reloaded, the second installment in the 12 Rounds franchise.

12 Rounds: Reloaded was written by David Benullo and will be directed by Roel Reine (The Scorpion King: Battle for Redemption and Death Race: Inferno). Principal photography will begin September 26 in Vancouver. This is WWE Studios’ second film in a three-picture agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

RAW 1000 BREAKS VIEWERSHIP AND SOCIAL MEDIA RECORDS

2012-07-24

STAMFORD, Conn., July, 24, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that Monday Night Raw’s historic 1,000th episode broke records for television viewership and online engagement, making it the most watched three-hour Raw in history by reaching more than six million viewers, amassing a 3.9 rating and accumulating 52 worldwide Twitter trends. Monday Night Raw’s historic episode was the most watched program on cable television and beat every program on CBS, NBC, ABC and CW. Last night’s episode began a new era of Monday Night Raw when the longest-running weekly television show in U.S. history permanently moved to a three-hour format with a new start time of 8/7C on USA Network.

“Tonight is the Night” for Raw’s 1,000th Episode

2012-07-23

STAMFORD, Conn., July 23, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced Outasight’s chart-topping single “Tonight Is The Night” as the official theme song of its 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw. The song will be integrated into the telecast tonight at 8/7C on USA Network.

"Tonight Is The Night" is one of the hottest songs in the country, spending 20 weeks on the Billboard Top 100 chart and 30 weeks on the Billboard Pop Songs Top 100 chart. The song has been released as a single and is available digitally on iTunes.com, surpassing platinum selling status. Outasight’s second single, "Now Or Never," is currently blazing up the pop radio charts and is set to be the soundtrack for Summer 2012.

100 Million Fans Like WWE

2012-07-20

STAMFORD, Conn., July 20, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that it has eclipsed 100 million fans through its global social media networks, further cementing its position as one of the most followed brands in the world.

To celebrate this milestone, WWE has surprised its 100 millionth social media fan, Alex Guerrero, Jr., 27 from San Antonio, Texas with a free trip to Monday Night Raw’s 1,000th episode live from St. Louis, Mo. this Monday. Guerrero will also appear on the show and be featured across all of WWE’s social media platforms, including Tout, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and on WWE.com, making him an online Superstar.

WWE Names Swee Sin Wu General Manager For Asia-Pacific

2012-07-19

LONDON, July 19, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Swee Sin Wu as General Manager for the Asia-Pacific region. Wu will be based in Singapore and will report to Ed Wells, WWE Managing Director and Senior Vice President of International.

Wu will be responsible for managing all of WWE’s business units across the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining WWE, Wu worked at WPP’s Global Sportnet (GSN) as its Managing Director, Asia. He was responsible for the media content rights business and represented the commercial interests of Arsenal FC, Clipper World Yacht Race and FC Barcelona in the region.

John Cena vs. CM Punk to Headline Raw’s Historic 1,000th Episode

2012-07-18

STAMFORD, Conn., July, 18, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced the details of Monday Night Raw’s historic 1,000th episode this Monday when the longest-running weekly television show in U.S. history moves to a three-hour format with a new start time of 8/7C on USA Network. Raw has aired more original episodes than some of the most popular television series of all time, including The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Lassie and Monday Night Football.

WWE Universe Touts It Out

2012-07-17

STAMFORD, Conn., July 17, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that immediately after WWE featured fan Touts – 15-second self-recorded videos – during Monday Night Raw, the social media platform’s app skyrocketed from No. 37 to No. 6 in the Free Photo & Video category on the iTunes App Store. The Tout app was downloaded more than 30,000 times within hours of the broadcast.

Tout Tag Teams with WWE

2012-07-11

STAMFORD, Conn., July 11, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today an investment in and strategic partnership with Tout Industries, Inc. that will leverage WWE’s vast array of assets, including television, live events, digital, print and more than 100 million social media followers to expand Tout’s platform for real-time video status updates, creating a new dynamic social experience for WWE fans.

WWE Studios Enters The Hive with Troika Pictures

2012-06-29

STAMFORD, Conn., June 29, 2012 – WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Troika Pictures, LLC today announced they will co-produce and co-finance the upcoming thriller, The Hive, starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. Principal photography is scheduled to commence on July 6 in and around Los Angeles.

The thriller, to be directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian), was written by Rich D’Ovidio (Exit Wounds, Thir13en Ghosts) and based upon a story by Rich D’Ovidio, Nicole D’Ovidio and Jon Bokencamp.

WWE Names Casey Collins EVP of Consumer Products

2012-06-26

STAMFORD, Conn., June 26, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Casey Collins as Executive Vice President, Consumer Products. Collins will oversee WWE Global Licensing, Home Entertainment and Publishing. He will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

Prior to joining WWE, Collins was Executive Vice President, Global Licensing & Entertainment at MGA Entertainment, where he oversaw the entertainment, consumer products, retail development and promotions divisions. Before joining MGA Entertainment, Collins spent 10 years at Lucasfilm Ltd., where he was responsible for the management of Lucasfilm’s domestic and international licensing and retail merchandise programs.

#SheenGetsRaw on July 23

2012-06-25

STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced Charlie Sheen, star of the highly anticipated FX comedy series Anger Management, as the Social Media Ambassador for Monday Night Raw’s historic 1000th episode live on July 23 at 8/7C on USA Network.

Sheen will tweet during Raw, providing up-to-the-minute commentary on the night’s action to his 7.5 million Twitter followers. Sheen has more than 12 million fans combined on the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. WWE fans and Sheen followers will be able to ask the actor questions during the broadcast via Twitter using the #SheenGetsRaw hashtag.

ION Television Debuts WWE Main Event

2012-06-25

STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and ION Television today announced a new weekly one-hour original series airing on Wednesday nights at 8/7C. WWE Main Event will debut on October 3, 2012, and feature WWE Superstars and Divas from the rosters of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown. The new show will be available in 100 million U.S. television households on ION Television, a top-rated general entertainment network that features a broad mix of critically acclaimed series, movies and original programming.

WWE Adds Bill Hirsh and Ted Van Zelst to Sales & Partnership Marketing Team ...

2012-06-25

STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointments of Bill Hirsh and Ted Van Zelst each as Vice President, Integrated Sales. Hirsh and Van Zelst will be responsible for sales and building key marketing partner relationships for the company and report to WWE Executive Vice President of Sales & Partnership Marketing, Andrew Judelson. These new hires are part of a broader, deeper commitment and evolution of the WWE sales function.

WWE Superstar John Cena Grants Milestone 300th Wish With Make-a-Wish

2012-06-20

STAMFORD, Conn., June 20, 2012– WWE® (NYSE:WWE) Superstar John Cena set a Make-A-Wish record today granting his 300th wish to Hop Bottom, Pa. native Jonathan Littman. Cena, a Wish Ambassador and previous recipient of the prestigious Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, is the only celebrity to reach this milestone. He continues to be one of the most frequently requested celebrity wish granters.

WWE Studios Acquires Spec Script Interrogation

2012-06-08

STAMFORD, Conn., June 8, 2012– WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) announced today it has secured the rights to Interrogation, a suspense thriller by Adam Rodin. With a bomb set to go off in Las Vegas on one of the busiest betting days of the year, the story focuses on a brilliant interrogator called in to question the prime suspect. As time runs out, we soon learn there’s an even bigger plan in place for both of them.

WWE Names Patrick Talty SVP of Live Events

2012-05-31

STAMFORD, Conn., May 31, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Patrick Talty as Senior Vice President, Live Events. Talty, previously a general manager at Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectator, will report to WWE Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, Paul Levesque. Talty will be responsible for managing more than 300 live global events per year.

WWE Suspends Randy Orton

2012-05-30

STAMFORD, Conn., May 30, 2012 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Randy Orton for 60 days effective today for his second violation of the company’s policy.

About WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 600 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

WWE Monday Night Raw Expands to Three Electrifying Hours on 1,000th Episode

2012-05-17

@JohnCena Tweets Historic Announcement From USA Upfront Presentation

NEW YORK – May 17, 2012 – WWE Superstar John Cena® announced via Twitter today that WWE Monday Night Raw will expand to a three-hour event 52 weeks a year. The extended telecast will kick-off July 23 at 8/7C on USA Network and marks the 1000th episode of the WWE Raw franchise and a television record – no other series has ever reached this milestone. The announcement was tweeted today by Cena (the No. 1 most influential male athlete on Twitter last month) during USA’s upfront presentation in New York City. The move firmly put WWE’s stake in the ground as one of the most powerful social brands in the world and an integral part of USA Network’s social media initiative.

WWE Signs TV Deal with D-Smart in Turkey

2012-05-17

ISTANBUL, May 17, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and D-Smart today announced a two-year television distribution deal that brings WWE’s weekly flagship television programs WWE Raw® and WWE SmackDown® to D-Smart, a leading digital broadcasting platform in Turkey.

Under this new agreement, the one-hour international versions of WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown will be available every Saturday night at 11 p.m. (SmackDown) and 12 a.m. (Raw) on D-Smart channel 77, Smart Spor.

WWE And Full Sail University Launch Partnership

2012-05-14

STAMFORD, Conn., May 14, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Full Sail University announced today an innovative partnership that moves live tapings of WWE NXT® series to Full Sail Live, the university’s state-of-the-art performance venue, and creates a new student scholarship fund.

Beginning May 17, 2012, students of the university’s entertainment-focused degree programs, including Film, Show Production, Digital Arts and Design, Internet Marketing and Entertainment Business, will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience working with WWE, a leader in global entertainment, to produce NXT.

The Miz and The Marine: Homefront

2012-04-30

STAMFORD, Conn., April 30, 2012 – WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) today announced WWE® Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin will star in The Marine: Homefront, the third installment in The Marine franchise. This marks Mizanin’s first starring role in a film.

The Miz and Wiper Recruited for The Marine: Homefront

2012-04-30

STAMFORD, Conn., April 30, 2012 – WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) today announced WWE® Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin will star in The Marine: Homefront, the third installment in The Marine franchise. This marks Mizanin’s first starring role in a film.

WWE Suspends Rey Mysterio

2012-04-26

STAMFORD, Conn., April 26, 2012 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Oscar Gutierrez (Rey Mysterio®) for 60 days effective Thursday, April 26, for his second violation of the company’s policy.

WrestleMania Sets Pay-Per-View Record

2012-04-16

STAMFORD, Conn., April 16, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that WrestleMania, held April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, set new records for pay-per-view buys and gross sales. Preliminary estimates show that WrestleMania, featuring the historic Once in a Lifetime match between The Rock® and John Cena®, garnered 1.3 million pay-per-view buys with global gross sales in excess of $67 million including the live event.

WWE Invades Russia

2012-04-13

MOSCOW, April 13, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) successfully held its first-ever live event in Russia on Wednesday, April 11, where more than 6,000 fans were in attendance to see their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas live in the ring at the Luzhniki Small Sports Arena in Moscow.

WWE Executive Vice President and WWE Superstar Paul “Triple H®” Levesque made a surprise guest appearance at the RAW live event in Moscow joining Superstars John Cena® and CM Punk™. Levesque stated, “The response from our fans in Moscow at Luzhniki was overwhelming. WWE is very proud to have already established such a loyal fan base in Russia in a little over a year. We look forward to returning again in the near future and delivering an even bigger experience."

Statement On The Passing Of WWE Hall Of Famer Chief Jay Strongbow

2012-04-04

WWE was saddened to learn of the passing of Jay Scarpa, aka Chief Jay Strongbow. Strongbow’s in-ring debut was in 1947 and over the course of his WWE career participated in many memorable matches. He was a four-time World Tag Team Champion. Strongbow was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994. WWE sends our deepest condolences to Strongbow’s family, friends and fans.

WrestleMania Sets Records

2012-04-01

MIAMI, FL – April 1, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced tonight that WrestleMania XXVIII set three records. With a sellout crowd of 78,363 fans from all 50 states and 36 countries, the annual pop culture extravaganza became Sun Life Stadium’s largest attended event and highest grossing entertainment event in history. Grossing $8.9 million, it was also the highest grossing live event in WWE history. The event was broadcast around the world on pay-per-view in more than 105 countries and 20 languages.

WrestleMania Community Outreach

2012-03-28

STAMFORD, Conn., March 28, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that its seventh annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finals will be held at the Miami-Dade Public Library this Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. ET, serving as the cornerstone event of its community outreach activities for WrestleMania Week in Miami.

Social Media Event Of The Year WrestleMania

2012-03-27

STAMFORD, Conn., March 27, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced the first ever “WrestleMania Pre-Show,” simulcast live on YouTube, Facebook and WWE.com this Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET, as the centerpiece of its record-level digital and social media activities for WrestleMania Week in Miami. WrestleMania XXVIII broadcasts live on pay-per-view this Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET. “The Social Media Event of the Year” also includes:

WWE Names Brian Flinn SVP Of Marketing

2012-03-26

STAMFORD, Conn., March 26, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Brian Flinn as Senior Vice President, Marketing. Flinn, previously a senior executive at the National Basketball Association, will report to WWE Chief Marketing Officer Michelle D. Wilson. In this role he will be responsible for providing strategic direction for WWE’s branding and promotions, database marketing, pay-per-view events, affiliate marketing and consumer insights.

WWE Studios And Anchor Bay Films To Distribute The Day

2012-03-23

STAMFORD, Conn. March 23, 2012– WWE® Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Anchor Bay Films today announced a partnership to co-distribute the provocative action thriller, The Day. WWE Studios secured the U.S. distribution rights to the film immediately after the film’s initial audience screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

“Once In A Lifetime – Rock Vs. Cena” To Air On 11 NBCU Networks

2012-03-20

STAMFORD, Conn., March 20, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) and NBCUniversal are joining forces to televise “Once in a Lifetime – Rock vs. Cena,” an epic one-hour special that follows WWE Superstars The Rock® and John Cena® on their respective roads to WrestleMania® XXVIII. This first ever behind-the-scenes special premieres Monday, March 26 on USA Network at 8/7c and will also air on NBCUniversal networks including Syfy, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, G4, Style, NBC Sports Network, mun2, CLOO and Universal HD leading up to WrestleMania on Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Flo Rida And Machine Gun Kelly Performing Live At WrestleMania

2012-03-20

STAMFORD, Conn., March 20, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced hip-hop stars Flo Rida and Machine Gun Kelly will perform at WrestleMania XXVIII live on pay-per-view Sunday, April 1 at 7 PM ET, emanating from Sun Life Stadium in Miami. More than 70,000 fans are expected to be in attendance with millions watching worldwide.

WWE Recognized By CT General Assembly For Anti-Bullying Initiative

2012-03-20

State of CT – Offical Citation

Stamford, CONN., On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly recognized WWE and The Creative Coalition with an official citation for co-founding the anti-bullying initiative “be a STAR” (Show Tolerance And Respect). The citation was presented to Stephanie McMahon, WWE’s Executive Vice President of Creative, by state Representative Andres Ayala, Jr. (WWE.com “be a STAR” video). The presentation took place during the kick-off event of the Bridgeport Lighthouse after-school program implementing the “be a STAR” anti-bullying curriculum. McMahon and Rep. Ayala were joined by the city of Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, WWE Superstars Big Show and David Otunga and 850 students in the after-school program.

WWE Opens Latin America Office In Miami

2012-03-01

MIAMI, March 1 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) announced today that it has opened a new office in Miami, Florida to serve as its headquarters for all operations in Latin America.

The Miami office will focus on achieving significant growth across all lines of WWE’s business including Media Distribution, Live Event Touring, Consumer Products and Digital within Latin American markets.

WWE Breaks Records In Abu Dhabi

2012-02-28

ABU DHABI, February 28, 2012 – WWE made history as it broke numerous records with the Raw® World Tour in February at the International Tennis Complex within the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.

WWE set the highest attendance record for a single event; the highest attendance record for a series of three entertainment events; and the highest average spend per person on merchandise for a single event. WWE performed for more than 16,000 fans over its three-day run from February 9th-11th at the International Tennis Complex with a sold-out crowd of 5,964 fans on February 10th.

American Idol’s James Durbin To Join be a STAR Anti-Bullying Alliance

2012-02-23

STAMFORD, Conn., February 23, 2012 – Musician James Durbin announced today that he will serve as a spokesperson for the be a STAR Alliance, an anti-bullying initiative, co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE. The American Idol Season Ten fan favorite joins more than 50 national organizations that serve on the be a STAR Alliance including GLAAD, STOMP Out Bullying, Scholastic, Inc and United Federation of Teachers.

WrestleMania To Hit New York/New Jersey Region And MetLife Stadium

2012-02-16

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – February 16, 2012 – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that its annual pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania XXIX, will come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, April 7, 2013 with events throughout the New York/New Jersey region.

Governor Christie was joined by WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, New York Football Giants President and CEO John Mara, New York Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson, NYC & Company CEO, George Fertitta and WWE’s Senior Vice President of Special Events John Saboor to make the announcement at a press conference held earlier today. WWE Superstars John Cena®, Triple H®, Sheamus®, Mark Henry®, Brie and Nikki Bella™ and special guest Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson were also on hand at MetLife Stadium for the historic announcement.

WWE Studios And Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Strike Three Picture D ...

2012-02-15

STAMFORD, Conn., February 15, 2012 – WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) today announced that they have partnered to produce, finance and market three DVD premiere titles beginning with The Marine: Homefront, the next installment in the successful The Marine franchise. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will handle worldwide distribution for the three pictures on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download. WWE will utilize its extensive global reach of more than half a billion homes through its television, digital/social media and print assets to market the release of each film.

WWE Signs Deal With BALTIJOS TV For Lithuania

2012-02-08

LONDON, February 8, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and BALTIJOS TV (BTV) today announced a television distribution deal that will bring WWE’s flagship weekly television program, WWE Raw®, to Lithuania.

Under this new agreement, a one-hour international version of WWE Raw will be available immediately in one million Lithuanian households every Friday at 10:30 p.m. The WWE Raw television franchise is an exciting mix of in-ring action and compelling storylines featuring WWE Superstars like John Cena®, CM Punk® and The Miz® that have become global icons. In the United States, WWE Raw is the longest running weekly episodic program and is consistently among the top five most-watched, regularly scheduled entertainment programs on cable television.

WWE Superstar John Cena Serves As Honorary Starter For 54th Annual Daytona 500 ...

2012-02-06

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – WWE Superstar John Cena will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter of the 54th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 26 at historic Daytona International Speedway (FOX, 1 p.m. ET).

Cena was invited to participate in this year’s big race by 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runner-up Carl Edwards last night on WWE’s Monday Night Raw®. Edwards got out of his official No. 99 Fastenal Ford and told Cena, “NASCAR asked me to come to Monday Night Raw and personally invite you to drop the green flag and officially start the Daytona 500 on February 26.” An appreciative John Cena enthusiastically accepted with an emphatic “Yes!”

WWE Appoints Eric Pankowski SVP Creative And Development

2012-02-01

STAMFORD, CT, February 01, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Eric Pankowski as Senior Vice President, Creative and Development. Pankowski, previously a senior executive at Reveille and Warner Bros., will report to WWE Executive Vice President of Creative, Stephanie McMahon. In this role, he will be responsible for the creative development of all television content including concepts that go beyond in-ring such as reality and kids programming; the management of WWE’s creative writing teams; and selling programming to major cable and broadcast networks, studios and other content distributors.

Mike Tyson Enters WWE Hall Of Fame

2012-01-30

STAMFORD, Conn. January 30, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that boxing legend Mike Tyson will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL on Saturday March 31, 2012.

Tyson has a long history with WWE. In 1998, after a face-to-face confrontation with WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin® on Monday Night Raw®, Tyson was named special enforcer for the main event at WrestleMania® XIV between Austin and Shawn Michaels. In that match, Tyson declared Austin the winner, and delivered a knockout punch to Michaels. In 2011, Tyson made his WWE return when he guest starred on Monday Night Raw, teaming with Chris Jericho® against Shawn Michaels and Triple H®. Tyson joins comedian Drew Carey and notable sports figures Bob Uecker, William “The Refrigerator” Perry and Pete Rose in the WWE Hall of Fame.

WrestleMania Axxess Tickets On Sale This Saturday

2012-01-26

STAMFORD, Conn., January 26, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced today that tickets for WrestleMania Axxess will go on sale this Saturday, January 28, at 10 AM ET. WrestleMania Axxess, presented by National Guard, will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall D from Thursday, March 29 through Sunday, April 1, 2012.

WWE® Sales Partners With Maxim, Major League Gaming and PBR

2012-01-25

STAMFORD, CT, January 25, 2012 – WWE®, an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment, today announced the launch of WWE Digital Properties. The new venture enables brands to deliver targeted digital advertising across WWE.com and category leading partner brands including Maxim, Major League Gaming (MLG), Professional Bull Riding (PBR) and more.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Honors WWE And WWE Superstar John Cena For Their Commitm ...

2012-01-23

PHOENIX (Jan. 23, 2012) – Today, the Make-A-Wish Foundation honored WWE Superstar John Cena and WWE for their contributions to wish kids by dedicating a WWE-themed conference room in the charity’s global headquarters.

John Cena is on pace to grant 300 wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions, making him the first celebrity wish granter ever to reach that lofty goal. In 2009, John Cena received the Foundation’s “Chris Greicius Award” for his outstanding efforts on behalf of wish kids.

WWE Unveils New Russian Language Website

2012-01-23

MOSCOW, January 23, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced the launch of its new Russian language website (www.ru.wwe.com). The site, which was developed by Russian-based Tvigle Media, will replicate content from the global WWE website (wwe.com) and also include localised content created specifically for Russian fans.

WWE Studios Options Found Footage Script BERMUDA

2012-01-20

STAMFORD, Conn., January 20, 2012– WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) announced today it has secured the rights to BERMUDA, a found footage horror spec script by Bobby Lee Darby and Nathan Brookes. WWE Studios beat out a number of bidders for the film. Set in the Bermuda Triangle, the story focuses on a documentary film crew that goes missing and the only trace of their disappearance comes when their film footage, chronicling their final terrifying days, is found.

WWE Suspends Evan Bourne

2012-01-17

STAMFORD, Conn., January 17, 2012 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Matthew Korklan (Evan Bourne®) for 60 days effective Tuesday, January 17 for his second violation of the company’s policy.

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WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

Edge And The Four Horsemen To Enter WWE Hall Of Fame

2012-01-11

STAMFORD, CT, January 11, 2012 – WWE® announced today that Edge and the Four Horsemen will be among the 2012 class of inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place Saturday, March 31 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, the evening before WrestleMania® XXVIII.

Throughout his storied career, Edge, known as the “Rated-R Superstar™,” held every major title in WWE. He is a former WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, Tag Team Champion and King of the Ring®. His final match took place at last year’s WrestleMania in Atlanta, where he defeated Alberto Del Rio™ to retain the World Heavyweight Championship in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 71,000 fans. One week later, in an emotional speech on Monday Night Raw®, Edge was forced to retire due to a neck injury. Outside the ring, Edge is a New York Times bestselling author.

Post Fruity Pebbles Teams Up With WWE Superstar John Cena

2012-01-10

PARSIPANNY, NJ (January 10, 2012) – Post Fruity Pebbles and WWE Superstar John Cena are teaming up for a new partnership, which includes a collectable cereal box and an instant-win promotion awarding a VIP meet-and-greet with the talent.

Cena’s passion charity, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for which he has granted over 250 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions, and ‘be a STAR,’ the anti-bullying alliance co-founded by WWE and The Creative Coalition, are prominently displayed on newly-designed Fruity Pebbles cereal boxes featured nationwide January through March.