2001 News


Dec 19, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., December 19, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced it will be conducting a series of international live event tours in Asia, Europe and Australia in 2002, starting with a three-city tour through Asia in March.

Dec 12, 2001

SAN DIEGO and STAMFORD, CONN. - December 12, 2001 - QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology and WWE Entertainment (WWE), Inc., (NYSE: WWE) an integrated media and entertainment company, today announced...

Dec 9, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn.--Dec. 9, 2001--For the first time in more than 50 years, professional wrestling has one true undisputed champion.

Dec 6, 2001

STAMFORD, CONN., December 6, 2001 -WWE Entertainment (NYSE-WWE) made the following statement today concerning reports that a class action lawsuit has been filed against it...

Nov 5, 2001

STAMFORD, CONN., November 5, 2001 - WrestleMania® X-8 is on its way to becoming the highest grossing event in WWE Entertainment (NYSE-WWE) history.

Oct 29, 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 29, 2001 -- WWE Entertainment Superstars will headline a "Smackdown Your Vote!" rally at the University of Louisville today, wrapping up the second successful year of the campaign that has registered tens of thousands of new voters.

Oct 17, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., October 17, 2001 - WWE Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: WWE), today announced a series of agreements that will deliver more than 2,200 hours of WWE programming across three continents.

Oct 16, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn. Oct. 16, 2001 - Superstars from WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) will conduct readings for teens in New York City on Wednesday, Oct. 17, as part of the company's sponsorship of the American Library Association's Teen Read Week this week, October 14-20.

Oct 16, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 16, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc., (NYSE: WWE) has formally filed an appeal of a British judge's ruling that supports an agreement with the World Wildlife Fund that that the company believes has placed unreasonable restraints on its worldwide business.

Oct 16, 2001

Stamford, Conn., Oct. 15, 2001 -- WWE Entertainment, Inc.(NYSE: WWE) today announced that it would no longer offer pay-per-view (PPV) programming on DirecTV, starting with the "No Mercy" pay-per-view event this Sunday, October 21, 2001.

Oct 2, 2001

Stamford, Conn., October 2, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced the launch of its Get R.E.A.L. educational program.

Sept 25 , 2001

STAMFORD Conn./NEW YORK, September 25, 2001 - After 12 episodes, 13 competitors have been narrowed down to five finalists. One male and one female will be selected as winners of WWE contracts when the live season finale of WWE Tough Enough airs on Thursday, September 27, on MTV (10:00pm - 11:00pm EST).

Sept 20 , 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., September 20, 2001 -- WWE Entertainment's (NYSE: WWE) said today that "Unforgiven," it's Pay-Per-View event on Sunday, September 23, will be available on DirecTV.

Sept 17 , 2001

Stamford, Conn. September 17, 2001 -- WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today confirmed that its annual meeting will be held Friday, September 21, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Sept 12 , 2001

STAMFORD, CONN., September 12, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc., confirmed that WWE SmackDown!, the live event scheduled for this Thursday night at the Compaq Center in Houston, will go on as planned.

Sept 3, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn./TORONTO, September 3, 2001 – Ending months of speculation, WWE Entertainment, Inc. announced today in front of thousands of fans in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square that Toronto has officially been selected as the location for WrestleMania X-8 and FAN AXXESS.

Aug 23 , 2001

Stamford, Conn. August 23, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:wwe) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended July 27, 2001.

Aug 23, 2001

STAMFORD, CT. August 23, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that the Invemed Catalyst Fund, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, has agreed to purchase approximately 1.9 million shares of Class A common stock in a private transaction with Vincent K. McMahon, Chairman of WWE Entertainment, Inc.

Aug 21, 2001

New York, N.Y. , Aug. 21, 2001 -  WWE will produce a new two-hour magazine format series, WWE EXCESS, to anchor TNN's new five-hour Saturday night sports and entertainment lineup, "Slammin' Saturday Night," it was announced today by Diane Robina, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TNN and Stuart Snyder, COO, WWE Entertainment.

July 31, 2001

Washington, D.C., July 31, 2001- WWE Entertainment Superstars Molly Holly and Spike Dudley read to approximately 300 children today at the Capitol View Neighborhood Public Library in southeast Washington, D.C., as one of a series of readings by WWE Superstars to promote the American Library Association's "Teen Read Week 2001."

July 17 , 2001

Toronto, ON - July 17, 2001 - WWE Entertainment Canada, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today filed a claim for a permanent injunction and damages in the Federal Court of Canada against more than 30 sports bars and commercial establishments across Canada who are infringing upon WWE's intellectual property...

July 16, 2001

PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 16, 2001 - World Wrestling WWE Entertainment (NYSE: WWE) kicked off a national literacy effort today with Superstars Chris Jericho and Lita teaming up with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and the Providence Public Library.

July 16, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., July 16, 2001 - World Wrestling WWE Entertainment's (NYSE: WWE) WWE SmackDown! T on the UPN Network marks its 100th episode on July 19, 2001.

July 16, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., July 16, 2001 - SmackDown! Records, the music label of WWE Entertainment (NYSE: WWE), will offer its first new artist release this fall with Neurotica, the eponymously titled new album from the hard hitting Florida-based band.

July 9, 2001

NEW YORK/STAMFORD, Conn., July 9,2001 -- WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) has established a business agreement with Uncommon Media Group, Inc. (OTC: UMDA) to extend the editorial and advertising content of its two monthly publications, WWE Magazine and Raw Magazine, to 'virtual pages' via CD-ROM.

June 28, 2001

Stamford, Conn. June 28, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter ended April 30, 2001. Revenues from continuing operations were $131.1 million, an increase of 13% compared to the same period last year.

June 26, 2001

On Tuesday, June 26, 2001, the Smackdown Your Vote! Coalition will announce plans to step up its youth voter registration efforts in New York City and at WWE live events through November.

June 22, 2001

The one-hour premiere of WWE Tough Enough on MTV (10:00pm - 11:00pm ET) posted an overall 2.1 rating/3.6 share and was the highest rated show on cable last night.

June 12, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn./NEW YORK, June 12, 2001 - WWE Tough Enough - a new reality-based television series to document the discovery and creation of the next male and female WWE Superstars - is set to debut on MTV on Thursday, June 21, at 10:00pm ET.

June 8, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., June 8, 2001 - World Wrestling WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced changes to strengthen its ability to offer an integrated brand message, provide better service to fans, and further enhance the web experience that its WWE.com network has become known for around the world.

June 6, 2001

TROY, Mich., June 6, 2001 - Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM) and WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced an exclusive national promotion designed to give dad a little World Wrestling WWE "attitude" this Father's Day.

June 4, 2001

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 4, 2001 - The Smackdown Your Vote! drive to register young voters roared into Minnesota's capital today, to announce details of its national 2001 voter registration campaign and to be honored by Minnesota lawmakers.

June 4, 2001

June 2001-October 2001 (Dates and locations subject to change)

May 24, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., May 24, 2001 - A federal judge today rejected a motion by the Parents Television Council to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the PTC and others by World Wrestling WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE).

May 21, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., May 21, 2001 - WWE Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: WWE), today announced completion of multiple television agreements in Australia, Asia, and Europe.

May 14, 2001

Cincinnati, Ohio, May 14, 2001 - The Smackdown Your Vote! drive to register young voters arrived at Cincinnati's Colerain High School today, with Ohio Assistant Secretary of the State Monty Lobb telling students that the closeness of last year's presidential election underscored the importance of active political participation.

May 10, 2001

Stamford, Conn. May 10, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) in conjunction with its joint venture partner, NBC, today announced that it will discontinue its professional football league, the XFL.

May 10, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn.--May 10, 2001--WWE Entertainment, Inc. announced it is undertaking a campaign to encourage potential advertising and marketing partners to "Think Again" about the company's global WWE brand.

May 8, 2001

HARTFORD, Conn., May 8, 2001 -Smackdown Your Vote! officially kicked off its national 2001 voter registration effort today in Hartford, Conn., to promote National High School Voter Registration Month in May.

Apr 24, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., April 24, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE), moved today to aggressively enhance its global marketing and branding efforts, announcing the appointment of two senior executives.

Apr 3, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., April 3, 2001 - Ratings for WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) television programs continue to rise since the company's acquisition of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and a record setting WrestleMania spectacular this past Sunday night.

Apr 2, 2001

HOUSTON, Tex., April 2, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) announced today that last night's WrestleManiaź X-Seven is the highest grossing live event in World Wrestling WWE history.

Apr 2, 2001

HOUSTON, Tex., April 2, 2001 - Activities held by WWE Entertainment (NYSE: WWE) during a highly successful WrestleManiaź X-Seven weekend in Houstonraised $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Houston-based education program, Readers Are Leaders.

Mar 28, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., March 28, 2001 - Just days after WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) acquired World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Monday night's RAW IS WAR on The National Network (TNN) and NITRO on TNT delivered a combined rating of 7.7 reaching more than 6.2 million households from 8:00pm - 11:00pm EST.

Mar 23, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., March 23, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced its purchase of the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) brand from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS Inc.), a division of AOL Time Warner.

Mar 21, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn. and NEW YORK--March 21, 2001-- WWE Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it has selected Sekani, Inc. as its media asset management partner.

Mar 21, 2001

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--March 21, 2001--THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific Inc. today announced that the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) has named "WWE No Mercy(TM)'' as a finalist in the Fourth Annual Interactive Achievement Awards(TM).

Mar 1, 2001

TROY, Mich., March 1, 2001 -  Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM) and WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced a Wrestlemania X-Seven Sweepstakes national promotion that will kick off in Kmart stores across the country and online at www.wwe.com and www.bluelight.com on March 4.

Mar 1, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn./NEW YORK, New York -SmackDown! Records, a division of WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE), and KOCH Records have launched WWE The Music: Volume 5 into the #2 spot on the Billboard Top 200*, making it the highest debut of the week.

Feb 22, 2001

(TORONTO, February 22, 2001) - Headline Media Group Inc. (TSE-HMG) and WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE-WWE) have completed their previously announced transaction involving the purchase by World Wresting WWE Entertainment...

Feb 15, 2001

Stamford, Conn. February 15, 2001 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended January 26, 2001.

Feb 7, 2001

STAMFORD, CONN - Professional football returns to Los Angeles this Saturday night as running back John Avery leads the Chicago Enforcers into the L.A. Coliseum to battle the Los Angeles Xtreme on Saturday night (8:00 p.m. ET, live on NBC).

Feb 7, 2001

STAMFORD, CONN., February 7, 2001 - The XFL had a strong start to its season, exceeding the league's attendance and TV ratings expectations for the first weekend, and delivering an entertaining product to fans.

Feb 5, 2001

Following the success of the platinum WWE The Music Volumes 3 & 4, KOCH Records and SmackDown! Records, a division of WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) will release WWE The Music Volume 5 on February 20th, 2001.

Feb 4, 2001

NBC's inaugural XFL game featuring the Las Vegas Outlaws' 19-0 home victory over the New York/New Jersey Hitmen earned a 10.3 rating, 17 share, making it the highest rated Saturday night on NBC since September 30, 2000, according to the overnights released by Nielsen Media Research.

Jan 31, 2001

STAMFORD, CONN - Exactly one year after Vince McMahon unveiled his vision for a new professional football league that would at the same time return the game to its glory days and move it forward into the 21st century, the XFL kicks off its inaugural season this Saturday, February 3, with a pair of games in Las Vegas and Orlando.

Jan 19, 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- January 19, 2001 World Wrestling WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYS: WWE) and the other members of the Smackdown Your Vote! voter registration initiative today introduced two new members of its team and the initiative's first Honorary Chairman, WWE Superstar and former Olympic gold medallist, Kurt Angle.

Jan 17, 2001

(Washington, DC - January 17, 2001) George P. Bush, Billy Baldwin and WWE Superstar and reigning Champion Kurt Angle are among the special guests headlining Friday's Youth Vote Coalition celebration of youth participation in the 2000 election and the expansion of the Smackdown Your Vote! partnership.

Jan 16, 2001

STAMFORD, CONN. (Tuesday, January 16, 2001) - Highlighted by the banning of fair catches on punts, the XFL today announced key rules changes for the league's upcoming season.

Jan 15, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn, January 15, 2001 - The XFL today announced it has signed an exclusive agreement with Sandbox, a leading sports and entertainment company, to provide two free fantasy football games for the professional football league's inaugural season.

Jan 9, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn., January 9, 2001 - Do you have what it takes to be a WWE Superstar? That's the question that will be asked to 12 talented, charismatic male and female athletes for WWE Tough Enough - a new reality-based television series to document the discovery and creation of the next male and female WWE Superstars.