2002 News

Dec 18, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., December 18, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. said today that total international live event revenues for calendar year 2002, comprising ticket, merchandise and sponsorship sales, were approximately $14.1 million compared to approximately $2.2 million in calendar year 2001, an increase of about 544 percent.

Dec 12, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., December 12, 2002 - With the January 2003 "WWE Far East Tour" setting ticket sales records in Korea, WWE today announced it will make WWE merchandise available for the first time in Korea.

Dec 9, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., December 9, 2002--World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced that Linda E. McMahon, Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the UBS Warburg 30th Annual Media Week Conference on Wednesday, December 11th at 10:00 am Eastern Time at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Nov 25, 2002

Stamford, Conn., New York, NY, November 25, 2002 - SmackDown! Records®, a division of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) and KOCH Entertainment today announced that WWE Anthology, a 3-CD deluxe collector's edition set containing 86 WWE Superstar theme songs spanning nearly three decades, has been certified Platinum just 10 days after shipping Gold.

Nov 19, 2002

Hollywood Hulk Hogan's autobiography hits stores around the country today, the first autobiography under the WWE's new book deal with Simon and Schuster.

Nov 17, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002 - Earlier tonight at a sold out Madison Square Garden, five new WWE Champions were crowned at WWE Survivor Series. With nearly 18,000 fans in attendance, WWE Survivor Series grossed more than $1.25 million making it the highest-grossing WWE event ever at MSG.

Nov 11, 2002

Washington, D.C. - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) is helping to promote the United Service Organizations (USO) "Operation USO Care Package" in November.

Nov 8, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., November 8, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today issued the following statement:

Oct 31, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., October 31, 2002 - Effective today, Augie Liguori, Chief Financial Officer, and Julie Hoffman, Chief Marketing Officer, will be leaving World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Oct 31, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., October 31, 2002 -- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. today announced last week's Road to Rebellion Tour in Europe drew more than 43,000 enthusiastic fans for the four-city tour through Finland, Northern Ireland and England, generating more than $2.2 million in ticket sales for the company.

Oct 31, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., October 31, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment®'s Survivor Series pay-per-view is the highest-grossing WWE live event at New York City's fabled Madison Square Garden, already surpassing the previous gate record of $1.1 million established in 2000 at Royal Rumble®.

Oct 30, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., October 30, 2002 - SmackDown! Records™, a division of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) and KOCH Records today announced the November 12 release of WWE Anthology, the ultimate CD collection featuring the greatest hits, past and present, of WWE Superstar Entrance and Event themes.

Oct 17, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., October 17, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and Island Records announced today the kick-off of a month-long multi-faceted promotional campaign between WWE and Grammy nominated rock act, Saliva.

Oct 17, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., October 17, 2002 -- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. today announced its international live event tour schedule for 2003.

Oct 17, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., October 17, 2002 -- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. today announced live event tour dates for South Korea and Japan in January 2003.

Oct 14, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., October 14, 2002 - As part of its ongoing business operations, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced further guidance for its second fiscal quarter ending October 25, 2002 and its fiscal year ending April 30, 2003.

Oct 10, 2002

MUMBAI October 10, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE®) today announced it is undertaking a three-city live event tour of India in November 2002, it's first tour of India in six years. The tour will feature some of the biggest names in the WWE®.

Oct 07, 2002

Santa Monica, CA/Stamford, Conn. (October 7, 2002) - WWE™ Tough Enough™ 3, a co-production of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and MTV, kicks off its third season on MTV on October 17th at 10pm (ET/PT).

Sept 30, 2002

HOUSTON, TEX., September 30, 2002 - The Smackdown Your Vote!® Pledge To Participate Tour's final event at Rice University in Houston ended on a high note with the Tour surpassing the 100,000 signature mark for its Constitution signing program.

Sept 26, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., September 26, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has extended its successful TV representation partnership with Total Sports Asia (TSA) to include consumer product licensing, Home Video/DVD, publications and sponsorships across Asia.

Sept 12, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., September 12, 2002-With more than 60,000 people signing the Constitution to show their support for America since late August, the national "Smackdown Your Vote!® Pledge to Participate Tour" today made its third stop -- in Washington, D.C. -- to help unveil the Freedom Quilt and participate in the Freedom Fair.

Sept 9, 2002

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., Sept. 9, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., today named Jed Blaugrund as Vice President, Production, in its WWE® Films division.

Aug 20, 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20, 2002 - On August 26 in New York City, World Wrestling Entertainment™ (WWE®), Weekly Reader, and the Participate America Foundation will kick-off a six-city tour for WWE® Superstars and elected officials to encourage Americans to become more active citizens.

Aug 12, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN, August 12, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment's™ Global Warning Tour™ in Melbourne, Australia, broke the attendance record at Colonial Stadium on Saturday, August 10.

Aug 12, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., August 12, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment's® Get R.E.A.L. (Respect, Education, Achievement, Leadership)® program is partnering with Weekly Reader and KB Toys to encourage young people to read.

Aug 1, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., August 1, 2002 -- World Wrestling Entertainment's® (NYSE: WWE) first Canadian retail store and themed drop ride, WWE® Niagara Falls, has officially opened in Niagara Falls, Canada.

July 31, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., July 31, 2002 - Having made itself into a global television and live event powerhouse, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., has established WWE® Films to focus its efforts on expanding its role within the film and television industries and has appointed Joel Simon to be the new division's president.

July 23, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., July 23, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment™ and Sam Goody music stores, a long-standing WWE™ home video partner, today announced they are undertaking a national voter registration drive at the more than 800 Sam Goody stores across the U.S. 

July 22, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., July 22, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced further guidance for fiscal year 2003.

July 8, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN, July 8, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced it has successfully settled its lawsuit against the Parents Television Council (PTC), L. Brent Bozell III, Media Research Center (MRC), and others.

June 28, 2002

Stamford, Conn., June 28, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE:WWF) today announced that it has selected a new stock ticker symbol for its Class A common stock.

June 26, 2002

Stamford, Conn. June 26, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWF) today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2002.

May 30, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN./NEW YORK, May 30, 2002- After 12 episodes and stiff competition among 13 worthy competitors, Linda Miles of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jackie Gayda of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, were named the winners of WWE Tough Enough® 2 to conclude the season finale, broadcast live on MTV from The World® , World Wrestling Entertainment®'s complex in New York City's Times Square.

May 20, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN. May 20, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE:WWF) today announced that it repurchased from NBC 2,307,692 of its Class A common shares at $12 per share for a total cost of approximately $27.7 million.

May 14, 2002

New York/Stamford, Conn. - May 14, 2002 -- Metropolitan Entertainment has been retained by World Wrestling Entertainment™ to be the exclusive producer of all music and comedy concerts for WWE™'s entertainment complex, "The World"®.

May 08, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., May 8, 2002 - Building upon the brand extension announced in March, World Wrestling Entertainment™ unveiled its new program lineup beginning May 24.

May 08, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., May 8, 2002 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and MTV announced today that they have reached an agreement to jointly produce WWE TOUGH ENOUGH™ 3 to air on MTV later this year.

May 7, 2002

BRIDGEPORT, CONN., May 7, 2002 -- Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz joined World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, Honorary Chairman of Smackdown Your Vote!, and World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Al Snow to promote voter registration at a rally...

May 6, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., May 6, 2002 - To further capture a greater share of the global marketplace and to represent the growing diversity of its entertainment properties, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment today announced it is changing its name to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE).

Apr 16, 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2002 – Smackdown Your Vote!® and the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington announced today that they will hold statewide high school Smackdown Your Vote!® days during May, National High School Voter Registration Month.

Apr 11, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., April 11, 2002 - At a press conference in Australia today, WWE Entertainment, Inc. announced that it will hold its first live event in Australia in almost 20 years on August 10, 2002 at Colonial Stadium in Melbourne.

Apr 8, 2002

PHOENIX, ARIZ., April 8, 2002 - The State of Arizona and Smackdown Your Vote! today announced they will hold a High School Smackdown Your Vote! day on May 9 during National High School Voter Registration Month to encourage every high school in Arizona to register students to vote.

Apr 4, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN, April 4, 2002 - WWE Forceable Entry™, a knock-out compilation of the WWE®'s Superstars' most popular themes performed by a Who's Who of contemporary aggro-rock, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart.

Apr 1, 2002

Stamford, Conn., April 1, 2002 - World Wrestling WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced a national poster promotion of its Get R.E.A.L.® educational program with KB Toys.

Mar 29, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., March 29, 2002 - WWE Entertainment Inc., today announced plans for an expanded European tour in May 2002. For the first time in years, fans across Europe will have four opportunities to see top names in the World Wrestling WWE™

Mar 27, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., March 27, 2002 - It's Ric Flair®, the Undertaker®, Kane® and the nWo™ on WWE RAW™ on TNN and Mr. McMahon® , The Rock™ and Hollywood Hulk Hogan™ on WWE SmackDown!® on UPN, as World Wrestling WWE Entertainment (WWE) embarks on a new television paradigm which will give the fans more of what they want, and increase television viewers, ratings, and create business opportunities.

Mar 20, 2002

Stamford, Conn., March 20, 2002: The world's first WWE™ retail/attraction, including a 220-foot drop-ride and more than 4,000 square feet of retail and exhibit space, will open this Spring in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Mar 19, 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19, 2002 - Smackdown Your Vote!, a partnership of non-partisan organizations, today announced, with key members of Congress in attendance, one of the most ambitious voter registration efforts ever undertaken in this country.

Mar 17, 2002

TORONTO, ONTARIO, March 17, 2002 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. announced today that WrestleMania®X8 at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada, is the highest grossing live event in the company's history.

Feb 27, 2002

STAMFORD, CONN., February 27, 2002 -World Wrestling WWE Entertainment, Inc., has been granted a stay by the United Kingdom's Court of Appeal of today's decision upholding the judgement and order issued by the High Court of Justice Chancery Division.

Feb 22, 2002

NEW YORK/STAMFORD, Conn., February 22, 2002 -WWE Tough Enough™ 2, a co-production of WWE Entertainment, Inc. and MTV, kicks off its second season on MTV on February 28 (10:00pm - 11:00pm ET).

Feb 21, 2002

Stamford, Conn. February 21, 2002 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended January 25, 2002.

Feb 15, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn., February 15, 2002 -Hulk Hogan™, Scott Hall™ and Kevin Nash™ are returning to the World Wrestling WWE®, starting with the upcoming No Way Out® Pay-Per-View event this Sunday, on February 17, announced Vince McMahon™, Chairman of WWE Entertainment, Inc.®

Jan 8, 2002

New York/Stamford, Conn., January 8 - Simon & Schuster, Inc., the publishing operation of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), and WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced the creation of WWE® Books, a new publishing imprint to launch in the Fall of 2002.

Jan 3, 2002

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 3, 2002--THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced their latest WWE® (WWE) licensed video game, "WWE Mobile Madness(TM)."