Saudi Arabia, December 15, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that it will bring WWE LIVE™ to The Green Halls Stadium, Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Games Complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the first time ever with three shows from Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15, 2014. Tickets will go on sale Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:00pm KSA.
SANTA CLARA, CA – December 10, 2013 – Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews, the City of Santa Clara, the City of San Jose, the San Francisco 49ers and WWE® are proud to announce that Levi’s® Stadium will host WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
The historic announcement was made at a press conference held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Mayor Matthews, Executive Director of the San Jose Sports Authority Patricia Ernstrom, Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco 49ers Jed York and San Francisco 49ers Tight End Vernon Davis joined WWE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon, WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon and WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events John P. Saboor in making the announcement. WWE Superstars John Cena®, Alberto Del Rio®, Big Show®, Sheamus®, Mark Henry®, Fandango®, The Great Khali®, R-Truth® and WWE Divas Brie Bella™, Nikki Bella™ and Summer Rae™ also made special guest appearances at the announcement.
STAMFORD, Conn., December 10, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that the 2013 Slammy Awards set a new record with 1.64 million votes via the WWE app, an increase of 180 percent from last year’s record-setting awards show.
The winners of the 2013 Slammy Awards include:
• Superstar of the Year – Daniel Bryan®
• Diva of the Year – The Bellas™
• Double-Cross of the Year – Shawn Michaels™
• Match of the Year – The Rock® vs. John Cena® at WrestleMania® 29
• Insult of the Year – Stephanie McMahon
• LOL Moment of the Year – The Rock Concert at Raw 20th Anniversary
• Fan Participation Award – Yes! Yes! Yes!
• Extreme moment of the Year – CM Punk®
STAMFORD, Conn., December 4, 2013 – Multi-platinum recording artist and four-time Grammy nominee, Daughtry joins WWE Superstars to honor the United States Armed Forces with the 11th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops holiday celebration that will air as a one-hour television special on Saturday, December 28 at 8/7C on NBC.
STAMFORD, Conn., December 4, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) is poised for transformative growth in important areas, including the renegotiation of its four largest television rights agreements, the potential launch of a WWE Network, expansion in key international markets, distribution of content on emerging platforms and new strategic partnerships. Michelle D. Wilson, George Barrios and Stephanie McMahon have been promoted to lead WWE in the execution of these strategic growth initiatives.
STAMFORD, Conn., November 20, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today announced that WrestleMania 29 generated $101.2 million in economic impact for the New Jersey/New York region this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. This marks the second consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host city.
STAMFORD, Conn., November 19, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Matthew Singerman as Executive Vice President, Programming. Singerman, who previously held senior level positions at Fox News Channel, TV Guide Network and Reelz Channel, will report directly to WWE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon.
MUNICH, November 8, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that Stefan Kastenmüller has been named General Manager, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, a newly created position, effective immediately.
This appointment marks the opening of WWE’s first office in Germany, which will be located in Munich, and is part of WWE’s strategic initiative to localize its approach in key international markets by further engaging with fans and partners.
STAMFORD, Conn. and BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – November 4, 2013 – WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Film Roman announced today that they have entered into a co-financing and co-production agreement to produce up to thirteen, three-minute webisodes of a new animated series entitled CAMP WWE. Mike Benson of ENTOURAGE and THE BERNIE MAC SHOW will script the series.
WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2013.
STAMFORD, Conn., October 25, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced that its Board of Directors today declared the Company’s regular quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share for all Class A and B shares of common stock. The record date for the dividend will be December 13, 2013, and the payment date will be December 26, 2013.
STAMFORD, Conn. and Minneapolis, Minn., October 1, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and Totino’s® today announced an integrated partnership around Totino’s® Pizza Rolls. The first-time partnership will give fans a chance to win thousands of prizes, including a trip to a WWE event, a meet and greet with a WWE Superstar, copies of WWE 2K14 video game and WWE merchandise.
STAMFORD, Conn., September 30, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Susan G. Komen are expanding their joint “Rise Above Cancer” campaign to include all WWE Superstars and Divas wearing pink ring gear starting tonight on Monday Night Raw®. The campaign will continue throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness month with WWE Superstars and Divas wearing customized “Rise Above Cancer” t-shirts to help raise awareness and funds for Komen. WWE will donate to Komen 20 percent of the retail sales price of all specialty “Rise Above Cancer” merchandise sold today through December 31 on WWEShop.com and at WWE live events.
STAMFORD, Conn., September 27, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Laura A. Brevetti as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, reporting directly to WWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Vince McMahon. Brevetti brings extensive legal and management experience to WWE and will be a key member of the senior executive team.
STAMFORD, Conn., September 25, 2013 – WWE, in partnership with WWE Champion John Cena®, today announced its first-ever 3D mobile racing game titled WWE Presents: John Cena’s Fast Lane. The free mobile app is available globally for download from Apple iTunes and Google Play for use on iOS iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.
STAMFORD, Conn., September 20, 2013 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that tickets for WrestleMania 30 will go on sale Saturday, November 16 at 11am ET/10 CT. The pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 30, will take place Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
STAMFORD, Conn., September 4, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of David Bailey as General Manager of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL. Bailey, who previously served as General Manager of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Blue Unit at Feld Entertainment, will report directly to WWE’s Senior Vice President of Talent Relations and Development, Jane Geddes.
New York, New York and Stamford, Conn. August 27, 2013 – The Creative Coalition and WWE, co-founders of the Be a STAR (Show Tolerance and Respect) anti-bullying initiative, announced today the first-ever Be a STAR grant program that will allocate $100,000 in grants. Four $25,000 grants will be awarded to qualified non-profit public charities that have programs focused on developing and implementing anti-bullying programs.
STAMFORD, Conn., August 14, 2013 – WWE today announced its digital and social media initiatives during SummerSlam Week, providing fans with 24/7 event coverage and exclusive content like never before. SummerSlam will be broadcast live on pay-per-view this Sunday, August 18 at 8 p.m. ET from Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
STAMFORD, Conn., August 13, 2013 – For the fifth straight year, WWE will entertain the city of Los Angeles with a week-long lineup of events that place an emphasis on community and charitable outreach in celebration of SummerSlam, taking place this Sunday, August 18 live on pay-per-view at 8 p.m. ET from Staples Center. The events begin today and include:
STAMFORD, Conn., August 9, 2013 – WWE amassed 20 million viewers during the past week across all of its action-packed, drama-filled programming including: SmackDown® on Friday, August 2 on Syfy; WrestleMania® 29: The World Television Premiere on Saturday, August 3 on NBC; Total Divas™ on Sunday, August 4 on E! Entertainment Television; Raw® on Monday, August 5 on USA Network; and Main Event™ on Wednesday, August 7 on ION Television.
STAMFORD, Conn., August 5, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Michele Martell as Vice President, Kids Entertainment. Martell, who will report to WWE Executive Vice President, Creative, Stephanie McMahon, will be responsible for overseeing the strategic development, execution, and promotion of WWE’s kids entertainment strategy. Martell will focus on production, digital media, consumer products, marketing and fan engagement as well as identifying opportunities for external partnerships, acquisitions and community events, all on a global basis.
2K today announced that enigmatic WWE Superstar Undertaker® will be featured through the “Phenom Edition” of WWE® 2K14, the forthcoming release in the WWE flagship video game franchise. Available for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, while supplies last, the WWE 2K14 “Phenom Edition” is scheduled to include the following items:
STAMFORD, Conn., July 26, 2013 – WWE® and NBC are joining forces to bring WrestleMania to network television on Saturday, August 3 at 9/8C when WrestleMania 29: The World Television Premiere airs on NBC. For the fifth year in a row, this special will allow fans to relive moments from the greatest sports entertainment spectacle in history.
STAMFORD, Conn., July 22, 2013 – WWE and E! Entertainment today launched the first-ever Superstars for Hope fundraising initiative to support Make-A-Wish, featuring chances to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences available to anyone who makes a contribution. The entertainment powerhouses will also host a Superstars for Hope red carpet party in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 15 at the Beverly Hills Hotel as a part of WWE’s SummerSlam® Week.
NEW YORK – July 15, 2013 – 2K today announced the emphatic return of Ultimate Warrior to the ring – virtually – in WWE® 2K14, the forthcoming installment in the flagship WWE video game franchise. Making his long-awaited arrival from Parts Unknown, the self-professed “Founding Father of Life Intensity” will be an exclusive playable character for those who pre-order the game at any participating retailer for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft or PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
STAMFORD, Conn., July 11, 2013 – WWE today opened its world-class training facility that is the new foundation for WWE’s guaranteed success. As the new home to WWE’s talent developmental system, NXT®, the new facility in Orlando, Florida was officially unveiled at a press conference hosted by Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events, WWE, Stephanie McMahon, Executive Vice President, Creative, WWE, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Mayor of Orange County Teresa Jacobs and Ken Goldstone, Chief Operating Officer, Full Sail University.
PLANO, Texas and STAMFORD, Conn., (July 10, 2013) – The Doritos brand and WWE (NYSE:WWE) are stepping into the ring together this summer to celebrate the over-the-top, big and bold eating experience of Doritos Jacked chips. The first-time partnership will give fans the chance to win unforgettable experiences leading up to WWE’s biggest pay-per-view event of the summer, SummerSlam, on Sunday, Aug. 18 in Los Angeles. Doritos is one of the flagship brands from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division.
STAMFORD, Conn., July 2, 2013 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Jesús Rodríguez (Ricardo Rodriguez) for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s policy.
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 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 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.
July 2, 2013, Myanmar – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and SkyNet DTH today announced a new three-year television distribution agreement that brings WWE’s weekly television programming to Myanmar.
Beginning this month, SkyNet DTH will broadcast Monday Night Raw®, SmackDown®, WWE Main Event™ and WWE NXT™ on the SkyNet Sports 3 & SkyNet Teen channels.
“The People’s Champion” to bring electrifying charisma to the next iteration of WWE video games
New York, NY – June 25, 2013 – 2K today unveiled the WWE® 2K14 cover art featuring WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson. The official reveal, which took place during last night’s episode of Monday Night Raw®, showcased cover artwork designed in partnership with “The People’s Champion.” The cover art reflects The Rock’s physicality and signature in-ring pose. To further celebrate, 2K recently launched a consumer contest for the opportunity to create alternate cover artwork to be included with WWE 2K14 retail copies.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. and STAMFORD, Conn. (June 18, 2013) – WWE Superstar John Cena can add another notch to his WWE Championship title, this time knocking Fred Flintstone® out of the ring, off of the box and out of TV commercials. Post Fruity Pebbles is expanding its existing partnership with WWE and Cena, through the launch of two new TV commercials, a photo app and an on-pack giveaway. Previously, John Cena appeared as a “Pebble-ized” character on special boxes of Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles, and now he’s back for more.
June 5, 2013, London – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that it will be returning to Shanghai, China on Friday, August 2, 2013 at the Oriental Sports Center. Tickets are available via www.Ticket2010.com.
Fans attending WWE LIVE® will be able to see all their favorite Superstars and Divas in action including WWE Champion John Cena®, Ryback™, Kane®, Daniel Bryan™, Kofi Kingston™, Natalya™ and many more*.
STAMFORD, Conn. and HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., June 4, 2013 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) and Kmart today announced their first-ever exclusive children’s apparel line called “Never Give Up by John Cena™”, which will debut this fall in Kmart stores nationwide as well as on Kmart.com and ShopYourWay.com. Customers can purchase merchandise, including shirts, hoodies, pants, shorts, outerwear, headwear and accessories all inspired by WWE Superstar and current WWE Champion John Cena.
STAMFORD, Conn. May 29, 2013 – Warner Bros. and WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) today announced they are once again teaming up; this time to co-produce a Flintstones animated movie to be released in early 2015.
Fred, Barney and the whole Bedrock gang join up with Vince McMagma (Vince McMahon), and WWE Superstars and Divas including John Cenastone (John Cena®) and CM Punkrock (CM Punk®) as part of the very first WWE main event.
May 19, 2013, London – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that it will be returning to Abu Dhabi with three action-packed live events from Thursday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 20 and are available at ticketmaster.ae.
STAMFORD, Conn. and NEW YORK May 14, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (GVE), a leading distributor of entertainment and lifestyle media, today announced a multi-year extension for home video distribution of WWE programming.
The new agreement will continue to give GVE distribution rights to release 12 WWE pay-per-view events each year, including WrestleMania® and SummerSlam®, as well as a robust catalog of collectible titles throughout the U.S. on physical and digital platforms.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 8, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement with toy manufacturer The Bridge Direct to develop and market construction toys based on WWE events and characters. The agreement marks the first time WWE will enter the construction toy category.
Targeted to WWE fans between the ages of 4 and 14, the comprehensive line includes figures, accessories, and construction bricks to “build your own” playsets, which bring WWE’s action-packed events and Superstars to life.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 6, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and entertainment powerhouse Sean “Diddy” Combs today unveiled a global anti-bullying public service announcement encouraging kids to stand up to bullying. Created by WWE and Combs, the PSA will begin running on WWE’s weekly TV programming and across all its digital platforms.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 6, 2013 – Susan G. Komen and WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced an awareness campaign, “Make Mom Proud,” to support the fight against breast cancer. The TV and digital campaign, which coincides with Mother’s Day, calls on supporters to do something meaningful for their moms and the other important women in their lives.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 2, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that it has awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Allison Iliev, a Full Sail University student, as part of its ongoing partnership with Full Sail. The partnership provides students at the University an opportunity to gain real-world experience producing WWE’s weekly NXT® program.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 25, 2013 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that WrestleMania 29, held Sunday, April 7 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, grossed an excess of $72 million, the highest grossing event in WWE history. In addition, WrestleMania 29 will once again exceed 1 million global pay-per-view buys and attracted a sold out crowd of 80,676 fans from all 50 states and 34 countries at MetLife Stadium.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 22, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Michael Pine as Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Partnership Marketing. Pine, who previously held senior level sales positions at Turner Broadcasting, UFC, World Triathlon Corporation, and most recently IMG, will report directly to WWE Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle D. Wilson.
Los Angeles, CA – April 22, 2013 – Adored by millions of fans, the gorgeous women called WWE Divas have earned their places as sports entertainment icons through more than just their pretty faces and red hot figures. It takes a lot of work and guts to enter the competitive WWE family, where youth is golden. This summer, E! will take viewers into a whole new world of drama when “Total Divas” explores life beyond the ring for seven WWE Divas who must wrestle with the challenges of life in the spotlight, a grueling work and travel schedule, and the intense competition for prominence in a career that leaves little time for a personal life.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 18, 2013 – Opening this summer, the WWE state-of-the-art Performance Center will serve as the new home to WWE’s talent developmental system, recently re-branded NXT® and create nearly 100 high-wage jobs in Orlando, Florida.
With 26,000 square-feet, seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities, the new Performance Center will give WWE the ability to train more potential performers than ever before through a comprehensive program including in-ring training, physical preparedness and character development. The new center will be the training ground for talent that includes former professional and collegiate athletes, Olympians and entertainers, and will offer a best-in-class sports medicine program creating a central location for all WWE talent to receive the best care both in and out of the ring.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 15, 2013 – WWE today announced that Superstars for Sandy Relief, the largest ever global online auction to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey, has raised $524,742. As part of WrestleMania® Week activities around the New York and New Jersey region, the auction was a combined effort between WWE, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes with proceeds benefiting the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 10, 2013 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced it eclipsed 100 million Facebook fans across its network of pages during WrestleMania 29, further cementing itself as one of the most followed brands in the world.
WWE’s Facebook network currently has more fans than the NFL and its 32 teams combined and MLB and its 30 teams combined. The main WWE Facebook page also has more fans than the NHL, The New York Times, ESPN, Pepsi, Burger King, NASCAR and CNN. Seventeen WWE Superstars rank in the top 100 most-followed athletes on Facebook, with John Cena ® (more than 14 million fans) as the third most-followed athlete in the U.S. behind only Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – April 7, 2013 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced tonight that WrestleMania 29 became the highest grossing live event in its history and broke the record for MetLife Stadium’s highest grossing entertainment event. WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza grossed $12.3 million, as 80,676 fans from all 50 states and 34 countries converged on MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The event is broadcast around the world on pay-per-view in more than 100 countries and 20 languages.
East Rutherford, NJ – April 7, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today it has become a Founding Partner for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, a national sporting event taking place in New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. The announcement was made on stage during WrestleMania® 29 at MetLife Stadium with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 2014 USA Games Chairman & CEO TJ Nelligan, President of Special Olympics, North America Bob Gobrecht, President of Special Olympics New Jersey Marc Edenzon, WWE Executive Vice President, Creative Stephanie McMahon and Special Olympics athletes Ashley Weber of New Jersey and David Dennin of Connecticut.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 2, 2013 – WWE today announced a record-level of digital and social media initiatives during WrestleMania Week, providing fans with more access to Superstars and WWE content than ever before. WrestleMania 29 will be broadcast live on pay-per-view Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 1, 2013 – WWE, in partnership with WWE Champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, today announced its first-ever 3D action mobile game titled WWE Presents: Rockpocalypse. The free mobile app is available for download from Apple iTunes and Google Play for use on iOS iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 1, 2013 – Fans from all 50 states and more than 30 countries will converge on the New York/New Jersey region for a week-long lineup of festivities in celebration of WrestleMania 29, taking place this Sunday, April 7 live on pay-per-view at 7 PM ET from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. WWE® will take over New York and New Jersey beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2 with the following events:
STAMFORD, Conn., March 29, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Gerrit Meier as Executive Vice President (EVP) of International. Meier will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
As the head of the International division, Meier will be a key member of WWE’s senior management team. He will be responsible for growing WWE’s brand and business outside of the U.S. with the primary focus on expanding the company’s international television distribution agreements. Meier will also manage the continued advancement of WWE’s international licensing, live events, digital and publishing operations.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 28, 2013 – WWE today announced a partnership with Sean “Diddy” Combs, featuring a live performance at WrestleMania 29® on Sunday, April 7 by the three-time Grammy Award winner and entertainment powerhouse. Combs will also co-host the Superstars for Sandy Relief party with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon as a part of the WrestleMania® Week festivities and serve as an ambassador for WWE’s Be a STAR anti-bullying initiative.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 28, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Extra Host Maria Menounos will induct Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 6, 2013 as part of WrestleMania® Week.
Menounos has made multiple appearances on WWE programming dating back to 2009 when she made her in-ring debut and co-hosted Monday Night Raw with Nancy O’Dell. In 2011, Menounos appeared at WWE Tribute to the Troops where she teamed with Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox to defeat the team of The Bella Twins and WWE Divas Natalya and Beth Phoenix. Menounos continued her feud after Phoenix and Eve Torres interrupted an interview segment with Kelly Kelly on Extra. This led to a tag team match at WrestleMania 28 where she teamed with Kelly Kelly to defeat Torres and Phoenix.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 27, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced an official partnership with Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT), an organization that provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to 15,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and unified partners throughout the state.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 25, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Hollywood icon, bodybuilding legend and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will induct Bruno Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 6, 2013 as part of WrestleMania® Week.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 25, 2013 – WWE is joining forces with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes to launch Superstars for Sandy Relief, the largest ever global online auction to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey. Beginning today, through a partnership with global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com, the auction will feature unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars and other international sports and entertainment celebrities.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 25, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Donald J. Trump will be a celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Madison Square Garden. Mr. Trump has been a part of WWE’s most popular events and storylines dating back to WrestleMania® IV in 1988 and WrestleMania V in 1989 when he hosted the pop-culture extravaganzas in Atlantic City. In 2009, Mr. Trump “purchased” WWE and then “resold” WWE back to Mr. McMahon a week later for double the price. In his most famous WWE storyline, Mr. Trump challenged Mr. McMahon to a “Battle of the Billionaires” match at WrestleMania XXIII, resulting in an all-time record for pay-per-view buys and Mr. McMahon’s head being shaved at the hands of “The Donald.”
New York, NY AND Stamford, Conn. – February 20, 2013 – 2K and WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that they have entered into an exclusive multi-year agreement granting 2K the exclusive worldwide rights to publish the critically acclaimed WWE video game franchise across all major platforms and distribution channels. The series, which will continue to be developed by Yukes in Japan, will combine the studio’s signature gameplay with 2K’s commitment to authenticity in WWE ’14, the latest iteration of the popular, long running series. With the addition of the WWE franchise, 2K will continue a highly-successful, 15-year tradition established by past WWE titles. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Hollywood, CA AND Stamford, Conn. – February 19, 2013 – Paramount Pictures and WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced a promotional partnership to support Paramount’s upcoming feature film releases, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION and PAIN & GAIN. The cross-platform partnership includes integration opportunities on WWE programming at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event as well as appearances by film star and WWE Champion Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson on Monday Night Raw® and WrestleMania® 29. In addition to storyline integration on its TV broadcasts, WWE will utilize all of its assets, including live events, digital and social media to promote the films and engage millions of fans each week.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – February 18, 2013 – Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Orleans Saints, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and WWE® are proud to announce that New Orleans will host WrestleMania XXX on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
STAMFORD, Conn., FEBRUARY 5, 2013 – WWE on YouTube hit 1 million subscribers today, surpassing popular YouTube channels such as ESPN, HBO, Comedy Central, Discovery Networks and Apple, furthering WWE’s position as one of the world’s most social brands. WWE has seen a 340 percent increase in subscribers over the past year.
Stamford, Conn., and San Francisco, Calif., February 5, 2013 – WWE, (NYSE: WWE) a sports entertainment company, and Echo, the first and largest real-time web platform provider, today announced that they will share the strategies behind WWE’s award-winning digital programs at SXSW 2013. The panel will feature a candid discussion with WWE Superstar John Cena, the third most followed U.S. athlete on Facebook and Twitter with more than 17 million fans combined, and provide insight into how the 10-time WWE Champion utilizes social media to extend WWE’s brand and connect with fans.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 4, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Bruno Sammartino will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Madison Square Garden.
Sammartino, nicknamed “The Living Legend,” is a two-time WWE Champion and the longest reigning WWE Champion in history, holding the title for a combined 11 years. His first title reign began on May 17, 1963, where he defeated “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden. After losing the Championship in 1971, he regained the title on December 10, 1973, defeating Stan Stasiak at Madison Square Garden, holding the Championship until April 30, 1977. When he retired from the ring, Sammartino became a color commentator for WWE’s syndicated Superstars program and stepped back into the ring on special occasions. After his departure in 1988, Sammartino was openly critical of WWE, and for many years declined the offer to be inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame, citing concerns with WWE’s content and culture.
STAMFORD, Conn., January 31, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Monty Sarhan as General Counsel and Senior Vice President. Sarhan replaces former General Counsel Michael Luisi, who was promoted to President of WWE Studios. Sarhan will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
RIYADH, January 29, 2014 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that the WWE Live shows that were to take place at the Green Halls Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on February 13, 14 and 15 have been rescheduled to take place on April 17, 18 and 19. The change was made to accommodate the annual ceremony for the national Al Janadriyah Heritage and Cultural Festival which will now take place at the same venue. WWE remains committed to bringing WWE LIVE™ to Saudi Arabia for the first time ever and rescheduled its shows out of respect for the Festival and its cultural importance to Saudi fans. Fans who have already purchased tickets will be contacted directly and will receive either a new ticket with the same seating designation or a refund. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale today (January 29 2014) at 12pm KSA time from www.ticketmaster.ae.
STAMFORD, Conn., January 25, 2013– WWE (NYSE: WWE) and the Pearson Foundation today announced a partnership to expand WWE’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge and promote the importance of literacy through a new digital reading program. Beginning February 4, 2013, students between the ages of 4 and 11 will have the opportunity to join the WrestleMania Reading Challenge at WWEReadingSuperstar.com. Through this new partnership with the Pearson Foundation’s digital reading initiative, We Give Books, students will be able to read children’s books online, virtually connect with WWE Superstar Reading Buddies and enter to win a trip to WrestleMania 29 or a school visit from a WWE Superstar.
Parsippany, NJ / January 8, 2013 — Beginning today (for a limited time), WWE Superstar John Cena and Bamm-Bamm will replace Fred Flintstone on the front of more than 8 million Post Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles cereal boxes as part of a promotional partnership between Post Foods and WWE. Pebbles Cereal, WWE and John Cena started their partnership in 2012 after WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson teased Cena about the brightly colored ring gear he wore, saying Cena looked like he was “running around like a big bowl of Fruity Pebbles.” This led to fans chanting “Fruity Pebbles” in arenas whenever Cena would enter the ring.