2009 News


December 23, 2009

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE), leaders in video gaming and sports entertainment, today announced that they have entered into a new eight-year agreement granting THQ the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and publish video games based on WWE®’s content effective January 1, 2010.

December 23, 2009

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) today announced that they have reached settlement agreements with respect to the WWE® video game and toy licenses and the THQ/JAKKS Pacific LLC joint venture.

December 17, 2009
WWE's Seventh Annual "Tribute to the Troops" Special This Saturday, December 19 at 9 pm/ET on NBC

It's the most patriotic show of the year. WWE's seventh annual Tribute to the Troops program features matches from Raw, SmackDown and ECW Superstars' live performance in the Middle East. WWE's mission to bring its unique form of entertainment to the U.S. servicemen in Iraq also bridges the American public with those who continue to fight in the name of freedom. To read more, please click here.

December 15, 2009

Vince McMahon has been selected by CableFax magazine as one of the top 100 people in the cable industry for 2009.

December 8, 2009

Award-winning actress Patricia Clarkson (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), WWE Superstar John Cena (“12 Rounds”), Devon Graye (“Dexter”), Madeleine Martin (“Californication”) and Danny Glover have been cast in WWE Studios’ film (tentatively titled), “Brother’s Keeper,” it was announced today by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Director Mel Damski (“Psych”) helms this family drama, which is scheduled to begin principal photography in and around New Orleans, LA on December 8, 2009.

December 4, 2009
WWE Statement on the Passing of Umaga

WWE would like to express its deepest condolences to Mr. Fatu’s family, friends and fans on his tragic passing. Mr. Fatu was under contract with WWE at various time periods and most recently performed under the name "Umaga." Mr. Fatu’s contract was terminated on June 11, 2009.

December 1, 2009
WWE In Yahoo!'s Top 10 Overall Search List for 2009

For the fourth year in a row, WWE is included in Yahoo!’s Top 10 Overall Search list! In 2009, WWE was the third most popular Yahoo! search term behind Michael Jackson and The Twilight Saga. The annual review, which accounts for billions of searches, is a distinct way to look at people’s interests and to identify the ways they use the Web to find information and breaking news as it happens.

Novembe 30, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Financial Officer, George Barrios, will participate in the UBS 37th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference, on December 7, 2009, in New York, NY.

November 30, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) has extended its relationship with British Sky Broadcasting (LSE:BSY.L) in the UK for another five years, taking the partnership into its milestone twenty-fifth year.

November 18, 2009

Stephanie McMahon, Donna Goldsmith and Michelle Wilson are featured in CableFax Magazine's Most Powerful Women In Cable issue. In addition to being noted individually on the list, they are photographed together in the Table Of Contents page.

November 16, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® and USA Network today announced a four-year renewal agreement that will keep ratings juggernaut WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW® on the network through fall 2014.

November 16, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today that former Navy Seal and Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura will host WWE: A Raw Thanksgiving live November 23 at 8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT on USA Network from the Giant Center in Hershey, PA.

November 6, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today that comedian and radio talk show host Dennis Miller will host the 2009 Slammy® Awards during a special three-hour presentation of Monday Night Raw® live December 14 at 8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT on USA Network from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX.

November 5, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today issued a revised business outlook, targeting average annual earnings growth between 15% to 20% over the 2009 through 2012 period.1 The revised outlook is based on a comprehensive review of the Company’s operations.

November 5, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2009. Revenues totaled $111.3 million as compared to $108.8 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income was $14.5 million as compared to $7.9 million in the prior year quarter. Net income was $8.9 million, or $0.12 per share, as compared to $5.3 million, or $0.07 per share, in the prior year quarter.

November 4, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® has announced that tickets for its annual global pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania XXVI, will go on sale this Saturday, November 7 at 10 AM MT. WrestleMania XXVI will take place Sunday, March 28, 2010 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

November 2, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. announced that principal photography will conclude this week in New Orleans, Louisiana on WWE Studios’ film, “Knucklehead,” starring Mark Feuerstein (“Royal Pains”), Melora Hardin (“The Office”) and WWE® Superstar Paul “Big Show” Wight. Director Michael W. Watkins (“Prison Break”) helms this comedy adventure, which also stars Dennis Farina (“Law & Order”), Wendy Malick (“Just Shoot Me!”), Rebecca Creskoff (“Hung”), Bobb’e J. Thompson (“Role Models”), Will Patton (“The Fourth Kind”) and Saul Rubinek (“Warehouse 13”).

October 30, 2009

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, 2009, and the payment date will be December 28, 2009. 

October 28, 2009

Rock icon Ozzy Osbourne and international television personality Sharon Osbourne will rule the ring as the latest celebrity guest hosts of Monday Night Raw at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, live November 2nd at 9:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM CT on USA Network.

October 27, 2009
WWE.com Wins Two Big Awards for Microsites

WWE.com has won two big industry awards for their microsites. The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania microsite won a "Web Award" for "Outstanding Achievement in Website Development" from the Web Marketing Association. The 2009 SummerSlam microsite won a Gold W3 Award in the Entertainment category.

October 27, 2009
Smackdown Your Vote! Program Wins Beacon Award

WWE's SmackDown Your Vote! program, a youth voter program, won a coveted Beacon Award from the Association of Cable Communicators. To learn more about Smackdown Your Vote!, please click here.

October 26, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment announced today that The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania generated a $49.8 million dollar economic windfall for the greater Houston area, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation.

October 20, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment®’s WrestleMania XXVI Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), with support from Mattel and DK Publishing, launches this week as part of Teen Read Week™ which takes place October 18-24.

October 19, 2009
WWE Wins Gold W3 Website Award

WWE's 2009 SummerSlam microsite won a Gold W3 Website Award in the Entertainment category. To see a full list of winners, please click here.

October 16, 2009

Shane McMahon, Executive Vice President of Global Media, announced today he has tendered his resignation effective January 1, 2010.
Shane stated, "It has been an incredible experience to help build WWE into a global phenomenon. However, having been associated with this organization for the majority of my life, I feel this is the opportune time in my career to pursue outside ventures."

October 14, 2009
WWE Statement on the Passing of "Captain Lou Albano"

World Wrestling Entertainment® was saddened to learn of the passing of one of the company’s most popular and charismatic legends, “Captain Lou Albano.”  WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Albano family. “Captain Lou” was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. He performed for the WWE from 1983 to 1996.  Albano began his storied career with Vincent J. McMahon in the 1960’s as one half of “The Sicilians” tag team with his partner Tony Altimore.  He will be greatly missed by the WWE and his fans.

October 1, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) has extended its pay-per-view network in Mexico with two new agreements. The new deals will see all 14 annual WWE pay-per-view events broadcast on Cablevisión Monterrey and through Cinépolis, the biggest Cineplex network in Mexico.

September 29, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today it will make broadcast television history on October 2, 2009 by commemorating 10 years of Friday Night SmackDown®. A themed episode celebrating a “Decade of SmackDown” will air on MyNetworkTV at 8 PM ET / 7 CT.

September 24, 2009

Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) have partnered once again to give WWE fans a full slate of world-renowned WWE programming.

September 18, 2009
WWE Wins CableFax Award

WWE's 'Legends of Wrestling: Soul of Wrestling' won for Best Video On Demand Program/Special beating out such entries as Carolina on Demand: High School Sports - Time Warner Cable and NCAA VOD: The Best of March Madness - CBS College Sports Network.

September 16, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. today announced that Linda McMahon has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer after announcing her candidacy for the United States Senate, representing the state of Connecticut.

August 27, 2009
Rey Mysterio suspended for 30 days
In accordance with WWE’s Wellness Program, effective Wednesday, September 2, Oscar Gutierrez (Rey Mysterio) is suspended for 30 days for a violation of the company’s policy. 

August 14, 2009
Linda McMahon and United States Senate

Linda McMahon, CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, is considering a run for the United States Senate representing the state of Connecticut. Should she decide to run, Linda would step down as CEO, and Vince McMahon would assume the duties of CEO in addition to his current position as WWE Chairman

August 6, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., August 6, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
(NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30,
2009. Revenues totaled $138.8 million as compared to $129.7 million in the prior year
quarter. Operating income was $28.1 million as compared to $12.0 million in the prior
year quarter. Net income was $19.9 million, or $0.27 per share, as compared to $7.0
million, or $0.10 per share, in the prior year quarter.

July 31, 2009
STAMFORD, Conn., July 31, 2009 - 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 September 15, 2009, and the payment date will be September 25, 2009.

July 29, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, July 29, 2009– World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today its partnership with two national, blue-chip brands, 7-Eleven and Pepsi Max, as sponsors of the 2009 SummerSlam® pay-per-view on Sunday, August 23, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As presenting partner of SummerSlam, 7-Eleven will conduct a nationwide storefront branding campaign in August promoting SummerSlam and featuring WWE® Superstars John Cena®, Triple H®, Edge®, Undertaker® and WWE Diva Kelly Kelly™ on five collectible Super Big Gulp beverage cups.

July 23, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® has tapped Aerosmith's blazing tune “You Gotta Move” as the official theme song for SummerSlam®.  WWE’s signature summer event airs live on pay-per-view Sunday, August 23rd at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

July 22, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, July 22, 2009 –WWE’s Monday Night Raw® on USA Network continues its weekly celebrity guest host series with NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal and Emmy Award-winning actor and Entourage star, Jeremy Piven. Shaq will host Raw live from the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital on Monday, July 27th and Piven, August 3rd from Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

July 20, 2009

Boston, MA, July 20, 2009 – Gillette® [PG] has expanded its relationship with World Wrestling Entertainment® and introduced a new, four-month interactive online campaign featuring WWE Superstars John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Cody Rhodes called “Be A Superstar” at www.wwe.com/beasuperstar. These three Superstars will be featured in more than a dozen engaging videos showing how they each embody Gillette Fusion qualities of individuality, style and confidence.

July 17, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, July 17, 2009 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members Dusty Hill and Billy F. Gibbons of the legendary rock band ZZ Top will serve as celebrity guest hosts of WWE® Monday Night Raw. Hill and Gibbons take control of the show this Monday, July 20, live from the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC at 9pm/ET on USA Network. This past Monday actor/ writer/producer Seth Green was featured on WWE Monday Night Raw as first guest host.

July 15, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., July 15, 2009 –World Wrestling Entertainment® today announced that in addition to SummerSlam® airing on pay-per-view Sunday, August 23rd live from the Staples Center, WWE will hold SummerSlam AXXESS, presented by The Army National Guard, in the Nokia Plaza at LA Live the weekend of August 22nd.The two-day extravaganza will give thousands of fans an unprecedented chance to interact with their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas, witness live WWE action in an official WWE ring, and immerse themselves first-hand in WWE culture.

July 13, 2009
WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT, INC. TO REPORT 2009 SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
STAMFORD, CT., July 13, 2009 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that it will report its 2009 second quarter results on August 6, 2009, before the opening of the market.  The Company’s chairman, Vincent K. McMahon, and senior management will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results.  

July 11, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, July 11, 2009 – Actor/writer/co-executive producer and co-creator of the Emmy-winning Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Seth Green will be the first celebrity guest host of Monday Night Raw. Green will take control this Monday, July 13, at 9pm/ET on USA Network.

July 8, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., July 8, 2009 – WWE Studios’ 12 Rounds DVD + Blu-ray, starring John Cena, was the #1 best selling title for the week ending July 5.  12 Rounds topped the Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience, Entourage - The Complete Fifth Season and Confessions of a Shopaholic. (Source: Nielsen VideoScan First Alert)

July 7, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., July 7, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has named Jim Connelly as Senior Vice President, Consumer Products. Connelly will oversee WWE's Global Licensing, Home Entertainment, Book and Magazine publishing.  He will report directly to Donna Goldsmith, Chief Operating Officer.

June 22, 2009
STAMFORD, CT, June 22, 2009– In the fact or fiction world of WWE®, it is a fact that Donald Trump held a press conference today in Green Bay at Austin Straubel Airport. As the new “owner” of Monday Night RAW®, Trump announced that all ticketholders to tonight’s RAW event at the Resch Center will receive a ticket refund. The total value of all ticket refunds is approximately $235,000. RAW will be presented commercial free live tonight at 9 pm/8pm CT on USA Network.

June 17, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, June 17, 2009 – In support of President Obama’s new  “United We Serve” initiative (http://serve.gov/ ), World Wrestling Entertainment and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) are teaming up for the SummerSlam Reading Jam, which kicks off Wednesday, June 24, in libraries nationwide. 500 libraries across 47 states and the District of Columbia are participating in the program to encourage teens and tweens to visit their local libraries and read throughout the summer (to see the list of libraries, go to:  WWEKids.com or http://ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/ssrj_librarylist.pdf).  Mattel is also a partnering with WWE and YALSA for the SummerSlam Reading Jam.

June 15, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., June 15, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has named Mike Pavone as Executive Vice President of WWE Studios.  In his new role, Pavone will lead WWE Studios’ theatrical releases, direct-to-DVD movies, series and reality programming and report directly to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

June 11, 2009
World Wrestling Entertainment Terminates Performer

As reported on WWE.com on Monday June 8th, 2009, WWE Superstar Umaga (Edward Fatu) has been released from his World Wrestling Entertainment contract.  However, consistent with the practice of announcing wellness policy violations, it should be noted that Umaga’s termination was due to his second violation of the WWE Wellness Program and his subsequent refusal to attend a rehabilitation facility. 

May 21, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., May 21, 2009 – Due to the scheduling conflict caused by Kroenke Sports Enterprises, World Wrestling Entertainment® has rescheduled the May 24th live event in Loveland, CO to Saturday, August 8th. The May 26th live event in Colorado Springs, CO has been moved to Sunday, August 9th.

May 20, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., May 20, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today that due to the debacle caused by Kroenke Sports Enterprises regarding Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs, WWE is moving the May 25, 2009 edition of Monday Night RAW® from the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The event will begin at 5:30 PM PT. 

May 18, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., May 18, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment®’s  live, internationally televised broadcast, WWE Monday Night RAW®, (USA Network, 9:00 PM ET) to take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver next Monday, May 25th is in jeopardy of being cancelled by the Denver Nuggets.  The WWE and Denver Nuggets are currently at an impasse in resolving a scheduling debacle by the team and the Pepsi Center. A sell-out crowd is expected to attend the WWE show at the same time the Denver Nuggets are slated to square off against the Los Angeles Lakers for Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals.  WWE has held the May 25th date with the Pepsi Center since August 15, 2008.

May 13, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., May 13, 2009 In the month of April, World Wrestling Entertainment®’s flagship website, WWE.com, had more U.S. visits than premiere pop culture and sports hubs Disney.com, TMZ.com, Hulu.com, PerezHilton.com, CBS.com, ABC.com, NBC.com,  NBA.com and NFL.com, according to Hitwise, a leading online competitive intelligence provider.

May 12, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., May 12, 2009  -  World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Executive Officer, Linda McMahon, will participate in the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, on May 18, 2009, in Boston, MA.

May 7, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., May 7, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2009.  Revenues totaled $107.8 million as compared to $162.6 million in the comparable prior year quarter. Operating income was $16.7 million as compared to $27.1 million in the prior year quarter. Net income was $10.3 million, or $0.14 per share, as compared to $19.5 million, or $0.27 per share, in the prior year quarter.

May 1, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., May 1, 2009 - 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 June 15, 2009, and the payment date will be June 25, 2009. 

April 23, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, April 23, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment® television programming beat American Idol in the all important M18-34 advertiser demo for the week of April 13th. WWE® reached more than 16 million viewers domestically last week, an increase of 19% year to year. 

April 16, 2009

STAMFORD, CT., April 16, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that it will report its 2009 first quarter results on May 7, 2009, before the opening of the market.  The Company’s chairman, Vincent K. McMahon, and senior management will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results.

April 13, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, April 13, 2009 – With $52 million in gross sales, the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania® set a record for the highest grossing one-day entertainment event in 2009.  The pop culture extravaganza, held in Houston, TX on April 5th, tops the 2009 highest grossing movie opening day record -- $30 million opening night of Fast and the Furious and the 2008 highest grossing single-day stadium concert -- Madonna’s $6.1 million Sticky & Sweet concert in Dolphin Stadium -- combined. 

April 9, 2009

NEW YORK, NY and STAMFORD, CT, April 9, 2009—Beginning April 16, WGN America and World Wrestling Entertainment® (NYSE: WWE) will team up for WWE Superstars, a first run, original program airing exclusively on WGN America, Tribune Broadcasting’s national Superstation.

April 6, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., April 6, 2009- Despite a challenging economy, World Wrestling Entertainment® stock outperformed other entertainment companies on both stock price performance and total return basis for Q1 2009.

April 5, 2009

HOUSTON, TX, April 5, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment® set a new record tonight at Reliant Stadium in Houston for the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, grossing $6.9 million in revenue. This is the highest grossing live event in WWE history. With 72,744 in attendance, the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania surpassed SuperBowl XLIII in Tampa (70,774 attendance). WWE® fans from all 50 states, 24 countries and 7 Canadian Provinces attended the pop culture extravaganza. 

April 3, 2009

STAMFORD, CONN., April 3, 2009 World Wrestling Entertainment® and Mickey Rourke announced that he will attend the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania this Sunday, April 5th at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

April 1, 2009

Mexico, April 1, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment® and CABLEVISION® have announced a new agreement to launch WWE pay-per-view in Mexico City with the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania this Sunday, April 5.

March 30, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, March 30, 2009 – In the first week of its release, the WWE Encyclopedia, a collection of 900 entries profiling WWE personalities from every era, has entered The New York Times Bestseller list at Number 10 for April 5th, 2009.

March 24, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., March 24, 2009--World Wrestling Entertainment® announced that Kid Rock and lead Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, will perform at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania on April 5 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

March 18, 2009

CHICAGO Ten regional winners in grades 7-8 and 9-12 from across the United States have won a chance to compete in the WrestleMania® Reading Challenge National Finals in Houston, Texas.  Five regional champions from grades 5-6 will also be guests at the finals, which will be held at the Houston Public Library on Saturday, April 4th.

March 18, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., March 18, 2009  -  World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Executive Officer, Linda McMahon, will participate in the Sidoti & Co. 13th Annual NY Emerging Growth Institutional Investor Forum, on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in New York, NY.

March 16, 2009

Stamford, CT, March 16, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc® and the Army National Guard have announced that it will be the presenting sponsor of the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania® and WrestleMania Axxess.  Set to take place at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday, April 5, the Army National Guard will utilize the partnership with WWE to enhance their recruiting and activation goals for 2009.

March 14, 2009
Statement Regarding Andrew Martin
World Wrestling Entertainment® has been made aware of the passing of Andrew Martin.  The WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Martin family.  Mr. Martin was under contract with WWE at various time periods and performed under the name "Test."  He last performed for the WWE in February 2007.

March 11, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., March 11, 2009  -  World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Financial Officer, George A. Barrios, will participate in the 10th Annual B. Riley Investor Conference, on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in Las Vegas, NV.

March 10, 2009

Stamford, CT - March 10, 2009 – WWE® Friday Night SmackDown celebrates its 500th episode on Friday, March 20 at 8PM ET/7PM CT on MyNetworkTV with a theme centered around “SmackDown 500 – Road to WrestleMania.”  By accomplishing this in 10 years, SmackDown becomes the fastest weekly episodic to reach this milestone in United States primetime broadcast television history.

March 5, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, March 5, 2009- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) will hold its 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Company headquarters.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET.

March 5, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., March 5, 2009  -  World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Financial Officer, George A. Barrios, will participate in the Wedbush Morgan 7th Annual New York Management Access Conference for Micro-Small-Mid-Cap Companies, on Thursday, March 12, 2009, in New York, NY.

March 5, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, March 5, 2009 –WWE Monday Night RAW on the USA Network was Monday night’s most watched program on cable with 5.5 million total viewers.

March 3, 2009

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - Kmart® has partnered with World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) for a multi-channel entertainment marketing promotion supporting the biggest WWE event of the year – the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania. The exclusive “WrestleMania Madness” is only at Kmart. 

March 2, 2009

Istanbul, March 2, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and Fox Turkey have announced a new agreement to launch SmackDown® across the country on March 2.

February 27, 2009

London, February 27, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and TV4 have announced a new agreement that will launch SmackDown on TV4 Sport in Sweden on February 28.

February 24, 2009

Stamford, CT, February 24, 2009 -- The City of Glendale, Ariz., Global Spectrum and World Wrestling Entertainment® announced that the University of Phoenix Stadium will host WrestleMania XXVI on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

February 24, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., February 24, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008.  Revenues totaled $125.4 million as compared to $132.6 million in the prior year quarter while operating income was $23.3 million as compared to $24.7 million in the prior year quarter. Net income was $13.6 million, or $0.18 per share (diluted), as compared to $21.5 million, or $0.30 per share (diluted), in the prior year quarter. 

February 23, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, February 23, 2009-World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced its 24th consecutive dividend payment at $0.36 per share on its Class A shares of common stock.

February 13, 2009

STAMFORD, CT, February 13, 2009-World Wrestling Entertainment® (NYSE: WWE) stock outperformed both the broad market indices and other entertainment companies in terms of total return* for the calendar year 2008.  Specifically, WWE stock surpassed the S&P 500, Russell 2000, and the S&P Movies and Entertainment index by 31%, 25%, and 42% respectively.  A significant component of WWE’s relative performance is its $1.44 per share dividend to the Company’s public shareholders.  At the Company’s current price, this results in a dividend yield of 15.5%.

February 13, 2009
STAMFORD, Conn., February 13, 2009 - 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 March 13, 2009, and the payment date will be March 25, 2009.

February 11, 2009
STAMFORD, Conn., February 11, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Financial Officer, George A. Barrios, will participate in the ROTH 21st Annual OC Growth Stock Conference, on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, in Dana Point, CA.

February 10, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., February 10, 2009 - Today, WWE’s dividend yield reached 15.8%. Based on the Company’s strong balance sheet and its intensified focus on managing in a financially prudent and disciplined manner, WWE is confident it can sustain its dividend over the long-term.

February 10, 2009

STAMFORD, CT -- February 10, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment®’s VOICES  WWE The Music, Vol. 9, debuted at number one on SoundScan’s Soundtrack Chart surpassing the soundtracks for Slumdog Millionaire, Notorious, Twilight, Mama Mia and High School Musical 3, among others.

February 9, 2009

STAMFORD, CT – February 9, 2009In light of today’s announcement by MyNetworkTV, World Wrestling Entertainment® officials are certain that SmackDown has a bright future.

February 9, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., February 9, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has named Michelle D. Wilson as Executive Vice President, Marketing.  In her new role, Wilson will head WWE’s global marketing and integrated brand initiatives, including pay-per-view, advertising, promotions, research, creative services, and public and government relations.

February 4, 2009

STAMFORD, CT —February 5, 2009WWE is proud to announce WWE Community Champions, a program that celebrates youth who display outstanding community spirit. Selected youths will be featured in exclusive WWE videos to appear on WWE.com and WWEKids.com.

February 2, 2009

STAMFORD, CT – February 2, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment®’s television programming is number one among males on all of broadcast television on Friday nights; number one among males on all of cable television on Monday Nights; and number one among male viewers on Sci-Fi. 

February 2, 2009

STAMFORD, CT., February 2, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that it will report its 2008 fourth quarter and full year results on February 24, 2009, before the opening of the market.  Senior management will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results.

January 28, 2009

London, January 28 2009 - Eurosport and World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) have announced a distribution deal for two action-packed WWE programs. The two-year agreement will see Eurosport broadcast ‘This Week in WWE’ and ‘WWE Vintage Collection’ in all its European territories excluding the UK, delivering WWE programming to over 200 million viewers and 58 countries across the continent.

January 27, 2009

Los Angeles, CA. –  WWE and Columbia Records streets VOICES  WWE the Music Vol. 9, on January 27th and will feature never-before-available entrance music from WWE superstars Kane®, Randy Orton®, The Great Khali®, Vladimir Kozlov™, Umaga®, R-Truth™ and more - and WWE Divas Maryse™, Eve™ and Kelly Kelly™

January 22, 2009

STAMFORD, CT – January 22, 2009Detroit, the home of this Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay per view, is one of the most depressed markets in the country. However, despite the recession, World Wrestling Entertainment®’s demand remains high as the Rumble at Joe Louis Arena is virtually sold out. For those that are not fortunate enough to attend the Royal Rumble, fans can watch the event on pay per view.

January 21, 2009

London, January 2009 Telecommunications giant Telefónica and World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) have jointly launched the official WWE local language website in Spain this month. The Spanish site can be found at: www.wwe.es .

January 13, 2009

STAMFORD, CONN., January 13, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today that the most popular Superstar in the history of the WWE, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, will be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on April 4th at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas during the weekend of the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.

January 9, 2009

STAMFORD, CT– January 9, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment® today announced a 10% reduction of its staff across all areas of its global operations.  This reduction will result in annual savings of approximately $8 Million in compensation and benefit costs.   Additionally, the Company will incur an approximate $3 Million one-time restructuring charge in the first quarter of 2009.

January 6, 2009

Universal City, January 6, 2009 mun2 announces it will rebroadcast World Wrestling Entertainment®’s, ECW series, on Friday nights starting January 9th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 

January 6, 2009

London, January 6, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and SBS TV have announced a new agreement which will see RAW available exclusively on Denmark’s new channel 6’eren.

January 5, 2009

London, January 5, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) has tagged Internet advertising specialist Unanimis to manage its rapidly growing UK online advertising efforts. Unanimis will also spearhead online sponsorship deals and integrated opportunities on behalf of WWE.