STAMFORD, Conn. / NEW YORK, NY, December 19, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® and WGN America have reached an agreement to create a new weekly, one hour prime time series entitled, “WWE Superstars” that will debut in April 2009.
STAMFORD, Conn., December 17, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment®, Inc. has named Robert Zimmerman as Vice President, Public Relations and Corporate Communications. In his new role, Zimmerman will be a strategic member of WWE's management team, and oversee business, consumer, financial, and trade press relations and strategy.
LONDON, ENGLAND, November 20, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment®'s recent November international tour grossed $15.1 million US dollars with sellouts in France, Germany, Belgium, and the UK, breaking its previous record of $14.5 million US dollars in April of this year.
Stamford, Conn., November 19 2008 – On October 28, 2008 World Wrestling Entertainment® Inc. (WWE) announced the launch of its next generation video player on wwe.com. Since its launch, video viewing has increased 77% on the site and video ad impressions are up 95%.
WWE Kids magazine was recently named one of the 14 hottest new magazines launched this year by Min Magazine. Dr. Samir Husni, known as “Mr. Magazine”, and his staff sifted through 600-plus titles that were launched between October 2007 and September 2008 to come up with the unranked list.
STAMFORD, Conn., November 10, 2008 –WWE® fans worldwide took home tens of thousands of available tickets during the official on-sale for the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania, making it the second-highest first-day gross in the history of WrestleMania. Despite a less than stellar economy as compared to 2007, ticket sales exceeded $4.8 million, almost beating the record for first-day ticket sales set by WrestleMania 24 in Orlando, Florida.
STAMFORD, Conn., November 9, 2008 – WWE® fans worldwide took home thousands of available tickets yesterday during the official on-sale date for the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania.
STAMFORD, Conn., November 6, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2008. Revenues totaled $108.8 million as compared to $108.1 million in the prior year quarter, while operating income was $7.9 million as compared to $13.4 million in the prior year quarter. Net income was $5.3 million, or $0.07 per share, as compared to $8.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in the prior year quarter.
STAMFORD, Conn., November 6, 2008 -- Effective December 31, 2008, World Wrestling Entertainment will accept Mike Sileck's resignation as COO and member of the Board of Directors. Donna Goldsmith, Executive Vice President of Consumer Products, has been named as his successor.
World Wrestling Entertainment has made Ticketmaster’s top 10 list of most requested sporting events for the third quarter of 2008. WWE ranked alongside sporting powerhouses like the New York Yankees, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears.
STAMFORD, Conn., October 31, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today declared the Company’s regular quarterly dividend of $0.36 per share on its Class A shares of common stock. As previously announced, members of the McMahon family have waived $0.12 per share of the dividends. As a result, all Class A and Class B shares owned by the McMahon family will instead receive dividends in the amount of $0.24 per share. The record date for the dividend will be December 15, 2008, and the payment date will be December 26, 2008.
In the October 2008 edition of CableFAX: The Magazine, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was honored as one of the 2008 CableFAX Hall of Fame inductees, while WWE was one of the proud recipients in the magazine's Program Awards issue, earning the "Best Surprise Ending" award.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, October 28, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and MVS Comunicaciones, partners for over 18 years in the Mexican market, announced a new agreement to air WWE RAW® LIVE Monday nights at 8:00 PM CT on channel EXA TV. In addition, starting November 1, every Saturday at 6:00 PM CT, EXA TV will air WWE Experience®, a magazine style show featuring all WWE Superstars from all three WWE brands - RAW, SmackDown®, ECW®.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, October 27, 2008 -- The network premieres of WWE Friday Night SmackDown and WWE RAW were a knock-out resulting in staggering TV audience numbers across Mexico. Both SmackDown and RAW experienced the highest audience for a television program in prime time on their respective stations from October 3 to 19, 2008.
LONDON, October 27, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) has appointed Gillian Hughes to the position of Director, Digital Business Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
LONDON, October 27, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) has appointed Najmie Allette to the position of Manager, International Licensing to work across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC).
CHICAGO — The national WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE), with support from Mattel, had its formal launch last week as part of national Teen Read Week.
STAMFORD, Conn., October 20, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that it will report its 2008 third-quarter results on Thursday, November 6, 2008, before the market opens. Senior management will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 am ET to discuss the results.
STAMFORD, Conn., October 20, 2008 –World Wrestling Entertainment® is proud to introduce “WWEKIDS.COM,” an exciting new website for young fans. Bursting at the seams with exclusive activities, videos and age-appropriate content – the site delivers fun, fresh and entertaining information targeted to the 6 - 14 year-old audience.
STAMFORD, Conn., October 17, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment’s annual event, WrestleMania, beat the NBA All Star Game, Kentucky Derby and the Masters Golf Tournament according to Optimedia International’s “Content Power Ratings: Sports Edition”, recognizing the unique opportunities that WrestleMania provides to sponsors among other mega sporting events.
Washington, D.C. – As Americans prepare to cast their votes for the next President of the United States, Cable in the Classroom and WWE’s Smackdown Your Vote! have released new video of college student interviews featuring student opinions on some of the most critical issues in this year’s election
STAMFORD, Conn., October 13, 2008 – After a record breaking premiere on MyNetworkTV with a 1.9 broadcast rating, WWE® Friday Night SmackDown broke its own ratings record in week two.
STAMFORD, Conn., October 13, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment®, the company who outperforms the S&P 500 by 30%* and has a high yielding dividend (9.7%)*, continues to be a leader among entertainment stocks. In this week’s Forbes magazine, WWE was named one of the top 200 Best Small Companies.
STAMFORD, Conn., October 10, 2008 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE® has suspended Nick Nemeth (Dolph Ziggler™) for 30 days for his first violation of the company’s policy.
STAMFORD, Conn., October 8, 2008- In spite of the challenging environment, World Wrestling Entertainment®’s stock has only lost 7% of its value year to date, whereas the S&P 500 has lost over 32%. This performance is in addition to WWE’s 10.5% dividend yield.
STAMFORD, Conn., October 7, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment®, Inc. announced today that Jared Bartie has been named its new Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective November 17, 2008.
NEW YORK, N.Y., October 6, 2008- MyNetworkTV was the king of the ring on Friday night as the most viewers in the history of the network tuned-in for the two-hour all-star debut of “WWE Friday Night SmackDown” announced Greg Meidel, president of MyNetworkTV.
STAMFORD, Conn., September 30, 2008 – Given its strong balance sheet and cash generative businesses, WWE is confident it can fund its high yield dividend for the long term. The more than 9% dividend yield on WWE stock is 280% higher than the S&P average. WWE considers itself a safe harbor in the current volatile marketplace.The popularity of WWE brands continue to accelerate while consistently providing the best value in entertainment.
Stamford, Conn., September 30, 2008 – The WWE considers itself a safe harbor in the current volatile marketplace. The 9.4 % dividend yield on WWE stock is 300% higher than the S&P average. Given its strong balance sheet and cash generative businesses, WWE feels confident it can fund the dividend for the long term. The popularity of WWE brands continue to accelerate while consistently providing the best value in entertainment.
Stamford, Conn., September 29, 2008 – The 9.4 % dividend yield on WWE stock is 300% higher than the S&P average. Given its strong balance sheet and cash generative businesses, WWE feels confident it can fund the dividend for the long term. The WWE considers itself a safe harbor in the current volatile marketplace. The popularity of WWE brands continue to accelerate while consistently providing the best value in entertainment.
All-Star Kick-Off of “WWE Friday Night SmackDown®” & “WWE WrestleMania® – The World Television Premiere”
NEW YORK, N.Y., September 29, 2008 – MyNetworkTV presents a one-two WWE punch beginning on October 2nd at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) with “WrestleMania – The World Television Premiere” leading up to the October 3rd all-star network premiere event of “WWE Friday Night SmackDown” at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) announced Greg Meidel, president of MyNetworkTV .
Houston, Texas, September 25, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment’s ties to the city of Houston go beyond the upcoming WrestleMania XXV at Reliant Stadium on April 5 and a history of successful WWE events in the area. Several WWE Superstars – including United States Champion Shelton Benjamin, MVP, Carlito and Shad of the tag team Cryme Tyme - call Houston home.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, September 24, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and TVC Deportes announced today a new agreement which will see WWE Monday Night RAW available live for the first time on TVC Deportes. This contract with Mexico’s leading cable sports channel follows the announcements of WWE programming being launched on broadcast TV in Mexico on Televisa’s Galavision Canal 9 and TV Azteca’s Azteca 7.
Synergex Corporation is the new distributor of WWE home entertainment products in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina, under a new three-year exclusive agreement.
HOUSTON, Texas, September 19, 2008 –World Wrestling Entertainment® Officials confirmed today that tickets for its biggest annual extravaganza, WrestleMania® XXV, will be on sale to the public on November 8 at 10 a.m. CT. Reliant Stadium in Houston will host WrestleMania® XXV. Tickets will be available at the Reliant Stadium Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Further information will be available on www.WWE.com.
On Oct. 3 at 8/7 CT, SmackDown will move to its new home on MyNetwork TV with an unprecedented night of sports-entertainment action. The premiere episode of SmackDown will see for the first time ever on broadcast television a night of Champion vs. Champion matches. And be sure to tune in to MyNetwork TV's World Television Premiere of WrestleMania XXIV on Oct. 2 at 8/7 CT as WWE's 1-2 Punch begins.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, September 17, 2008 – At a press conference in Mexico City today, World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and TV Azteca announced a new agreement which will see WWE SmackDown® available on Azteca 7.
CableFAX: The Magazine, in its just-released Diversity Issue, has selected the Most Influential Minorities in Cable and WWE’s Geof Rochester has made the grade. This issue of the leading trade magazine charting cable television salutes the year's top 50 minority executives and 50 executives to watch from an annual survey of cable's diverse power brokers and inspirational leaders.
STAMFORD, Conn., September 15, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment® and mun2 received a prestigious “Emma” Award (Excellence in Multi-Cultural Marketing Awards) from NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) for the “Ultimate Quinceañera” Sweepstakes. Both organizations were recognized today at the 22nd Annual NAMIC Conference in New York City.
New on-sale date scheduled for October 11
HOUSTON, Texas, September 11, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® has postponed the ticket on-sale date for WrestleMania® XXV until Saturday, October 11th at 10a.m. CT. WWE officials made the decision out of concern for the residents of Texas as they prepare for the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, September 9, 2008 – At a press conference in Mexico City today, World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and Televisa announced a new agreement which will see WWE RAW available on Galavision Canal 9 in Mexico.
STAMFORD, Conn., September 3, 2008 - Grammy Award winners and hard rock legends Motörhead have been enlisted to provide their new song “Rock Out” as the official theme music for World Wrestling Entertainment®’s September pay-per-view event, Unforgiven. “Rock Out” is the lead track off Motörhead’s eagerly-awaited new album, Motörizer.
STAMFORD, Conn., August 30, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment is saddened by the passing of WWE Hall of Famer Walter “Killer” Kowalski.
WWE Superstars and Divas will be attending the two national political conventions over the next two weeks as part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s Smackdown Your Vote! efforts to encourage more voters age 30 and under to vote in this year’s election.
Mr. Kennedy, and Mickie James will attend the Republican National Convention in St. Paul this week. Batista, Shelton Benjamin and Candice attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver last week.
STAMFORD, Conn., August 29, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment issued a statement that its litigation efforts against Jakks/THQ would continue despite a ruling in Connecticut State Court:
“The decision today from Connecticut State Court says that the prior federal court decision in this matter precludes the Connecticut court from allowing WWE to present our case on the merits. We believe the federal court decision was wrong, and are taking steps to have it corrected on appeal.”
STAMFORD, Conn., August 26, 2008 - WWE Superstar John Cena® underwent emergency surgery today for injuries received during last Sunday’s SummerSlam® Pay-Per-View match.The procedure went well, according to renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon who performed the surgery. Cena is expected to return to action in approximately three months. Further details can be found at www.wwe.com.
London, August 2008 – Nickelodeon UK has announced that two WWE® Superstars, John Cena and Randy Orton, have both been nominated for Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in the UK.
WWE Superstar, hip hop musician and actor, John Cena, has been confirmed to co-host at Nickelodeon’s Australian Kids’ Choice Awards 2008 on Saturday 11th October at Hisense Arena, Melbourne Park.
STAMFORD, Conn., August 7, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced it has expanded its Board of Directors to 10 members with the addition of Kevin Dunn, Frank A. Riddick, III and Jeffrey R. Speed.In accordance with his previously announced plans, Robert Bowman has resigned from the Board.
WWE is pleased to announce that WrestleMania and Tribute to the Troops have each won a prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award.
STAMFORD, Conn., August 5, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2008.
John Bradshaw Layfield, CEO of Layfield Energy, and his wife, Oppenheimer & Co. financial analyst Meredith Whitney, are featured in the cover story of Fortune magazine’s latest issue, available now.
WWE Superstars are known for their action in the ring. But their charitable actions outside of the ring have a huge impact on the communities in which they live and perform.
STAMFORD, Conn., August 1, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today declared the Company’s regular quarterly dividend of $0.36 per share on its Class A shares of common stock.
World Wrestling Entertainment is offering all U.S. military personnel free tickets to its live events in the U.S. as another way for the company to show its gratitude for their service to their country.
STAMFORD, Conn, July 30, 2008 – Freddie Prinze, Jr., a long-time fan of World Wrestling Entertainment®, joins WWE®’s creative team. Prinze, Jr. will now have a behind the scenes role contributing to WWE’s weekly television and pay-per-view programs.
STAMFORD, Conn., July 28, 2008 – John P. Saboor will join as World Wrestling Entertainment®’s new Senior Vice President, Special Events. In this newly created position, he will have primary responsibility for community partnerships, marketing, promotion and sponsorship support for WWE’s special events, including WrestleMania®, WWE’s annual pop culture extravaganza.
STAMFORD, Conn., July 28, 2008 - In recognition of WWE’s family friendly programming, all of its network distributors (NBC, USA Network, SCI FI Channel, CW) now rate WWE’s weekly individual programs as PG.
STAMFORD, Conn, July 22, 2008 – Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue will take their fight against Autism to a WWE ring during Saturday Night’s Main Event® on August 2, 2008 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
STAMFORD, Conn., July 21, 2008 – WWE® is changing the name of its Los Angeles-based subsidiary from WWE Films to WWE Studios to better represent its focus on creating a diversified mix of filmed entertainment, including theatrical films, direct-to-DVD movies, and scripted television movies, series and reality programming.
STAMFORD, Conn., July 10, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that it will report its 2008 second-quarter results on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, before the market opens. Senior management will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 am ET to discuss the results.
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, July 8, 2008 – The WWE RAW SummerSlam Tour took Latin America by storm. From July 2 to 5, the Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment traveled to four countries in four days to perform in front of enthusiastic fans in Chile, Peru, Panama and El Salvador.
STAMFORD, Conn., July 8, 2008 -- World Wrestling Entertainment® today announced the promotion of Cheryl Kong, Vice President, Marketing, Canada, Latin America and China.
July 7, 2008--In a remarkably competitive 2Q 2008 marked by NBA playoffs and high-profile cable originals, USA was the No. 1 cable network delivering more P25-54 (1.27 million), P18-49 (1.25 million), total viewers (2.73 million) and households (2.04 million) than any other network in basic cable prime.
NEW YORK, New York, June 25, 2008 – Broadcast Music Inc® (BMI) the leading U.S. performing rights organization, honored World Wrestling Entertainment’s Composer/Producer/Director of Music, Jim Johnston, for his work on the number one cable program, “Monday Night RAW” which can be seen live every week on USA Network, 9pm/8c. Monday Night RAW broadcasts live 52 weeks a year- no repeats, and is watched by more fans than regular season basketball, baseball and hockey on cable TV.
STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2008 -- World Wrestling Entertainment® has promoted Lisa Richards to Vice President, Affiliate Marketing. In her new role, Richards will be responsible for the marketing and promotion of WWE’s slate of annual pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania®, and the subscription video-on-demand service, WWE 24/7™ On Demand®. The announcement was made today by Peter Clifford, WWE’s Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing.
STAMFORD, Conn., June 24, 2008 – WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s weekly million dollar giveaway swelled the wallets of some lucky “Monday Night RAW” viewers, and the ratings for cable’s No. 1 regularly scheduled weekly telecast.
STAMFORD, Conn., June 24, 2008 – One of the most dramatic scenes in the history of Monday Night RAW took place live last night on USA Network’s ratings winner. After legitimately giving away $1 million dollars for the 3rd week in a row, an “accident” occurred burying Mr. McMahon® in over a ton of rubble.
STAMFORD, Conn., June 19, 2008- Thirty wounded soldiers and veterans will be special VIP guests of World Wrestling Entertainment® at the June 30 “Monday Night RAW®” when the show is broadcast live from the Ford Center in Oklahoma City on USA Network.
SYDNEY, Australia, June 19, 2008 - On June 11, the entertainment heavyweight that is WWE® descended upon the shores of Australia and New Zealand. The tour swept through seven cities in seven days, playing in front of fanatical crowds in Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, and Newcastle before finishing up in Brisbane on June 17, making it the longest live event tour to date in the region.
STAMFORD, Conn., June 18, 2008 -- Monday Night RAW® on the USA Network was the No. 1 program on television among males 18-49, beating all other TV programming on broadcast and cable. Additionally, RAW was the #1 cable program Monday night.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 16, 2008 – The second week of winners in McMahon’s Million Dollar Mania™ giveaway has been announced. Eight lucky fans of “Monday Night RAW”® won a total of $1 million dollars on tonight’s episode after each receiving a phone call from Mr. McMahon and knowing the correct password.
STAMFORD, Conn., June 16, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and Ten Sports have announced a new agreement which will see WWE available exclusively on Ten Sports in India through 2014.
PLEASANT RIDGE, Mich., June 11, 2008 –In only one week, over one million WWE® fans have signed up for McMahon’s Million Dollar Mania, registering over two million sweepstakes entries. Traffic to the promotion site continues to reach historic levels as viewers look to cash in on World Wrestling Entertainment®Chairman Vince McMahon’s generosity. The frenzy hit an all time high during the June 9 broadcast of Monday Night RAW® on the USA Network when users signed up at a rate of 9,000 per minute.
OAKLAND, Calif., June 9, 2008 – The first round of winners has been announced for McMahon’s Million Dollar Mania™. Eight lucky fans of “Monday Night RAW” won a total of $1 million dollars on tonight’s episode.
STAMFORD, Conn., June 9, 2008 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE has suspended James Yun (Jimmy Wang Yang) for 30 days for his first violation of the company’s policy.
PLEASANT RIDGE, Mich., June 6, 2008 - The devoted fans of the WWE® have proven their extreme loyalty once again by making history with Vince McMahon’s Million Dollar Mania. The promotion announced on WWE Monday Night RAW blew away expectations as McMahon’s act of generosity spawned extreme excitement resulting in an unprecedented amount of Web traffic. More than 650,000 fans have registered for the promotion earning over a million sweepstakes entries in the last four days alone.
STAMFORD, Conn., June 3, 2008 – WWE® Chairman Vince McMahon will give away a total of $1 million dollars of his personal wealth each week beginning Monday, June 9th.
There has been some discussion around Monday Night RAW’s Memorial Day rating. Let’s put all this into perspective. First, over the past 13 weeks (3/3/08-5/26/08) Raw has averaged more weekly viewers than during the first 13 weeks following the show’s return to the USA Network in October 2005.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 29, 2008 – Sen. John McCain believes lower taxes and less regulation will unleash growth in the private sector, while Sen. Barack Obama believes that investing in America through the rebuilding of roads and bridges is the path to future economic growth. Both candidates see technology focused on improving the environment and alternative energy sources as a driver of jobs for young adults.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, May 29, 2008 - The World Wrestling Entertainment® Superstars of RAW® drew huge crowds of enthusiastic fans and press on the WrestleMania Revenge live event tour in Mexico, May 21 to 24.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 29, 2008- One lucky WWE® fan’s dream came true today as his new, custom built WrestleMania XXIV Chopper stormed through his hometown of Lexington, Mich. and right up to Wyatt Crawford’s driveway. The meticulously detailed motorcycle was the grand prize in the Custom WrestleMania XXIV Chopper Sweepstakes which took place in March leading up to the big event, WrestleMania XXIV, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 20, 2008 - In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE® has suspended, Darren Matthews (William Regal) for 60 days for his second violation of the company’s policy.
NEW YORK, N.Y., May 19, 2008 – The WWE on MyNetworkTV will kick off a night early with a first ever broadcast presentation of “WrestleMania” on Thursday, October 2nd at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), announced the network’s president, Greg Meidel. This special presentation featuring the best moments of “WrestleMania XXIV” including Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show® will be followed by the premiere of “WWE SmackDown” on Friday, October 3rd at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
STAMFORD, Conn., May 19, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment® has been awarded the first-ever Corporate Patriot Award at the annual GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C. WWE was given the award in recognition of its ongoing support and appreciation of the U.S. military and their families, particularly its annual holiday Tribute to the Troops tour to entertain troops in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 12, 2008 – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton believes the greatest potential for new jobs for younger voters lies in alternative energy, innovation, and infrastructure and public sector jobs, according to her responses to WWE®’s Smackdown Your Vote! 18-30 Voter Issues Paper (VIP). The Smackdown Your Vote! initiative has encouraged millions of young adults to vote in federal, state and local elections.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 8, 2008 – WrestleMania XXIV generated approximately 1.1 million pay-per-view buys, amounting to $23.8 million in pay-per-view revenue in the first quarter of 2008.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 6, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2008. Revenues totaled $162.6 million as compared to $107.4 million in the comparable prior year quarter. Operating income was $27.1 million as compared to $20.6 million in the prior year quarter. Net income was $19.5 million, or $0.27 per share, as compared to $15.1 million, or $0.21 per share, in the prior year quarter.
TORONTO, Ont., May 5, 2008— World Wrestling Entertainment® is excited to announce that Monday Night RAW was a sell-out in Toronto. More than 14,000 WWE fans were in attendance to see their favourite Superstars and Divas when RAW was broadcast live to the world in high-definition from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre tonight.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 5, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® and the SCI FI Channel announced today that the 100th episode of “ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling®” will air this Tuesday, May 6, at 10 p.m./9C, live on SCI FI.
Los Angeles, CA – May 5, 2008 – Vince McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) visionary founder and a man many consider a marketing genius, will receive the Promax/BDA Lifetime Achievement Award, Promax/BDA president Jonathan Block-Verk announced today. The award will be presented to McMahon during the upcoming 53rd annual Promax/BDA Conference, slated for June 17-19 at Manhattan’s Hilton New York Hotel.
STAMFORD, Conn., May 2, 2008 – WWE’s Smackdown Your Vote! today released the 2008 18-30 Voter Issues Paper (VIP), a guide to help young adults articulate the issues important to them in this national election, and a platform through which the candidates can provide their responses to issues important to this voting demographic. The 18-30 VIP addresses the economy, Iraq war, education, health care, and the environment as the most important issues on the minds of young voters.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 24, 2008- WrestleMania XXIV will be the first Sports category title to ever be released on Blu-ray disc in the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada. The double disc set goes on sale Tuesday, May 20, 2008, the same day as a three-disc DVD version. “It’s natural that WrestleMania 24, the biggest sports entertainment event of the year, is not only the first WWE® title but the first Sports title to be released on Blu-ray” says Joel Satin, VP WWE Home Entertainment and Books. “Blu-ray disc will further demonstrate our commitment to bring WWE’s high-definition content to fans around the world through our network of home video distributors and licensing partners.”
STAMFORD, Conn., April 23, 2008 – Fresh off a tremendously successful WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, World Wrestling Entertainment® is already working with the Houston business community on WrestleMania XXV, which will be held on Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, home to the NFL’s Houston Texans.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 23, 2008—WWE’s WrestleMania® Revenge Tours of Europe finished as the most successful in WWE history, selling out 15 of 20 events. The tours generated more than $14.5 million in ticket sales revenue. More than 175,000 fans were in attendance at events in the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, France, Switzerland, and Portugal to see their favorite Superstars from the RAW®, SmackDown® and ECW® brands.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 21, 2008- The night before an important Pennsylvania primary, Presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain will each make a very special appearance on athree-hour edition ofWWE®'s "Monday Night RAW" tonight on the USA Network starting at 8 p.m. ET.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 11, 2008- WrestleMania® XXIV was a financial triumph for World Wrestling Entertainment®, but, more importantly, a triumph of the human spirit for the 50 Make-A-Wish kids and their families who attended WrestleMania as part of WWE’s biggest wish granting event ever with the Make–A-Wish Foundation.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 9, 2008—World Wrestling Entertainment’s® WrestleMania XXIV pay-per-view used music to rock the Florida Citrus Bowl, and at the same time helped rock the charts for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Legend, Fuel and Rev Theory.
ORLANDO, Fla., April 3, 2008 – Hometown hero David Silva of the Orlando Public Library and Ajoura Gwinn of the Carnegie Library of Homestead, Pa., were crowned 2008 WrestleMania Reading Challenge National Champions. Silva, the national middle school reading champ, and Gwinn, the national high school reading champ, received the coveted trophies along with ringside seats to WrestleMania XXIV at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
March 30, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla., March 30, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment® set both attendance and ticket sale records at WrestleMania XXIV tonight at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. WW® grossed more than $5.85 million in ticket sales, making it the highest grossing live event in WWE history and in the history of the Citrus Bowl. WWE set an attendance record for the Citrus Bowl with 74,635 fans from all 50 states, five Canadian provinces and 21 countries attending WWE's annual pop culture spectacular. set both attendance and ticket sale records at WrestleMania XXIV tonight at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
ORLANDO, Fla, March 28, 2008 – The official rules for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show match at WrestleMania® XXIV have just been announced: There MUST be a winner and anything goes. The match can be won by pinfall, submission, or knockout.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 26, 2008- Phat Fashions Kids will join Raven-Symone as participants in World Wrestling Entertainment®’s biggest wish-granting event ever at WrestleMania XXIV on March 30 in Orlando, Fla.
As part of the WWE’s expanded partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 50 children with life-threatening medical conditions will have their heartfelt wishes fulfilled at WrestleMania XXIV, making it the WWE’s largest wish-granting event ever.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 27, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) today announced the winners of the “WWE Community Champion” competition held as part of a pilot program with Comcast and Charter to recognize young people for making positive contributions to their community.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 25, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment® is debuting “WWE Kids,” an exciting new consumer magazine targeting 6-14 year olds. The bi-monthly title launches April 15, beginning with the much anticipated May/June issue. The launch will be supported with a comprehensive cross-platform blitz, including a 100,000-unit pallet promotion in Wal-Mart stores.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 20, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) has appointed Steve Barnett as Senior Vice President, Production for WWE Films. His appointment continues the momentum gained after announcing WWE Films’ first-look distribution agreement with Fox Filmed Entertainment.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 24, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment® is providing cable and satellite customers the opportunity to win a custom WrestleMania® XXIV motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers, the world renowned team behind the hugely successful American Chopper series. Cable affiliates and satellite providers participating in the promotion include Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, Cablevision, DISH Network and DIRECTV.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 25, 2008- The greatest boxer in the world today - Floyd Mayweather - and the WWE Superstars hit New York City this Wednesday for the official WrestleMania Press Conference. Coming to you live from the heart of Times Square, WWE Superstars such as Triple H, Big Show, Randy Orton and Edge are sure to bring New York a show before the show. Also, for the first time in WWE history, New Yorkers will be captivated by WWE video on the NASDAQ and Reuters Video Boards, live in the heart of Times Square.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 20, 2008 – In accordance with its Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy, WWE has suspended Afa Anoai, a developmental talent in the WWE farm system (Florida Championship Wrestling), for 30 days for his first violation of the company’s policy.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 18, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment® is going virtual to promote its largest annual event, March 30's WrestleMania XXIV, with an ambitious partnership with Habbo, the virtual community with more than eight million unique users in 31 countries around the world.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 18, 2008 -- Under a sun as blazing as the spotlight in center ring, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon joined the pantheon of entertainment greats by receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this past Friday for his achievements in television and pay-per-view. A crowd of nearly 1,000 well wishers and WWE insiders were on hand to witness the occasion. They included Leron Gubler,
President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who hosted the ceremony; Bob Cook, President of Twentieth Television; and Paul Franklin, Executive Vice President of MyNetwork TV, which recently acquired rights to air the hit WWE series, "WWE SmackDown."
STAMFORD, Conn., March 17, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. announced today that George Barrios has been named its new Chief Financial Officer, effective March 24, 2008.
ORLANDO, Fla., March 12, 2008 – WrestleManiArt, an event showcasing original artwork created by current WWE® Superstars, will take place in Downtown Orlando on Wednesday, March 26th. The first-of-its kind occasion, which will be held at City Arts Factory, is the official kickoff event of WrestleMania week, which culminates with WrestleMania 24 on Sunday, March 30th at the Florida Citrus Bowl. WrestleManiArt is co-hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission, the City of Orlando, United Arts of Central Florida and World Wrestling Entertainment®.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 11, 2008 – In accordance with its Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy, WWE has suspended Jeff Hardy for 60 days for his second violation of the company’s policy.
CHICAGO, Ill., March 13, 2008 –The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), and World Wrestling Entertainment? (WWE?) today announced the 10 regional finalists who will compete to become this year’s national WrestleMania Reading Challenge Champion.
STAMFORD, Conn., March 4, 2008 – In addition to recently announced Floyd Mayweather who will wrestle 7 foot 399 lb Big Show® in a David vs. Goliath match up, WWE is packing a Hollywood punch confirming four more celebrities for WrestleMania XXIV. Five-time Grammy-winner and multi-platinum singer, songwriter and performer John Legend will perform “America the Beautiful” live at this year’s bash in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, March 30. Snoop Dogg will also be on hand as Celebrity Ring Announcer for a “BunnyMania” match with Playboy cover girls Candice Michelle™ and Maria™ squaring off against the Glamazon™ Beth Phoenix™ and Melina. Also confirmed is popular actress/musician Raven-Symoné, who will be a part of the WWE’s biggest wish-granting event ever, hosting the Bacon, Bagels and Biceps brunch and accompanying over 50 Make-A-Wish children at WrestleMania XXIV. Rounding out the extravaganza, Red Hot Chili Peppers will lend their hit single “Snow (Hey Oh)” as the theme song this year.
In this new role, Forster will be charged with the responsibility of developing and implementing a marketing strategy across WWE’s Latin America markets. His goal will be to raise awareness of WWE and its product portfolio across a broader audience to contribute to the company’s already growing international revenue. Forster will be integral in the establishment of a new office in Sao Paulo from which WWE will handle all business initiatives throughout the Latin America region.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 27, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment issued a statement from Chairman Vince McMahon concerning comments made at today’s Congressional Hearing in Washington, DC.
Any suggestion made today by Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that I or my organization, WWE, have been uncooperative or that I have in any way “flipped [my] finger” at the Committee by not accepting its invitation to testify today is inaccurate and unfair". The WWE has provided over 3,000 pages of documents and cooperated with all requests from the Committee, as we have with similar requests from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The first and only response to our cooperation from the Committee on Energy and Commerce was an invitation to testify at today’s hearing sent to me by Congressman Rush on January 23, 2008. In that letter, he clearly states that I have the right, according to House rules, to be accompanied by my own counsel. I responded to the invitation to testify by declining for that very reason. My attorney of 20 years, Jerry McDevitt, is unavailable because he is currently representing another client on trial in Pittsburgh, PA (U.S. vs. Cyril Wecht). Since I sent my letter of declination 30 days ago, there had been no response from the Committee until today’s unfair and inaccurate comments made by members of the Committee. Despite this, as I pledged in my January 28, 2008 letter to the Committee, I remain willing to cooperate fully with the Committee's inquiry.
PHOENIX, Ariz., February, 26, 2008¬– World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is strengthening its 20-year dedication to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions with a new multi-year agreement announced Tuesday during a joint press conference at US Airways Center.The partnership’s first act under the new, multi-year million dollar sponsorship commitment will be to hold the WWE®’s biggest wish-granting event ever at WrestleMania XXIV on March 30 in Orlando, Fla.
NEW YORK , NY., February 26, 2008 – MyNetworkTV and World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) have announced a new broadcast television home for “WWE SmackDown,” scheduled to debut in Fall 2008. The announcement was jointly made by MyNetworkTV President, Greg Meidel and WWE Chairman of the Board Vincent K. McMahon.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 25, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Fox Filmed Entertainment have entered into first-look agreements that encompass both Fox Atomic and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE). The deals allow for both Fox Atomic and WWE to create film projects for release in a variety of distribution mediums including theatrical, direct digital download, and made-for-DVD. The projects will incorporate WWE talent and themes and capitalize on the brand awareness of both organizations.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 21, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. announced today a 50% boost in stockholder dividends for all shares not owned by the McMahon family. The quarterly dividend goes from $.24 to $.36 per share. The McMahon family quarterly dividend remains at $.24 per share. This news comes on the heels of WWE reporting a 23% increase in 2007 fourth quarter results over the prior year quarter. “This announcement underscores our commitment to the Company’s public shareholders” commented Vincent K. McMahon, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
February 19, 2008
STAMFORD, Conn., February 19, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that, subject to the receipt of a favorable tax ruling from the Internal Revenue Service, it anticipates increasing its regular quarterly cash dividend on Class A common stock to $0.36 per share. The Class B holders would agree to waive this increase for three years and instead continue to receive the current $0.24 per share quarterly cash dividend. The new Class A dividend would represent an 8.6% yield based on our most recent closing stock price. The Class A common stock is held by the Company’s public stockholders, and the Class B common stock is held by members of the McMahon family and their trusts.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 15, 2008 – The World Wrestling Entertainment® Superstars of SmackDown® and ECW® appeared in Guatemala City, Guatemala; Guadalajara, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador and Santiago, Chile from February 9 to 14 in front of enthusiastic crowds following the amazing reception received by WWE on its recent publicity tour throughout Latin America, which drew huge crowds of fans and press.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 15, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) will hold its 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, May 9, 2008, at the Holiday Inn Select, 700 Main Street, Stamford, CT 06901. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET. The record date for voting at the meeting was set as the close of business on March 14, 2008.News release description...
STAMFORD, Conn., February 13, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment® (“WWE”), the greatest force in sports entertainment, and Mattel, Inc., the undisputed champion of the toy industry and the world’s leading toy manufacturer, today announced that they have entered into a comprehensive, multi-year licensing agreement, effective as of January 2010, naming Mattel as WWE’s master toy licensee covering all global territories upon the expiration of WWE’s current toy license.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 12, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2007. Revenues totaled $132.6 million as compared to $107.6 million in the prior year quarter while operating income was $24.7 million as compared to $17.5 million in the prior year quarter. Net income was $21.5 million, or $0.30 per share, as compared to $15.5 million, or $0.22 per share, in the prior year quarter.
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February 7, 2008
STAMFORD, Conn., Febraury 7, 2008- After a successful decade of “SmackDown” on both UPN and The CW, World Wrestling Entertainment and The CW have agreed to conclude our partnership. Since The CW’s exclusive negotiation period ran out as of last Thursday, January 31, we have been contacted and have been in negotiations with other networks. “WWE SmackDown” will continue to air on The CW until the conclusion of the 2007-08 broadcast season. We are grateful to Les Moonves, Dawn Ostroff, and their entire organization for bringing “WWE SmackDown” to millions of viewers for so many years.
STAMFORD, Conn., FebrWorld Wrestling Entertainment® announced today that Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) will no longer be affiliated with World Wrestling Entertainment as an official developmental territory, making Florida Championship Wrestling™ (FCW™) WWE’s official development training facility for talent around the globe.
STAMFORD, Conn., January 23, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment® and its partners kick off the 2008 WrestleMania Fan Axxess tour this month, giving fans the opportunity to watch, attend, and experience all things WWE®. Serving as the official kick-off on the “Road to WrestleMania,” the award-winning annual tour is WWE’s largest interactive mobile marketing initiative and is coming off a record breaking year that brought more than 237,000 fans out to various events nationwide.
STAMFORD, Conn., January, 23, 2008Pixels are flying as World Wrestling Entertainment® takes their annual Royal Rumble® to Habbo’s virtual world. Though the actual Royal Rumble doesn’t take place until January 27, live on pay-per-view, the action on Habbo.com has already begun. And just like the real Rumble, the winner will be going to WrestleMania® 24 on March 30 in Orlando.
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STAMFORD, Conn., January 22, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that it will report its 2007 fourth-quarter and full-year results on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, before the market opens. Senior management will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results.
STAMFORD, Conn., January 16, 2008 – Derrick Neikirk and Neil Bzibziak, two developmental talents in the WWE farm system (Florida Championship Wrestling), have been suspended for violations in accordance with WWE’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy.
STAMFORD, Conn., January 14, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment® fans will soon be getting their weekly doses of high-energy entertainment delivered in stunning high definition. Beginning the week of January 21, WWE’s Monday Night RAW® and A.M. RAW on USA, ECW®: Extreme Championship Wrestling™ on SCI FI Channel, and Friday Night SmackDown® on The CW will all be delivered in HD.
STAMFORD, Conn., January 7, 2007 – During the last two full weeks of 2007, World Wrestling Entertainment®’s Friday Night SmackDown was the No. 1 English-language primetime program on broadcast TV among Hispanic households. During the week of December 24, SmackDown out-performed the NFL’s highly anticipated Patriots vs. Giants game on both CBS and NBC, garnering a 4.6 rating.
STAMFORD, Conn., January 3, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and mun2 have announced the “Ultimate Quinceañera” Sweepstakes, giving one lucky winner the ultimate WWE RAW themed Quince of her dreams. Female fans between the ages of 15 and 21 who would like to celebrate a quinceañera in 2008 can enter the “Ultimate Quinceañera” Sweepstakes now by visiting holamun2.com/raw. Entries must be received between January 1 and January 30, 2008. The Sweepstakes is co-sponsored by WWE and mun2.
STAMFORD, Conn., January 2, 2008- World Wrestling Entertainment®, in conjunction with Bakus International, is ready to thrill Brazilians with the debut of the internationally renowned television programs “WWE RAW®” and “WWE SmackDown®” this month on Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão (SBT).