2004 News


Dec 22, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 22, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment® Chairman Vince McMahon™ and the SmackDown! Superstars just returned safely from entertaining thousands of U. S. troops in Iraq, which culminated in a soon to be televised performance for the troops near Tikrit.

Dec 17, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., December 17, 2004 - The fans of World Wrestling Entertainment® have spoken, and Daniel Puder, of Sunnyvale, Calif., was named the winner of the "$1,000,000 Tough Enough" competition last night on UPN's WWE SMACKDOWN!

Dec 15, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., December 15, 2004 - Eight finalists were chosen. Two men now remain, and this Thursday night either Daniel Puder or Mike "The Miz" Mizanin will be declared the $1,000,000 Tough Enough Champion, on WWE SmackDown!, Thursday, Dec. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN.

Dec 6, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., December 6, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment® Chairman Vince McMahon™ leads 18 SmackDown! Superstars to the Middle East to share the holidays with the U.S. troops.

Dec 1, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., December 1, 2004 - WrestleMania XX, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 14, 2004, resulted in an estimated $13.5 million of new economic activity for New York City and created the equivalent of 96 full-year jobs.

Dec 1, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., December 1, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment has signed a new agreement with Viasat Broadcasting that will launch the WWE brand throughout Scandinavia for the first time in more than a decade.

Dec 1, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., December 1, 2004 - Peter Clifford, Vice President of Affiliate Sales, today announced that Lisa Richards has been hired as Affiliate Sales Director, Western Region, for WWE® Enterprises.

Nov 23, 2004

Stamford, Conn., Nov. 23, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended October 29, 2004.

Nov 23, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 23, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that it would double its regular quarterly dividend.

Nov 18, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., November 18, 2004 - WWE RAW Superstars Ric Flair™, The Hurricane®, Chris Benoit®, and Val Venis™, along with Divas Trish Stratus® and Lita®, return on Monday, Nov. 22, from visiting military installations in the Middle East as part of WWE's continued support of the U.S. military.

Nov 17, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., November 17, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE®) announced today that it has assigned to Hard Rock Cafe International the lease for the Company's former entertainment complex, The World, at 1501 Broadway, New York, NY.

Nov 16, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., November 16, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE®) issued the following statement in response to a press release issued by JAKKS (NASDAQ: JAKK) this morning regarding their licensing of WWE TV Games:

Nov 16, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., November 16, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE®) announced that it will report results for the second quarter of fiscal 2005 before the market opens on Tuesday, November 23, 2004.

Nov 8, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., November 8, 2004 -- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ("WWE") today announced that the World Wide Fund for Nature (the "Fund") filed a claim for damages in the English High Court with respect to its suit initiated in April 2000 against WWE.

Nov 4, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., November 4, 2004 - Seventy-two percent of all first-time voters in Tuesday's election were ages 18-29, far surpassing the number of first-time voters age 30 and older, according to exit polls conducted by the LA Times.

Nov 3, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., November 3, 2004 - Smackdown Your Vote!® today congratulated 18-to 30-year-old Americans on voting in 2004 in numbers not seen since the 1970's.

Nov 2, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., November 2, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment's Monday Night RAW has gone interactive.

Nov 2, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., November 2, 2004- Dan Levi, Vice President, Marketing, today announced that Ken Gelman has been hired as Director, Affiliate Marketing, for WWE®.

Oct 21, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., October 21, 2004 - Thousands of hopeful World Wrestling Entertainment® Superstars auditioned for only eight spots in WWE's "$1,000,000 Tough Enough."

Oct 20, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn./LONDON, England, October 20, 2004 - For the first time ever in World Wrestling Entertainment history, both RAW® and SmackDown!™ Superstars were on simultaneous overseas tours to perform in Europe.

Oct 19, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., October 19, 2004 --World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ("WWE") today filed a fourteen count complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Jakks Pacific, Inc. ("Jakks"), two foreign subsidiaries of Jakks, THQ, Inc. ("THQ")...

Oct 13, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., October 13, 2004 - Kurt Schneider, Executive Vice President, Marketing, today announced that Jonathan Sully is the new Vice President, International Marketing. Sully will be based in WWE's London office.

Oct 11, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., October 11, 2004 - New York Times bestselling author Mick Foley™ returns to WWE publishing with TALES FROM WRESCAL LANE (WWE/Pocket Books; October 26, 2004; $19.95) an exciting illustrated book for both children and adults.

Oct 5, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., October 5, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment today announced that the first-ever Interactive Pay-Per-View, "Taboo Tuesday," will air on Tuesday, October 19, at 8 p.m. (ET), and will take fan involvement in WWE events to a new level.

Oct 4, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., and LONDON, UK, October 4, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) has expanded its 18-year relationship with British Sky Broadcasting (LSE:BSY.L) in the UK, signing a new five-year distribution agreement for WWE's weekly programming, and pay-per-view specials, which takes effect in January 2005.

Sept 30, 2004

STAMFORD, CT. - September 30, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today that the first-ever WWE Smackdown Your Vote! Youth Debate can be seen in it's entirety on wwe.com.

Sept 28, 2004

Stamford, Conn.- September 28, 2004 - With Election Day six weeks away, WWE® Smackdown Your Vote!® and its partners remind all eligible voters, especially 18-30 year olds, that next week is the deadline to register to vote in more than 30 states.

Sept 28, 2004

WWE® Superstars, Students, Congressmen and Florida State Legislators Debate the Responses of Presidential Candidates to Issues Important to Younger Voters

Sept 27, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 27, 2004 - All available seats for WrestleMania 21 were sold in less than one minute on Saturday, Sept.25, setting records for the fastest ticket sell-out in STAPLES Center and World Wrestling Entertainment history.

Sept 23, 2004

WWE® Superstars Invade Miami Area to Promote Voting and Democracy.

Sept 21, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., September 21, 2004 - Absentee ballot software is now available at smackdownyourvote.com to make it easier for 18-to 30-year-old Americans to obtain an absentee ballot if they are going to be traveling on Election Day.

Sept 21, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn. - September 21, 2004 - Federal and state candidates and legislators representing 12 states have responded to The 18-30 VIP, a national voter issues paper for 18-to 30-year-olds issued by WWE® and its Smackdown Your Vote!® partners, with more responses expected.

Sept 21, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., September 21, 2004 - Cong. Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Cong. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Florida State Sen. Dave Aronberg (D), and Florida State Rep. David Rivera (R) will join WWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield™ and WWE Superstar and New York Times best-selling author Mick Foley™ in the first-ever...

Sept 14, 2004

STAMFORD. Conn., September 14, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment is offering its first-ever WWE fantasy game on wwe.com, starting with the season premier of Monday Night RAW® (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET) on September 20, 2004.

Sept 8, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., September 8, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown! Superstars The Return of the Deadman Tour in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia, at the end of August broke box office records while grossing more than $3.4 million (US) in three sold out events.

Sept 1, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., September 1, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that its board of directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.06 on all Class A and Class B common shares.

Aug 26, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., August 26, 2004 -- The voices of 18-to 30-year-old Americans will be heard at a presidential debate eve forum sponsored by WWE's Smackdown Your Vote!®, a non-partisan campaign that has pledged to increase voter turnout of 18-to 30-year-olds by 10 percent in this election, and the University of Miami.

Aug 24, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., August 24, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing back the highly successful Tough Enough®.

Aug 23, 2004

Stamford, Conn., August 23, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE;WWE) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended July 30, 2004.

Aug 16, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., August 16, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE®) will issue its first quarter results for fiscal year 2005 before the market opens on Monday, August 23, 2004.

Aug 11, 2004

Toronto, Ontario - August 11, 2004 - At Ontario Place today, World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Chris Benoit, WWE President Carl DeMarco and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty kicked off a week of special events that will culminate with the SummerSlam Pay-Per-View extravaganza, to be broadcast world wide live...

July 19, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn. - July 19, 2004 - Thirty-four legislators representing 21 states today committed to respond to The 18-30 VIP, a national voter issues paper for 18-to 30-year-olds issued by Smackdown Your Vote!®

July 19, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn, July 19, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment® today launched a new trade campaign for its WWE 24/7™ SVOD service that promotes its first foray into the digital cable realm.

July 16, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., July 16, 2004 - Who will be the next glamorous face of World Wrestling Entertainment®? Out of the thousands of women around the world who tried, only ten have what it takes to compete for $250,000 and the title of the newest WWE DIVA.

July 15, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn. - July 15, 2004 - The University of Virginia Center for Politics, Close Up/First Vote, George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, and the National Council of LaRaza are the latest organizations to endorse The 18-30 VIP...

July 15, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn. - July 15, 2004 - U.S. Representative Kendrick B. Meek, a Democrat from Florida, is the first member of Congress to respond to The 18-30 VIP, a national voter issues paper for 18-to 30-year-olds issued by Smackdown Your Vote!®, a national effort to encourage young Americans to become active participants in their democracy and vote.

July 12, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., July 12, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment is proud to present its second annual Get R.E.A.L. Summer Reading Spectacular to encourage summer reading.

July 12, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., July 12, 2004 - Who will be the next glamorous face of World Wrestling Entertainment®? Out of the thousands of women around the world who tried, only 28 have what it takes to compete for $250,000 and the title of the newest WWE DIVA.

July 9, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., July 9, 2004 - Who will be the next glamorous face of World Wrestling Entertainment®? Out of the thousands of women around the world who tried, only 28 have what it takes to compete for $250,000 and the title of the newest WWE DIVA.

July 7, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn./LONDON, England, July 7, 2004 - In recognition of the passion of UK fans and business partners, World Wrestling Entertainment today said it will extend its brand presence significantly in the United Kingdom over the next year as part of a major global expansion initiative.

June 24, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn. - June 24, 2004 -Thirty-seven USOs across the United States will be hosting free Great American Bash events for the troops on Sunday as part of World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown!™ brand Pay-Per-View, The Great American Bash.

June 24, 2004

Stamford, Conn., June 21, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended April 30, 2004.

June 21, 2007

STAMFORD, Conn. - June 21, 2004 - President George W. Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry have responded to The 18-30 VIP, a national voter issues paper for 18-to 30-year-olds issued by Smackdown Your Vote!®, a national effort to encourage young Americans to become active participants in their democracy and vote.  The response was issued today by World Wrestling Entertainment, which has played a leadership role in Smackdown Your Vote!

June 15, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., June 15, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE®) will issue its fourth quarter and year-end results for fiscal year 2004 after the market closes on Monday, June 21, 2004.

June 9, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., June 9, 2004 - After an extensive review, World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE:WWE) said today that it has chosen The Media Kitchen of New York City to be its Media Agency of Record.

May 28, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., May 28, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. today said it will make its upcoming SmackDown!™ brand Pay-Per-View, The Great American Bash, free to all military personnel and veterans to thank them for their service to America.

May 25, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., May 25, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment is searching for a new WWE Diva, and it might be you! WWE announced its $250,000 RAW Diva Search last night on Monday Night RAW on Spike TV (9 p.m. ET/PT). The winner receives a one-year WWE contract and $250,000.

May 25, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn, May 25, 2004 - Tom Barreca, Senior Vice President, WWE Enterprises, today announced further additions to the management team for WWE 24/7.

May 21, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., May 21, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today the pricing of a public offering by The Vincent K. McMahon Irrevocable Trust (the "Trust") of 6,144,908 shares of Class A common stock at $11.50 per share.

May 21, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., May 21, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. today said it will provide its upcoming SmackDown!T brand Pay-Per-View, The Great American Bash, free to domestic USO affiliates upon request so they can host on-base events for military troops across the country.

May 17, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., May 17, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment announced today that the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee will be undertaking voter registration activities at WWE live events in 39 states between now and the end of September, including multiple stops in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

May 12, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., May 12, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today its expected results of operations for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2004.

May 12, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., May 12, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today its expected results of operations for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2004.

Apr 27, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., April 27, 2004 -- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that the Company's board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 on all Class A and Class B common shares.

Apr 27, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., April 27, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) announced today that it has filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission registering approximately 7.1 million shares of its Class A common stock owned by The Vincent K. McMahon Irrevocable Trust (the "Trust")...

Apr 26, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., April 26, 2004 - Tom Barreca, Senior Vice President, WWE Enterprises, today announced that Peter Clifford is the new Vice President, Affiliate Sales, bringing World Wrestling Entertainment's recently announced WWE 24/7 venture to market.

Apr 23, 2004

Stamford, Conn., April 23, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that it has filed an amended Form 10-K for fiscal 2003 and amended Form 10-Qs for fiscal 2004 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise the accounting related to the March 2001 acquisition of certain assets of World Championship Wrestling, Inc. ("WCW").

Apr 23, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., April 23, 2004 - WWE Home Video announces the release of the hottest DVD this year as WrestleMania XX hits stores on April 27, 2004.

Apr 19, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., April 19, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment will debut a new Sunday morning television program on Spike TV called, The WWE Experience.

Mar 25, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., March 25, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) announced today that it expects world-wide Pay-Per-View gross revenues for WrestleMania XX to be between $40 million and $45 million, making it the highest grossing Pay-Per-View event in WWE® history.

Mar 24, 2004

New York, N.Y., March 24, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment has unveiled a major initiative intended to utilize its 75,000-hour programming library to build new mutually-beneficial businesses with its cable, satellite and other worldwide television partners.

Mar 23, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., March 23, 2004 -World Wrestling Entertainment's (NYSE: WWE) flagship cable program, WWE Monday Night RAW, delivered its highest cable ratings since April 2002 last night.

Mar 14, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., March 14, 2004 - More than 20,000 people chanted wildly for their favorite Superstars, were filled with emotion from the Boys Choir of Harlem, and raised the roof at the most famous arena in the world, Madison Square Garden, to celebrate 20 years of WrestleMania.

Mar 14, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., March 14, 2004 - WrestleMania XX tonight grossed more than $2.4 million in ticket sales, making the Pay-Per-View the highest grossing event ever for WWE™ at fabled Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Mar 10, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., March 10, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment is joining forces with the not-for-profit agency Youth Education through Sport, Inc. (YES, Inc.) to support a new pilot program it hopes will lead to safer schools in New York City.

Mar 9, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., March 9, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE:WWE) invades New York City from Wednesday, March 10 through Sunday, March 14.

Mar 8, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., March 8, 2003 -World Wrestling Entertainment today launched a new trade ad campaign aimed at attracting new advertisers and business partners and strengthening relationships with cable operators and satellite services.

Mar 8, 2004

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA -The Museum of Television & Radio announced today a donation of WrestleMania programs from World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Mar 2, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., March 2, 2004 - Baseball great Pete Rose will be the first-ever special celebrity inductee into the WWE® Hall of Fame for his classic appearances at WrestleMania XIV, WrestleMania XV, and WrestleMania 2000.

Feb 27, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., February 27, 2004- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that at its February 27, 2004 meeting, the Company's board of directors declared a $0.04 dividend on all Class A and Class B common shares.

Feb 17, 2004

Stamford, Conn., Feb 17, 2004 - World Wreslting Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE®) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended January 23, 2004.

Feb 12, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., February 12, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE:WWE) has launched a multi-million dollar multimedia campaign to promote WrestleMania XX, which it predicts will be one of the most momentous events in Pay-Per-View history.

Feb 9, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., February 9, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE®) will host a conference call on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss third quarter earnings results for fiscal year 2004.

Feb 2, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 2, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment™ (NYSE: WWE), the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Youth Vote Coalition, MTV's Choose or Lose, Rock The Vote, the League of Women Voters, 18to35, the New Voters Project, Declare Yourself, and other strategic partners in the 20 Million Loud and Smackdown Your Vote!...

Jan 21, 2004

STAMFORD, Conn., January 21, 2004 - World Wrestling Entertainment™ said today that it is excited with UPN's decision to exercise its option to renew WWE SmackDown! for two more years, keeping the program on UPN at least through September 2006.

Jan 13, 2004

TORONTO, Ont., January 13, 2004 - The Federal Court of Canada has issued an injunction that will prohibit bars in Canada from illegally showing pay-per-view events offered by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., the company said today.