2012 News


December 20, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) is listed in THQ, Inc.’s recent bankruptcy filing as an unsecured creditor holding a claim of approximately $45 million reflecting the entirety of the existing multi-year agreement. Any impairment of a current THQ account receivable would be immaterial to WWE's financial statements. Even if the impact of THQ’s bankruptcy were detrimental to WWE, the Company does not believe that the ultimate economic impact for financial statement purposes would materially and adversely affect the results of operations or financial position of WWE in light of the strength of the WWE brand and the historical performance of WWE's video game business.

December 19, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) is following the developments of THQ’s bankruptcy filing today and proposed sale under Bankruptcy Code Section 363. The Company anticipates actively participating within this proceeding.

December 19, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Mayuri Pitale as Consumer & Promotions Licensing (CPL) Manager and Carl Sequeira as Marketing Manager in its India office. The appointment of these two key positions is a testament to WWE’s growth in India and ongoing commitment to developing that market.

December 17, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced a partnership with Hire Heroes USA, an organization committed to serving our nation’s veterans through personalized and customized job search training and assistance.

December 6, 2012

Yahoo! Inc. and WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced the exclusive global online live stream of the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary concert, an historic pay-per-view special that will take place on Saturday, December 15 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on Yahoo! Music (http://music.yahoo.com).

December 4, 2012

During last night’s episode of Monday Night Raw®, WWE launched an unprecedented second screen experience, “WWE Active,” on its WWE flagship app, including the delivery of live match continuation, backstage content, live polls, photos, trivia and exclusive information on WWE Superstars and Divas.

December 4, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) and E! today announced “Live From the Rolling Stones” – a one-hour special event covering all the pre-show action and excitement from the Prudential Center the hour leading up to the Rolling Stones’ final performance of their 50th anniversary shows. The special airs at 8pm ET/5pm PT, prior to the pay-per-view event on Saturday, December 15 only on E!

November 19, 2012

FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) today announced a major new distribution agreement with WWE (NYSE:WWE) for the exclusive home entertainment rights to WWE’s catalogue of programming across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

November 12, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE), USA Network and NBC will honor the United States Armed Forces with its 10th annual holiday special, WWE Tribute to the Troops presented by Slim Jim. The 10th anniversary holiday extravaganza will air as a two-hour television special on Wednesday, December 19 at 9/8C on USA Network and as a one-hour television special on Saturday, December 22 at 9/8C on NBC.

November 4, 2012

While larger-than-life Superstars and Divas battle on TV, George Barrios tackles financial challenges behind the scenes to help move global entertainment giant WWE ever forward.

November 1, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Revenues totaled $104.2 million as compared to $108.5 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income was $5.0 million as compared to $15.9 million in the prior year quarter.

October 30, 2012

Led by WWE Superstar John Cena®, the WWE Universe has raised $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® during its month-long campaign to help cure breast cancer.

October 26, 2012

WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and ABC Family today announced that WWE Studios and ABC Family are developing an upcoming television movie, Christmas Bounty, for a 2013 world premiere during ABC Family’s popular “25 Days of Christmas” programming event. WWE Superstar The Miz is attached to star in a lead role.

October 26, 2012

Tickets to the highly demanded Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows at the Prudential Center sold out in just minutes this afternoon. Fans still have the opportunity to see the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band live in concert on pay-per-view on Saturday, December 15 at 9pm ET.

October 26, 2012

The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band created an international ticket mania last week when their 50th anniversary concerts at The O2 Arena sold out in just seven minutes.

October 24, 2012

The best-selling comic event of the year, hits store shelves in a limited-edition, oversized collection with the Avengers vs. X-Men Hardcover featuring an introduction from WWE Superstar and Champion, CM Punk! Worlds collide as one of the top performers in WWE provides insight into the new landscape of the Marvel Universe in this one-of-a-kind introduction! Experience the pop culture event like never before as your favorite heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto and more go head-to-head with the entire Marvel Universe at stake!

October 22, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that WWE Superstar, John Cena, was honored by Make-A-Wish last week at their “Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony” for being the only celebrity to reach the record-breaking milestone of fulfilling 300 wishes.

October 22, 2012

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced today that tickets for its annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 29, will go on sale Saturday, November 10 at 10 AM ET. WrestleMania 29 will take place Sunday, April 7, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

October 15, 2012

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced today that WrestleMania 28 generated a record-breaking $102.7 million in economic impact for the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation.

October 4, 2012

Obama vs. Romney was not the only match viewers tuned into on Wednesday night. According to Nielsen overnight data released today, ION Television’s brand new series, WWE Main Event, garnered the highest male audience in the last year with the most Men 18-49 (422,000), Men 25-54 (444,000), and Men 2+ (876,000). At 8:00pm ET/PT, the premiere of the new weekly series, which featured WWE Champion CM Punk™ against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus™, was the #4 program in the time period among Men 18-34, #4 among Men 18-49, and #5 among Men 25-54.

September 24, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement that will bring WWE programming to Hulu Plus. Starting today, Hulu Plus will offer WWE fans unlimited instant streaming access, additional content and programming on-the-go, as it becomes the exclusive home for next-day access to all WWE TV programming. Hulu Plus subscribers can also go to Hulu Latino to see WWE’s popular digital show, WWE En Español, the Spanish-language magazine program that recaps WWE’s most exciting moments each week.

September 20, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Geraldo Gutierrez, a Full Sail student, as part of their ongoing partnership. The partnership provides students at the University with the opportunity to gain real-world experience producing WWE NXT® series which showcases WWE’s brightest young talent as they battle to become the elite WWE Superstars of tomorrow.

September 16, 2012
WWE(NYSE: WWE) today announced a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure featuring WWE Superstar John Cena co-branded, pink and black ring gear, which will be debuted at tonight’s Night of Champions pay-per-view event in Boston. 
September 11, 2012

Jerry “The King” Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night’s broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal. We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family.

September 5, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced, that for the first time, it will bring WWE World Tour to Egypt for three nights from Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Cairo Stadium Complex. With its debut in Egypt, WWE continues to expand the reach of its business, including live events in six new countries in 2012.

August 17, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) today launched the official WWE flagship app for iOS and Android mobile devices and tablets, including the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Samsung Galaxy SIII. The entertainment app provides a 24/7 platform for the WWE Universe on-the-go, as well as a second screen TV companion experience that activates during Monday Night Raw with live polls and content.

August 15, 2012

Warner Bros. and WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) announced they will co-produce a Scooby-Doo animated feature that will find Scooby and the gang solving a mystery at WrestleMania®. The announcement was made today by Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Family & Animation, Warner Home Video and Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios.

August 14, 2012
WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Party City today announced an alliance to “Help Make Wishes Come True,” a joint initiative to support Make-A-Wish®. Party City, the official party store of WWE, is currently conducting a nationwide in-store fundraiser through August 18 where customers can support Make-A-Wish with donations collected at any of the 750 Party City stores across the country.
August 10, 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, WWE® and NBC are joining forces to bring WrestleMania to network television. WrestleMania 28 – Rock vs. Cena will air on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 9/8C on NBC, allowing WWE fans to relive moments from the most watched WrestleMania of all time.

August 9, 2012
WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Saban Brands today announced a new, weekly half-hour show, WWE Saturday Morning Slam, that will debut on Saturday, August 25 at 10 a.m. WWE Saturday Morning Slam will be part of the television premiere of Vortexx on The CW, a Saturday morning kids’ television block, reaching 114 million U.S. television households.
August 9, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Perkins Miller as Executive Vice President, Digital Media. Miller will oversee the development of strategic plans and initiatives across all of WWE’s digital and social channels on a global basis. He will report directly to WWE Executive Vice President of Creative, Stephanie McMahon.

August 3, 2012

WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced WWE Superstar Randy Orton will star in 12 Rounds: Reloaded, the second installment in the 12 Rounds franchise.

August 2, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2012. Revenues totaled $141.6 million as compared to $142.6 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income was $19.6 million as compared to $21.0 million in the prior year quarter.

July 24, 2012

WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that Monday Night Raw’s historic 1,000th episode broke records for television viewership and online engagement, making it the most watched three-hour Raw in history by reaching more than six million viewers, amassing a 3.9 rating and accumulating 52 worldwide Twitter trends.

July 23, 2012

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced Outasight’s chart-topping single “Tonight Is The Night” as the official theme song of its 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw. The song will be integrated into the telecast tonight at 8/7C on USA Network.

July 20, 2012
WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that it has eclipsed 100 million fans through its global social media networks, further cementing its position as one of the most followed brands in the world.
July 19, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Swee Sin Wu as General Manager for the Asia-Pacific region. Wu will be based in Singapore and will report to Ed Wells, WWE Managing Director and Senior Vice President of International.

July 18, 2012

WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced the details of Monday Night Raw’s historic 1,000th episode this Monday when the longest-running weekly television show in U.S. history moves to a three-hour format with a new start time of 8/7C on USA Network. Raw has aired more original episodes than some of the most popular television series of all time, including The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Lassie and Monday Night Football.

July 17, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that immediately after WWE featured fan Touts – 15-second self-recorded videos – during Monday Night Raw, the social media platform’s app skyrocketed from No. 37 to No. 6 in the Free Photo & Video category on the iTunes App Store. The Tout app was downloaded more than 30,000 times within hours of the broadcast.

July 11, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today an investment in and strategic partnership with Tout Industries, Inc. that will leverage WWE’s vast array of assets, including television, live events, digital, print and more than 100 million social media followers to expand Tout’s platform for real-time video status updates, creating a new dynamic social experience for WWE fans.

June 29, 2012

WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Troika Pictures, LLC today announced they will co-produce and co-finance the upcoming thriller, The Hive, starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.

June 26, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Casey Collins as Executive Vice President, Consumer Products. Collins will oversee WWE Global Licensing, Home Entertainment and Publishing. He will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

June 25, 2012

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced Charlie Sheen, star of the highly anticipated FX comedy series Anger Management, as the Social Media Ambassador for Monday Night Raw’s historic 1000th episode live on July 23 at 8/7C on USA Network.

June 25, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) and ION Television today announced a new weekly one-hour original series airing on Wednesday nights at 8/7C. WWE Main Event will debut on October 3, 2012, and feature WWE Superstars and Divas from the rosters of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.

June 25, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointments of Bill Hirsh and Ted Van Zelst each as Vice President, Integrated Sales. Hirsh and Van Zelst will be responsible for sales and building key marketing partner relationships for the company and report to WWE Executive Vice President of Sales & Partnership Marketing, Andrew Judelson. These new hires are part of a broader, deeper commitment and evolution of the WWE sales function.

June 20, 2012

WWE® (NYSE:WWE) Superstar John Cena set a Make-A-Wish record today granting his 300th wish to Hop Bottom, Pa. native Jonathan Littman. Cena, a Wish Ambassador and previous recipient of the prestigious Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, is the only celebrity to reach this milestone. He continues to be one of the most frequently requested celebrity wish granters.

June 08, 2012

WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) announced today it has secured the rights to Interrogation, a suspense thriller by Adam Rodin. With a bomb set to go off in Las Vegas on one of the busiest betting days of the year, the story focuses on a brilliant interrogator called in to question the prime suspect.

May 31, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Patrick Talty as Senior Vice President, Live Events. Talty, previously a general manager at Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectator, will report to WWE Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, Paul Levesque.

May 30, 2012

In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Randy Orton for 60 days effective today for his second violation of the company’s policy.

May 17, 2012

WWE Superstar John Cena® announced via Twitter today that WWE Monday Night Raw will expand to a three-hour event 52 weeks a year. The extended telecast will kick-off July 23 at 8/7C on USA Network and marks the 1000th episode of the WWE Raw franchise and a television record – no other series has ever reached this milestone.

May 17, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) and D-Smart today announced a two-year television distribution deal that brings WWE’s weekly flagship television programs WWE Raw® and WWE SmackDown® to D-Smart, a leading digital broadcasting platform in Turkey.

May 14, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Full Sail University announced today an innovative partnership that moves live tapings of WWE NXT® series to Full Sail Live, the university’s state-of-the-art performance venue, and creates a new student scholarship fund.

May 3, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Revenues totaled $123.1 million as compared to $119.9 million in the prior year quarter.

April 30, 2012

WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) today announced WWE® Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin will star in The Marine: Homefront, the third installment in The Marine franchise. This marks Mizanin’s first starring role in a film.

April 26, 2012

In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Oscar Gutierrez (Rey Mysterio®) for 60 days effective Thursday, April 26, for his second violation of the company’s policy.

April 16, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that WrestleMania, held April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, set new records for pay-per-view buys and gross sales. Preliminary estimates show that WrestleMania, featuring the historic Once in a Lifetime match between The Rock® and John Cena®, garnered 1.3 million pay-per-view buys with global gross sales in excess of $67 million including the live event.

April 13, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) successfully held its first-ever live event in Russia on Wednesday, April 11, where more than 6,000 fans were in attendance to see their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas live in the ring at the Luzhniki Small Sports Arena in Moscow.

April 4, 2012

WWE was saddened to learn of the passing of Jay Scarpa, aka Chief Jay Strongbow. Strongbow’s in-ring debut was in 1947 and over the course of his WWE career participated in many memorable matches. He was a four-time World Tag Team Champion. Strongbow was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994. WWE sends our deepest condolences to Strongbow’s family, friends and fans.

April 1, 2012

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced tonight that WrestleMania XXVIII set three records. With a sellout crowd of 78,363 fans from all 50 states and 36 countries, the annual pop culture extravaganza became Sun Life Stadium’s largest attended event and highest grossing entertainment event in history. Grossing $8.9 million, it was also the highest grossing live event in WWE history. The event was broadcast around the world on pay-per-view in more than 105 countries and 20 languages.

March 28, 2012

WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that its seventh annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finals will be held at the Miami-Dade Public Library this Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. ET, serving as the cornerstone event of its community outreach activities for WrestleMania Week in Miami.

March 27, 2012

WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced the first ever “WrestleMania Pre-Show,” simulcast live on YouTube, Facebook and WWE.com this Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET, as the centerpiece of its record-level digital and social media activities for WrestleMania Week in Miami. WrestleMania XXVIII broadcasts live on pay-per-view this Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

March 26, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Brian Flinn as Senior Vice President, Marketing. Flinn, previously a senior executive at the National Basketball Association, will report to WWE Chief Marketing Officer Michelle D. Wilson. In this role he will be responsible for providing strategic direction for WWE's branding and promotions, database marketing, pay-per-view events, affiliate marketing and consumer insights.

March 23, 2012

WWE® Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Anchor Bay Films today announced a partnership to co-distribute the provocative action thriller, The Day. WWE Studios secured the U.S. distribution rights to the film immediately after the film's initial audience screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

March 20, 2012

WWE® (NYSE:WWE) and NBCUniversal are joining forces to televise “Once in a Lifetime – Rock vs. Cena,” an epic one-hour special that follows WWE Superstars The Rock® and John Cena® on their respective roads to WrestleMania® XXVIII. This first ever behind-the-scenes special premieres Monday, March 26 on USA Network at 8/7c and will also air on NBCUniversal networks including Syfy, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, G4, Style, NBC Sports Network, mun2, CLOO and Universal HD leading up to WrestleMania on Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

March 20, 2012

On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly recognized WWE and The Creative Coalition with an official citation for co-founding the anti-bullying initiative "be a STAR" (Show Tolerance And Respect). The citation was presented to Stephanie McMahon, WWE’s Executive Vice President of Creative, by state Representative Andres Ayala, Jr.

March 20, 2012

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced hip-hop stars Flo Rida and Machine Gun Kelly will perform at WrestleMania XXVIII live on pay-per-view Sunday, April 1 at 7 PM ET, emanating from Sun Life Stadium in Miami. More than 70,000 fans are expected to be in attendance with millions watching worldwide.

March 1, 2012

WWE® (NYSE:WWE) announced today that it has opened a new office in Miami, Florida to serve as its headquarters for all operations in Latin America.

February 28, 2012

WWE made history as it broke numerous records with the Raw® World Tour in February at the International Tennis Complex within the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.

February 23, 2012

Musician James Durbin announced today that he will serve as a spokesperson for the be a STAR Alliance, an anti-bullying initiative, co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE. The American Idol Season Ten fan favorite joins more than 50 national organizations that serve on the be a STAR Alliance including GLAAD, STOMP Out Bullying, Scholastic, Inc and United Federation of Teachers.

February 23, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011. Revenues totaled $112.9 million as compared to $122.5 million in the prior year quarter.

February 16, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that its annual pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania XXIX, will come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, April 7, 2013 with events throughout the New York/New Jersey region.

February 15, 2012

WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) today announced that they have partnered to produce, finance and market three DVD premiere titles beginning with The Marine: Homefront, the next installment in the successful The Marine franchise.

February 8, 2012

WWE (NYSE:WWE) and BALTIJOS TV (BTV) today announced a television distribution deal that will bring WWE’s flagship weekly television program, WWE Raw®, to Lithuania.

February 6, 2012

WWE Superstar John Cena will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter of the 54th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 26 at historic Daytona International Speedway (FOX, 1 p.m. ET).

February 1, 2012

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Eric Pankowski as Senior Vice President, Creative and Development. Pankowski, previously a senior executive at Reveille and Warner Bros., will report to WWE Executive Vice President of Creative, Stephanie McMahon. In this role, he will be responsible for the creative development of all television content including concepts that go beyond in-ring such as reality and kids programming; the management of WWE’s creative writing teams; and selling programming to major cable and broadcast networks, studios and other content distributors.

January 30, 2012

WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that boxing legend Mike Tyson will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL on Saturday March 31, 2012.

January 26, 2012

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced today that tickets for WrestleMania Axxess will go on sale this Saturday, January 28, at 10 AM ET. WrestleMania Axxess, presented by National Guard, will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall D, from Thursday, March 29 through Sunday, April 1, 2012.

January 25, 2012

WWE®, an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment, today announced the launch of WWE Digital Properties. The new venture enables brands to deliver targeted digital advertising across WWE.com and category leading partner brands including Maxim, Major League Gaming (MLG), Professional Bull Riding (PBR) and more.

January 23, 2012

Today, the Make-A-Wish Foundation honored WWE Superstar John Cena and WWE for their contributions to wish kids by dedicating a WWE-themed conference room in the charity’s global headquarters.

January 20, 2012

WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) announced today it has secured the rights to BERMUDA, a found footage horror spec script by Bobby Lee Darby and Nathan Brookes. WWE Studios beat out a number of bidders for the film. Set in the Bermuda Triangle, the story focuses on a documentary film crew that goes missing and the only trace of their disappearance comes when their film footage, chronicling their final terrifying days, is found.

January 17, 2012

In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Matthew Korklan (Evan Bourne®) for 60 days effective Tuesday, January 17 for his second violation of the company’s policy.

January 11, 2012

WWE® announced today that Edge and the Four Horsemen will be among the 2012 class of inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place Saturday, March 31 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, the evening before WrestleMania® XXVIII.

January 10, 2012

Post Fruity Pebbles and WWE Superstar John Cena are teaming up for a new partnership, which includes a collectable cereal box and an instant-win promotion awarding a VIP meet-and-greet with the talent.

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